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Heitkamp Announces Federal Funding to Help ND Small Businesses

The Dickey County Leader of Ellendale, North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today announced more than $285,000 in federal funding for the North Dakota Trade Office to help North Dakota small businesses trade in the global market.

These funds are authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program. Specifically, these funds will be used to help North Dakota small businesses participate in international trade missions, reverse trade missions, and market expansion trips. In addition, these funds will give small businesses access to the International Visitor Program at Big Iron, Expor Tech training and market research.

"Small businesses are the backbone of North Dakota's economy — they provide opportunities, create jobs and are staples in communities across the state," said Heitkamp. "These funds will help small businesses in North Dakota navigate the global market and find new opportunities abroad for their products. Helping our small businesses succeed is critical to growing local and state economies and I'll continue to advocate for programs and policies that help small businesses thrive."

Heitkamp is a staunch advocate for supporting North Dakota's small businesses and creating an environment where they can grow and thrive. In April, she joined local small business owners, startup leaders, and entrepreneurs to discuss ways the federal government can help small businesses get the resources they need to innovate and recruit creative talent and continue to spur growth across North Dakota.

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Original Publication Date: August 27, 2015

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