Governor Ricketts and Economic Development to Highlight 2016 STEP Grant Program
Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970
Kate Ellingson, Economic Development, 402-471-3749
Lincoln – On Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will hold a reception to highlight the Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program in Nebraska. The STEP program helps small businesses defray costs incurred when accessing international markets.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) will present a check for the 2015-2016 STEP Grant Program. The STEP Grant program has been available to Nebraska small businesses for three years. In those three years, it has been used by 62 separate Nebraska small businesses for 280 unique activities and generated over $30 million in increased exports.
The Governor, DED Director Courtney Dentlinger, and others will make brief comments. Media is welcome to attend the announcement to visit with Nebraska small business representatives who have used the grant in the past to grow their business internationally. This event is open to credentialed media.
What: Reception to highlight the 2016 STEP program
When: 10:00am-11:30am on Monday, March 7, 2016
Where: The Nebraska Club, 233 S 13th St. #1708, Lincoln
Who: Governor Pete Ricketts will be joined by:
- DED Director Courtney Dentlinger
- U.S. SBA Regional Administrator Patricia Brown-Dixon
- Nebraska small business owners
About the STEP Program
Small businesses wanting to increase the value of their current exports, or start exporting products for the first time can now apply for grants through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s (DED) International Market Access Grant (IMAG) program. DED has been awarded $300,570 from the Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program to help small businesses defray costs incurred when accessing international markets.