UAMMI & World Trade Center Utah Grant Webinar

World Trade Center has a $1 million from SBA to support State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), which are grants for companies to export and attend international meetings. We will also discuss other grants, such as the CIBER program to support trade shows and trade missions. You will hear from SBA, World Trade Center, and companies that have used these programs to expand exports. In addition, you will learn about the Rural Business Development Grant program where companies in rural Utah can get support.


  • Tulinda Larsen – Executive Director at UAMMI
  • David Carlebach – COO, MD International Programs at World Trade Center Utah
  • Nicole A. Striano (Sherwood) – Utah – STEP Project Director at World Trade Center
  • Jib Hunt – CEO & Owner at
  • Marla Trollan – Utah Director at U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Presentation slides
  • Video

Funding is a common necessity for most advanced manufacturing & materials companies, especially small businesses. To help with this, UAMMI has compiled this list of funding sources we are aware of. This list consists of both emergency funding, for those affected by COVID-19, as well as more traditional programs.


SBA Loans

The 7(a) loan program is the SBA’s primary program for providing financial assistance to small businesses. Lenders work with the SBA to provide financial assistance to small businesses through government-backed loans.


SBIR Grants

This program encourages small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization. Generally, your product must be technology-based and be in research phase or prototype phase.


Federal Contracting

The SBA works with federal agencies in order to award 23 percent of prime government contract dollars to eligible small businesses. It also offers counseling and help to small business contractors. Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help small businesses that are interested in government contracting. PTACs can help determine if your business is ready for government contracting, register in the proper databases, find and bid on contracts, and more.