Small Business Assistance Program
The State Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) was established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide technical assistance to small businesses at the state level in response to requirements in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA). Each state program is required to include three components:
- appointment of a State Small Business Ombudsman which acts as an advocate for the small business community in matters that affect it under the Clean Air Act
- establishment of a comprehensive small business assistance program; the technical and administrative support component within the state government
- appointment of a seven-member State Compliance Advisory Panel, which includes four small business owners or representatives, determines the overall effectiveness of the state SBAP
The State Small Business Ombudsman position for this program is vacant.