The New and Improved STEP GRANT for eCommerce & Digital Marketing

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

In response to the demand for digital trade services, the State Trade Export Program (STEP) can NOW help fund your path to online sales in international markets. This grant provides the seed money to help you optimize your international check-out, build your cross-border digital marketing campaign and more.

While a few thousand dollars may not transform your growth trajectory, if used wisely, it can enable you to say “Yes!” to overseas consumers and open the door to new markets. And to help your funds take you farther, we’ve put out a call to our industry network for special STEP Grant priced deals to help your funds take you farther.

Please complete the below questionnaire to see if you fulfill the basic requirements for receiving STEP funds. This is not a guarantee of acceptance, and if your answer is “no” to any of these questions, you might as well skip the grant application and go straight to the offers below knowing you will have to pay your own way.

If you answer “yes” to all of below questions, we invite you to schedule a complimentary call with our free government-funded grant expert to walk you through the application process.

Business Questionnaire

Simona Racek

CONSULTANT – INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
Simona Racek is the Founder/CEO of an export management company and has 8 years of experience in international business. Her areas of expertise include global export market planning and budgeting, applications for different state, federal, and regional grants to support export activities, and regulatory compliance within the global health and dietary supplement industry.

What Clients are saying

Read what these California business owners are saying about their experience with our team.

adam xavier, ceo at hilton lifestyle

Adam Xavier

CEO at Hilton Lifestyle

Our engagement with CITC provided resources including STEP grant funds which enabled us to grow distribution in Italy. Our company was able to implement a globalized website utilizing resources and guidance
from the CITC which allowed us to increase our customer base. Our sales to overseas customers increased 12.39% due to the strategic guidance and outreach that was facilitated by CITC.

Dr. David M Lewis

Senior Vice President of Business Development at Orange Daily
Your programs have already provided us with services, experts and ideas that will enable us to reach much higher levels. Our executive team has become energized with the great information you’ve provided, and I want to thank you and the rest of your staff for maintaining such a wonderful program. I truthfully have never experienced a government-sponsored program as excellent as this one.
Roy Kuppenbender, Ampac USA, Inc.

Roy Kuppenbender

CEO of Ampac-USA

In two years’ time, our company has grown to be registered in 19 countries, with submitted registrations in an additional 43 countries. Our team and strategic alliances are now truly global in reach, and we believe for the first time, our company will be profitable by the end of this year. I can sincerely attribute a great deal of this success to the support we receive from organizations like yours.

Exciting New Ways You Can Use Your Grant Money ...

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