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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.

 

Mission

To help Florida's small business community achieve and maintain regulatory compliance by providing free and confidential support, education, outreach and advocacy.

 

Vision

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.

 

Services

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
SBEAP Hotline Number: 1-800-722-7457
SBEAP Email: Small.Business@dep.state.fl.us

Referrals to other Environmental Programs
Environmental Assistance Directory

Online Resource Library
The SBEAP Resource Library features information and news on environmental regulations that may affect small businesses as well as industry-specific factsheets, booklets, forms, and other materials.

On-Site Visits
Department staff will coordinate on-site visits to assist with ensuring your business is in compliance with applicable environmental regulations. To request an on-site visit please call the SBEAP Hotline or visit the DEP Compliance Assistance Page, select the District where your business is located, and fill out the online request form.

 

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.

 

Ombudsman

Jessica Dalton
FL Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Air Resources Management
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Toll Free: 1-800-722-7457
Office: 850-717-9106
Email: Jessica Dalton

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: May 04, 2016

  2600 Blair Stone Road, M.S. 5500   Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400   850-717-9000 (phone) / 850-717-9001 (fax)
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