Guidelines for Funding
STEP application must be received six weeks prior to commencement of activities.
Reimbursement for eligible expenses is not guaranteed until notice of acceptance into theSTEP Program.
STEP awards are administered on a first-come, first-served basis and are contingent uponavailability of funds.
STEP awards will be based on the overall quality of the export-related activity, asdetermined by the Export DC review committee.
After the costs are incurred, the participating company will be reimbursed uponsubmission of the following to the DC Department of Small and Local BusinessDevelopment:
Invoice on company letterhead
Proof of payment (receipts, cancelled checks, credit card statements, wire transfers)
Proof of activity (photographs, participation agreements, mission itinerary, etc.)
Eligibility Criteria (DC DSLBD Requirements)
Company operates a business concern in the District of Columbia to manufacture,assemble, and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service.
Principal office in the District of Columbia for at least six months prior to STEP Programapproval
Licensed and Registered in the District of Columbia*
Company is in good standing with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) and submitsClean Hands Self Certification Form
Eligible activities (e.g. trade mission travel, export training programs, businessmatchmaking services) must be executed by direct employees of the company.
The DC STEP program requires the application to be signed by a corporate officer,certifying that the eligibility criteria will be met.
The applicant agrees to submit a detailed report that illustrates the initial results andoverall effectiveness of their project no later than September 30, 2012. A follow-upreport will be required at six-month intervals.
*Guidelines on business license and registration in the District of Columbia:Businesses eligible for the DC STEP Program must submit a copy of their Basic Business License, issued by the DCDepartment of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), along with a copy of their registration issued by the DCOffice of Tax and Revenue (OTR). Business entities whose principals are required to maintain professionallicensure by a local, state or national certification board or body will not be required to obtain a Basic BusinessLicense. The DC Department of Small and Local Business Development reserves the right to request additionaldocuments to
substantiate a firm’s
credentials in the District of Columbia (DC and federal tax returns, FR-500 form,copy of lease, rental agreement, etc.)