Cost Share Technical Assistance Funding for Manufacturers

August 25, 9:00 a.m. Cost Share Technical Assistance Funding for Manufacturers Webinar Introducing the Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

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Description


Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) is a federal program funded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn how the program assists U.S. manufacturers by paying a portion of professional consultant expenses and industry-specific expert services to improve their business competitiveness. Examples of TAAF project opportunities include:

Manufacturing, Engineering & Production

  • Inventory Management
  • ISO Preparation and Registration
  • Operation Analysis
  • Process Engineering
  • Product Development, Designing, Prototyping, Testing and Certification
  • Productivity Improvement
  • Quality Improvements

Marketing & Sales

  • Advertising and Sales Promotion Development
  • Distribution Analysis and Development
  • eCommerce
  • Export & International Trade Assistance
  • Marketing Research
  • Sales Force Management Programs
  • Social Media
  • Trade Shows
  • Website Development, Updating, and Smart Phone Compatibility

Financial & General Management

  • Compensation and Incentive Programs
  • Cost Management, Debt Restructuring, and Profit Planning
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Succession Planning
  • Workforce Development & Training

IT Support Systems

  • Custom Programming
  • Employee Training
  • Integrated Manufacturing Systems
  • Software Upgrades
  • System Conversion and Enhancements

Delivery Method:

Live via Zoom.

Zoom technical requirements

Register in advance for this free webinar.

AUGUST 25, 2021  - 9:00 a.m. CT

Benefits of EDA funding:

  • TAAF partners with manufacturers by offering funding from $30,000 (75/25 cost share) up to $150,000 (50/50 cost share) to implement strategic projects that are focused on improving a firm’s internal operations and competitive abilities.

  • TAAC conducts a comprehensive company assessment to identify and prioritize opportunities for increased profits, job creation and long term financial stability.

  • TAAC is staffed with manufacturing business professionals with extensive private industry experience who work collaboratively with manufacturers through each phase of the program.

  • Since 1974, TAAF has helped thousands of U.S. manufacturers strengthen and solidify their competitive position and prosper in the global marketplace.

  • Participating firms reached employment and revenue growth that exceeded industry averages.

How does a Business Qualify?
Eligible firms are U.S. manufacturers who have been in business for two years and have experienced a 5% decline in employment and sales in at least 25% of a product line.

Mid-America TAAC can determine if your industry has been impacted by import competition and your firm’s eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance. Visit www.taacenter.org or call 800-336-8205.

Mark Allen
Mark D. Allen

Contract Project Manager
Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

Our Presenter

Mark Allen has been working in small business his entire career. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Mark went to work as a commodities trader on the Chicago Board of Trade, where he served as a commodities trader for the lumber industry. He started his own brokerage company at age 24 and grew it to include a chain of building materials distribution centers, employing over 400 people with operations in 17 states. After selling that company in 2002, he has dedicated his working career to helping small business owners to grow and expand their businesses. His firm, WRS Solutions, works with the Small Business Development Center networks in Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration to educate and connect business owners to finances and resources to help them thrive.

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