Vermont gets over $400K in SBA STEP award

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Vermont gets over $400K in SBA STEP award

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration announced that $18 million in funding has been awarded to 47 State international trade agencies through SBA's competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), to support export growth among US small businesses. The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development will receive just over $400,000.

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STEP is designed to meet three distinctive goals: to increase the number of small businesses that export, to increase the value of exports for small businesses, and to increase the number of small businesses that explore significant new trade opportunities.  Expanding the base of small business exporters and making the process as easy as possible is a key component of the Administration's small business strategy. 

"The SBA is committed to ensuring equal access for small businesses to international markets and expanding export opportunities, and ensuring small businesses have the resources they need to drive their businesses and local communities forward," said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon.  "The STEP awards are an important resource that provide small businesses with the confidence and funding they need to thrive in this competitive international market."

Since the beginning of the STEP program seven years ago, approximately $138 million in grants have been awarded to fund export opportunities and increase the footprint of small businesses in countries all over the world. 

The 2018 STEP awards will allow states to assist small businesses with the information and tools they need to succeed in export-related activities that are in line with the objectives of the program. These objectives include participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops and more.

STEP awards are managed and provided at the local level by state government organizations. The program is managed at the national level by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of International Trade.

STATE TRADE EXPANSION PROGRAM (STEP) 
FY 2018 (Year7)  AWARDEES

 

#

State 

Office Information

Primary Point of Contact

 Federal Award 

 Match 

 Total  Project 

1

Alabama

Alabama Department Of Commerce

Hilda Lockhart

$151,857

$50,619

$202,476

   

401 Adams Avenue, Suite 630

STEP Project Director

     
   

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone:  334-242-0442  

     
   

https://www.madeinalabama.com/divisions/business-development/international-trade/

hilda.lockhart@commerce.alabama.gov

     
             

2

Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

Kevin J. O'Shea

$300,057

$100,019

$400,076

   

118 N. 7th Avenue, Suite 400

STEP Project Director

     
   

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-845-1217

     
   

https://azcommerce.com/programs/arizona-step-grant/

kevino@azcommerce.com

     
             

3

Arkansas

World Trade Center Arkansas

Trish Watkins

$150,000

$50,000

$200,000

   

3300 South Market Street, Suite 400

STEP Project Director

     
   

Rogers, Arkansas 72758

Phone: 479-418-4827

     
   

www.arwtc.org/STEP

plwatki@uark.edu

     
             

4

California

Department of Food & Agriculture

Jeffrey A. Williamson

$650,000

$349,999

$999,999

   

1220 N. Street, Suite 400

STEP Project Director

     
   

Sacramento, California 95814

Phone: 909- 556-6639

     
   

www.californiaexport.org. 

jeff.williamson@rccd.edu 

     
             

5

Commonwealth of 
Northern Marianas

CNMI Department of Commerce

Mark Rabauliman

$150,000

$0

$150,000

   

P.O. Box 5795 CHRB

STEP Project Director

     
   

Saipan, MP 96950

Phone: (670) 664-3077

     
   

www.commerce.gov.mp

secretary@commerce.gov.mp

     
             

6

Colorado

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Laura Brindle

$324,804

$108,268

$433,072

   

1625 Broadway St. Suite 2700

STEP Project Director

     
   

Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-892-3858

     
   

https://choosecolorado.com

laura.brindle@state.co.us

     
             

7

Connecticut

Department of Economic and Community Development

Ms. Laura Jaworski

$300,000

$100,000

$400,000

   

450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5

STEP Project Director

     
   

Hartford, Connecticut USA 06103

Phone: 1 860-270-8068

     
   

www.decd.org

laura.jaworski@ct.gov

     
             

8

Delaware

Division of Corporate and International Development

David Mathe 

$268,096

$89,365

$357,461

   

820 N. French Street

STEP Project Director

     
   

Wilmington, DE  19801

Phone: 302-577-8467

     
   

https://global.delaware.gov/expand/strategies-growth/access-to-capital.shtml 

david.mathe@state.de.us

     
             

9

Guam

Guam Economic Development Authority

Matthew Baza

$150,000

$0

$150,000

   

590 S. Marine Corps Drive. Suite 511, ITC Building

STEP Project Director

     
   

Tamuning, Guam 96913

Phone:(671) 647-4332

     
   

www.investguam.com

mbaza@investguam.com

     
             

