Arizona STEP Program

Arizona’s State Trade Expansion Program

Funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and matching funds contributed by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the ACA runs Arizona’s State Trade Expansion Program (AZ STEP). AZ STEP assists Arizona small businesses to enter export markets for the first time or to expand into new markets. This will enable these businesses (which account for 98% of the businesses in Arizona) to increase their revenues via international sales and to thereby be even more significant engines for job creation and economic growth in Arizona.


STEP Services

AZ STEP offers a number of services and tools to Arizona small businesses as they go global for the first time with their sales or enter new international markets.

AZ STEP initiatives include the following:

  • International trade shows and expos
  • B2B/B2G meetings events 
  • B2B/B2G trade missions
  • ExporTech export education and export plan development
  • ExporTech go-to-market initiatives
  • U.S. Commercial Service export services
  • Export compliance training
  • Localization/translation of website content for international markets


Companies wishing to participate in the Arizona STEP program should email Kevin J. O’Shea