Helping California Businesses Go Global

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) helps small businesses export and enter global markets

Eligibility

Determine if your California company is eligible for up to $10,000 in assistance from California STEP funds

Allowable Expenses

Learn how the California STEP funds can be used

Questions

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Helping California Businesses Go Global

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) helps small businesses export and enter global markets

Eligibility

Determine if your California company is eligible for up to $10,000 in assistance from California STEP funds

Allowable Expenses

Learn how the California STEP funds can be used

Questions

See our most frequently asked questions

156B

in Exports1

5th

Largest Economy in the World1

677K

Jobs Supported by Exports1

California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Nearly 96% of consumers live outside of the U.S., and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries. Exporting businesses grow their sales faster, create more jobs, and are more likely to stay in business than non-exporting businesses. The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) helps small businesses export and enter global markets and tap into the benefits of selling their products and services overseas. California STEP organizes trade missions, delegations, and California pavilions at overseas trade shows.

California STEP also manages the California Export Voucher program. The Export Voucher program enables eligible California small businesses to apply for a reimbursement voucher to offset export-related expenses. Small businesses can receive up to $10,000 in funding for qualified export expenses.

Learn more about how your business can benefit from participation in the California STEP Export Voucher program on the Program Details page. You can also download our detailed Program Guidelines document for more information.

Events

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