Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP)


Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program, known as HiSTEP, is a comprehensive program designed to assist Hawaii small businesses with their export development. The goal is 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. Today it is easier than ever for companies, regardless of size, to sell goods and services across the globe and this program can help achieve that.

HiSTEP has three integrated components:

  1. Export Readiness Program (HiSTEP-ERP)
  2. Hawaii Pavilions (HiSTEP-HP)
  3. Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA)
    The RFP for 2022 HiSTEP Company Assistance has closed. Please check back in Fall 2022 for the 2023 program details.

To get started, complete the HiSTEP Registration Form.  There is no cost to register and no obligation to participate in any of the HiSTEP activities. Once registered, you will be paired with one of our HiSTEP partners for an initial consultation.

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Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration