Kentucky’s small businesses can apply for a portion of a $530,000 State Trade Expansion Program grant, received through the US Small Business Administration, to help companies begin exporting or boost current international sales. STEP is designed to encourage and boost international trade among Kentucky’s small businesses by giving them resources, connections and knowledge necessary to begin exporting. Kentucky has been approved for STEP funding in all six round since the state began participating. The application to receive STEP funding will be available beginning October 1, 2017, and the grant period will last until September 29, 2018. Funds will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.