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1 Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center—TAA for Firms Patrick Meuleman Client Development Manager

2  Eligible firms can receive up to $75,000 in matching federal assistance.  The funds are used to hire technical assistance consultants; no funds can be used to purchase assets.  The Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NWTAAC) is a non-profit organization that administers the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program for the U.S. Department of Commerce; Economic Development Administration.  We help Manufacturing, Agriculture and Service firms hurt by imports.  NWTAAC covers businesses in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. NWTAAC-TAAF

3 ELIGIBILITY You may qualify if your company has: Seen sales and/or production decline, Been forced to lay off workers or reduce work hours, Lost some domestic sales to imports. NWTAAC will: Prepare the grant application (petition) at no cost to you. If you are approved, NWTAAC works with your company to do a business analysis to identify the best projects for us to help fund.

4 PROCESS It takes between 4-6 months from starting the application to starting the first project.

5 ADJUSTMENT PROPOSAL  Develop a customized strategic plan-Adjustment Proposal (AP) Your company's AP will include: an analysis of the competition; review of your company's current status and strategy; and a plan for addressing domestic and import competition, including a description of the projects to be implemented using the federal grant funding. This process includes a cost-share.

6 PROJECT IDEAS Marketing Web development, marketing plans, market research Manufacturing Lean training and implementation, process control, equipment re-engineering Quality Certifications ISO, AR, and other quality control certifications IT System Installation, customization and training of new systems As well as many others….

7 IMPLEMENTATION Our Contract Administrator works with you and the consultant to ensure projects and payments are on-track. Consultants will be chosen by the company (though we can help with the process) to ensure you get the right person for the job. You have 5 years to complete all projects. Projects must be started after approval of the Adjustment Proposal (AP). We cannot fund projects started prior to your AP being approved and contracts written.

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