State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Van Andel Global Trade Center is the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Regional Export Network Host for West Michigan!

STEP works to increase the number of small business exporters and increases the value of exporters for those who currently trade overseas. Qualifying Michigan companies can use the program to help diversify their customer base, provide long-term stability and create new jobs. STEP has provided support to over 980 unique companies growing their export-related activities. For more information on how your company could benefit from this program visit,

Current Funding Period

September 30, 2017 through September 29, 2018

Note: All activities must take place during this time period. 

Eligible Export Activities

1. Participation in foreign trade missions

2. U.S. Department of Commerce services

3. Website fees (translation to foreign languages, localization to foreign markets, SEO)

4. Design of marketing media

5. International trade show participation

6. Domestic trade show participation

7. Participation in export training workshops

8. Reverse trade missions

9. Procurement of consultancy services

10. Other export initiatives (subject to approval from SBA)

Award Amounts

This year, maximum annual award amounts are increasing from $12,000 to $15,000 per award year.

New-to-Export companies: maximum reimbursement $7,000 per year

Market Expansion companies: maximum reimbursement $15,000 per year 

If you are unsure of your funding level OR are new to the program, please complete the online intake form.

Application Process

Begin your application process through MEDC's online portal! This is the same system used for MI-STEP reimbursements & quarterly sales confirmations. It is available under the “MEDC Programs” tab. Hit “Apply Now” to start your application. Move through the tabs to edit all of the required information. You can save at any time and all applications will be found under “My Applications.

MEDC 2017 - 2018 Trade Events


For more information on the upcoming Trade Missions, Trade Shows and Exporting Events & Trainings visit the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's website here.

Page last modified October 23, 2017