About the Montana STEP Grant
The Montana STEP Grant is funded through an award from the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) with a match by the Montana Department of Commerce.
Most of the 50 states and U.S. territories were awarded grant funds in varying amounts. Each one, like Montana, developed their own program to best suit the needs of their small businesses. Montana's program focuses almost exclusively on getting dollars into the hands of current and potential exporters to help them mitigate risk by taking advantage of U.S. Commercial Service trade contact and research services, to procure the marketing materials necessary to succeed in countries that speak a different language, and by giving them access through trade shows and events to introduce their products and services to new markets.