Working with EMAP
Our clients come from a broad range of small businesses across the state. We work with farmers, manufacturers, coffee shops, auto repair shops, restaurants, drycleaners - the list goes on and on. And whether the question is related to a regulatory concern (a question about a permit, for example), or about some new environmental topic or regulation, sources of environmental funding, or anything else, our conversations are always kept 100% confidential and our services are completely free of charge.
There are a variety of ways to get started. Our website provides background and resources related to many of the topics our small business clients are most interested in.
You can also call our toll-free hotline at (877) ASK-EMAP (275-3627) to speak with one of our consultants, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the green "Request Assistance" button on our website.
Depending on the depth of your question, we will either be able to help you right then and there, or, we will sign you on as a client of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center and arrange a time to speak with you in more detail.
Becoming an EMAP Client
When you and your small business become an EMAP client there will absolutely be no hidden charges or service fees to render EMAP services. All EMAP services are provided through support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and our host university institutions (Widener University, University of Pittsburgh, Shippensburg University).
To become a client, click on the link below and fill out the required information. Once you complete the online form someone from EMAP will contact you within 2 business days.
As a client of EMAP and the Pennsylvania SBDC, you will have access to the full spectrum of state-wide resources including assistance, guidance, recommendations and education, but ultimately, you are your own best advocate and will get the most out of the service if you're a true partner; engaged, responsive and motivated.
For example, you will likely be asked to provide some background including documents we'll ask you to gather and send to us in a timely fashion. We will have ongoing questions and will need you to simply be available to answer them.
Since EMAP services are provided at no cost to you and your small business, we and our funding partners really enjoy listening & reading your feedback and experiences about the small business assistance you received through our program.