HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $62,000 in grants to help 31 small businesses across the state, including some dry cleaners and laundries, invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects.
“This program empowers small-business owners to invest in important upgrades that make the most sense for their business,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer says. “It gives them the opportunity to lower the costs of production, which makes them better environmental stewards and more competitive.”
Receiving grants were:
- Coder’s Dry Cleaning, Williamsport ($7,500)
- Linn One Hour Cleaners, Philadelphia ($7,500)
- Snowy White Dry Cleaners, Aliquippa ($3,897)
- Snowy White Laundry, Monaca ($3,342)
Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program began in 2004 and is funded by the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act. It provides small businesses with fewer than 100 employees a 50% matching reimbursement grant, up to $7,500, to implement projects that will save $1,000 in addition to 25% of annual pollution prevention or energy-related costs.
Since its inception, the program has invested $6.1 million in 1,571 small businesses statewide.