STEP grants available

May 13, 2018

The Commonwealth’s State Trade Expansion Program coordinator, Frank D. Cabrera, spoke at the Saipan Rotary this week to promote participation in the STEP grant. I would like to amplify that message. STEP, the State Trade and Export Promotion program, is available to small businesses in the Marianas because of an amendment I included as Section 1699a of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. STEP aims to increase the number of small businesses engaged in exporting and the value of their goods. Mr. Cabrera suggested that local products such as beef jerky or sweet potato chips would be good candidates for promotion to markets in the region. I encourage small businesses to find out more about the STEP grant. Contact cnmi.step@commerce.gov.mp