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

The World Trade Center Arkansas secures funding for Arkansas companies through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant provided by the United States Small Business AdministrationOnce we win this money, we then award it to small businesses to fund export initiatives such as inbound and outbound trade missions, trade shows and exhibitions, consulting, web translations and more. The testimonials below illustrate the effectiveness of the STEP Grant. For more information on applying for funds, contact Trish Watkins, our STEP Grant director.

Gina Radke | Galley Support Innovations

“Utilizing the STEP funds, GSI has been able to attract new international customers from countries such as Canada, Brazil and Switzerland. It was a trip to EBACE made possible by STEP funds that opened GSI up to the VVIP aircraft market, increasing our domestic and international sales.” Gina Radke. President and CEO, Galley Support Innovations
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William Burgess | Power Technology, Inc.

“In 2016, we introduced our new Cinema laser products into Europe. The STEP grant helped us attend the largest Cinema show in Europe by offsetting our cost significantly. Since then, we have gotten a lot more traction with our European customers. ” William Burgess. VP of Operations, Power Technology, Inc.
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CATSquared | Food Tracability System

“We used the funds to cover a portion of costs to attend international trade shows in North America and Latin America. These trade shows generated approximately $1.5 million in revenue for our company.” Kathy Barbeire, Marketing Manager at CATSquared
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Paris Air Show | June 2015

“The STEP Grant enabled us to bring many pioneering Arkansas companies to the Paris Airshow with Governor Asa Hutchinson in June 2015 for B2B meetings and to develop strategic relationships.” Dan Hendrix. President and CEO, World Trade Center Arkansas.
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