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Small Business Assistance Links

State Resources

  • Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP)
    EMAP provides free, confidential technical and environmental compliance assistance to small businesses across the state of Pennsylvania. EMAP environmental consultants offer assistance in helping small business owners understand how to comply with regulatory requirements and assist with the preparation of plans and permit applications for start-up and existing businesses.
  • Pennsylvania’s Small Business Development Centers (PA SBDC)
    PA SBDC provides educational programs and no-cost, confidential consulting services for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) – PA Business One Stop Shop
    Your guide for doing business in the state of Pennsylvania. This site offers the resources, tools, and experience to help Pennsylvania entrepreneurs and businesses dream big, plan for the future, and achieve their goals.
  • Energy Programs Office (EPO)
    The EPO works to support the development of clean energy resources, while striving to achieve the mission of DEP to protect Pennsylvania's air, land, and water from pollution and provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment.
  • Waste Management
    The Bureau of Waste Management is responsible for recycling and solid waste programs.

Federal Resources


  • National Small Business Assistance Programs (National SBEAP)
    The National SBEAP provides resources to help small businesses to comply with environmental regulations. The National SBEAP is also a resource used by state SBEAPs (such as EMAP in Pennsylvania) to help provide small businesses with technical and environmental compliance assistance. This resource is intended to help small businesses and SBEAPs identify environmental regulations that may apply to various industrial processes. It also includes several air-focused tools such as emission calculators, compliance checklists and calendars.
  • Emerging Technology Applications Center (ETAC)
    ETAC’s mission is to help businesses implement sustainable operating principles and reduce their environmental impact. They offer assistance that helps businesses align with Pennsylvania’s movement to lower carbon emissions, reduce energy consumption, and improve operational efficiency. ETAC also performs evaluations to identify ways to improve manufacturing processes and provides assistance with renewable energy options.
  • Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program
    Helps Pennsylvania business and industry improve their competitiveness by providing free scientific and technological assistance and information to help resolve specific technical questions or problems that can be addressed within a limited amount of time.
  • National Compliance Assistance Centers
    EPA has sponsored partnerships with industry, academic institutions, environmental groups, and other agencies to launch sector-specific Web-based Compliance Assistance Centers. Each Center addresses real world issues that are relevant to regulated entities.
  • Lehigh University Industrial Assessment Center
    Lehigh University's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) provides industrial assessment service to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The center is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as a part of a national program to perform no-cost industrial assessments for small to medium sized industries.