Grants for Exporters

STEP program

The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is a Federal grant administered by Export Montana. Montana exporters can apply for 50-75% reimbursement up to $10,000 for eligible international marketing activities, as follows:

  1. International Trade Show Exhibition
  2. Market Research & U.S. Commercial Service Programs 
  3. Foreign Language Translation
  4. International Compliance Testing
  5. International Intellectual Property Protection 
  6. International e-Commerce & Website Fees 
  7. International Digital Marketing 
  8. International Credit Insurance from EXIM Bank
  9. International Travel Stipend 

*Companies may receive up to $30,000 in STEP awards per year.

Click here to watch ExportMontana's webinar Grants for International Sales to learn about all our programs.


Planned International Trade Shows & Trade Missions

For 2022-2023, ExportMontana is planning the following international activities. If you’re interested in participating in any of these events, please contact ExportMontana.

Montana Pavilions at International Trade Shows 

  • Medica, medical products and services, November, Germany
  • IWA Outdoor, outdoor products and services, March, Germany
  • International Mass Timber Conference, March, Portland, OR
  • Experience the World of Flyfishing, flyfishing products and services, April, Germany
  • Global Energy Show, energy products and services (oil sands, hydrogen, wind, solar, petrochemicals, gas and LNG, electrification and nuclear), June, Canada
  • DSEI, defense and security products, September 2023, United Kingdom

When ExportMontana hosts an international Montana Pavilion, we take care of all the non-revenue-generating activities surrounding trade shows (like getting the booth space and graphics, etc.), and you get to focus on doing business at the show and following up on your connections.

Our staff contracts for the booth space and provides all the booth amenities (furniture, electricity, etc.). Then you can promote your products and services from smaller kiosks within the booth and set up one-on-one business meetings. We will also provide some pre-show training and in-country staff support via staff.

We will be co-exhibiting with other states in USA Pavilions – a must-see destination on the show floor. 

Montana International Trade Missions 

  • United Kingdom, November 2022 and May 2023
  • Brazil, February 2023
  • Central Europe (Hungary and Czechia), June 2023
  • Baltics, Sept 2023
  • Virtual trade missions in Canada, Mexico, India, and South Africa, on-demand

When we host an international trade mission, we connect exporters with an in-country business consultant who plans a customized itinerary of business meetings for each participating company. Then the Montana companies travel to the foreign country during the same timeframe and participates in their meetings each day and receptions each evening. ExportMontana staff supports the exporters throughout this process and in-country.

A virtual trade mission is similar to the trade mission, only as the name implies, the business meetings are conducted via Zoom.