Instructions: The IN-STEP program application must be filled out by a designated, full time business official.  Please fill out all fields completely; incomplete applications that are submitted are subject to being deemed ineligible. Any documents that need to be signed must be printed, scanned, and then uploaded to the application. This application is comprised of four parts:

1.) Business Information                                                                                                                                                                                                        

2.) Export Information                                                                                                                                                                                                            

3.) IN-STEP Program Options                                                                                                                                                                                               

4.) Signature and Agreement Documents    


Qualifications: The IN-STEP program has minimum qualifications that must be met in order to qualify for the program. These minimum qualifications include the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

1.) An applicant business must be in operation for at least one year.

2.) An applicant business must be a small business as defined by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), use this Link to review the size tables and definition.  

3.) An applicant must be a client of the Indiana Small Business Development Center.

4.) An applicant's export product must be of U.S origin or composed of at least 51% U.S. made content. The content verification is to be self-certified by the applicant.

5.) An applicant must be a new to export or market expansion small business.


Eligible IN-STEP Activities: Applicants have the option to choose up to two of the following eligible activities, one activity from option 1 and one activity from option 2. An applicant businesses has the option to choose just one activity from a single option category and does not have to pick an activity listed in option 1 in order to participate in an activity from option 2. Option 1 activities include international trade shows or international trade missions. Option 2 activities include services of the U.S. Commercial Service or export training. Total reimbursements under the IN-STEP program will cover up to 50% of a small business’s eligible costs not to exceed $12,500 for an individual business. A business wishing to attend one of these options must submit all paperwork no later than 40 days before the start of participation in desired IN-STEP program activity.


Background Check: All applicant businesses applying to the IN-STEP program will be subject to a background check through the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Unresolved issues with a background check could lead to the applicant being deemed ineligible for the program.


Response: Once a completed application is successfully submitted, the IEDC will send a confirmation message to the applicant that the application has been received and is being evaluated by the IN-STEP Selection Committee. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation reserves the right to use digression when approving or denying proposed activities and applicant businesses and final reimbursement amounts. Applicants should expect to receive a decision within 30 to 60 days once they receive notification that their application was successfully submitted. The International Trade Coordinator at the IEDC will notify an applicant should the IN-STEP Selection Committee have questions or need clarification.


Questions: Please contact if you have questions.