For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. According to data from SBA, there are over 137,000 small businesses in New Hampshire. Those small businesses provide employment of over 304,000 employees, nearly 50% of New Hampshire employees. Small businesses play an integral part of New Hampshire’s prosperity.
At NHDES, the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (SBTAP) was established in 1992 to provide small business owners and operators with free assistance to help them understand and comply with air and other environmental regulations. This confidential, non-regulatory program provides information about regulatory requirements and practical, cost-effective technical assistance to encourage compliance with oftentimes complex environmental regulations.
SBTAP meets these goals by providing the following services:
- Business and Industry Outreach.
- Environmental Compliance Assistance.
- On-site Assessment and Consultation Services.
For example, SBTAP provided hazardous waste and used oil guidance at White Mountain Fiberglass in Rumney. Pat Lyons, owner, has owned his own business for 20 years and has been in the boat business for 42 years. “I like having the control on what projects we work on, and my crew is like family. We enjoy what we do transforming boats.”
SBTAP, in partnership with other public and private assistance providers, strives to ensure that businesses are operating in compliance with all applicable air and other environmental requirements and providing a safe workplace for their employees, all while maintaining and increasing their competitive edge.
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