Session 1: Free Resources Roundtable

Did you know that any Pennsylvania-based small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees can receive free, confidential service for issues pertaining to DEP via the Ombudsman? He can also help identify technical and financial opportunities for energy efficiency and pollution control programs available through various state and federal programs, including grants and loans only available through the Ombudsman Office. Ed will discuss the DEP’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program and the functions of its three components:

  • Small Business Ombudsman
  • Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee
  • Small Business Compliance Assistance Program


The Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides free and confidential environmental consulting assistance to new and existing small businesses to help them come into compliance, stay in compliance, and become more sustainable. While EMAP’s focus is primarily on regulatory requirements for air quality issues, they can offer support with:

  • Understanding the environmental regulatory requirements at your small business
  • One-on-one consultation and performing on-site assessments
  • Estimating air emissions from sources at your facility and operations
  • Preparing and submitting requests for determinations, permit applications and plans
  • Understanding ongoing permit requirements
  • Setting up customized record keeping and reporting systems
  • Finding alternative materials and processes to help you go green and reduce your regulatory burden


Jeremy will provide an overview of small business sustainability practices, including examples, tips and client success stories. He will also offer guidance to increase your understanding of current environmental regulatory requirements as well as share client success stories. This interactive Q&A session will focus on providing answers to your compliance questions and connecting you with free resources that support your sustainability goals.


About the Presenters

Ed Boito is the Small Business Ombudsman for the PA Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg.  Ed also oversees the Small Business Advantage Grant, as well as the Pollution Prevention Assistance Account low-interest loan program. Prior to this role, Ed served as the Local Government Liaison in the South Central Regional Office of the DEP.  Mr. Boito worked with state legislators, as well as county and municipal officials, in solving their problems and answering their questions that arise with DEP. Prior to DEP, Mr. Boito co-owned a solar installation and energy efficiency consulting company in Harrisburg, held several positions in the private sector, and has worked for two large conservation organizations in Harrisburg, namely Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future and the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.


Jeremy Hancher is an environmental consultant with the Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).  With the SBDCs since 2005, Jeremy has provided Pennsylvania small businesses with free and confidential environmental consulting assistance on issues related to air quality, residual & hazardous waste, water & wastewater issues, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and sustainability.  Jeremy earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.