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. Market Entry and Expansion Activities (MEEA) (Formerly HiSTEP-HP)
  3. Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA)

The 2024 HiSTEP Registration is now open. Please fill out the 2024 HiSTEP Registration FormThere 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. You only need to fill it out once, but we use other online forms for all HiSTEP activities.

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