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The SBA Office of International Trade and the STEP Program as Key Tools for Recovery and Expansion

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The SBA Office of International Trade and the STEP Program as Key Tools for Recovery and Expansion.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The hearing will review the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 authorized the SBA to establish a threeyear State Trade and Export Promotion pilot grant initiative to increase the number and value of small business exports. Later, through the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, the SBA was directed to formerly establish the State Trade Enhancement Program (STEP) to provide grants to states to increase the number of exporting small businesses, particularly in States with a small number of small businesses exporting or proposals that would assist rural, womenowned, and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses. This hearing will allow Members to hear the states’ and small business perspective on STEP and its effectiveness in providing exporting opportunities for small businesses. 
To view a livestream of the hearing, click here

Hearing Notice

Hearing Memo


Ms. Mary Waters
Deputy Commissioner, International Trade
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Atlanta, GA

Mr. William E. Spear
Manager, Office of Export Promotion
The State of New Jersey Business Action Center of the New Jersey Department of State
Trenton, NJ
Mr. Luther L. Tooks
Chief Executive Officer
Pyramid Foods, LLC
Shawnee, KS  

Mr. Devan Walding 
Vice President of Sales
RADIUS Corporation 
Kutztown, PA

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