Welcome to the 2021-2022 New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJ STEP). The Program is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Through the SBA, the New Jersey Business Action Center received funding for the NJ STEP to provide financial awards on a first come, first served competitive basis, to domestic New Jersey eligible small businesses that are new to export, as well as those businesses who currently sell their goods and services to other countries.
For NJ STEP consideration, your business must be:
Eligible businesses for the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program will be considered to receive financial awards to partially offset export promotion costs such as the following:
Application Requirements: New for 2021-2022
To apply for a NJ STEP Grant, the following forms must be completed and submitted at the same time:
All grant recipients will be requested to complete on a quarterly basis the NJ STEP Cumulative Export Results Form.
For more details download the NJ State Trade Expansion Program information page either English or Spanish:
Or call the Business Action Center to speak to a Global Business Advocate about state trade programs at 1-800-JERSEY-7.
The New Jersey State Trade Business Expansion Program is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Additional information and definitions for the New Jersey Business Survey
For the purposes of the NJ State Trade Expansion Program, Small Business Communities are defined by the U.S. SBA as follows:
Additional links related to Small Business Communities:
Buy American and Hire American
All STEP grant recipients and clients are subject to Executive Order 13788 of April 18, 2017 the Buy American Laws, to the extent they apply to ensure the maximum utilization of goods, products, materials produced in the United States in order to promote economic growth, create good jobs at decent wages, strengthen our middle class, and support the American manufacturing and defense industrial bases; and Hire American requirements in order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests.
For more information, read the full details in the Federal Register, Vol. 82, No. 76, dated April 21, 2017.
Additional links related to Buy American and Hire American:
For more information on the New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program or SBA loans call our Business Helpline 1-800-Jersey-7
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