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NYS Small Business Development Center
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246
Corporate Woods Building, 3rd Floor
www.nyssbdc.org - www.suny.edu
Albany – The
State University of New York’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the
state's leading provider of small business management and technical services,
in partnership with Con Edison, will provide energy reviews for small business
owners interested in improving energy efficiency for their operations.
SBDC will promote the project to its existing clients as well as to small
business owners that are potential clients of the program. In addition, the
SBDC will provide free one-to-one advisement and training to small business
owners to help them:
- Implement energy efficiency projects
- Secure financing to achieve energy efficiency or to
build green buildings
- Evaluate renewable energy sources such as solar and
- Evaluate energy efficiency opportunities with green buildings
- Improve environmental performance
program is made possible by the SBDC having been awarded the U.S. Small
Business Administration’s (SBA) Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Program Grant.
The Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Program Grant is one of only (7) awards
announced by the SBA to pilot targeted outreach to the small business community
in the nation.
Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Program is a specialized initiative of the
SBA providing grant-funded service delivery network providing quality customer
service to the small business community. The program creates a broad-based
system of assistance for the small business community by linking the resources
of federal, state and local governments with the resources of the educational
community and the private sector.
In announcing the award, the US SBA said, “The
New York State SBDC and its partner organizations plan to coordinate their
resources to provide energy audits for small businesses with substantial energy
consumption. They also will educate small business owners to help them
identify energy savings and make ‘efficient energy’ decisions. The SBDC and its
partners will advise small business owners about energy opportunities relating
to green buildings, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, and
improved environmental performance.”
SBDC will assist small business owners by conducting training and educational
activities directly related to energy efficiency and provide access to
information and resources on energy efficiency practices. The award will allow
the NYSSBDC to promote small business energy conservation in partnership with Con
Edison as well as its host higher education institutions.
Edison will contribute resources
to conduct free energy surveys of small businesses that are identified and
referred by the SBDC. The audits will identify energy-efficiency strategies and
improvements that yield energy savings. The SBDC will use the SBA Energy Audit
and Efficiency Program Grant award to have Business Advisors from the SBDC
program assist small business owners to implement the recommendations from the
audits engineers by accessing capital and building the business case and
improve the overall energy efficiency of the participating firms.
addition, the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), a lending
consortium made up of 135 banks doing business in New York State, will make financing
available to those small business owners participating in the Con Edison audits
that have viable business opportunities in order to assist in implementing
energy saving investments. NYBDC is one of the largest and most experienced SBA
lenders in the state for developing innovative financial solutions for programs
such as this.
past spike in energy costs help make this project very timely for most small
businesses,” said NYSSBDC State Director Jim King. “We’re enthusiastic about
the potential to identify and work with small businesses throughout New York State, and to work with Con
Edison and NYBDC to help implement changes in business operations that will save
energy while helping the environment through reduced emissions and the economy
by cutting back on imported oil. This simply makes good sense for the business
and the State.”
costs is a critical element of day to day life for business owners and everyday
businesses are looking for solutions that can make an impact and be cost
effective.” said Con Edison Energy Efficiency Director Rebecca Craft. “This partnership
provides businesses access to energy efficiency resources that can help reduce
energy usage. We are excited about the opportunity this brings to business
owners and Con Edison’s small business energy efficiency program. We want
customers to use less energy and save money.”
is committed to providing unique financing for businesses in the energy
efficiency and green business sectors,” said NYBDC President & CEO Patrick MacKrell.
“We look forward to working with the energy projects identified through this
program and partnering with the SBDC to accomplish these energy related goals.”
About Con Edison
Edison is a subsidiary of
Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest
investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual
revenues and $34 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and
steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional
financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s
website at www.coned.com.
owners can explore Con Edison’s energy-efficiency programs at: http://www.coned.com/energyefficiency/
About the SBDC
SBDC, administered by the University at Albany, the largest unit of the State University
(SUNY), has 24 regional service centers located throughout the New York State on SUNY, City
University of New York (CUNY) and private university campuses. Since inception
in 1984, the SBDC has provided small business advisement services to more than
279,000 New Yorkers. The SBDC also provides training and business research to
existing business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC clients have invested over
$3.6 billion in NY, impacting 131,000 jobs.
The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S.
Small Business Administration, the State of New York, local communities and host campuses. As a
result of this leveraged support, the SBDC staff provides confidential
one-on-one business advisement services at no direct cost to the citizens and
entrepreneurs of New York.
more information about the SBDC, visit www.nyssbdc.org.
About the State University of New York
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educating nearly 465,000 students in 7,351 degree and certificate programs on
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