Resources For Business

The following programs provide assistance to Pacific Northwest businesses with import competition, export training, business development and other issues. We've also included links to other helpful resources.

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Program Reimburses employers for up to 50% of training costs for eligible workers

On the Job Training (OJT) gives Alaska employers the opportunity to tap into a pool of workers who are good candidates for a job but may need additional training to be qualified. Employers make all the hiring decisions and tailor the training. A portion of the employee’s wage is reimbursed by the participating agency. OJT is provided for occupations with an established hourly wage. Training length is negotiable and there is no cost for OJT services.

Alaska State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Provides export related benefits including cash to attend foreign trade shows

The Governor’s Office of International Trade provides grants to eligible small business concerns to participate in export trade shows, join trade missions to China and Canada and support website development.

MAKE - Manufacture Alaska Extension Partnership

Provides consulting services oriented to small to medium companies

MAKE provides strategic planning, seafood processing support, workforce development and lean consulting services to Alaska manufacturers. The non-profit helps manufacturers develop new products and customers, expand into global markets, adopt new technology and reshore production.  As the State of Alaska’s newly designated Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the non-profit joins a national manufacturing support network under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

TAA for Workers (Trade Act)

Provides retraining and related help to workers separated due to imports

This is a program for workers who have lost employment due to import competition. For the workers to qualify, the company must provide some data to verify the circumstances of the lay-off - there is no cost or penalty to the company. In fact, any company involved in such a situation will most likely qualify for TAA for Firms - also known as "made in America grants," which provides up to $75,000 to qualified firms. For an employer, it is a way to deliver a superior package of retraining and unemployment benefits to departing workers.

Other Alaska Resources

State of Alaska
Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
Alaska Division of Economic Development
Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Alaska Aerospace Corporation
Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
Alaska Small Business Development Center
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
World Trade Center Alaska
University of Alaska Center for Economic Development
Governor Walker
Alaska State Legislature

On-the-Job Training

Program Reimburses employers for up to 50% of training costs for eligible workers

Eligible employers can be reimbursed for up to 50% of training costs for hiring and training an eligible worker - often someone new to the labor force or upgrading skills after a layoff - for a full-time, non-seasonal job at minimum wage.

Idaho State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Provides export related benefits including cash to attend foreign trade shows

The Idaho State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) helps small businesses access to global markets and increased sales. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered by the Idaho Department of Commerce, the program provides funds through a competitive grant process to qualifying Idaho companies to export products. Funds can be used for the following:

  • Participating in the governor’s foreign trade mission and/or foreign market sales trips
  • Services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Website translation to a foreign language, search engine optimization, localization services
  • Participating in trade shows – International or Domestic (supported/selected for the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program)

Idaho TechHelp

Provides consulting services oriented to small to medium sized manufacturers

Idaho TechHelp Manufacturing Specialists help Idaho manufacturers, food processors and inventors/entrepreneurs improve their competitiveness through continuous product and process innovation. Services fall into three areas of practice, including new product and market development, operational excellence and food/dairy processing. TechHelp provides a free assessment of company ideas, products, processes or needs before recommending a solution.

TAA for Workers (Trade Act)

Provides retraining and related help to workers separated due to imports

This is a program for workers who have lost employment due to import competition. For the workers to qualify, the company must provide some data to verify the circumstances of the lay-off - there is no cost or penalty to the company. In fact, any company involved in such a situation will most likely qualify for TAA for Firms - also known as "made in America grants," which provides up to $75,000 to qualified firms. For an employer, it is a way to deliver a superior package of retraining and unemployment benefits to departing workers.

Other Idaho Resources

State of Idaho
Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Idaho Department of Labor
TechHelp
Idaho Economic Development Association
Idaho Small Business Development Center
Idaho Business League
Buy Idaho
Governor Otter
Idaho State Legislature

Work Share

Provides partial unemployment payments for workers with reduced hours

Work Share provides an alternative for employers and workers facing work separation. With Work Share, instead of reducing staff, an employer reduces the hours of work. Partial Unemployment Insurance benefits are then paid to supplement workers' reduced wages. For example, a worker might work 3 days per week and receive unemployment for 2 days per week. Companies apply for the program through the Oregon Employment Department. Employees can not apply for Work Share.

Export Promotion Program (STEP)

Provides up to $5,000 to attend foreign trade shows and other export related benefits

Oregon’s Export Promotion Program (also known as State Trade Expansion Program or STEP) has funds available to assist Oregon small businesses seeking to begin or grow international sales. The program helps Oregon small businesses attend trade shows and receive export training. A company must employ fewer than 500 people worldwide with at least 75% of employees working in Oregon. Export Promotion Grants reimburse up to 50 percent of a company’s eligible expenses up to $5,000.

