Commerce Offers $5,000 Export Assistance Vouchers

The Washington State Department of Commerce offers eligible small businesses export vouchers up to $5,000 to help offset the costs of building sales in foreign markets. Several of these vouchers remain for FY 2016, but need to be used before September 30.

Don’t miss an opportunity to boost your export sales with an export voucher of up to $5,000. Learn more on the Export Washington website.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), vouchers can be used to offset expenses such as trade show fees, registration and airfare, interpreter and translation fees, international certifications and more. See the program guidelines at for more information.


Are you eligible?

You must comply with all of the following criteria to receive an export voucher:

  • Be registered to do business in Washington State for at least one year
  • Have a federal identification number tied to a Washington address
  • Be in good standing with the state Department of Revenue
  • Meet the SBA’s criteria for a small business concern
  • Demonstrate export readiness

Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts of their preapproved expenses and meet other program criteria before receiving payment. Voucher awards require a 25% company cash amount up to $1,250.

For more information, contact:

Adam Kephart

Export Voucher Program Manager