MDA helps Mississippi’s small businesses learn about the many export opportunities available and how companies in Mississippi can take advantage of them. International trade managers provide assistance to businesses considering exporting or working to increase their exports.

Step up to exporting Mississippi

Through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-funded Mississippi State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), MDA can offer small businesses financial assistance to help defray many of the costs associated with exporting for the first time or with exporting to new international markets. 

STEP Financial Incentives Overview

STEP can reimburse eligible Mississippi businesses for some of the costs associated with participating in trade missions, business-to-business matchmaking trips and other international business development activities.

Incentives available through STEP provide financial assistance to reduce costs associated with the following:

Export Readiness Tools

  • Market research
  • International partner search
  • Registration fees or educational programs

Export Marketing Assistance

  • Identifying qualified potential prospects
  • Translating promotional materials

Other Assistance

  • A customized trip itinerary
  • Local transportation assistance
  • Translation services for website and printed materials

Travel & Related
In–Market Costs

  • Travel costs – providing reimbursements of up to 50 percent of travel costs (including airfare, lodging, per diem spending and incidentals)
  • Interpreter fees

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