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Hawaii’s State Trade Expansion Program, known as “HiSTEP,” is built on a multifaceted approach that begins with comprehensive export assistance, readiness, counseling and training that leads into a menu of targeted activities designed to generate new export sales for participating small businesses from key industry sectors in Hawaii. 

The HiSTEP Program is administered by the state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, (DBEDT), and is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with DBEDT. Partners in the HiSTEP program include the SBA Hawaii District Office, Hawaii Pacific Export Council (HPEC), the Hawaii Small Business Development Center (Hawaii SBDC), Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL), Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 9, HTDC/INNOVATE Hawaii, U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center.

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