Montana Receives $750,000+ Grant to Accelerate International Business Growth

u s small business administration


SBA Media Contact: Andy Shirtliff

DOC Media Contact: Todd Jackson

Montana Receives $750,000+ Grant to Accelerate International Business Growth

HELENA, MT – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced that the State of Montana has received a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant of $754,532. These grant funds will be administered to Montana small businesses ready to accelerate the growth of international sales. Since 2011, the state has received $4.19 million through STEP.

“Montana small businesses are producing products that are beneficial for people and businesses around the world,” said Brent Donnelly, SBA District Director for Montana. “These STEP funds will accentuate business’ abilities to strengthen our local economies while broadening the footprint of their goods and services around the globe. The Montana Department of Commerce has been an outstanding partner of the SBA as we continue pursuing every avenue to cultivate entrepreneurship and business ownership in our state.”

“Montana’s entrepreneurs produce and sell some of the finest products in the world,” said Scott Osterman, Montana Department of Commerce Director. “With this STEP grant, the Department of Commerce stands ready to assist small business as they gain access to foreign markets and expand their exports. We thank the SBA for their confidence in Montana and our export programs, and we look forward to continued success for Montana businesses looking to market their products to the world.”

This STEP grant, administered by the Montana Department of Commerce, will be used to bolster processes of businesses that export and increase the value of Montana Small business products. The funds will offer support for foreign trade missions, a subscription to U.S. Department of Commerce services, payment of website fees, design of marketing media, costs surrounding trade show exhibition, and export training workshops. The funds are expected to contribute approximately $10.75 million in total export sales.

On October 14, the Montana Department of Commerce will host a free webinar to outline best practices for businesses interested in using grant funds for international marketing. Information will be presented regarding using funds for trade shows, market research, language translation, website optimization, digital marketing, and more. Businesses can register for the webinar here.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit