State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant

 
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant helps Kansas non-exporters to get started and existing exporters to export more.
 
Since the grant’s inception in 2012, more than 30 Kansas small businesses have participated and achieved $17.2 million in actual export sales. In order to further broaden Kansas’ exporter base and increase the export value and volume, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture have joined forces during the 2016 grant year to focus on three main areas: export training, foreign trade shows and trade missions, and market entry support.

We invite you to visit the sections below to explore these activities and learn how the STEP grant can help you enter and expand in the global market.

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Export Training



Funding assistance will be provided to eligible small businesses to take part in export seminars and training courses offered by our federal and local resource partners.

Download the Kansas STEP Activity Application to apply for export training.
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Foreign Trade Shows and Missions



In order to help Kansas small businesses enter new markets and gain new international customers, the Department of Commerce will offer several foreign trade show and mission opportunities.

Download the Kansas STEP Activity Application.
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Market Entry Support



Commerce will provide website and marketing product funding opportunities and will employ U.S. Commercial Service's expertise and programs to help eligible small businesses enter new markets.

Download the Kansas STEP Activity Application.

Kickoff Events


The Kansas Department of Commerce, in cooperation with its partners, will host three kickoff meetings for businesses interested in utilizing STEP grant programs. Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • December 6: Olathe, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Kansas State University Olathe Campus , 22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe, KS 66061.
  • December 7: Wichita, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Greater Wichita Partnership - Innovation Center, 505 E. Douglas, Olathe, KS 67202.
  • Spring 2017: Western Kansas, date and location to be determined.
Businesses interested in attending a kickoff meeting can click here to register.

Please note that a company must first apply to STEP and be approved before participating in a STEP activity.

For additional information about the STEP Grant, please contact:

Chang Lu
International Trade Representative
Kansas Department of Commerce
22201 West Innovation Drive, Suite 180 D
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 307-7378 Office
(913) 515-8541 Cell
(913) 307-7389 Fax
Chang.Lu@ks.gov