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Small Business Gateway
The EPA's Small Business Gateway offers a centralized location from which to access a wide range of environmental information and technical assistance resources. The Frequently Answered Questions page covers such questions as obtaining permits, registering pesticides, and what do in the event of an environmental emergency. This site also provides links to contacts for compliance and technical assistance, to the laws and regulations affecting your business, and to environmental programs that can help you save money and improve profits.
Small Business Compliance Assistance Centers
EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, in partnership with industry, academic institutions, environmental groups and other federal and state agencies, has established "virtual" national Compliance Assistance Centers for nine specific industry sectors heavily populated with small businesses and entities that face substantial federal regulation. The sectors include: printing, metal finishing, automotive services and repair, printed wiring boards, small chemical manufacturers and agriculture. The Centers are designed to serve as the first place that small businesses can go to find comprehensive compliance information on their industry sector.

Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses
This informative site, offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, walks small businesses through the energy efficient steps they can take to save money. In addition to quick tips, they have provided detailed information about how to implement your own long-term energy conservation efforts, where to turn for expert assistance, and a list of further references and sources.
California Air Resources Board Business Assistance Program
The federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 required that all states develop a program to assist small businesses in meeting the requirements of the Act. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has developed a business assistance program to help all businesses understand air pollution requirements. The site offers business assistance materials as well as information on pollution prevention, information on their air pollution training courses, and compliance materials. Not only does this site aid California businesses, but it also provides a thorough listing of many other state Small Business Assistance Programs available on the Internet.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a coalition of over 120 international companies that provides a business perspective on sustainable development issues and whose primary goal is to push elevated standards of environmental management in business. This web site features all of the Council's current work, including reports, stakeholder summaries, case studies, educational initiatives and an interactive discussion page, links to other web sites and a list of available publications--some full text publications are available online, like their recent 'Meeting Changing Expectations: Corporate Social Responsibility'.

The Global Business Responsibility Resource Center
Billed as a "comprehensive worldwide information resource on corporate responsibility," the Resource Center is provided by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a US-based global organization for companies seeking to sustain their commercial success in ways that demonstrate respect for ethical values, people, communities and the environment. BSR assists its members by providing expert help as companies address the full range of corporate responsibility issues. Their online Resource Center can provide the necessary information for businesses to understand and implement more responsible policies and practices, and to promote increased knowledge and collaboration among other companies and other sectors. Find reports on the impacts of responsible business practices; steps companies can take to implement these practices; news about recent developments and trends; national and international standards established by public-interest organizations and business groups; exemplary company practices and policies; award and recognition programs that honor leadership companies; and additional information about nonprofit and public-sector organizations, web sites, publications, and other helpful resources around the world. The Resource Center is open to all users without charge. However, to use it, you must go through the brief registration process to obtain a password.

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