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About the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) Program
Michigan companies can now qualify for financial assistance for export-related activities through the new State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program.

The program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and serves as one component of the MEDC’s economic gardening strategy to grow existing companies in the state of Michigan.

Qualified small- and medium-sized companies are eligible for direct reimbursements for the development or expansion of export-related activities.

Eligible companies may qualify for up to $25,000 in assistance to enhance their ability to launch or grow export operations in Michigan.

STEP reimburses 50 percent of approved export-related activities. Approved export-related activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Overseas trade mission participation
  • Overseas trade show participation
  • Foreign market sales trip
  • Subscription to U.S. Department of Commerce services
  • Foreign language translation services for export marketing materials and website assets

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