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Missouri receives federal grant to help small businesses engage in exporting

From the Missouri Department of Economic Development

The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) $599,000 through its STEP program to help small businesses enter and succeed in the international marketplace.

Missouri will use STEP award funds to support eligible small business expansion of sector specific exports to Central and South America and the Middle East. In addition, STEP award funds will be used to increase exports in Missouri’s high priority markets of Colombia, Panama, Peru and the UAE.

DED’s International Trade & Investment Office will be traveling throughout the state on a 10-city road tour to encourage small businesses to participate in the MO STEP program.

Join us in the following cities for a free one hour information session to learn more about the MO STEP program and get your goods on the map today!

Kansas City-Friday, 9 a.m., December 4, 2015

1000 Walnut Street Suite 500, Kansas City, MO

Moberly-Monday, 9 a.m., December 7, 2015

115 N. Williams St., Moberly, MO

Hannibal-Monday, 1:30 p.m., December 7, 2015

219 S 10th St, Hannibal, MO

Kirksville-Monday, 9 a.m., December 14, 2015

315 S. Franklin, Kirksville, MO

St. Louis-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., December 16, 2015

7733 Forsyth Ave, St. Louis, MO

Blue Springs-Wednesday, 9 a.m., December 16, 2015

4715 E US Hwy 40, Blue Springs, MO

St. Joseph-Wednesday, 1 p.m., December 16, 2015

3003 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO

Springfield-Thursday, 9 a.m., December 17, 2015

202 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO

St. Charles-Monday, 10 a.m., December 30, 2015

5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, MO

Cape Girardeau-December 2015 (specific date and time TBD)

For more information about the MO STEP sessions please contact Krista Hinrichs,krista.hinrichs@ded.mo.gov, 573-751-6728 or Doug Potts, doug.potts@ded.mo.gov,573-751-9072.

The Missouri International Trade & Investment Office would like to thank our community partners for assisting in the MO STEP announcements:  Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, Kirksville Regional Economic Development Inc., Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Charles Economic Development Corporation, St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Commercial Service, and the World Trade Center-St. Louis.

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