Leveraging STEP Grants for Textile Manufacturing Growth

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Start Date

January 16, 2024 09:00 am

End Date

January 16, 2024 10:30 am


1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 02917, RI


Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN)



RITIN members are invited to meet the new Chafee Center team and discover why/how to leverage STEP Grants for textile manufacturing growth in 2024.

Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network

Exports represent an excellent opportunity for manufacturers looking to grow their business profitably or fill underutilized capacity.

Nationally, the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) has been supporting expansion and international marketing through financial awards to small businesses. In Rhode Island, STEP grants are administered by the John H. Chafee Center for International Business.

To help you kick off the new year with new growth opportunities, the Chafee Center will host an informative session on STEP grants exclusively for members of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN).


  • Meet Chafee’s team! Director Eva-Marie Mancuso and International Trade Specialist Cecilia Pirotto, along with STEP Grant Budget Manager Ben Weinstein.
  • Hear how STEP grants increase the value of exports.
  • Learn guidelines and tips for applying / enrolling in the program.
  • Network with RITIN members.


9:00am – Gather and network. Enjoy coffee and breakfast supplied by the Chafee Center.

9:30am – The action-oriented, engaging session begins.

10:30am – Additional time for networking.

11:00am – Program ends.



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