California State Trade Expansion Promotion (STEP)

citd_logo_transparentThe State Trade Expansion Promotion (STEP)  program is an export initiative authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. Funded by federal cooperative agreement awards and matching funds from the states, the purpose of the STEP Program is to increase the number of U.S. small businesses that are exporting and increase the dollar value of exports by those small businesses that are currently exporting so they can grow and create jobs. The STEP Program is executed by the Office of International Trade (OIT), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The project will conduct about twenty four unique export promotion activities including domestic and market-focused marketing campaigns, customized product/promotion localization assistance, matchmaking services connecting small businesses to potential customers, and follow up support to assist firms in closing deals. These export projects involve multiple California STEP partners which include:

  • California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
  • California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Community Colleges Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) at:
    • El Camino College
    • Long Beach City College
    • Los Rios Community College District
    • Rancho Santiago Community College District
    • Riverside Community College District
    • Southwestern College
    • State Center Community College District
  • Los Angeles Area of Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)
  • University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Managements, Center for International Business & Education Research
  • University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Center for International Business & Education Research
  • World Trade Center San Diego

 

California STEP Activities 2018/2019 (subject to change):

This project will conduct unique export promotion activities including domestic and market-focused marketing campaigns, customized product/promotion localization assistance, and matchmaking services connecting small businesses to potential customers.

Avalon 2019 (Australia) – TBD
Cosmoprof Asia (Hong Kong) – TBD
Mobile World Congress (Barcelona, Spain) – TBD
SEMA (China) – August 15-19, 2018
Hong Kong Food Expo (Hong Kong) – August 14-18, 2018
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair – November 8-12, 2018
Green Expo- September 2019
Individual Company Export Promotion (California/Worldwide) – Reoccurring 2018 – Click here for more information

 

 

The STEP program is funded in part through a grant award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. No federal grant funds are being used for any entertainment costs associated with trade promotion or export marketing activities. All Federal and State funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for individuals with disability will be made if requested in advance.