Year: 2020

IDAHO STEP GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD IS OPEN!

The Idaho STEP Grant applications are NOW OPEN for the Idaho Online Global Program AND Financial Assistance Awards.  Visit the website for complete program details! APPLICATIONS DUE BY3:00 p.m. MT Friday, December 18 The Idaho Online Global Program will help fund the design and development of international websites with e-commerce functionality and SEO service included. The Financial …

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U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant Funds The South Idaho Design-Prototype Center at Boise State University

Idaho TechHelp was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s national 2020 Venture Challenge Competition to fund the South Idaho Design-Prototype Center (SIDPC). TechHelp was one of 29 organizations selected for this award from a pool of 417 applicants nationwide. The grant was matched by TechHelp collaborators for an additional $1.5 …

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SBA Pacific Northwest article: Small Manufacturing Firms Continue to Drive Economy in Pacific Northwest. By Regional Administrator, Jeremy Field.

Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our region’s livelihood and connection to the global economy. Before the pandemic, the manufacturing sector employed 11.6 million workers in the United States. During the past three years, approximately 500,000 manufacturing jobs were added to the economy. In …

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East Oregonian newspaper follow-up article on Trade: Trade Adjustment Act programs help firms, workers

When an American worker loses their job due to competition created by international trade, the Trade Adjustment Act provides funding for that worker to be retrained for a new job. A cousin to that program is the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program. Instead of retraining workers, the federal program retrains companies, from farms to …

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East Oregonian newspaper reports on Trade: Unions address trade-related job losses in Oregon.

Oregon has lost the most jobs per capita to trade and offshoring, according to the nonprofit Trade Justice Education Fund, according to a new feature article by Jade McDowell of the East Oregonian daily newspaper. Data from the report relied on the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, a sister-program of the TAA for …

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GAO Report Released: Opportunities to Improve Federal Response and Recovery Efforts

In response to the national public health and economic threats caused byCOVID-19, four relief laws were enacted as of June 2020, including the CARESAct, in March 2020. These laws have appropriated $2.6 trillion across thegovernment. Six areas—Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); EconomicStabilization and Assistance to Distressed Sectors; unemployment insurance;economic impact payments; Public Health and Social Services …

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COVID-19 GUIDANCE & RESOURCES FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM MANUFACTURERS

Learn here ESOURCES TO HELP SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED MANUFACTURERS MANAGE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC There are 51 Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico which are waiting to help those small and medium sized manufacturers (SMMs) through this crisis with more than 1,400 trusted advisors and experts …

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All Northwest counties now eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration

All Northwest counties are now eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small businesses in all Northwest counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Check the …

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