State Trade Expansion Program

Companies are always looking for grant opportunities as well as a way to increase sales… why not consider exporting?

The Cabinet for Economic Development is still accepting applications for the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). You do not have to be a current exporter to take advantage of this opportunity. If you would like to grow your international sales, please visit to access the STEP application and additional information. Small business eligibility for this program is determined by using the SBA’s small business size standards which can be found by visiting

The current round of funding for this program opened on September 30, 2016 and will expire on September 29, 2017. Please contact the STEP Program Director, Darlene Barber, with questions directly at 502-782-1940 or via email at There is still time to take advantage of this opportunity and funds are available!