Step Grant

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has been awarded $257,914 through the State Trade Expansion Program Grant (STEP) administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The purpose of the grant is to assist Nevada Eligible Small Business Concerns (ESBCs) to enter or expand into export markets.

With STEP grant funding, GOED’s International Division plans to provide financial assistance awards to Nevada ESBCs to enable participation in the following approved export sales activities:

  • Participation in a GOED-led trade mission.
  • Foreign market sales trips.
  • Participation in trade shows abroad.
  • Participation in export training workshops.

The Financial Assistance Award may be used to cover some travel costs, approved business-to-business matching services, approved registration and exhibit fees, and others as indicated in the application and determined at time of award.

Award amounts typically will be between $2,500 and $10,000.

Nevada STEP Grant Application

STEP Year 7/FY 2018 & STEP Year 8/ FY 2019

Application Period is Now Open (November 15, 2019 – January 3, 2020)

We would like to inform you that we are now accepting new applications until January 3, 2020.

Please fill in the STEP Grant Application and send it by email to

We are also inviting Nevada small businesses to join the upcoming GOED-led STEP Trade Missions:

1. Nevada Global Trade & Education Mission to Europe

(Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia), February 28 – March 9, 2020

2. Japan and the Republic of Korea

May 4 – May 14, 2020 - Further details will be announced soon.

Following the first application period we will announce a new cycle when we will be again accepting applications along with the announcement of STEP trade missions to Canada, India, Mexico, and others.

For any questions, please contact us at 702-486-2700 or by email to

Funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration: