Georgia SBEAP provides free and confidential environmental permitting and compliance assistance to Georgia businesses employing 100 individuals or less, corporate wide.

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  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now offers locally customized training and event email messages for small business owners. Submit email/zip code at
  • New Industry Sector Specific Factsheets … Refer to “Browse by Business Sector” tab located on SBEAP website home page.
EPD News
  • EPD will discontinue free Visible Emissions Certification classes in 2017.
  • Submit your SIP application online … GEOS SIP Online Application Portal. For assistance in completing the online SIP application, please contact SBEAP at 404-362-4842.
  • To attend training classes to learn how to submit SIP applications online … GEOS Training Schedule 

General Environmental Events in Georgia


Small Business Ombudsman

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Ms. Teresa Shiflett

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
4244 International Parkway, Ste 120
Atlanta, Georgia 30354

Atlanta Office: (404) 362-4842
Fax:  (404) 363-7100


What Does the Small Business Ombudsman Do?


  • Serves as the primary advocate for small businesses within the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
  • Serves as the EPD spokesperson to the small business community.
  • Investigates complaints from small businesses concerning EPD enforcement cases.

Regulatory Review:

  • Reviews pending regulations and ensures that the impact on small businesses is considered.
  • Notifies small businesses and small business organizations regarding new or proposed regulations.

Technical Assistance:

  • Provides confidential assistance to small businesses within Georgia needing help with environmental issues.
  • Assists small businesses in realizing the potential cost savings of pollution prevention versus pollution control.

Information & Reporting:

  • Develops easy to understand written materials on regulations, compliance requirements, and pollution prevention practices.
  • Provides information to small businesses needing financial assistance to implement pollution prevention practices and comply with environmental regulations.

  • Reports annually to the U.S. EPA regarding the performance of the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP).

Understanding Small Business Needs:

  • The Ombudsman does not reveal to EPD the identity of any company that contacts the SBEAP Office without the company's permission. All contacts are kept strictly confidential.

If you need assistance from the Ombudsman, please complete the assistance request form below.

Please note that SBEAP can only assist businesses employing 100 or less corporate wide.