STEP initiative will help small businesses export

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration is providing $30 million in grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia, to help increase exporting by small businesses during the next 12 months. The grants were authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, under the State Trade and Export Promotion Program (STEP). Vermont has been allocated $363,768.The STEP program, launched in March, aligns with President Obama’s National Export Initiative.  The President’s initiative calls for doubling U.S. exports in five years ‘ and in so doing, supporting two million jobs. The program provides federal government funding for 65 to75 percent of program costs, with states supplying the remainder. SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced the awards today at an event in Raleigh, N.C., at Raleigh Denim, a small business that produces and exports denim products.  Forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands received STEP grants.‘Strengthening the nation’s economy through a substantial increase of U.S. exports is a top priority for the Administration and the agency,’ said Mills. ‘This is a unique partnership between the federal government and the states.  Sharing responsibilities and resources will help new small exporters across the country enter and succeed in the global market.’The funding will support participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscriptions to services provided by the Department of Commerce, website translations fees, design of international marketing media, trade show exhibitions, participation in training workshops, and other critical export initiatives.Small businesses that want to receive assistance under the STEP program should contact the organizations serving the states in which they are located. For a list of these organizations and more information about the STEP program, visit is external).The SBA anticipates it will conduct a new competition for STEP program grants during the winter of 2011.  Awards will be made in September 2012 for export support services by states over the following 12 months.last_img read more


first_imgNot even roadworks which were planned for the North can stop Donegal supporters marching onwards to Croke Park.Fans won’t be delayed n the way to Croker.It follows confirmation from the Department for Regional Development that scheduled roadworks in Strabane which would cause traffic delays for Donegal supporters travelling to Dublin from the North West will now be deferred.The SDLP’s mark Mr Durkan welcomed the move. “As soon as I became aware of the GAA concerns for supporters’ journeys I contacted the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy.“I stressed that the scheduled roadworks on the Great Northern Link in Strabane would cause untold disruption to supporters, and that the planned diversion routes would not easily accommodate the volume of traffic that All-Ireland Sunday would bring.“In fairness the Minister’s office quickly took the point about the disproportionate impact of the proposed closure for works on this key artery on this of all occasions.“I want to thank the Minister and his officials who came back quickly to say that the work will now be deferred. “We don’t want people to have a difficult journey on what we all hope will be a great day for Donegal!”COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: EVEN THE NORTH’S POLITICIANS ARE CLEARING DONEGAL’S PATH TO FINAL was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfansMark Durkanroadworksstrabanelast_img read more