Program Guidelines

Company Eligibility Requirements

Below is a list of the primary eligibility requirements for small businesses to apply for N.C. Passport to Export STEP Program funding.

To be eligible to apply, companies must:

  • Have 500 or fewer employees globally, or otherwise be in accordance with SBA guidelines
  • Be registered to do business in the state of North Carolina
  • Have been in business for no less than 1-year on the date of application
  • Be operating profitably, based on operations in the United States
  • Have a product/service consisting of at least 51% U.S. Content
  • Have not been debarred and can conduct business with Federal government

Program Guidelines and Overview

The North Carolina Passport to Export Program is designed to assist small businesses in North Carolina with exporting and expanding business in overseas markets through the U.S. Small Business Association’s STEP (State Trade Expansion Program.)

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