State Trade Expansion Program

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The STEP grant, funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, supports state programs that help small businesses access global markets and increase sales of world-class, American-made goods and services.

The Washington State Department of Commerce has been one of the largest grant recipients in the nation, with a total of $5.1 million over the program’s six years of operation.

More than 580 small businesses from around the state have benefited from the first two years of STEP-funded support, achieving $512 million in sales, making Washington number one among all states participating in the program.

For the seventh year of our STEP program, beginning October 2018, and running through September 2019, the Washington State Department of Commerce STEP activities include an Export Voucher program, Commerce-led trade show delegations to key events around the globe, targeted support for rural, veteran, minority and women-owned businesses, and expert financial counseling for companies in need of more complex export finance support.

Take advantage of Commerce’s Small Business Export Assistance programs like STEP and become a Washington state export success story!

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Need help?

Michele Ko
STEP Export Voucher Program Business Development Manager
WA State Department of Commerce