Grow Oregon (economic gardening)

Provides package of services for growing small companies

The Grow Oregon state program focuses on economic gardening and helps companies position themselves for growth over the long-haul. Administered by the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network (OSBDCN), the program uses teams of highly experienced business advisors who can help assess your current business and provide tools to create sustained growth. Companies must be an Oregon traded-sector company with annual gross sales between $1 million and $50 million and 10 to 99 employees.

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Provides consulting services oriented to small to medium sized manufacturers

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) helps Oregon manufacturers transform their businesses to become more competitive in an increasingly global economy. Working with owners, executives, managers and operators, OMEP assesses needs and helps companies implement changes through consultative services and support.

On the Job Training - OJT

Reimburses part of cost of hiring and training new employees

WorkSource’s on-the-job-training program can reduce the cost of hiring and training new employees with on-the-job training by paying a portion of qualified workers’ wage during their training period. Employers get partially reimbursed for wages, train to specific skills needed and retain skilled workers.

TAA for Workers (Trade Act)

Provides retraining and related help to workers separated due to imports

This is a program for workers who have lost employment due to import competition. For the workers to qualify, the company must provide some data to verify the circumstances of the lay-off - there is no cost or penalty to the company. In fact, any company involved in such a situation will most likely qualify for TAA for Firms - also known as "made in America grants," which provides up to $75,000 to qualified firms. For an employer, it is a way to deliver a superior package of retraining and unemployment benefits to departing workers.

Other Oregon Resources

State of Oregon
Oregon Business Development Department
Business Oregon
Oregon Small Business Development Center
Oregon Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business
Oregon Economic Development Association
Oregon State Chamber of Commerce
Brand Oregon
Governor Brown
Oregon State Legislature

Shared Work

Provides partial unemployment for workers with reduced hours

Through Washington’s Shared Work program, companies facing a temporary decline can reduce the hours of permanent employees, allowing them to collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of lost wages. Companies benefit from reduced payroll costs, retention of skilled employees, increased flexibility during uneven workload periods and the ability to respond quickly when demand returns. Program saves employers money and spares employees the hardship of full unemployment.

On-the-job Training

Reimburses part of cost of hiring and training new employees

WorkSource’s on-the-job-training program can reduce the cost of hiring and training new employees with on-the-job training by paying a portion of qualified workers’ wage during their training period. Employers get partially reimbursed for wages, train to specific skills needed and retain skilled workers.

Make it in Washington

Program pays most of cost of certain worker education

A federal grant is helping manufacturing businesses across Washington pay for worker training at nearly no cost. The U.S. Department of Labor is paying for training to boost certain skills of employees at small and mid-sized manufacturers in 31 Washington counties. In addition to training at both the community college and university level for employees, qualifying manufacturers may also receive a free business assessment from Impact Washington, to help plan for improvement and growth.

Washington Economic Gardening

Provides package of services for growing small companies

Washington State Economic Gardening program helps business leaders get over the growth hump that occurs in the second stage of a company’s life. Through the program, companies engage business specialists to more fully understand strengths, challenges and opportunities. Companies that employ 6 to 99 employees and generate between $750,000 to $50 million in revenue can receive 20 to 24 hours of research team work on specific business issue work and follow-up engagement for assistance with implementation.

Export Washington: State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Provides export related benefits including cash to attend foreign trade shows

Through Washington’s State Trade Expansion Program helps small businesses access global markets and increase sales of world-class, American-made goods and services. Companies may be eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • An Export Voucher for preapproved export expenses
  • Attending Governor-led trade missions
  • Joining Commerce trade specialists at targeted international trade shows and meet potential new customers
  • Help in finding export financing from local banks
  • Applying for U.S. Ex-Im Bank Guarantee and Insurance Programs
  • Grants for certain export expansion actions.

Impact Washington

Provides consulting services oriented to small to medium sized manufacturers

Impact Washington, Washington’s manufacturing extension partnership program, administers state and federal grants for manufacturers. The non-profit also provides lean practices training, supply chain and strategy consulting, and growth strategy support for manufacturers.

Washington Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center provides in-depth, confidential, no cost customized one-on one business advising, business training and advisor assisted market intelligence. Certified Business Advisors and International Trade Specialists assist owners and managers across every aspect of business management, operation and expansion.

TAA for Workers (Trade Act)

Provides retraining and related help to workers separated due to imports

This is a program for workers who have lost employment due to import competition. For the workers to qualify, the company must provide some data to verify the circumstances of the lay-off - there is no cost or penalty to the company. In fact, any company involved in such a situation will most likely qualify for TAA for Firms - also known as "made in America grants," which provides up to $75,000 to qualified firms. For an employer, it is a way to deliver a superior package of retraining and unemployment benefits to departing workers.

Other Washington Resources

State of Washington
Washington Department of Commerce
Washington Department of Agriculture, International Marketing
Washington Economic Gardening
Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Washington Economic Development Association
Washington Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
Governor Inslee
Washington State Legislature