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California Small Business Export Assistance

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) has two (2) goals: Assist small businesses to begin to export, and help companies expand by exporting into new markets. Activities include support for qualified small businesses to participate in:

International trade shows • Trade missions • Other export promotion activities
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STEP implements a range of export promotion programs serving multiple sectors, including: Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Aerospace and Defense, Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Medical Equipment, Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery.

The California step network consists of STEP Partners across the state that have extensive experience in helping small businesses export, which has been recognized by four (4) Presidential “E-awards” for exporting, six (6) successful U.S. Department of Commerce, Market Development Cooperator Awards over the past decade carrying out small business export promotion programs.

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The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at CSUSB serves as the STEP partner for Inland Southern California, and coordinates the six (6) statewide partners. California STEP is administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz).

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