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EPA to Sponsor Small Business Innovation Research Workshops

Release Date: 03/12/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/

(03/12/03) Following Administrator Christie Whitman’s presentation of the first “National Summit on Small Business and the Environment” for Small Business Month, EPA regions will sponsor three workshops on funding opportunities under EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. As stated in the President’s Small Business Plan, small businesses play a key role in America’s economy, creating two out of every three new jobs and generating about 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. EPA’s SBIR program helps small businesses develop commercial ventures that improve the environment, create jobs, and contribute to U.S. technical competitiveness worldwide. The three workshops will cover proposal development and conversion of environmental inventions and innovations into commercial environmental technologies. The next SBIR request for applications will be for monitoring and control of air pollution, contaminated building cleanup, technology solutions for Western U.S. environmental issues, drinking water and wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, and pollution prevention. Interested small businesses are urged to attend one of the following SBIR Proposal Preparation Workshops:
        • March 20th - EPA Region VIII co-hosts a workshop with the Colorado Environmental Business Alliance at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood. Contact Karen Eye at 303-554-9493, ext. 13 or see:
        • March 27th - EPA Region III co-hosts a workshop with the Temple University Small Business Development Center at EPA offices in Philadelphia, Pa. For more information, call 215-204-3856.
        • April 3rd - EPA Region I hosts a workshop in their Boston, Mass. offices. Call Maggie Theroux at 617-918-1613.

Additional information on EPA’s SBIR program can be found at: .