State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP)

The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program is a pilot export initiative to make matching-fund awards to states to assist small businesses enter and succeed in the international marketplace. Activities to support small business exporting under the STEP Program are provided to eligible small business concerns (“STEP Clients”) located in states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

The program’s objectives are to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that export and to increase the value of exports by small businesses.

STEP activities are managed and provided at the local level by state government organizations. The Program is managed at the national level by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade. The Program was appropriated $8,000,000 in in FY 2014 funding for the third round.

For more information go to www.sba.gov

Export Loans

SBA provides a number of loan programs specifically designed to help develop or expand trade and export activities.

For more information go to www.sba.gov

Financing Your Small Business Exports

Learn about the government's loans, insurance and grant programs to help you become an exporter or expand your exporting business.

For more information go to www.sba.gov

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