10

Hawaii

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism 

Jamie Lumm

$450,000

$150,000

$600,000

   

250 S. Hotel Street, 5th Floor

STEP Project Director

     
   

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 587-2753

     
   

https://invest.hawaii.gov/exporting/histep/ 

jamie.k.lum@hawaii.gov

     
             

11

Idaho

Idaho Department of Commerce

Tina Salisbury

$600,000

$200,000

$800,000

   

700 W State Street

STEP Project Director

     
   

P.O. Box 83720

Phone: 208-287-3164

     
   

Boise, Idaho 83720

Tina.Salisbury@commerce.idaho.gov

     
   

https://commerce.idaho.gov/idaho-business/international-trade/step-grant 

       
             

12

Illinois

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Margo Markopoulos

$700,000

$233,333

$933,333

   

Office of Trade and Investment 

STEP Project Director

     
   

100 W. Randolph, Suite 3-400

Phone:  312- 814-3116

     
   

Chicago, Illinois  60601

margo.markopoulos@illinois.gov  

     
   

www.exports.illinois.gov  

       
             

13

Iowa

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

Lisa Longman

$200,000

$66,667

$266,667

   

200 East Grand Avenue

STEP Project Director

     
   

Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 348-6243

     
   

www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com  

lisa.longman@iowaeda.com  

     
             

14

Kansas

Kansas Department of Commerce

Chang Lu

$200,000

$66,667

$266,667

   

1000 SW Jackson Avenue, St #100

STEP Project Director

     
   

Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: 913- 307-7378    

     
   

www.kansascommerce.com/STEP  

chang.lu@ks.gov

     
             

15

Kentucky 

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Darlene Barber

$400,000

$133,333

$533,333

   

Old Capitol Annex

STEP Project Director

     
   

300 West Broadway

Phone: 502-782-1940 

     
   

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Darlene.Barber@ky.gov 

     
   

https://kyexports.com/STEP-grants.aspx

       
             

16

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Economic Development

Jessica L. Steverson 

$200,000

$66,667

$266,667

   

1051 North Third Street

STEP Project Director

     
   

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Phone: 225-342-2537

     
   

https://opportunitylouisiana.com 

jessica L.Steverson@la.gov 

     
             

17

Maine

Maine International Trade Center

Wade Merritt

$344,500

$114,833

$459,333

   

2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 204

STEP Project Director

     
   

Portland, Maine 04101

Phone: (207) 541-7408

     
   

www.mitc.com/how-we-help/grants/ 

merritt@mitc.com

     
             

18

Maryland

Maryland Department of Commerce

Signe Pringle

$550,000

$183,333

$733,333

   

401 East Pratt Street      

STEP Project Director

     
   

Baltimore, Maryland 21202   

Phone: 410-767-3542

     
   

https://commerce.maryland.gov/grow/expand-to-international-markets 

signe.pringle@maryland.gov

     
             

19

Massachusetts

Commonwealth of Massachusets

Mark Sullivan

$500,000

$166,667

$666,667

   

Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development

STEP Project Director

     
   

Office of International Trade & Investment

Phone: 617-973-8543

     
   

10 Park Plaza, Suite 3730

mark.f.sullivan@state.ma.us

     
   

Boston, MA 02116

       
   

www.mass.gov/MOITl 

       
             

20

Michigan

Michigan Strategic Fund

Natalie Chmiko

$800,000

$266,666

$1,066,666

   

300 North Washington Square

STEP Project Director

     
   

Lansing, MI 48933 

Phone 517.335.2854   

     
   

https://www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/international-trade-services/#step 

chmikon@michigan.org

     
             

21

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

Gabrielle Gerbaud

$144,750

$48,250

$193,000

   

332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200

STEP Project Director

     
   

St. Paul, Minnessota 55101

Phone: 651-259-7489

     
   

https://mn.gov/deed/business/exporting/export-financing/

gabrielle.gerbaud@state.mu.us

     
             

22

Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority

Rose Boxx

$540,000

$180,000

$720,000

   

P.O BOX 849

STEP Project Director

     
   

Jackson, MS 39202

Phone: 601 359-3045

     
   

https://www.mississippi.org/home-page/our-advantages/incentives/state-  trade-export-programs/ 

rboxx@mississippi.org 

     
             

23

Missouri

Missouri Department of Economic Development

Ann Pardalos

$350,000

$116,667

$466,667

   

