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Technology Integration and Information Branch
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Building the Technical Capacity of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses
EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has initiated an effort to improve the technical competency of Small and Disadvantaged Businesses* (SDBs) as they compete for environmental cleanup jobs in a challenging market. Its key purpose is to provide targeted access to training and technology transfer in advanced technology and business growth areas in site characterization and remediation. Improving the technical competencies of SDBs in turn, will bring technical expertise home to local communities while creating opportunities for successful business enterprises in areas that might otherwise lack such capacity.
* Including MBE, WBE, SDVOB, HUB Zone, and other small businesses.
Increasing the capacity of contractors who can both communicate with multi-cultural, non-English speaking communities and compete for clean-up contracts will increase the responsiveness of OSWER programs (e.g., Superfund, Brownfields, State Voluntary Cleanup Programs, revitalization, cross-Border initiatives) to local communities.
The effort will augment existing jobs training programs (e.g., Brownfields Job Training Grants) with courses typically prepared and delivered thru more "conventional" venues by the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI). Increased competency in areas such as Triad, green remediation, and effective data management can improve the state of practice among consulting and engineering service providers while also helping small and minority owned business enterprises compete for site cleanup work.
Technical Information and Training for Small Businesses
- Subscribe to TechDirect, an information service that highlights new publications and events of interest to site remediation and site assessment professionals, or browse the message archives
- Learn more about targeted Small Business Development Areas, identified by EPA as those offering the most potential for new business development in the future
- Take advantage of available CLU-IN Live Internet training opportunities, review archived courses, download podcasts
- Attend Small Business Training
- Check out EPA's Training Exchange website which lists hundreds of offerings of training courses at little or no cost
- Search CLU-IN's Courses and Conferences page for additional opportunities
Small Business Contracting Opportunities
- Find federal government procurement opportunities (FedBizOpps) specifically related to hazardous waste, or have them sent to you via e-mail
- Review the Superfund program's Contract Forecast showing contract expiring dates and other information
- Locate local Brownfields Grantees by locale and type of grant
- Visit EPA's Office of Acquisition Management to learn about specific opportunities with EPA
- Explore additional opportunities and support provided by EPA's Office of Small Business Programs
- Join our Facebook and LinkedIn communities to learn more about other businesses like yours and maintain a conversation with EPA's cleanup programs.