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STEP Grants

Since 2011, the Kentucky Export Initiative has provided financial assistance to nearly 200 Kentucky companies through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The STEP program provides grants that can be used for a variety of trade services, including:

  • Airfare (Fly America Rules, must be preapproved)
  • Meals and Lodging (GSA/Dept. of State, must be preapproved)
  • Parking
  • Baggage Fees
  • Currency Exchange Fees
  • Ground Transportation
  • Shipping Fees for Product Samples to International Prospects (up to $2,000)
  • Trade Show Registration Fees
  • Trade Show Booth Space
  • Trade Mission Fees
  • Trade Advisory Services
  • DOC Subscription to services (GOLD Key, International Partner Search, etc.)
  • Export Training
  • Stipends for Web Site Translations into Foreign Languages (up to $3,000)
  • Meeting Space Audio/Visual (must be preapproved)
  • Compliance (must be approved—up to $3,000)

SBA

Kentucky has been awarded more than $2.4 million by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of International Trade to promote exporting activities for Kentucky’s small businesses. This program has helped Kentucky companies across the state establish an international presence and grow their businesses.