New Web Portal Links Small Businesses to Export Grants, Loans, and Counseling

With resources available through the Washington State Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration,  the Washington Small Business Development Centers, Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, and others, companies can get help with:

• Building an export plan
• Finding export grants and loans
• Arranging one-on-consultations with government trade specialists 
• Finding international network and business-matchmaking opportunities
Visitors to the site can also learn from businesses that have successfully launched an export strategy. Success Stories feature video profiles of Janicki Industries, Wood Stone Ovens , Swype, Stemilt Growers, and Anderson Hay & Grain, one of the country’s top 50 exporters and based in Ellensburg, WA. was funded in part by a U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant to Washington State in 2011. The STEP grant is part of the U.S. Small Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Export Initiative to boost the U.S. economy through trade.  STEP programs offered through Commerce began in October 2011, and will continue for another year through September 2013. These programs helps businesses build relationships in Europe, China and India, provide export vouchers up to $5,000 to offset export-related expenses, and support one-to-one consultations with trade and export finance specialists at no charge.
For information about STEP in Washington State or other Commerce programs that help Washington businesses grow, expand and locate, please visit