The Idaho Small Business Development Center received a second year of funding for an energy audit program, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced April 30. The grant is $125,000
The university-based center based at Boise State University uses student teams and interns to help small businesses develop and carry out energy audit programs. The center’s environmental assistance coordinator has established relationships with utility companies and economic development professionals to deliver energy efficiency training for small businesses, SBA said in a release. The training sessions are used as focus groups to determine best methods for delivering energy efficiency information to small businesses.
SBA said the Idaho Small Business Development Center will use the renewal grant to reach more businesses.
Small Business Development Centers in seven states received the Small Business Energy Efficiency Grants, which aim to help small businesses save energy, SBA said. Centers that received renewal grants will use technology tools including Webcasts and streaming video to inform business owners about energy efficiency and the services available through their networks.