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Equipment manufacturer leverages new technology and a federal grant to bounce back

A Northwest industrial equipment manufacturer rapidly lost business to imports from China and Taiwan. An economic developer recognized the problem and referred the company to the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program. When the company applied for TAAF, they had lost half of their employees and 65 percent of sales over two years. NorthwestTAAC …

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Import Competition is like Thousands of Flash Floods

We’ve all heard about trade competition and lost jobs in the media. AT NWTAAC, we work with small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who are negatively affected by trade competition, what is often called “trade impact” in policy lingo. For large companies or from a macro-economic perspective, import competition may seem like a rising tide – …

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Oregon State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), Export Promotion Program, available.

Oregon manufacturers should be aware of a new grant available through Business Oregon’s Export Promotion Program. If you are currently exporting products internationally, or if you are interested in doing so, don’t miss this opportunity. The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) matching grant reimburses 75% of eligible expenses up to $10,000. Funded in part through …

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SBA Launches ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it is accepting applications for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program. This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans. SBA will accept applications through July 12, 2021, and …

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WEBINAR: Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC) and NorthwestTAAC on “How to Successfully Deal with International Competition”.

Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC) and the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NorthwestTAAC) partnered to present a webinar on how companies in the Northwest can successfully overcome international competition. Through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program, companies that have lost business due to competition from imports can access matching …

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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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