The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) assists U.S. manufacturing and service firms hurt by import competition to regain profitable growth. The Southwest TAAC helps its clients document their technical needs; then plan, implement and pay for the highest quality technical assistance available.
The program provides a means for the firm to immediately carry out specific improvement projects which have been deferred due to financial or manpower constraints. Consulting services are secured for the company on a cost-sharing basis with the Southwest TAAC assuming up to 50% or 75% of the cost of qualified projects.
All business information, including trade secrets and financial information, is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and treated with strict confidentiality.
A firm must be certified as eligible by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration in order to receive Trade Adjustment Assistance.
To be certified, a firm must show that competitive, imported products have significantly contributed to both of the following:
A decline in sales or production in the most recent 12 months compared to the prior 12 months. If overall declines are not evident, the firm may be able to demonstrate declines in one product line if that product accounted for at least 25% of the total sales of the firm.
The separation (or threat of separation) of a significant portion of the firm’s workers. An employment decline of 5% is considered significant.
The petition will include information about the company’s:
- related firms; economic history; owners and managers; articles produced and sold; sales, production and employment data.
and will require support documentation such as:
- financial statements, federal income tax returns; quarterly employment reports; and enough customer references who, in the most recent twelve month period, have reduced purchases in favor of imports to account for 5% of the sales decline.
The pre-certification process of the Southwest TAAC helps to ensure that the firm’s petition will be accepted and certified; however, a firm can withdraw its petition at any time without prejudice and resubmit it. Once a firm is certified, it has two years to submit a specific plan describing the project for which it intends to receive cost sharing benefits.
ALL INFORMATION IS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
HOW TO APPLY
- Call, Fax, or write for a free initial consultation.
- Call the Southwest TAAC at (800) 344-8872 or (210) 458-2490.
- EMAIL the Southwest TAAC at southwestTAAC@utsa.edu
- Fax Sales and Employment (Create a link to download PRE-QUAL FORM using “Sales and Employment”) information to (210) 458-2491
- Mail it to SWTAAC 501 César E. Chávez, San Antonio, Texas 78207.
- OR FILL IN FORM: DEVELOP A QUICK FORM ON SITE WITH NAME, TITLE, EMAIL, PHONE, NAME OF FIRM, STATE (FROM ROLL DOWN MENU), AND SUBMIT BUTTON