Company Assistance (HiSTEP-CA)
The Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program – Company Assistance (HiSTEP–CA) is designed to increase exports of Hawaii produced goods and services by assisting individual Hawaii companies with export market development activities such as participation in trade shows and missions. HiSTEP is supported by a grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
We have upgraded to a new online application format, so please follow these steps:
Step 1. Download and review the Request For Proposal (RFP) for 2021 HiSTEP-CA and any addenda to become familiar with the requirements, and how you will submit your application and required forms.
Step 2. Review the online submission form to understand what sections of the RFP you must download, complete and upload (forms in Step 3).
Step 3. Prepare EXPORT PLAN (SECTION FOUR, Part C of the RFP) and EXPORT BUDGET (SECTION FOUR, Part D of the RFP) and upload in appropriate section.
Step 4. Download the following forms from the Online Form in APPLICATION PREPARATION section:
- APPLICANT FORM, AF-1
- APPLICANT FORM, AF-4 SELF-REPRESENTATION AS AN “ELIGIBLE SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN”
- APPLICANT FORM, AF-5 CERTIFICATION REGARDING DEBARMENT, SUSPENSION, INELIGIBILITY AND VOLUNTARY EXCLUSION LOWER TIER COVERED TRANSACTIONS
Complete these three (3) forms, scan and save the documents for uploading in appropriate section.
Step 5. Fill out the online submission form, upload the completed documents from Steps 3 and 4, and submit the form. You will see a confirmation page if you are successful.
You should also review the How to Prepare page so you can prepare your business for exporting. Mahalo for your participation!