North Carolina Passport to Export
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
The N.C. Passport to Export program was created to help small businesses grow globally. By growing globally, small businesses thrive locally.
The North Carolina Passport to Export Grant program is designed to increase:
- the amount of small businesses exporting
- the total value of exports from N.C. small business
- the number of global markets to which N.C. small businesses export
The program is a component of the National Export Initiative (NEI) and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The N.C. Passport to Export program is designed to help North Carolina-based small businesses generate new export revenues and create or retain new jobs for North Carolina by preparing them for exporting with an array of trade-related resources and services.
The N.C. Passport to Export program is focused exclusively on small businesses and will give special consideration to women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses as well as businesses located in rural North Carolina.