State Trade Expansion Program

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Business Support for NC Exporters

Funded in part through a grant with the US Small Business Administration (SBA), the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is specifically designed to help small businesses in North Carolina fund costs associated with international trade. As a qualifying participant in STEP, you can be reimbursed thousands of dollars of expenses that your business would normally have to pay out-of-pocket. Because it’s grant money, you are under no obligation to repay any amount. In other words, the cost of doing business internationally becomes much less costly.

Receiving the STEP Grant

Qualifying exporters are eligible for up to $16,000 in reimbursements for business-building activities such as: 

Up to $8,000

  • for eligible travel associated with coexhibiting in an EDPNC booth at a tradeshow
  • for booth costs for exhibiting at a qualifying trade show

Up to $8,000

  • for qualifying export services and marketing media which aid in reaching foreign markets
  • for qualifying website localization and e-commerce fees
  • for qualifying EXIM credit insurance fees
  • for qualifying marketing lead subscriptions
  • for qualifying US Commercial Service Export Services

“The EDPNC has proved to be an invaluable resource as we set our sites for expanding our brand globally. The STEP program in particular helped us to network, analyze the market and launch a supporting European based business that serves as the hub for our EU-focused exports.” 

Learn More About STEP

If you are interested in a STEP application, please contact your current international trade manager. To learn more about the STEP program or need export assistance, please complete the form below.

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Cheryl Mauro

Cheryl Mauro

STEP Program Manager