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California State Trade and Export Promotion Project

The California State Trade Expansion Program (California STEP) project leverages a statewide network of state, federal, private, and non-profit trade promotion organizations to facilitate export promotion, activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for businesses. 

California STEP’s goals are simple: 

  • If you are exporting, we’d like to help your business export more.
  • If you are not exporting, then we’d like to help you get started.

California STEP can help you answer the following questions: 

  • What opportunities are there for my firm to connect with overseas buyers in California?
  • How can my firm maximize our marketing efforts through trade shows abroad?
  • Who can I contact to shorten my time for export assistance?
  • What opportunities exist for my firm to get specialized export training and assistance?

How will California STEP help Small Businesses?

  • Support for small business participation in foreign trade missions and foreign market sales trips
  • Subscription to services by the Department of Commerce.
  • Trade Show exhibitions
  • Participation in training

Activities include support for qualified Small Businesses to participate in: 

  • International trade shows
  • Trade missions
  • Other export promotion activities

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