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STEP Awardee: Illinois

Office Information:

Office of Trade and Investment
100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601


Ms. Margo Markopoulos
Illinois STEP Program Manager
100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601

Federal Funding: $890,000

Match: $296,666

Total: $1,186,666


State Organization: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The State of Illinois will use STEP award funds to support export development for ESBCs by providing export training and development through the ExporTech program. Illinois will also recruit ESBCs to exhibit at trade shows in Spain, India, Japan, China, Canada, and Nigeria. Other activities include funding for individual foreign market sales trips, International Buyer Program trade shows, international compliance certification testing, and translation services.