The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) has been awarded two grants to assist North Dakota companies in export expansion. The first grant was awarded by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, which administers the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant program. This grant will fund the Specialty Crop Program with the goal of increasing global market visibility and competitiveness of the specialty crop sector of the Upper Midwest. Specialty crops included in the program are peas, beans, lentils and confectionary sunflowers.
The second was awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through its State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program to build on North Dakota’s success in expanding international exports. The NDTO will use the funds to create STEP ND 2015, a program that will enable eligible North Dakota companies to receive monetary reimbursement for international business activities . This one-year program will begin October 1, 2015.
Please click on the links below to learn more about each program.