Gates also agreed that the purpose of the TAACs is not to try to strike back abroad.
The purpose of the TAACs is to create jobs in the United States, or at least protect them.
Zuber needed an equalizer, and it found one in a little-known Department of Commerce program called TAAC, an acronym for Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers.
Armed with matching federal funds, Zuber produced a marketing survey and began selling in Latin America, a vista it never would have explored without the TAAC. To date, Zuber has increased sales and is making a faster comeback than it planned.
When business flagged during the late '80s because of imports, some of the wineries contacted the TAAC in Binghamton, N.Y.
It turned to the Midwest TAAC to help develop a marketing plan.
Maybe, but be assured the TAAC program is real, and has helped hundreds of companies compete against foreign invaders.
When the TAAC program came up for re-authorization in 1986, President Reagan marked it for termination.