The State Trade Expansion Promotion (STEP) program is an export initiative authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Funded by federal cooperative agreement awards and matching funds from the states, the purpose of the STEP Program is to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that are exporting and increase the dollar value of exports by those small businesses that are currently exporting so they can grow and create jobs. The STEP Program is executed by the Office of International Trade (OIT), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The project will conduct about twenty four unique export promotion activities including domestic and market-focused marketing campaigns, customized product/promotion localization assistance, matchmaking services connecting small businesses to potential customers, and follow up support to assist firms in closing deals. These export projects involve multiple California STEP partners which include:
- California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
- California Department of Food & Agriculture
- California Chamber of Commerce
- California Community Colleges Centers for International Trade Development (CITD).
- Los Angeles Area of Chamber of Commerce
- Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
- University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Managements, Center for International Business & Education Research
- University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Center for International Business & Education Research
- World Trade Center San Diego
The STEP program is funded in part through a grant award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. No federal grant funds are being used for any entertainment costs associated with trade promotion or export marketing activities. All Federal and State funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for individuals with disability will be made if requested in advance.
How STEP Grants Will Help Small Businesses
- Support for small business participation in foreign trade missions an foreign market sales trips
- Subscription to services by the Department of Commerce
- Website translation fees
- Design of international marketing media
- Trade show exhibitions
- Participation in training workshops
- Financial support for training to become “export ready”
- Other export initiatives determined to be appropriate by the SBA.
For more information, please visit the California STEP web page at: www.californiaexport.org
To take advantage of these benefits, simply contact Jeff Williamson, California STEP Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 951-5446.