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.
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
International partner search
Registration fees or educational programs
Export Marketing Assistance
Identifying qualified potential prospects
Translating promotional materials
A customized trip itinerary
Local transportation assistance
Translation services for website and printed materials
Travel & Related
Travel costs – providing reimbursements of up to 50 percent of travel costs (including airfare, lodging, per diem spending and incidentals)
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.