STEP GRANTS 2017 - 2018

Empire State Development’s Global NY Division  STEP Grant to assist exporters.


State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) Global NY Exports Grant Application

 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Empire State Development (ESD) are offering funds through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Global NY Exports Grant Program to qualifying small businesses.  This program seeks to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export and increase the value of exports for small businesses that currently export. 

(Oct, 2017) GlobalNY has been awarded  $754,700 by the SBA for the year through to September 2018. With matching dollars the fund avaialble for New York State exporters is now $1,161,076 *

Approved funds under the STEP Global NY Exports initiative will assist New York State small businesses in:

  • Participation in foreign trade missions
  • Foreign market sales trips
  • Subscription and Gold Key services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Website and/or marketing material translation services
  • Export trade show exhibits
  • International trade workshops that align with the program objectives


Eligible small businesses must meet SBA size standards, be operating profitably for the past year, must have a product for export, and meet the standards and mission of the STEP Global NY Exports Program. Ineligible small businesses are those acting as intermediaries for other companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, retail, and companies that are recruiting foreign investment.

Awards will be given to New York State based small businesses on a first come first served basis until the program funds are expended.  Events must occur by September 29, 2017, and special consideration will be given to companies that are certified MWBE firms and to businesses that are classified among New York State's manufacturing strategic industries including: Aerospace, Agriculture, Beverages & Processed Foods, Biotech & Life Sciences, Cleantech & Renewable Energy, Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology, among others. Businesses may apply for only ONE STEP Global NY Exports event or other trade promotion activity at a time, and then may reapply for a different event or activity after demonstrating successful completion of the elected event or activity and satisfying all reporting requirements.   There is a maximum limit of three different types of event or activity awards per small business, provided that program funds are available.

Site visits and/or telephone interviews may be conducted to further determine a company's eligibility. 

For more information regarding the STEP Global NY Exports Grant Program call (212) 803-2300 or email


Application Forms

The application and report forms are fillable PDFs. Please save them to your computer first, then complete the application and report using the saved forms.


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

Alternatively, please feel free to contact us at the CNYIBA, by telephone at (315) 470-1800 or for assistance with the STEP program.