Important information brought to you by the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) at the International Trade Administration. OTEXA is dedicated to increasing the international competitiveness of the U.S. textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods industries.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). This program provides financial awards to state and territory governments for the sole purpose of assisting small businesses with export development.
Use STEP Awards funds to:
- Learn how to export
- Participate in foreign trade shows
- Obtain services to support foreign market entry
- Develop websites to attract foreign buyers
- Design international marketing products or campaigns
To find out if your state has STEP funds available or if you are eligible to apply, contact the STEP director in your state/territory via phone or e-mail to learn about the next steps to apply.