California STEP Program

Additional STEP Information

California State Trade Expansion Program

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) has two goals: Assist small businesses to begin to export, and help companies expand by exporting into new markets. Activities include support for qualified small businesses to participate in:

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


California STEP can provide information on:

  • Opportunities to connect with overseas buyers

  • How to maximize marketing efforts through overseas trade shows


For more information on applying for funds, contact Stephen Tachiera, STEP Administrator at or Jeffrey Williamson, STEP Director at