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STEP Awardee: North Carolina

Office Information:

Global Business Services
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513


Ms. Elizabeth Isley
STEP Program Director and Partner Relations Manager
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513

Federal Funding: $749,225

Match: $249,741

Total: $998,966


State Organization: Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

The State of North Carolina will use STEP award funds to support ESBCs develop their exports through three activities. First, the Global Passport Initiative will fund ESBC attendance of international trade shows and individual foreign trade missions. Second, Passport Service Awards will provide reimbursements for U.S. Department of Commerce Services, as well as website and marketing translations and the creation of marketing materials for foreign markets. Third, North Carolina aims to engage ESBCs in select special market segments through Special Target Missions. These missions align industry sectors with target markets, focusing on assisting women, veteran, minority, and rural businesses and targeting the following industry sectors: textiles, life sciences, clean technologies and food products.