Michigan’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program provides direct reimbursements to qualified small and medium-sized export companies to develop or expand export-related activities. Michigan companies with fewer than 500 employees can qualify for financial assistance for export-related activities through the program offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Michigan program opened on October 1, 2011, with the goal of rapidly growing Michigan’s export sales by:

     • Increasing the number of Michigan companies that export.
     • Introducing current exporters to new foreign markets and buyers.

Export sales help diversify companies’ customer base, provide long-term stability and can support higher paying jobs. This program is just part of MEDC’s continued economic gardening strategy to support existing Michigan companies and create new jobs.

The funds are being awarded through a $2.1 million federal export award to the State of Michigan under the SBA STEP program. Combining SBA and MEDC dollars, Michigan’s STEP program funding is nearly $3 million.

Michigan companies with fewer than 500 employees can qualify for financial assistance for export-related activities through the new State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Michigan companies can now qualify for financial assistance for export-related activities through the new State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program! Supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), this program is part of MEDC’s continued economic gardening strategy to support existing Michigan companies and to create new jobs. Michigan’s STEP program provides direct reimbursements for qualified small and medium-sized companies that plan to develop or expand on export-related activities. Eligible companies may qualify for up to $12,000 in assistance to enhance their ability to launch or grow export operations in Michigan.

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