Statewide—The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) launched the Indiana State Trade and Export Promotion (IN-STEP) program to develop and expand export opportunities throughout the state, assisting Indiana small businesses with identifying, marketing and selling Hoosier-made goods in international markets. IN-STEP, which will support company growth and job creation by diversifying small businesses’ customer bases, offers eligible companies reimbursements of costs associated with export-related activities like participating in international trade missions, foreign trade shows and export educational programs, as well as other export services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Total reimbursements under IN-STEP cover up to 50%, or $12,500, of small businesses’ export expenses. The program, which is launching with the support of a two-year grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will provide up to $660,000 in funding for small businesses. Applications will be available on a rolling basis until all funds are distributed or up to August 31, 2021.Qualifying criteria is as follows: The business must be in operation for at least a year.The business must be new to exporting or market expansion.The business must be an Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) client. The business must be in accordance with SBA size standards, which categorize small businesses based on measures like industry, number of employees and annual receipts. Use the SBA’s Size Standards Tool to see if your company qualifies.The business’ goods must be made in the U.S. or composed of at least 51% U.S. material.
The U-19 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina did two training sessions on the third day of preparations in the FF BH Training Camp in Zenica.Assistant coach in the BH junior team, Vedin Musić, conveys impressions from the preparations:“After a long time, we had the opportunity to gather and do mini preparations with two generations of players. We saw the condition of the guys after the work stoppage that caught us all. A break could be felt, but we can say that the national team is at a satisfactory level. It is important that we finally get together and did these training sessions.”Musić also added:“There is quality among these guys. With the players from domestic clubs that we have now invited, and with the national team players from abroad, we can create a respectable team that will be ready to make good results in the qualifications.”National team player Ivan Bašić says that the players are in good shape:“We have done these preparations well. It is good for us that we are finally together and that we have started preparing for the qualifications. It was hard to keep fit during the break; everything is different when you are with the team. However, it seems that we are all in good shape and I believe that the break will not be felt on us when it comes to matches.”His teammate Salih Husić thinks similarly:“First of all, I am happy to be at a gathering with my teammates from the national team again. Although we trained during the break, there is a difference in working individually and as a team. Regardless, we are in good shape. In addition, we have a quality team and I hope that we will show that in the qualifications.”The U-19 national team players will finish their preparations tomorrow, when anthropological tests will be done.