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Export Voucher Program


Thank you for your interest in the Export Voucher program, which was a successful STEP-supported program from 2012-2013. We look forward to providing assistance to small businesses through this program again the future when funding is available. If you have any questions, please contact:

Danielle Ellingston
Phone: 206-256-6145


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 percent 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:
    • Have been in business for at least one year
    • Operates profitably
    • Demonstrates 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 Service
  • International Certifications
  • And more… See the Export Voucher Program Guidelines for more information

For questions please contact:
Danielle Ellingston
STEP Export Voucher Program Business Development Manager
Washington State Department of Commerce
2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2600
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-256-6143
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.

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