Business Energy Luncheon on September 18th

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and the Genesee County Economic Development Center will host a FREE Business Energy luncheon workshop to help small businesses and not-for-profits learn about free energy audits, incentives for energy efficiency improvements and low-cost financing opportunities to help them reduce their energy bills.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

COST: FREE

LOCATION: Dr. Bruce A. Holm Upstate MedTech Centre, GCC School of Nursing Lecture Hall (second floor) across the street from GCC campus

ADDRESS:  99 MedTech Drive, Batavia NY 14020

The MedTech Centre is located across from the main GCC campus at 1 College Drive.

Saving energy is an excellent way for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations to reduce overhead costs and there are incentives that can help provide a very high return on investment for projects that save energy, along with low-interest financing.

A qualified energy auditor can help companies and organizations understand their current energy usage and identify energy efficiency improvements for their buildings. Organizations that get energy audits may also take advantage of Green Jobs – Green NY financing, which offers access to low-interest rate loans to finance energy efficiency improvements. And many energy improvement projects are eligible for cash-back incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), National Fuel, and National Grid.

The free lunch workshop will feature opening remarks by Genesee County EDC Vice President of Business Development Chris Suozzi and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Freeman. Expert presentations will be made by Haley Rotter of the New York Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program on behalf of NYSERDA to discuss energy audits, low-cost financing and incentives for energy improvements; Kim Spates of National Fuel regarding small business rebates/incentives for high-efficiency gas equipment; and Bob Trembath of Lime Energy on behalf of National Grid’s small business program.

Alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure incentives will be presented by Craig Jackson from Clean Communities of Western New York.

Organizations that provide program support and business financing, such as the Small Business Development Center and Pathstone Corporation, will also be available to answer questions.

All local and regional small businesses and not-for-profits are encouraged to attend.

To register, visit www.GreenGeneseeCounty.org or call toll-free, 1 (866) 495-2959. Walk-ins are welcome.

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