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Small Business Assistance

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

About the Program

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP), established under Section 507 of the Clean Air Act, is a resource available to help small businesses understand and comply with environmental regulations. Florida's SBEAP is housed within the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Resource Management. Although the SBEAP is primarily air-focused, staff either provide direct assistance with multimedia questions or refer customers to the appropriate environmental program area.

To qualify for assistance as a small business, the business must have fewer than 100 employees, release less than 75 tons of all regulated air pollutants and release less than 50 tons of any single regulated air pollutant.


Florida's SBEAP provides free and confidential environmental permitting and compliance assistance to small businesses through a variety of services including:

Phone or Email Consultations

Referrals to other Environmental Programs

Regulatory Updates and Resources

The SBEAP disseminates news and information on environmental regulations that may affect small businesses and develops fact sheets, booklets, forms, and other materials for specific industries covered under the Air General Permit Program.

Visit the National Small Business Environmental Assistance Program for more comprehensive regulatory updates and other resources for small businesses.

Outreach and Education

The SBEAP also partners with various organizations and trade associations to help protect the interests of small businesses and enhance awareness and compliance with environmental regulations.

Industry Associations

Other Resource Links


Jessica Dalton
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Air Resource Management
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 5500
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Toll-Free: 800-722-7457
Office: 850-717-9106

The Small Business Ombudsperson oversees the SBEAP and serves as an advocate for Florida's small businesses. The ombudsperson is responsible for keeping small businesses informed of impending or new regulations and associated requirements to enhance awareness and compliance, ensuring that small business interests are represented during the rule-making process, and providing confidential assistance to small-business owners as requested.

Last Modified:
August 23, 2021 - 1:54pm

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