Export Promotion Program

Export & Marketing Grants for Businesses

Oregon small businesses are eligible for grants to cover costs for global marketing, web design, exporting, e-commerce, trade shows, product videos, and more. Along with the grant, our people can help you start or expand your international sales today.

Learn how to apply today

Entering New Markets

Participating in international trade shows and trade missions is among the most effective ways for companies to enter into new international markets or expand their visibility in existing markets. Trade shows offer the opportunity to meet potential buyers, test market interest, and evaluate the competition. A trade mission can be a cost-effective way to meet potential distributors and buyers, secure licensing agreements, and explore joint venture opportunities.

Funding Available

Funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration, money is available to assist Oregon small businesses seeking to begin or grow international sales.

Who is Eligible

Export Promotion Grants are awarded to eligible small businesses that meet the U.S. SBA's definition and can self-certify their eligibility. Small businesses are generally defined as those with 500 or fewer employees. Candidates must evaluate and certify their eligibility by printing and signing the two SBA forms, Self-Representation as an Eligible Small Business Concern and Debarment Certification Form (available in the Toolbox at the right).

Other qualifying criteria:

  • At least 75% of the company's total employees must be employed in Oregon
  • The applicant must promote their own product or service that is export ready and is Oregon manufactured, processed, or value-added
  • Company must commit at least one full-time, U.S.-based employee for the duration of the Export Promotion Grant-funded activity
  • For a trade show, the applicant must actively exhibit (e.g., rent a booth space and attend; not just attend), pay the trade show organizer directly for the activity and provide receipts for any allowable expense submitted for reimbursement

Maximum Dollar Value

Export Promotion Grants reimburse up to 75% of a company's eligible expenses up to $10,000. Eligible applicants may apply to receive up to three grants per federal fiscal year.

Supported Activities & Eligible Reimbursements

Most export training and development activities are supported by the Export Promotion Program, though specific programs of activity must be developed in consultation with a global trade specialist. Examples of supported activities include:

  • International tradeshows, including virtual. Expense examples include, but are not limited to:
    1. Fees for shipping sample products (capped at $4,000)
    2. Transportation costs for up to two U.S.-based company employees (international airfare*, ground transportation, parking, taxis, etc.)
    3. Lodging for the duration of event dates for up to two U.S.-based company employees
    4. Tradeshow booth, participation and registration fees, etc.
    5. Services from an individual to translate documents, interpret conversations, and/or facilitate multilingual transactions for the tradeshow or mission
  • International trade missions organized by the U.S. Commercial Service, Business Oregon, or specific program partners/contractors. This includes virtual missions.
  • U.S.-based international tradeshows, including virtual.
  • E-commerce set up and compliance fees (capped at $10,000).
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    1. Website translation into foreign language, search engine optimization, and localization services
    2. Webstore setup and/or maintenance costs (excluding monthly fees)
    3. Mobile app integration, creation, update to support selling your product(s)
    4. Amazon Services, Walmart Marketplace, Alibaba Inc., FlipKart
    5. Begin or refine ability to receive and/or process online payments and process orders
    6. Services related to e-commerce cybersecurity to benefit international promotion
  • U.S. Department of Commerce services, counseling, match-making, Gold Key or subscription to other services provided by the U.S. Commercial Service.
  • Website translation into foreign language, search engine optimization, and localization services (capped at $10,000).
  • Design of marketing media (capped at $8,000). Examples include, but are not limited to:
    1. Trade event publication(s)
    2. Online and/or digital advertising for/or during trade event
    3. Posters, pamphlets, flyers, etc., for branding purposes
    4. Brochures, a social media sales campaign, table banners, etc.
    5. Event website advertising and other online services from a show or show organizer
    6. Billboards, newspapers, banners, other print media
    7. Digital advertising format of any of the provided examples
    8. Translation of marketing media, including audio and video
  • Participation in export training workshops and/or attendance at export seminars or training provided by the U.S. Commercial Service in U.S. locations.
  • Additional industry and market research as provided by Export Promotion Program partners or contractors.

*Subject to a maximum reimbursement of $500 per ticket. Note: Travelers must observe the "Fly America Act" and fly via U.S. flag carriers pursuant to Title 41 C.F.R. Airline-issued boarding passes or passenger receipt must be submitted as documentation.

When To Apply

Applications are processed and awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. Applications should be completed and submitted at least 2 months in advance of the start of any intended activity.

How To Apply

  1. Download, print, and sign the Self Representation as an Eligible Small Business Concern and Debarment Certification forms PDF (SBA certification forms)
  2. Save an electronic copy of these certification forms to your computer
  3. Create an account or login to your existing account on our portal
  4. Complete an online Oregon Export Promotion Program application. During this process, upload your electronic copy of the certification forms when and where instructed.

A member of the global trade team will follow up with you to help develop an Export Plan and estimate the value of a potential grant.

Recipient Reporting

Active grant recipients must submit 6 Month Performance PDF and 12 Month Performance PDF reports. You can submit these reports either by email to Jessica Sedacy or by using the same online portal used to complete your grant application. If you have questions about the reports please contact Jessica Sedacy.