Growing your Maine business globally pays up to $15,000 per year

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant initiative provides funding to states and U.S. territories to increase the number of businesses that export. The objective of the STEP Financial Assistance Award is to encourage Maine companies to seek new international sales through financial support for costs associated with such activities.

We are now accepting applications for the new grant year!

Eligible Maine businesses may receive reimbursements totaling up to $15,000 per year for costs associated with activities in the following categories:

  • International Business Development: up to $3,000 – $6,000 per activity
  • Export Skills Development: up to $2,000 per activity
  • Export Marketing Assistance: $3,000 per activity

Please review the STEP 2018-2019 Guidelines, which have changed from previous years, before submitting your application.

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