The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the Washington State Department of Commerce an eighth year of funding to help state small businesses grow through exporting.

The $900,000 grant, part of the SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), is the highest and maximum amount awarded from a total $18 million to 41 states.

Commerce will use the funds to continue a number of export assistance programs for small businesses, including export vouchers, support for industry focused trade shows and trade missions, inbound buyer events, and export training.

“One in three jobs in Washington depend on international trade, and this funding is essential for us to continue helping small businesses all over the state grow and create jobs that strengthen communities through exporting,” stated commerce director Lisa Brown. “The program provides support to companies that might otherwise not have the resources to develop relationships and navigate the complexities of selling their goods and services overseas, especially in today’s challenging trade environment.”