Small Business Environmental Ombudsman (SBEO)

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The Small Business Environmental Ombudsman (SBEO) provides New York state small businesses free and confidential assistance to understand and comply with state and federal environmental air regulations.

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The SBEO program offers compliance assistance services to help businesses:

  • Understand the state and federal environmental air regulations that apply to their business
  • Develop a plan of action, to address environmental air quality issues
  • Get referrals to other assistance programs including but not limited to the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) that provides technical services including air permitting assistance

The SBEO program provides:

  • A toll-free hotline (877) 247-2329 for confidential compliance inquiries
  • Guidance to small businesses responding to regulatory violations and enforcement actions
  • Assistance to industry organizations to assess the impact of proposed regulations on small businesses
  • Workshops on special topics to help industry sectors improve compliance
  • Site visits as needed
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Any New York state brick and mortar business with 100 or fewer employees.

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Below are some resources and fact sheets organized by business sector that may help your small businesses understand and comply with federal and state air regulations.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Architectural Coatings

Automotive Refinishing

Crematory Operations

Paint Stripping

Sand & Gravel Operations

Solvent Emissions

Surface Coating


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Contact Information

Small Business Environmental Ombudsman

Empire State Development

Phone: (877) 247-2329

Email: [email protected]

For free and confidential air permitting assistance please contact our partner program:

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

RIT’s Pollution Prevention Institute

Phone:  (585) 475-7869

Email:  [email protected]