Export: discover NC and SC program to support your projects

North Carolina and South Carolina both have a special program to help you conquer the world. If you want to address the European market by establishing your base camp in France, follow the guide ...

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) and the South Carolina Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, provide funding to qualifying small businesses to offset costs associated with exporting. STEP funds assist companies with: participating in foreign trade shows and trade missions; developing websites to attract foreign buyers; designing international marketing materials to reach a broader audience; obtaining services to support foreign market entry; and attending select export education courses throughout the program year.

  • Travel costs: STEP funding provides up to $3,000 reimbursement for 1-2 employees to travel to a trade show or mission. This includes coach-class airfare and lodging up to the federal per diem rate.
  • Booth costs: STEP funding provides up to $5,000 reimbursement for booth costs for companies exhibiting at eligible international trade shows.
  • Marketing Translation: STEP funding also provides up to $2,000 for translation of marketing materials - including brochures, manuals, product sheets, website pages, and more.
  • Educational Events: Export compliance seminars will be held during the STEP Program period throughout the state. These workshops will focus on Export Compliance Training, NAFTA/USMCA Compliance, Intellectual Property Protection, and Export Compliance Management Program training

STEPs funding are dedicates to american-owned small and medium business, with at least 51 percent of the product made in the United States.




Useful links

SBA's Beginner's guide to exporting Economic development partnership of North Carolinas (EDPNC) SC Department of Commerce

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