“E Star” Award

New Jersey receives prestigious President’s “E Star” Award for Export Services.

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Contact the NJ Business Action Center
NJ Department of State
33 West State Street
P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

Tel: (866) 534-7789
Fax: (609) 292-5509

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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State Trade Expansion Program

Should you have an export promotion event that occurs between September 30, 2016 - September 29, 2017 the information below outlines the application process.

Program Details:
Through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the New Jersey Business Action Center received funding for the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJ STEP) to provide sub-grants to New Jersey eligible small business concerns that are new to export, as well as those businesses who currently sell their goods and services to other countries.

Eligible businesses will be considered on a first-come, first served basis. NJ STEP grants may be used to partially offset costs such as the following:

  • Services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) including Partner Searches, Gold Key Service, and Market Intelligence
  • Participation in select Trade and Business Development Missions led by senior U.S. government leaders
  • Participation in select Trade Shows offering meetings through the USCS International Buyer Program Translation services for website and/or marketing materials
  • Client sample shipping to and from NJ STEP-supported trade activities

Program Requirements:
New Jersey companies may complete the NJ STEP survey. The survey will be reviewed by the Office of International
Business Development and Protocol and a subsequent
discussion with the company will be held to determine the
firm's export readiness and eligibility for the program.

The 2016-2017 NJ STEP contains revised eligibility criteria
and reporting requirements from prior years for the
competitively awarded grants. The Office of International
Business Development and Protocol looks forward to
discussing all of the programs revisions with interested

Download all the required forms in one Combined Zip File
Download individual files:

For more information on the NJ STEP or to speak to a Global Business Advocate, call the Business Action Center at 866-534-7789.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Additional Resources
Export Assistance Brochure
Print Version (pdf 2.5MB)
Email Version (pdf 336k)
Business Questions Call the Business Action Call Center 1-866-534-7789
Business Action Center Brochure
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Spanish (pdf 2.0MB)