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Take Your Small Business Global

Take Your Small Business Global

By Peter J. Cazamias, SBA Official
Published: September 27, 2017

Is your business struggling to thrive?

If you’re finding it hard to stay afloat—be it by maintaining a profit or maximizing your outputs, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade has a solution that can help your business succeed.

SBA runs the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), a grant program that helps small businesses grow.   So far, with a combined investment of over $103.1 million in funding from Congress, the SBA has supported thousands of small businesses increase export opportunities to over 126 international markets. 

Now, it’s your chance.  You can apply for STEP financial assistance in your state, territory, or commonwealth to help your business enter and succeed in the international marketplace.  Here are some examples:

  • Participate in a foreign market sales trip:  You can join a team of export specialists to make your products and/or services available in one or more international markets. 
  • Get your website translated in different languages:  If you have a website, STEP funding will allow you to reach more customers through multiple translations. You’ll be able to increase the number of visitors to your website and before you know it, right at your fingertips, you can get orders from other countries.
  • Attend an international trade show:  By attending an international trade show, you will be in the company of buyers from all over the world interested in purchasing U.S. goods and services. It’s an opportunity to schedule meetings with potential customers and potential distributors.  STEP clients have signed new sales deals on the spot, and others have gained numerous prospects for purchase orders in a short period of time.

These are just a few of the many ways you can expand your business globally and increase sales.  Now more than ever, it’s easier to generate new international business opportunities and increase your sales potential.  Let us help you STEP into your destiny!  Getting started is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit our website     
  2. Click on the map to learn about available STEP opportunities, and
  3. Make a connection so you can to take your small business global


About the Author:

Peter J. Cazamias
Peter J. Cazamias

SBA Official

Peter J. Cazamias serves as the Associate Administrator for SBA's Office of International Trade.