Friday, April 30, 2010 | 10:59 a.m.
The Nevada Small Business Development Center is among seven small business incubators awarded federal grants aimed at energy efficiency.
The NSBDC will receive $125,000 under the program. It is the second year it has received a grant under the U.S. Small Business Administration program.
The SBA allocates the grants annually to help small businesses save money by making them more energy efficient and thus more competitive.
The programs will help to provide education, training, energy efficiency audits, information on adoption of energy efficiency practices, and assistance for purchase and installation of energy-efficient building fixtures and equipment.
“Small businesses are leading the way in developing green technology,” said Administrator Karen Mills. “These Small Business Development Centers are well positioned to help equip small businesses with energy efficiency tools and information. It’s a win-win because a small business saves on energy bills while contributing to the growth of green jobs in other local businesses.”
The NSBDC has used its previous grant money to expand its experience and involvement with state and federal programs to provide energy audits and assist small businesses in evaluating and implementing energy efficiency measures. It offers education on renewable energy generation, constructing high performance green buildings, and developing and commercializing clean technology products, goods, services and processes. The SBDC will help small businesses improve environmental performance using source reduction approaches, including toxic reduction, waste and emissions minimization.
For more information, log on to www.nsbdc.org.