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The TAAF program assists manufacturing firms that have been adversely affected by imports from foreign competition by providing technical assistance and cost sharing to improve a variety of manufacturing, marketing, financial management and IT issues. Some examples of implementation projects that will provide value to the company and improve operations include:

Manufacturing, engineering and production

  • ISO preparation and registration
  • Quality assurance
  • Product development, design, prototype and testing
  • Product certification
  • Operation analysis
  • Productivity improvement (LEAN, Six Sigma)
  • Process engineering inventory management
  • Facility and equipment review
  • CAD/CAM selection and implementation

Financial and general management

  • Profit planning, cash management and budgeting
  • Debt restructuring
  • Cost management
  • Strategic planning
  • Expansion and diversification
  • Workforce development and training
  • Organizational analysis
  • Compensation and incentive programs
  • Succession planning

Marketing and sales

  • E-commerce
  • Social media
  • Trade shows
  • Market research and planning
  • Advertising and sales promotion
  • Website development, updating, translations, smartphone compatibility
  • Distribution analysis and development
  • Sales force management programs
  • Product line evaluation
  • Export and international trade development

Information technology support systems

  • Employee training
  • Integrated manufacturing systems
  • Hardware evaluation, software upgrades
  • System conversion and enhancements
  • Custom programming
  • E-commerce

Note: Computer hardware cannot be cost shared — only evaluations, installation, software and training. Production equipment cannot be cost shared — only associated design effort, installation, software and training.