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Funding Opportunities for Small Business Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Solutions

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SBA News
Created on January 9, 2015

Explore investor-owned and consumer-owned utility company options for energy efficiency and sustainability investments:  energy audits, rebates, equipment efficiency, time of use, net metering, building, refrigeration, compressed air, and lighting.

City and county certifiably green programs: new local city initiatives; energy audits, rebates, tax credits, preferred contractor list, free sustainability advising.

All participants will receive on-line calculators and checklists


Matt Varilek, Small Business Administration, Region VIII Administrator

Martha Young, Founder, Sustainability4SMEs; business analyst and writer

Emily Startz and Sam Domeier, Xcel Energy Product Portfolio Managers, business energy efficiency (DSM) programs, audits/studies and energy efficiency financing programs

Doug Priest, U.S. Bank representative and liaison through Xcel Energy alliance; funding the Green Industry since 2000

Tom Green, United Power/Boulder community affairs and key accounts representative. Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in the electric power industry

SelectUSA Road Shows Coming Soon!

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Created on January 7, 2015

Join SelectUSA in Hong Kong at the Asian Financial Forum on January 19-20, 2015.

The U.S. Commercial Service team in Hong Kong has confirmed a booth at the 8th Asian Financial Forum (AFF) on January 19-20, 2015.

AFF brings together members of the global financial and business community to discuss developments and trends across markets in Asia. Participating U.S. economic development organizations are invited to join the SelectUSA Booth, where they can meet with potential business partners and investors from around the world.

Contact Scott Shaw at or Gary Kwan at for more information.

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: 7 simple ways to prevent seasonal flu in the workplace

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Mandy Edens, OSHA Director
Created on January 6, 2015

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds all employers and workers of the importance of maintaining a healthy, influenza-free workplace this season and throughout the New Year.

Entrepreneurship Training Initiative Sparks Increased Small Business Growth and Job Creation

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Created on December 31, 2014

Emerging LeadersThe U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2015 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series in 48 cities and communities across the country. 

The initiative has trained more than 2,400 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and its impact continues to expand in helping small businesses to grow and create jobs throughout the country.  There are 22 new cities joining the initiative for the first time, including Birmingham, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, Puerto Rico and Providence.

Webinar: Business Opportunities in Guatemala for U.S. Companies

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Created on December 31, 2014

Guatemala FlagGain a competitive advantage by identifying export opportunities and best prospects in Guatemala’s market.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for the “Export Opportunities in Guatemala for U.S. Companies Webinar" on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. This first chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Guatemala’s growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

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