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


Georgia SBEAP Staff

The Georgia SBEAP staff consists of the program manager/ombudsman, technical assistance team, and administrative and communications staff.


Teresa Shiflett

Teresa Shiflett

Program Manager & Ombudsman

Since 2007, Ms. Shiflett has provided overall leadership for the organization's compliance assistance program and serves as the Small Business Ombudsman. She works as an advocate for Georgia's small businesses on environmental regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining SBEAP, she was an environmental engineer for Georgia EPD and the Georgia Pollution Prevention Assistance Division. Before entering state government, she was the owner of a private engineering consultant firm. Ms. Shiflett earned both her Civil Enginering and Master of Environmental Engineering degrees from Georgia Tech.

John Yntema
Environmental Engineer

Mr. Yntema has been a member of the SBEAP Technical Assistance Team since 2012. He provides permitting and compliance assistance to small business customers representing a wide range of industry sectors. Before joining SBEAP, Mr. Yntema worked for 28 years in the permitting program of the Georgia Air Protection Branch. For the last 16 years of that employment, he was the manager of the Combustion Permitting Unit. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.