The PA SBDC Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) is a no-cost, confidential statewide environmental assistance service for small businesses. We can help you with environmental regulatory compliance issues and energy efficiency concerns as well as assist you in your efforts to "green your business". We are a non-profit, university-based organization.
We provide assistance to businesses at any stage, from pre-venture to existing companies.
We work closely with our Pennsylvania SBDC business consultants, providing relevant information to businesses just getting started. Our EMAP consultants can help you review your business plan to determine if you require regulatory agency approval or permit(s). We can help you identify the environmental licenses, permits, and registrations necessary to open your business. For an introductory list of the types of requirements your business may be subject to, we suggest you review our Environmental Considerations for New Businesses, and then contact us with any questions.
With today’s complex environmental regulations, it’s difficult to stay informed on requirements and opportunities that apply to your business. Through one-on-one consulting, our newsletter and other communications, EMAP keeps small businesses up-to-date on what they need to know from new regulatory requirements to relevant new technology and funding opportunities.
Our current clients include businesses in manufacturing, service, retail, construction – just about any small business may be affected by environmental compliance regulation and/or energy efficiency concerns.
EMAP provides Pennsylvania small businesses with the answers and assistance they need to effectively manage their environmental issues, reduce regulatory risks, and save money.
EMAP consultants are experts in environmental compliance issues, and provide confidential assistance with your questions related to air emissions, solid waste, hazardous waste, storage tanks, and water regulations.
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We also have expertise in energy efficiency, and will provide energy assessments at your business and other information and resources to help you reduce energy consumption, save money and ultimately reduce your carbon footprint. EMAP consultants help business owners make sound investments leading to real savings in monthly operating expenses, often locating and assisting owners apply for funding for these projects.
EMAP has various educational offerings as well – our consultants offer training seminars throughout the state of Pennsylvania. We also provide regulatory and energy efficiency updates via our newsletter and other publications.
We assist a broad range of small businesses including auto body shops, bakeries, dental offices, dry-cleaners, grocery stores, woodworkers, restaurants, metalworkers, printers, and manufacturers of products from aircraft parts to textiles.
In general, a small business is defined as one having 100 or fewer employees. In some cases we are able to assist slightly larger manufacturing facilities. To be eligible for our services, your operations must be headquartered in Pennsylvania.
Our services are provided to small businesses free-of-charge.
Absolutely not! All Pennsylvania SBDC services are strictly confidential.
Yes, we do. You can click here, to request an on-site energy assessment, or call our hotline at (877) ASK-EMAP and talk with our consultants about your energy efficiency questions. Before we schedule the assessment, we’ll ask you to provide some background information including one year’s worth of utility bills (electric and gas, if applicable).
Yes, we help many small businesses apply for grants and loans. For example, with EMAP’s help, EMAP clients have received over $1 million in funding for 189 energy efficiency projects through DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program.
Grants and low-interest loans are a great way to help offset or manage the costs of compliance and efficiency investments. Visit our Funding page for more information on these types of programs. Then call our consultants for assistance figuring out which programs are the best fit for your project, and guidance while completing the applications. Many EMAP clients have secured funds with our help – visit our Success Stories to read about some of them.
EMAP’s newsletter, The First Step, provides quarterly updates on these issues as well as information on environmental topics and client success stories. To see past newsletters, click here. To be added to the mailing list, click here.
EMAP Alert emails provide clients with timely regulatory and funding updates. To see a sample and to sign up, click here.
The process of becoming an official client is very simple. We ask you to fill out a short form, which helps us gather relevant background information we need to understand your business' unique situation, allowing us to better serve you, in the long run. All the information you provide remains completely confidential, though it does allow us to get a broad view of the types of challenges PA businesses face.
Becoming a client doesn't cost anything, nor do we start to charge for services once you become a client. Our services, with the exception of certain trainings or workshops, are provided completely free of charge, no matter how long you work with us.