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Apply for an Export Voucher 

Up to $5,000 for your exporting needs


The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Voucher program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion grant, offers qualified companies new to exporting or expanding into new export markets up to $5,000 for export-related expenses (a minimum 25% cash match is required).

Are you eligible?
Qualifying companies must:
• Be registered to do business in Washington State
• Have a Federal Identification Number tied to a Washington address
• Be in good standing with the Washington State Department of Revenue
• Be a small business concern (SBC) as defined by SBA criteria, and meet other program criteria, such as being in business for at least one year, operating profitably and able to demonstrate export readiness

Qualifying export expenses
The following types of programs and expenses are eligible for an Export Voucher:
• Trade show and trade mission fees, registration, etc.
• Travel, airfare (U.S. carrier only)
• Interpreter fees
• Translation services (website, marketing materials, etc.)
• Export training programs and services of the U.S. Foreign Commercial
• International Certifications
• And more… see the Export Voucher Program Guidelines for complete details.

To apply for a voucher, please refer to the Export Voucher Program Guidelines and the Export Voucher Program Application. For additional details, click the frequently asked questions link or contact:

Julie Monahan
STEP Export Voucher Program Business Development Manager
WA State Department of Commerce
2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2600
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-256-6147
FAX: 206-256-6158

Not ready for an Export Voucher?

Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer no-charge business advising, management training and market research that can help you build your company’s export strategy. SBDCs operate in 24 locations around the state, with certified SBDC international trade specialists based in Spokane and South Seattle. Visit the SBDC portal for access to their Export Readiness Assessment and Export Process guide, which provides a step-by-step roadmap to building an export plan.




Read our Export Voucher Success Stories 

More than 240 companies have used STEP vouchers to offset their exporting expenses. From mobile app developers and wakeboard manufacturers to remanufactured engine specialists and turnkey metalworkers, Washington State small businesses brought home more than $128 million in new export sales with assistance from this popular program, funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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