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June 25, 2015
SIDO will be hosting a Best Practices and Training Forum at the World Trade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on August 26-28.  To register, please click here.
April 8, 2015
This year the SIDO annual forum will take on a different format. Participants will be engaged in a number of workshops, each addressing a key challenge to state export promotion programs with a special emphasis on improving state-federal coordination, and the overall trade process for exporters. Our objective is to identify key sticking points and formulate best solutions that SIDO can advocate...
February 10, 2015
U.S. companies exported a record number of goods and services in 2014, setting a record for the fifth consecutive year. According to the Department of Commerce, total exports reached $2.35 trillion last year. Of course, more exports mean more American jobs. U.S. exports in 2013 alone supported 11.3 million jobs, an increase of 1.6 million export-supported jobs since 2009. 
December 16, 2014
Congressional appropriators awarded $17.4 million for the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program, an increase from the $8 million STEP received for FY14. For the bill’s text, please click here.
December 11, 2014
On December 9, Senator Maria Cantwell introduced The STEP UP for American Businesses Act of 2014 that transitions STEP from a temporary pilot program to a fully authorized grant program within the Small Business Administration. Cosponsored by Senators Cantwell, Susan Collins, and Jeanne Shaheen, the STEP bill includes a $30 million authorization level for FY 2015-2019. For more information on...
July 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.—  In 2013, the Export-import Bank (Ex-Im) helped 3,800 companies export more than $37 billion in export sales, which supported more than 205,000 American jobs. Over 90 percent of Ex-Im transactions directly benefit small businesses and suppliers across all fifty states.  Ex-Im also provides access to capital to small businesses in rural areas that may lack...
June 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate appropriators are supporting the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program at previous levels in their 2015 budget. Funding for the STEP program was reduced from $30 million to $8 million in the FY2014 federal budget that passed at the start of the year. House appropriators are unlikely to support the program at the same level. With an average return on...
June 18, 2014
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently held a hearing on the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program. At the hearing, there were six panelists, three representing state trade offices (Washington, Arkansas, and Idaho) and three from the private sector. STEP began as a three-year pilot trade and export initiative in 2012, expiring at the end of this year....