The STEP grant program has helped thousands of small businesses obtain grants and find customers in the international marketplace since 2011.
Managed at the national level by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade, STEP provides financial awards to state and territory governments to assist small businesses with export development.
The Alabama Department of Commerce will discuss how the STEP grant program offers eligible Alabama small and medium-sized businesses assistance in launching or expanding export activities. Grant funds are used to reimburse Alabama businesses for pre-approved, eligible export expenses, which may include Export Credit Insurance premiums for EXIM short term small business policyholders in Alabama. State eligibility is subject to change.
- David Leonard, Export Finance Manager, SBA Office of International Trade (OIT)
- Elena Mendez, Regional Director, Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
- Beau Lore, International Trade Specialist, Alabama Department of Commerce
- Carolyn Turner, Senior International Trade Specialist, Alabama International Trade Center