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January 18th - SEDP Hosting Seminar on Pure Michigan State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) Program 

The Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership is hosting a Pure Michigan State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) seminar to connect your business with resources and expertise that can help you develop a strategic export plan, enter new markets, and increase revenues from exports.

Whether your company is a veteran exporter or just curious about getting into exports, the STEP seminar will provide valuable information for all that attend.

Date: January 18th, 2012
Venue: Comstock Inn & Conference Center, 300 E. Main St., Owosso, MI 48867
Registration: Brent Jones at SEDP. (989) 725-9241, or email

9:00 - Registration, Networking
9:30 - Welcome, SEDP Representative and Brent Case, Lansing Regional Chamber/Port Lansing
9:50 - Export 101: Jade Sims, MSU International Business Center
11:00 - Break
11:15 - STEP Program: Laura Deierlein, MEDC
12:15 - Lunch
12:50 - Financing your Exports: Bruce Brogan, Sr. VP, International Banking, Fifth Third Bank
1:20 - I-69 International Trade Corridor Canada Export Program - Justin Horvath, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
2:00 - Networking/Depart

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) received a grant from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist Michigan businesses in increasing exports. The SBA STEP grant, combined with MEDC funds, provides support to increase Michigan's capacity for exports. Eligible Michigan businesses can get up to 50% reimbursement for expenses related to export activities in new markets, including:

  • Overseas trade mission or trade show participation
  • Foreign market sales trip
  • Subscription to US Department of Commerce services
  • Foreign language translation services for export marketing materials and web site assets
For STEP program details and enrollment, visit



215 N. Water St., Owosso, Michigan 48867 - (989) 725-9241 - Fax (989) 723-8353

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