February 20, 2016
Leeward Community College, Pearl City, HI
Contact: Wayne Thom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Hawaii’s State Trade and Export Promotion Program, known as HiSTEP, is built on a multifaceted approach to export development. The program begins with comprehensive export assistance, readiness, counseling and training that leads into a menu of targeted and individualized activities designed to generate new export sales for participating small businesses. The program is administered by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) which partners with several agencies and organizations to carry out the HiSTEP program. These partners include the Hawaii Pacific Export Council, U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers, Innovate Hawaii (High Technology Development Corporation), SBA Hawaii District Office, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and the Foreign Trade Zone No. 9.
The Hawaii State Trade and Export Promotion (HiSTEP) program has three integrated components:
Training programs to prepare Hawaii companies to begin or expand their export market development. See the press release here.
Export University is an introductory program covering key export topics that is open to all types of businesses considering exporting. Participants receive a minimum of 16 hours of instruction over the course of several days. At the conclusion of the program, companies will have a go-to-market strategy and export plan. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. Program fee payable by the first session is $99.
The Export University Application is available online. View the Export University Flyer for more information.
ExporTech is designed for companies that have some experience with exporting, but not as part of a proactive export market development plan. ExporTech is organized by the Federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership and focuses mostly, but not exclusively, on businesses involved in manufacturing. Participants meet for one day each month over a three month period with assignments in between the one day sessions. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. Program fee payable by the first session is $295.*
The ExporTech™ Readiness Survey and the ExporTech 2016 Flyer are available for download. Please fill out the survey application, scan it and send by email to: ExportTraining@hawaiiexportsupport.com. We will contact you after a short review process. For any questions, please email ExportTraining@hawaiiexportsupport.com.
*Note: This program is offered in other states usually at $2,500 – $3,000 of its $5,000 value. This year this program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Assists individual Hawaii companies with export market development costs. See the press release for more information.
Application proposals may request a minimum of $2,000 and a maximum of $6,000. HiSTEP-AP applicants must provide a minimum of 25 percent cash matching funds. In-kind and personnel are not allowed as matching funds.
Award funds will be limited to the following uses:
The program RFP has already been posted and can be downloaded at: spo3.hawaii.gov/notices/notices/rfp-16-02-bdsd. Applications can be submitted beginning Jan. 4, 2016.
DBEDT and partners such as the Hawaii Department of Agricultural organize groups of Hawaii companies to participate in major trade shows in a Hawaii pavilion. Hawaii Pavilions are planned for the following Trade Shows for 2016:
For more information on these trade shows please contact Jamie Lum at email@example.com.
Success metrics for the HiSTEP program include, but are not limited to 1) expanded exports and revenue from exports of Hawaii produced goods and services; 2) a larger overall number and a larger percentage of Hawaii-based companies that are active in global markets; and 3) penetration of new markets for Hawaii produced goods and services.
Companies desiring to participate in any of the HiSTEP activities must meet at least the following requirements.
SBA started the STEP Program in FY 2011 as a three-year pilot program with a goal to increase the number of small businesses that want to export as well as the value of exports for those small businesses that currently export. SBA awards matching-funds STEP grants to states on a competitive basis.
Hawaii previously received two STEP grant awards totaling over $1.1 million. Matched with state funds and in-kind support of over $500,000, these funds helped 202 companies and supported programs that generated export sales of over $26 million for these Hawaii companies in the fashion and apparel, gift and consumer products, agricultural and value-added products, and biotechnology industries. This level of export sales creates an economic impact of over $41 million; generates $1.7 million in state taxes; and creates 273 jobs in Hawaii.