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State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) 


The STEP grant, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with 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 $3.5 million over the program’s three years of operation.  

More than 450 small businesses from around the state have benefited from the first two years of STEP-funded support, achieving $220 million in sales, making Washington number one among all states participating in the program.

For the fourth year of our STEP program, beginning October, 2015, and running through September 2016, 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 Export Washington programs like STEP and become a Washington State export success story!

For more information about the STEP program in Washington State and how it can help build your business, please contact: 

Adam Kephart

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




Through the STEP program, your business may be eligible to:
  • Receive an Export Voucher for preapproved export expenses
  • Attend Governor-led trade missions
  • Join Commerce trade specialists at targeted international trade shows and meet potential new customers
  • Get help finding export financing from local banks
  • Apply for U.S. Ex-Im Bank Guarantee and Insurance Programs



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