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State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

CLOSED: Applications received by Thursday, February 9, 2023, by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time are currently under review. 

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) received a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. TDA will administer the STEP program through partnerships that include the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Division and the U.S. Department of Commerce. No other federal funds will be matched against this award.

The program’s objectives are to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting, and to increase the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting. The STEP program will take the necessary steps to create or expand their export capacity and provide financial assistance along the way to help them achieve success.

Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
updated 2/10/2023 8:00 AM
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STEP - Project Managers
Kat Neilson 
Lead Grant Specialist 


Bradine Griffiths  
Grant Specialist 


STEP - Administration
Mindy Fryer
STEP Project Director

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