International Trade Services

Michigan is well-positioned to attract global customers and recognizes global trade as a key component of the state’s economy. MEDC offers business assistance in identifying and pursuing global market opportunities that can help you compete globally and grow your business.


The international trade program supports Michigan businesses that want to start or expand export activities with initiatives to:

  • Increase awareness of export opportunities and resources
  • Strengthen the knowledge and skills required for success in international markets
  • Introduce Michigan companies to promising export markets
  • Deliver on-the-ground support in key Michigan export markets
  • Arrange financial assistance for qualified export development activities

Regionally based international trade managers work with companies to identify their export development objectives and recommend appropriate export programs and resources. These resources include small business support services, international trade office assistance, and events such as educational opportunities, cultural programs, and international trade shows and missions. 


MI-STEP is a grant program, funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), providing direct reimbursement to eligible small business concerns to develop or expand export-related activities. The MI-STEP program is designed to spur job creation by empowering Michigan eligible small business concerns to export their products. The program has three primary objectives:

  • Increase the dollar value of Michigan exports
  • Expand the number of Michigan companies that export
  • Introduce current exporters to new foreign markets and buyers

STEP was launched in 2011 by the SBA as part of the president’s National Export Initiative with a goal to double U.S. exports and give America a stronger competitive edge. 

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The "E" Award

The "E" Award for Export Service was awarded to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's International Trade Program on May 22, 2017. The "E" and "E Star" Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity.

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International Trade Offices

MEDC has seven Michigan international trade centers through a partnership with the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. These centers provide services to companies interested in expanding their export sales to the Arab Gulf, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe and Mexico.

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  • U.S. Department of Commerce export centers:
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  • Export-Import Bank of the United States:




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