STEP '16-17 Application Portal
Connecticut, through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), was awarded a State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) Grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant runs from October 2016 through September 2017. Through this grant, DECD has created an Export General Assistance Fund to aid companies in expanding their export initiatives and to increase eligible Connecticut companies’ export sales by spurring participation in these export opportunities.
Eligible activities include trade shows, trade missions, marketing and internationalization, U.S. Department of Commerce services (Gold Key, International Partner Search, International Company Profile), export training opportunities, and export B2B matchmaking.
First, review the STEP Program Guidelines
Please review the STEP FY '16 Program Guidelines before beginning the application process.
Second, Set Up An Accounted the
You will need a FluidReview account to apply. If you have registered in the past for FluidReview, please use your previous account login. For new accounts, please click on the Sign-Up button to establish your account. Then click on the link provided in the activation email sent to your registration email address. This will activate your account and allow you to log in to complete the application process. Once you have completed this step, you can sign back in and make changes at any time.
Next, Select eYour Activity
Select Medica 2016, Hannover Messe H2FC 2017, Paris Air Show 2017, or General Assistance Fund FY '16 from the drop-down box.
Then, Complete and Sign Application Forms
Five forms are required to complete the process. One will be completed online. The other four require you to download, complete them offline, provide a handwritten signature and upload your forms back to the system.
1. Complete the online Application Form for your Selected Activity
2. Download and complete the:
- Self-Certification Form
- Debarment Form
- Agency Vendor Form
- W-9 Forms
- Strategic Export Plan (template provided)
Your STEP FY '16 application materials will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Pending the availability of Connecticut STEP FY '16 funds, eligible small business concerns' that complete an application prior to their proposed activity and have a planned export activity or event that meets the criteria set forth in the Program Guidelines, will be notified via email that their reimbursement request has been approved.
Execute Your Planned Export Event / Activity
Once approved, execute your planned activity as outlined in your STEP FY '16 application and projected budget.
Submit all reimbursement request documentation to DECD within (2) weeks of a completed activity and no later than October 13, 2017. No partial reimbursement requests will be accepted.
You will need to log back into www.stepgrant.fluidreview.com to complete your reimbursement request. There you will be asked to submit:
- Post-Activity Report/Survey;
- Receipts documenting payment for all registration, service fees and other costs associated with your approved STEP FY '16 activity; and
- STEP Grant Activity Invoice to request payment of your reimbursement from DECD.
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