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SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program: The States’ Perspective

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program: The States’ Perspective.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will review the state of the SBA State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 directed SBA to establish the program to provide grants to states to increase the number of small businesses exploring trade opportunities. The hearing will allow Members to hear the states’ perspectives of SBA’s State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) and its effectiveness in providing export opportunities for small businesses.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Mr. Wade Merritt
President and State Director of International Trade
Maine International Trade Center
Portland, ME

Ms. Jennifer Bacon
Westminster, CO

Mr. Clifton Broumand
Founder and CEO
Man & Machine, Inc.
Landover, MD

Ms. Jennifer Black
Executive Director, Export Development
PA Department of Community & Economic Development
Office of International Business Development
Harrisburg, PA

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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