Specialty Programs


Specialty Programs: PTAC and TAAF

There are specialty programs which exist which can help your business to succeed. Working with the Government can be a very good way to grow your business.

Working with the Government

The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) assist businesses – including small, disadvantaged and women-owned firms – in obtaining federal, state, and local government contracts. MO PTAC’s specialists have years of experience and can help you identify opportunities and understand the contracting process so you can take advantage of government sales dollars. Visit the Missouri Business website to learn more.

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program equips U.S. manufacturers to proactively respond to import competition. For some companies, imports post a serious threat. Working with TAAF specialists, companies can identify and prioritize opportunities for increased profits, job creation and long-term financial stability. Then, firms may apply for funding (that must be cost-shared by the company) to implement projects that are focused on improving a firm’s internal operations and competitive abilities. TAAF’s professionals work collaboratively with manufacturers in each phase of the program. Visit the Missouri Business website to learn more.


Chris Shoemaker is Northeastern Missouri’s dedicated specialist in procurement. He is located in the Macon County Extension office 660-385-2173 or shoemakercl@missouri.edu.


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