California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)


California STEP goals are simple:

  • If you are exporting, we’d like to help you export more.
  • If you are not exporting, we’d like to help you get started.

California STEP can provide information on:

  • Opportunities to connect with overseas buyers
  • How to maximize marketing efforts through overseas trade shows

STEP helps small businesses by:

  • Supporting participation in foreign trade missions
  • Facilitating foreign trade shows and other export promotion activities.

Qualifications for STEP

  • Comply with SBA size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121
  • Have been in business for at least a 1-year period by the date on which assistance is provided
  • Operating and incorporated in the United States
  • Demonstrated understanding of the costs associated with exporting and doing business with foreign purchasers, including the costs of freight forwarding, customs brokers, packing, and shipping
  • Exporting goods or services of U.S. origin or that have at least 51% or more U.S. content.

Contact Us

Diana Dominguez
Special Advisor for International Trade & GO-Biz STEP Manager
California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Phone: 1-916-322-0645

Jeffrey Williamson
California STEP Director
Riverside Community College District Center for International Trade Development
Phone: 1-714-951-5446