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Welcome to the Small Business Assistance Program 



What's New

Meeting Notes - Annual Meeting of the Small Business Environmental Assistance Advisory Council

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

Storm Water Construction Training 2013/2014 


The mission of the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is to assist Montana businesses to understand and comply with environmental regulations and to go beyond the regulations to prevent pollution and improve environmental quality.The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) assists small businesses achieve and maintain compliance with new and existing environmental requirements, and act as an advocate for small businesses. Assistance from the SBEAP is free, and imposes no obligation on Montana businesses.


Compliance Assistance
SBEAP Hotline



  • Advocacy on behalf of small businesses.

  • Assistance with communication between DEQ and businesses

  • Permitting assistance

  • Pollution prevention assistance

  • Workshops and trainings

  • Informative printings and mailers 

Mission Statement

Designed as a separate non-regulatory program within the DEQ, the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program serves to assist Montana businesses to understand and comply with applicable environmental regulations.


Program Contact:
John Podolinsky
Small Business Ombudsman
P.O. Box 200901
1520 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT  59620-0901
Phone: 406-444-6592


For your small business assistance needs, please use the following helpful links.

Small-Biz@EPA - Monthly Newsletter for the Small Business Community 

EPA Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman

Small Business Ombudsman Bulletin

Past editions of the Small Business Ombudsman Bulletin


Small Business Compliance Assistance Council
The Council’s overall responsibilities are to provide input to DEQ regarding the needs of small businesses regarding environmental regulatory compliance. Council members review and render advisory opinions on DEQ’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, ensure that information affecting small businesses is written in a style that is clear and understandable, and serve as an information bridge between the small business community and the DEQ. The Council’s duties are defined in 75-2-106 MCA. The necessity for the state to have a Small Business Assistance Advisory Council is required by the Federal Clean Air Act, 42 USC 7661f.


Confidentiality: Business-specific information is held confidential from enforcement except in cases of imminent danger to human health and the environment.

Small businesses are generally defined as independently owned and operated businesses with fewer than 100 employees that are not major sources of waste or emissions.