STEP Funding for Exports Remains

By James Foley, Director, Turner Center Operations, FCBA International Programs

Funding remains available through September 30, 2013, to assist companies to expand their exports. The funds are from a Small Business Administration grant awarded to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The grants may be used to partially reimburse overseas travel to meet with potential partners or participate in foreign trade shows. Funding may also be used to
assist with obtaining foreign product certification standards such as the European CE Mark or the China CCC Mark. Many of our clients have successfully used the funds for travel to Europe, Latin America, China, and Australia. It’s a unique opportunity to help decrease the costs normally associated with overseas trade shows.

For more information, please contact Jim Ryan at (309) 677-3075 or