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California STEP

The California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) has two goals: Assist small businesses to begin to export, and help companies expand by exporting into new markets. Activities include support for qualified small businesses to participate in:

  • International trade shows
  • Trade missions
  • Other export promotion activities

California STEP is administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz), supported by a statewide network of STEP Partners to implement a range of export promotion programs serving multiple sectors, including: Information & Telecommunications Technologies, Green Technologies, Aerospace and Defense,  Food and Agricultural Products, California Lifestyle Products, Medical Equipment, Scientific Instrumentation, Transportation Equipment and Industrial Machinery.

California State Trade Expansion Program Contacts:

STEP Administrator:

Stephen Tachiera
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Stephen.Tachiera@cdfa.ca.gov
(916) 403-6525

STEP Director:

Jeff Williamson
23555 Meyer Dr.
Riverside, CA 92518
jeff.williamson@rccd.edu
(909) 556 6639

Additional Contacts:

Diana Dominguez
Special Advisor for International Trade
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz)
diana.dominguez@gov.ca.gov
(916) 322 – 0645

California STEP Partners

The California step network consists of STEP Partners across the state that have extensive experience in helping small businesses export, which has been recognized by four (4) Presidential “E-awards” for exporting, six (6) successful U.S. Department of Commerce, Market Development Cooperator Awards over the past decade carrying out small business export promotion programs.
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
  • California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
  • California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Riverside Community College District, Center for International Trade Development (CITD)
  • Los Rios Community College District, Center for International Trade Development (CITD)
  • Southwestern College, Center for International Trade Development (CITD)

California STEP Partners

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