Office of International Trade and Investment ("MOITI"), in
collaboration with the Massachusetts Small Business Development
Center Network ("MSBDC") and the Massachusetts Export Center, is pleased
to announce the Massachusetts State Trade and Export Promotion
Grant Program ("STEP Program"). MOITI, through a grant from the
United States Small Business Administration ("SBA"), will provide
grants to eligible Massachusetts small businesses for the purpose
of increasing export sales of their goods and services.
Grants under the STEP Program will be capped
at $10,000 per business to reimburse for costs associated with
projects, activities or services undertaken during the period
September 30, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Each grant recipient
will be required to provide a match to cover at least 25% of the
total approved cost for any project, activity or service (the
The STEP Program is intended to help offset
international business development and related marketing costs for
small businesses. Grant proceeds may be used for specific
international business development and marketing costs, including
but not limited to: (1) foreign trade show and conference
participation; (2) MOITI and/or U.S. Department of Commerce
("DOC") sponsored trade missions;
(3) use of the U.S. Department
of Commerce's Gold Key service and other DOC services; (4) foreign
business-to-business matchmaking services; (5) translation and
product localization-related services, including compliance with
foreign regulatory requirements; and, (6) targeted advertising in
overseas industry trade publications. Grant proceeds will not
cover certain activities, including but not limited to: routine
business operation and infrastructure-related expenses, attendance
at domestic trade shows and conferences, travel expenses, and
staffing related costs.
Following completion and submission of the
Readiness Assessment & Application ("Application"), MOITI and the
Massachusetts Export Center shall review all applications. MOITI
will notify eligible applicants in writing of entry into the STEP
Consultation Period. During the STEP Consultation Period, MOITI
and the Massachusetts Export Center will consult with the
applicant and review the applicant's international business
marketing plan and the applicant's specific request for
reimbursement. In awarding grants, MOITI and the Massachusetts
Export Center will consider the following: likelihood that the
project/initiative will lead to new or increased export sales of
goods and services; likelihood that the project/initiative will
lead to job creation in Massachusetts; and, the applicant's
demonstrated commitment to increasing export sales of its good or
MOITI will accept submissions for consideration during the
following two application periods: (1) November 30, 2012 -
February 28, 2013; and, (2) March 1, 2013 -
May 30, 2013.
Applicants not accepted in the first application period may
reapply in the second period.
Eligibility: To qualify for
STEP program funding, companies or firms must be profitable and
meet the U.S. Small Business Administration definition of small
business as provided in the Code of Federal Regulations, 13 C.F.R.
Click here for further information on SBA's definition of a
small business concern.
Required for application:
Companies wishing to apply for STEP funding must submit an
online application and the proposed project, service or activity
for which funding is being requested must occur between September
30, 2012 and September 30, 2013.
Required for disbursement of grant
proceeds: In order to receive reimbursement, a company
must present proof of payment for the related project, activity or
service, including but not limited to, a copy of paid invoice(s),
and trade show/conference badge where applicable.
If you have any questions, please call
617-830-5409 or email to
STEP@moiti.org. Thank you!
The Massachusetts Export Center offers a free,
webinar about the STEP Grant Program. The webinar discusses the
parameters of the Massachusetts STEP Grant Program and
walks participants through the STEP Grant application
Registration closes at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the
webinar so please plan accordingly.
Date & Time:
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013: 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
here to register.
Please complete your application
electronically and submit online with link below.