Luz Hopewell is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Ms. Hopewell works to enhance the ability of small businesses...
Office of International Trade: Illinois
Federal Funding: $1,069,279
The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) will use STEP funding to lead a total of 19 group foreign market trade missions with an estimated 8 to 10 small businesses participating in each mission. They will provide assistance to over 120 distinct companies (in certain cases companies will participate in more than one group foreign market trade mission to leverage their impact across geographic markets) and approximately $27 million in projected 12-month sales. OTI will also organize 70 individual foreign market trade missions to assist 55 companies and affect approximately $13 million in projected 12-month sales.