State Trade Expansion Program

Let Us Invest in your Exporting Ambitions

Money available to help you grow your business overseas

The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is specifically designed to help small businesses in North Carolina fund costs associated with international trade. Qualifying exporters are eligible for up to $24,000 in reimbursements for business building activities.

Step Monies are Awarded on a First-Come, First-Served Basis

Confirm your eligibility today

Eligible companies must: be organized or incorporated in the US; operate in the state of North Carolina; meet the SBA’s size standards for a Small Business Concern (typically 500 employees or less); have been in business for no less than 1 year; be in good standing with the federal government (have not been debarred); be an export-ready US company seeking to export goods or services of US origin or have at least 51% US content; and have access to sufficient resources to bear the costs associated with trade.

Download these helpful tools to learn more and apply.

STEP Flyer STEP Application