Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
About the Program
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP), established under Section 507 of the Clean Air Act, is a resource available to help small businesses understand and comply with environmental regulations. The Florida SBEAP is housed within the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Resources Management. Although the SBEAP is primarily air-focused, staff either provides direct assistance with multi-media questions or refers customers to the appropriate environmental program area. To qualify for assistance as a small business, the business must have less than 100 employees, release less than 75 tons of all regulated air pollutants and release less than 50 tons of any single regulated air pollutant.
To help Florida's small business community achieve and maintain regulatory compliance by providing free and confidential support, education, outreach and advocacy.
Through active partnerships with trade associations, private industries and government entities, we envision a future where Florida's small businesses routinely use sound practices and innovative solutions to protect our environment, thus minimizing the need for environmental regulation.
The Florida SBEAP provides free and confidential environmental permitting and compliance assistance to small businesses through a variety of services including:
Phone or Email Consultations
Referrals to other Environmental Programs
Online Resource Library
Outreach and Education
Department staff conducts presentations/workshops on a variety of environmental topics to public or private organizations as requested.
The SBEAP partners with various organizations and trade associations to better understand the needs of small businesses and increase awareness of our program.
The Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) oversees the SBEAP and serves as an advocate for Florida's small businesses. The SBO is responsible for keeping small businesses informed of impending or new regulations and associated requirements to enhance awareness and compliance, ensuring that small business interests are represented during the rule-making process, and providing confidential assistance to small business owners as requested.
Last updated: October 19, 2016
2600 Blair Stone Road, M.S. 5500
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
850-717-9000 (phone) / 850-717-9001 (fax)
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