State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant



State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant

The goal of the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant program is to further the ability of the state’s small business community to thrive in the global marketplace by increasing the value of small business exports.
STEP program applications are open to Connecticut companies that:

  • Operate a registered business in Connecticut to manufacture, assemble and/or distribute a product, or provide an exportable service;
  • Qualify as an “eligible small business concern” per one’s North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standards; 
  • Have been in business for not less than 1 year ending on the date on which assistance is provided under the STEP program; 
  • Are operating profitably, based on their operations in the United States; 
  • Have demonstrated an understanding of the costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign purchasers, including the costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers, packing and shipping; and, 
  • Are not presently debarred, suspended, proposed for disbarment, declared ineligible, and/or voluntarily excluded from participation by any Federal department or agency.

Eligible expenses include trade mission/trade show costs (including, but not limited to: registration/booth fee, furniture, graphics/signage, and shipping); translation/interpreter fees; USDOC Commercial Service fees; international material/collateral translation and printing costs; website translation; export training registration fees and B2B matchmaking registration fees.

Ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to air/ground transportation; lodging; meals/beverages/gratuity; alcohol; compensation, wages, or salary for any employee; capital goods/product samples/supplies; product giveaways/promotional items; phone/internet usage and website development.

For more information on the STEP FY ’15 program and its guidelines or to start an application, visit


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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