STEP Up to International Growth: How RI Manufacturers Can Expand With Matching Funds

  • October 21, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you want to increase your sales? The SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) can help Rhode Island manufacturers expand into new markets and/or increase the value of their exports.

STEP is a national export initiative that makes matching‐fund awards to states to assist small businesses expanding into global markets. In Rhode Island, grants are administered by the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University. In this webinar, Chafee Center Assistant Director Linda Woulfe will explain the process of applying for a STEP grant and explain what the funds can be used for. You’ll also hear from two manufacturers who took advantage of a STEP grant.

What to Expect
  • Learn about the STEP Grant and its role in increasing exports
  • Hear STEP success stories from Rhode Island manufacturers
  • Identify the process, deadline and resources available to help you submit a strong application
Who Should Attend?
  • CEOs, Owners and Presidents; Executive Management; Sales / Business Development Leads
About the Presenters

Linda Woulfe directs the STEP Program for the State of Rhode Island. As Assistant Director of the Chafee Center for International Business, Woulfe has a proven track record building profitable international operations for small to medium-sized companies. Her specialties include driving business growth, innovation, and operational excellence in the areas of international operations, product development/ product management, business development, import/export logistics, global vendor management, and P&L management.


Emmett Conway is the Co-Owner and Operations Manager for Cleverhood, a family-run Rhode Island manufacturing company which created the eponymous Cleverhood: a smart-looking, waterproof street cape with bike-ready features. The manufacturer ships to countries as distant as Estonia, and makes appearances at trade shows all over the world.


David Lunati is Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sales & Customer Service of The Cooley Group. For over two decades, David has successfully driven sales, marketing, and business development initiatives for specialty manufacturing companies such as Monadnock Paper Mills and Avery Dennison. He has a proven track record of expanding business enterprises by building effective sales teams and collaborating with global brands. At Cooley, David is responsible for overseeing sales, marketing, and customer service across Cooley’s three business units.



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