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State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant
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State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant helps Kansas non-exporters to get started and existing exporters to export more .

Since the grant’s inception in 2012, more than 50 Kansas small businesses have participated and achieved $17.2 million in actual export sales. In order to further broaden Kansas’ exporter base and increase the export value and volume, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture have joined forces during the 2016 grant year to focus on three main areas: export training, foreign trade shows and trade missions, and market entry support.

We invite you to visit the sections below to explore these activities and learn how the STEP grant can help you enter and expand in the global market.

Export Training
Export Training

Funding assistance will be provided to eligible small businesses to take part in export seminars and training courses offered by our federal and local resource partners.

Download the Kansas STEP Activity Application to apply for export training.

Foreign Trade Shows
Foreign Trade Shows and Missions

In order to help Kansas small businesses enter new markets and gain new international customers, the Department of Commerce will offer several foreign trade show and mission opportunities.

Download the Kansas STEP Activity Application.

Market Entry Support
Market Entry Support

Commerce will provide website and marketing product funding opportunities and will employ U.S. Commercial Service's expertise and programs to help eligible small businesses enter new markets.

Download the Kansas STEP Activity Application.

Kickoff Events

Kickoff events will be held in Wichita and Olathe during late October or early November 2016. These events will help small businesses interested in applying for STEP programs understand the available assistance and the application process.


For additional information about the STEP Grant, please contact:


Chang Lu
International Trade Representative
Kansas Department of Commerce
22201 West Innovation Drive, Suite 180 D
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 307-7378 Office
(913) 515-8541 Cell
(913) 307-7389 Fax


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