Green Business

Lighting

  • Turn off lights when not in use.

  • Remove or disconnect unnecessary light fixtures.

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.

  • Replace or retrofit non-energy efficient light fixtures.

  • Install "occupant sensors" to automatically turn lights off and on.

  • Take advantage of "day lighting".

  • Lower light levels where appropriate such as around computer monitors.

  • Install LED (light-emitting diode) exit signs.

The selection of experienced, competent contractors and other energy professionals is critical to the success of your energy-efficiency project(s). Here are some guidelines to aid you in choosing a contractor:

Here you will find a listing of state, local and regional programs that help small businesses become energy efficient. These programs offer financial assistance in the form of grants and loans for making energy efficient upgrades. Grants are also available to firms developing energy efficient technology. These programs also offer free or low-cost technical assistance to help small business owners conduct energy audits and implement energy efficient technology.

From changing a light bulb and using recyclable products to installing energy efficient equipment and systems, every business can make simple changes that save energy costs and natural resources.

The following resources will help you Green Your Business!

Become Energy Efficient

Whether you own or lease your building, you typically need lighting, heating, air conditioning, power for office equipment, and other services to stay in business. This guide will help you to maximize energy efficiency, which will save you money while helping the environment.

Various laws, executive orders and procurement regulations now require federal agencies to purchase green (bio-based, recycled content, and energy efficient) products. So if you are already "green" or are thinking about going green, you may have an advantage on your competitors!

Use the links below to increase your chances of successfully competing for these contracts.

The explosion of organic and eco-friendly products on retail store shelves is more than just a passing fad. It's big business. This reality presents opportunities for environmentally minded entrepreneurs ready to start their own small business.

Successful green businesses not only benefit the environment, but also use green business practices as a means to market their products. If you are thinking of starting a green business, consider the following tips:

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire County comprised of 931 square miles, is the second largest county in Massachusetts. Census estimates a total population of 126,313 with approximately 135 residents per square mile within this large land mass - creating many economic challenges in a mostly rural county.

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is honoring Bear Republic Brewing Co. as the 2015 Small Business of the Year for Northern California.

Bear Republic Brewing Co. is a family owned business founded in 1995.  What started as just Rich and Tami Norgrove, and Sandy and Richard Norgrove Sr. has since expanded to a company of 152 employees.

WASHIINGTON – SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced today the U.S. Small Business Administration’s support for 10 regional economic development and job creation efforts through a new pilot program, “Innovative Economies.”

The pilot program supports small businesses participation in regional economic “clusters” – collaborations between small businesses, the public sector, economic development and other organizations.

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