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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Shippensburg University SBDC Helps The Pet Store Secure State Grant to Reduce Lighting Energy Costs

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    • Check Presentation to The Pet Store

Pictured (left to right) Keila Fitz, general manager of The Pet Store; State Representative Rob Kauffman; Charles Haney, environmental consultant for the Shippensburg University SBDC; Jason Abela, legislative liaison for DEP; and Jay Moyer, small business ombudsman for DEP.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded a Small Business Advantage Grant to The Pet Store, a family-owned small business located in Chambersburg. The award amount of $6,743 will be used to upgrade the overhead store lighting from florescent to energy efficient LED lighting. The Pet Store worked with Charles Haney, environmental consultant for the Shippensburg University SBDC, to complete the grant application for the award.

Pennsylvania State Representative Rob Kauffman was on hand for the check presentation saying “Doing things better and more efficiently is becoming a way of life for most businesses.”  Kauffman went on to say, “I applaud businesses like the Pet Store that take the steps necessary to improve themselves and set an example for other businesses and homeowners.”  

The Small Business Advantage Grant program is designated to promote pollution prevention and energy efficiency practices in small business. Funding of up to $9,500 annually is provided to select applications on a first-come, first-served basis.  Businesses must save 25%, plus $750, annually as a direct result of the implementing the upgrades.  

The Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides assistance to businesses interested in applying for the grant by determining eligibility and guidance in completing the application.