Through Michigan’s State Trade Expansion Program (MI-STEP), the International Trade team offers financial assistance for exporting activities to eligible Michigan small businesses, enabling access to global markets and buyers while increasing the dollar value of Michigan exports.
The MEDC International Trade Program has a new allocation of State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) funds available for eligible small business concerns. On September 25, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded Michigan the maximum state award of $1,350,000 in MI-STEP funds for FY21. With additional state match funding, total funds available are $1.85 million.
The program has three primary objectives:
Up to $15,000 in assistance is available to offset 75 percent of pre-approved expenses per fiscal year. Michigan companies must meet the following eligibility criteria to qualify for MI-STEP funds:
Program funds may be approved for export marketing-related activities including:
Ineligible expenses include:
Please also note: