Project opportunities

The TAAF program assists manufacturing firms that have been adversely affected by imports from foreign competition by providing cost-share grant funds and technical assistance 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:

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    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
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    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 
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    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
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    Information technology support systems

    • Employee training
    • Integrated manufacturing systems 
    • Hardware evaluation, software upgrades 
    • System conversion and enhancements 
    • Custom programming 
    • E-commerce 
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    Note: Grant funds cannot be used for computer hardware purchase — only evaluations, installation, software and training. Grant funds cannot be used to purchase production equipment — only associated design effort, installation, software and training.