Grants for Exporters

STEP program

The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is a Federal grant administered by Export Montana. Montana exporters can apply for 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 How to Leverage Grant Funds for International Marketing to learn about all our programs and hear from Montana businesses that have used these grants to expand their international sales.


Planned International Trade Shows & Trade Missions

For 2022, 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 

These Montana Pavilions are currently planned, if international travel is possible.  Should these shows be cancelled, or if international travel is difficult, ExportMontana will plan alternative international activities.

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 

  • South Africa Trade Mission, February 2022
  • Canada Virtual Trade Mission, January – June 2022
  • India Trade Mission, June 2022
  • Mexico Trade Mission, May 2022
  • United Kingdom Trade Mission, August 2022
  • Central Europe Trade Mission, August 2022
  • Japan Trade Mission, September 2022
  • Taiwan Trade Mission, September 2022

These trade missions are currently planned as in-person missions in the respective countries.  However, should travel restrictions make international travel difficult, ExportMontana will offer these as virtual trade missions.

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.