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Growing Solutions with Phospholutions

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Hunter Swisher founded Phospholutions in the spring of 2016 while still a student majoring in plant science at Penn State. In the fall of 2015 while taking a class, he learned about a soil additive that would help plants soak up nutrients more efficiently. This technology, developed by his professor, was…

Evolve Build: Wharton SBDC Programs Help Serial Entrepreneur Redefine Renewable Energy

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Michael Sebright loves to start and build businesses, literally. Through his company Energy Reconsidered and his partnership with Evolve Build, he continues to find new ways to conserve and renew energy in Greater Philadelphia.     Ironically, one of Mr. Sebright’s strengths that contribute to his success is his tolerance…

The Secret Tradition Continues: Santinoceto's Market

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Santinoceto’s Italian Market celebrated its grand opening on March 4, 2016. However, the Santinoceto family name is far from new to the Clearfield area. Nick Santinoceto’s grandparents, Joseph and Mary, opened an Italian market in 1931. Joseph passed away in 1959, but his wife kept the market open until 1984. Nick…

Pennsylvania SBDC EMAP Wins National EPA Honor for Assistance to Small Businesses

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From Left: Hana Hyland, small business program coordinator, EPA Region 3; Chuck Haney, environmental consultant; Lee Ann Briggs, environmental consultant; Stan Meiburg (back row), acting deputy administrator, EPA; Carrie Wintersteen, environmental consultant; Jeremy Hancher, environmental consultant; Nancy Crickman, director of environmental, technology, and energy services; and Kimberly Y. Patrick, director, Office of Small Business Programs, EPA.

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)’s Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) was awarded the Fiscal Year 2015 U.S. EPA Administrator's Award for Outstanding Accomplishments by a Small Business Trade or State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider. The award was presented on May 5, 2016 during the U.S. EPA Administrator’s 26th Annual Small Business Program Awards Ceremony.  The event recognized various program activities, individuals, businesses, and state and local entities for their outstanding contributions in Fiscal Year 2015.

“EMAP is honored to have received this prestigious national award from EPA, and we are so grateful for their support of our program,” said Nancy Crickman, director of environmental, technology, and energy services with the Pennsylvania SBDC.  “I applaud our team of statewide staff for their efforts to help small businesses across Pennsylvania, they are truly deserving of this award for all of their hard work and dedication,” she added.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection provides funding to support EMAP in a longstanding partnership to provide environmental technical and compliance assistance to Pennsylvania small businesses, as required by the state Air Pollution Control Act and the federal Clean Air Act.  EMAP provides valuable services to help small businesses in Pennsylvania come into compliance with environmental regulations, stay in compliance, and even go beyond compliance to become more sustainable.

In 2015, EMAP provided environmental consulting assistance to 278 businesses in 50 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. EMAP staff conducted on-site assessment visits at 39 of these businesses.  A significant number of the businesses had complex and long unresolved issues that EMAP consultants were able to sort through to help the businesses thoroughly address their compliance issues.  Since 2004, EMAP has provided environmental compliance assistance to over 2,645 small companies and conducted 1,262 onsite visits.