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The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced Small Business Energy Efficiency Grants to Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in seven states to fund projects that provide energy-efficiency assistance to small businesses. Each grant award is $125,000.

The grant awards will help small businesses conserve energy and use it more efficiently. Each center was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their abilities to provide energy-efficiency services, and each grant recipient will use unique and innovative approaches to develop and promote green buildings and green technology. Three of the SBDCs will receive awards for the first time, and four will receive a second year of funding.

The proposed programs will help provide education, training, energy-efficiency audits, information about adopting energy-efficiency practices, and assistance for purchasing and installing energy-efficient building fixtures and equipment.

SBDCs receiving grant awards for the first time are the Arizona Small Business Development Center hosted by Maricopa County Community College, Tempe, Ariz.; North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center hosted by North Carolina State University, Raleigh; and Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

SBDCs to receive a second year of funding have demonstrated the ability to provide access to information and resources regarding energy-efficiency practices. They are the Idaho Small Business Development Center hosted by Boise State University, Boise, Idaho; New York Small Business Development Center hosted by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, New York; Nevada Small Business Development Center hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno; and Nebraska Small Business Development Center hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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5/6/2010

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