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: North Dakota
Federal Funding: $671,437
STEP North Dakota is the state’s exporter reimbursement program. The project will focus on rural commercial and agricultural eligible small business concerns, leverage resources, support export training, promote programs of the U.S. Commercial Service and Food Export Midwest, participation in international trade missions, reverse missions, and focused buying trips. The STEP ND seeks to achieve sustainable growth in exports. The expected outcome is a 10% increase in active exporters and a 20% increase in the dollar value of exports.