Empire State Development’s Global NY Division works in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase both the number of small businesses exporting and value of exports for those currently exporting through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The events below are eligible for STEP funding. For more information on the program contact us at globalny@esd.ny.gov.

Hannover Messe All-Digital Trade Show
April 12-16, 2021
Registration Deadline: March 31, 2021

Global NY is providing a limited number of STEP grant awards to give eligible New York State small businesses the opportunity to exhibit digitally in this year’s virtual edition of HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s leading industrial trade fair. The event will feature daily live presentations, from 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) -2:00 p.m. (EST), from April 12-16, 2021. The digital event covers the following sectors: Automation, Motion & Drives; Compressed Air & Vacuum; Digital Ecosystems; Energy Solutions; Engineered Parts & Solutions; and Logistics.

How can STEP help?
Unique to this event, STEP Grant funding will cover 100% of the “Digital Package S” exhibit cost (approximately $3,500).

Multi-Sector Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico
Hosted by Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors’ & Premiers’ (GSGP)
June 21 – July 2, 2021
Registration Deadline: April 23, 2021

GSGP is leading a multi-sector virtual trade mission to Mexico. Similar to an in-person trade mission, each participant will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings to meet with prospective customers and business partners.

How can STEP help?
Through use of the STEP Grant, 70% or $700 of the $1,000 participation fee will be reimbursed. Additionally, the market research and customized appointment setting (typically a fee of $2,900) will be provided complimentary.


Grow Your Exports to Mexico Webinar
Hosted by Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors’ & Premiers’ (GSGP) and presented by Efren Flores, Mexico Trade Office Director, GSGP & Global NY
TOMORROW – Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn about key industry sectors and market opportunities in Mexico for small to medium-sized companies. The overview will be provided by Efren Flores, Mexico Trade Office Director, GSGP & Global NY. The free webinar will cover current economic trends, the USMCA trade agreement, COVID 19 and GSGP’s upcoming Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico June 21-July 2, 2021.

2021 International Trade Week
Hosted by North Country Chamber of Commerce
March 9, 11 and 16, 2021
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each day

2021 International Trade Week features three virtual sessions covering timely export topics, best practices and a Can-Am leadership update. See below for a list of session titles:

  • Getting COVID Related Products Across the US Border: What Exporters Need to Know
  • Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Overview and Updates
  • Can-Am Leadership Border Briefing
  • Immigration 101: Border-Crossing Updates from US & Canada
  • Cargo Crossing 101: Best Practices for Getting Cargo into the US

Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator Summer Program 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021 – Friday, October 8, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, April 26, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

The companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. As entrepreneurs with decades of experience in business, technology and early-stage venture capital; ERA has successfully founded, built, run, sold and financed businesses. Through ERA you will have access to the most experienced entrepreneurial experts in NYC, all of whom are on deck to help solve every type of operating and strategic problem startups encounter.

26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)
November 1 -12, 2021
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on November 1-12, 2021. The international summit will bring together heads of state, climate experts, young people, civil society, trade unions, faith groups and Indigenous Peoples to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. Opportunities for involvement in this event span the Blue Zone and the Green Zone ranging from hosting events and securing exhibition space, to installations.