Business & Community Services

STEP Director

     
   

Harry S. Truman Building, Room 720

Phone:  573-751-6605

     
   

301 W. High Street

ann.pardalos@ded.mo.gov

     
   

Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

       
   

https://www.exportmissouri.mo.gov 

       
             

24

Montana

Montana Department of Commerce

Angelyn DeYoung

$325,000

$108,333

$433,333

   

Department of Commerce

STEP Project Director

     
   

301 S. Park Ave.

Phone: 406-841-2783

     
   

Helena, MT  59620

adeyoung@mt.gov 

     
   

https://businessresources.mt.gov/MIMAP 

       
             

25

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Susan R. Rouch

$500,000

$166,667

$666,667

   

301 Centennial Mall South

STEP Project Director

     
   

PO Box 94666

Phone: 402-471-4668

     
   

Lincoln, NE  68509

Susan.Rouch@nebraska.gov

     
   

https://www.opportunity.nebraska.gov

       
             

26

Nevada

Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) 

Gina Rodriguez

$150,000

$50,000

$200,000

   

555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 5400

Interim STEP Project Director

     
   

 Las Vegas, NV 89101

Phone: 702-486-0587

     
   

https://www.diversifynevada.com/selecting-nevada/global/step-grant 

grodriguez@Diversifynevada.com

     
             

27

New Hampshire

Department of Resources and Economic Development/Office of International Commerce

Tina Kasim

$250,000

$83,333

$333,333

   

172 Pembroke Road

STEP Project Director

     
   

Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 603-271-8444

     
   

https://nhexportassistance.com/export-promotion-grants/step-grant/  

Tina.Kasim@dred.nh.gov

     
             

28

New Jersey

New Jersey Business Action Center

Eddy Mayen

$700,000

$233,333

$933,333

   

225 West State Street

STEP Director

     
   

P.O. Box 820

Phone:609-633-1182 

     
   

Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

eddy.mayen@sos.nj.gov 

     
   

https://www.njstep.nj.gov 

       
             

29

New Mexico

New Mexico Economic Development Department

Edward R. Herrera

$200,000

$66,667

$266,667

   

1100 St. Francis Drive

STEP Project Director

     
   

Sante Fe New Mexico 87505

Phone: 505-827-0315

     
   

https://gonm.biz/business-resource-center/edd-programs-for-business/international-trade/ 

Edward.Herrera@state.nm.gov

     
             

30

New York

Empire State Development

Lennox Ruiz

$700,000

$233,333

$933,333

   

633 Third Avenue, 36th Floor

STEP Project Director

     
   

New York, NY  10017

Phone: 212-803-2344

     
   

https://esd.ny.gov/International/STEP_NYS.html 

lennox.ruiz@esd.ny.gov

     
             

31

North Carolina

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Mike Hubbard

$700,000

$233,333

$933,333

   

Global Business Services, 

STEP Project Director

     
   

15000 Weston Parkway

Phone: 919-447-7751

     
   

Cary, NC 27513

Mike.hubbard@edpnc.com 

     
   

https://www.nccommerce.com/trade/export-resources/step-program  

       
             

32

North Dakota

North Dakota Trade Office 

Simon Wilsom

$247,614

$82,538

$330,152

   

811 2nd Avenue, N, Suite 284

STEP Project Director

     
   

Fargo, ND 58108

Phone:701-231-1159

     
   

https://ndto.com/step-nd/ 

simon@ndto.com

     
             

33

Ohio

Ohio Development Services Agency

Thien Bui

$700,000

$233,333

$933,333

   

77 South High Street, 28thFloor

STEP Project Director

     
   

Columbus, Ohio  43216

Phone: (614) 466-4996

     
   

www.IMAGE.development.ohio.gov  

thien.bui@development.ohio.gov

     
             

34

Oregon

Oregon Business Development Department

Amanda Welker

$562,500

$187,500

$750,000

   

775 Summer ST NE, Suite 200

STEP Project Director

     
   

Salem, OR  97301

Phone: 503-229-6063

     
   

www.oregon4biz.com/Global-Connections/Export-Promotion/

amanda.welker@oregon.gov

     
             

35

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Katherine Skopp

$500,000

$166,667

$666,667

   

400 North Street, 4th Floor 

STEP Project Director

     
   

Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Phone: 717-720-7361

     
   

www.visitPA.com 

kskopp@pa.gov

     
             

36

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Trade & Export Company

Maria R. Batista Santaella

$300,000

$100,000

$400,000

   

159 Chardon Avenue

STEP Project Director

     
   

New San Juan Building

Phone:(787) 294-0101 Ext. 2034

     
   

San Juan, PR 00919

maria.batista@cce.pr.gov

     
   

https://www.comercioyexportacion.com

       
             

37

Rhode Island 

John H. Chafee Center for International Business

Linda Woulfe

$374,002

$124,667

$498,669

   

Bryant University

STEP Project Director

     
   

1150 Douglas Pike

Phone:401- 232-6525

     
   

Smithfield, RI 02917

lwoulfe@bryant.edu

     
   

https://www.bryant.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/john-h-chafee-center-for-international-business/ 

       
             

38

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Commerce 

Norris Thigpen 

$360,400

$120,133

$480,533

   

1201 Main Street, Suite 1600

STEP Project Director

     
   

Columbia SC 29201 

Phone: (803) 737-0598

     
   

https://sccommerce.com/sc-business-network/export-services 

nthigpen@SCcommerce.com

     
             

39

Tennessee 

Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

Leslee T. Alexander

$150,000

$50,000

$200,000

   

312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 27th Floor

STEP Project Director

     
   

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone: 615-483-7293

     
   

www.tnecd.com

leslee.alexander@tn.gov

     
             

40

Texas

Texas Department of Agriculture

Mindy Fryer

$600,000

$323,076

$923,076

   

1700 North Congress Avenue, 11th Floor

STEP Project Director

     
   

P.O. Box 12847

Phone: 512-463-6908 

     
   

Austin, TX 78711

Mindy.Fryer@TexasAgriculture.gov

     
   

https://www.texasagriculture.gov/ 

       
             

41

Utah

Utah World Trade Center Corporation

Nicole Sherwood

$300,000

$100,000

$400,000

   

60 East South Temple, Suite 300

STEP Project Director 

     
   

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801-

     
   

https://business.utah.gov/partners/wtcutah/

nsherwood@wtcutah.com

     
             

42

Vermont

Agency of Commerce & Community Development

Katie Corrigan

$306,420

$102,140

$408,560

   

National Life Building, 6thFloor

STEP Project Director

     
   

Montpelier, VT 05620-0501

Phone: (802) 272-1420

     
   

https://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/programs/international-trade/grants

Katie.corrigan@vermont.gov

     
             

43

Virgin Islands 

United States Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority

Nadine Marchena Kean

$150,000

$0

$150,000

   

8000 Nisky Shopping Center, Suite 620 

STEP Director

     
   

St. Thomas, Virgin Island 00802

Phone: (340) 714-1700

     
   

www.usvieda.org

NMARCHENA@usvieda.org

     
             

44

Virginia

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)

Monica Sadie 

$200,000

$66,667

$266,667

   

One James Center

STEP Project Director

     
   

901 E. Cary Street, Suite 900

Phone: 804-545-5763

     
   

Richmond, Virginia 23219

msadie@yesvirginia.org

     
   

www.exportvirginia.org/services/programs-grants   

       
             

45

Washington

Washington State Department of Commerce

Mary Ferguson

$750,000

$403,845

$1,153,845

   

2001 6th avenue Suite 2600

STEP Project Director

     
   

Seattle ,Wa 98121-2895

Phone: (206) 256-6130      

     
   

https://www.exportwashington.com/programs-and-services/export-grant-loan/step-grant/Pages/default.aspx 

mary.ferguson@commerce.wa.gov 

     
             

46

West Virginia

West Virginia Department of Commerce dba WV Development Office

Enybe Diaz Valenzuela

$250,000

$83,333

$333,333

   

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Building 6 Room 553

STEP Project Director

     
   

Charleston, West Virginia 25305

Phone: (304) 957-2018

     
   

https://www.westvirginia.gov/step.html

Enybe.Diaz@wv.gov

     
             

47

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Monica Wahlberg

$300,000

$100,000

$400,000

   

201 West Washington Ave.

STEP Project Director

     
   

Madison, WI  53073

Phone: 608-210-6734

     
   

https://inwisconsin.com/export/assistance/global-business-development-program/ 

Monica.wahlberg@wedc.org

     
             
             
             
             
     

Total 

$18,000,000

   

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