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       STEP '15-16 Application Portal

Reimbursement Process
Connecticut, through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), was awarded a State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) Grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant runs from October 2015 through September 2016.  Through this grant, DECD has created an Export General Assistance Fund to aid companies in expanding their export initiatives and to increase eligible Connecticut companies’ export sales by spurring participation in these export opportunities.

Eligible activities include trade shows, trade missions, marketing and internationalization, U.S. Department of Commerce services (Gold Key, International Partner Search, International Company Profile), export training opportunities, and export B2B matchmaking.

First, review the STEP Program Guidelines
Please review the Program and Eligibility Guidelines before beginning the application process. 

Second, Set Up An Account
You will need a FluidReview account to apply. If you have registered in the past for FluidReview, please use your previous account login.  For new accounts, please click on the Sign Up button to establish your account.  Then click on the link provided in the activation email sent to your registration email address. This will activate your account and allow you to log in to complete the application process.  Once you have completed this step, you can sign back in and make changes at any time.

Next, Select Your Activity
Select Medica 2015, Hannover Messe 2016, Farborough Air Show 2016, or General Assistance Fund FY '15 from the dropdown box.

Then, Complete and Sign Application Forms
Five forms are required to complete the process.  One will be completed online.  The other four require you to download, complete them offline, provide a handwritten signature and upload your forms back to the system. 

1.  Complete the online Application Form for your Selected Activity
2.  Download and complete the:
  • Self Certification Form
  • Debarment Form
  • Agency Vendor Form
  • W-9 Forms
  • Strategic Export Plan (template provided, if needed) 
3.  Once complete, upload the documents then click Finalize Your Submission.

Your STEP FY '15 application materials will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  Pending the availability of Connecticut STEP FY '15 funds, eligible small business concerns' that complete an application prior to their proposed activity and have a planned export activity or event that meets the criteria set forth in the Program Guidelines, will be notified via email that their reimbursement request has been approved.

Execute Your Planned Export Event / Activity
Once approved, execute your planned activity as outlined in your STEP FY '15 application and projected budget.

Request Reimbursement
Submit all reimbursement request documentation to DECD within (2) weeks of a completed activity and no later than October 13, 2016. No partial reimbursement requests will be accepted.

You will need to log back in to to complete your reimbursment request. There you will be asked to submit:
  • Post-Activity Report/Survey;
  • Receipts documenting payment for all registration, service fees and other costs associated with your approved STEP FY '15 activity; and
  • STEP Grant Activity Invoice to request payment of your reimbursement from DECD.
Requests will be reviewed and processed as they are received on a first come, first served basis. Processing time for the State of Connecticut payment system can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. STEP FY '15 participants should incorporate this lead time into their internal budgeting processes as DECD will be unable to expedite individual company payments.

If you have any questions, please contact :
Aaron Knight
(860) 270-8059

If you have any technical questions about how to use the site, please contact and the software application provider who can help address your questions at: