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Comparison of Export Development Financial Assistance Programs: STEP and MDCP
In 2011, the Small Business Administration started the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) initiative to help states to help small businesses to export. STEP objectives are aligned closely with those of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP). Because entities eligible for STEP financial assistance awards are also eligible for MDCP awards, we have provided a comparison table below.
|Main objective||Eligible partners||Total annual funding available for awards||Project duration ceiling||Percent share federal/ partner||Award ceiling|
State export agencies.
(Note: has varied year-to-year from $7 - $30 million)
|12 months||75 / 25||$3,000,000|
|MDCP||Exports||Subgrantees: Ttrade associations, chambers of commerce, World Trade Centers, Small Business Development Centers, economic development entities, other non-profit industry groups.||$2,000,000||36 months||33 / 67||$300,000|
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