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Small Business Resources

Your go-to resource for small business environmental assistance

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) resources are here for two reasons:

  • To help with basic environmental compliance and sustainable business information, including, but not limited to, industry-specific best practices, regulatory guidance, and funding opportunities for new environmental technologies.
  • To assist technical assistance providers in helping small businesses with environmental compliance and sustainable business information.

Small businesses with environmental questions can e-mail or call the hotline at 800-578-8898. Note state-specific resources are also available on this website at https://nationalsbeap.org/states.

 

Are you a small business?

That depends on what you do, the number of employees you have, and how your annual revenues affect the “size standards” of a business for federal and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) activities. You’ll also find that certain programs may have their own size standards based on their unique requirements.

For example, a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) established through the 1990 Clean Air Act may be limited to helping businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and emissions less than 50 tons per year per pollutant or 75 tons per year of combined pollutants. However, state SBEAPs vary in  criteria for which businesses they can serve. Contact your state SBEAP for more information.

 

Related resources

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program home page features other resources which are geared toward small businesses. The most relevant pages are linked below.

Environmental compliance: View tools, rules and useful resources related to specific sector compliance.

Compliance Assistance Centers: This website contains sector-specific environmental compliance information and is funded in part by EPA.

Industry sector websites: Specific to your industry, these websites provide helpful compliance information.

Trade associations: Founded, funded and organized by the specific industry sector or association, trade associations exist to promote your common interests.

EPA Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman (ASBO): This office serves as the conduit for small businesses to access EPA and facilitate communications.

State SBEAP contacts: These programs provide environmental compliance technical assistance for small businesses, relaying state-specific regulations when different than federal requirements.

Compliance Advisory Panel: Referred to as the “CAP,” these are small business owners and representatives who consult and advise on SBEAP content. Contact your state SBEAP to learn about the CAP in your state or if you are interested in serving on the panel.

EPA small business compliance: EPA's plan to modernize the implementation of its Audit Policy and Small Business Compliance Policy

EPA resources for small businesses: From resources related to regulatory flexibility to learning how to become a contractor for the EPA, this page was updated in 2016 with several new resources.

Ground-level ozone (smog) information: Ground-level ozone is a serious air quality and public health concern. As a result, more stringent regulations might apply to your business, based on your location and materials used. Check out the listing of non-attainment areas.