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Small Business Energy Initiative

 

If you own or work for a small business, it’s important to factor energy efficiency into your everyday operations. Why? Because energy is a top cost, often ranking behind only labor and rent as a portion of annual expenses.

 

To help small business landlords and tenants cut energy waste and save resources, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) launched the Small Business Energy Initiative

This U.S. Department of Energy-funded initiative is led by IMT and COSE in partnership with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce (North Carolina) and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (Michigan). It is designed to provide free, energy-saving guidance to small business chamber members. 

  SMART ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR YOU


The Small Business Energy Initiative will arm small business landlords and tenants with practical knowledge and resources to save money, improve operations, and bolster sustainability profiles. 


Over the course of this three-year initiative, IMT, COSE, and its partner chambers will convene workshops for small business landlords and tenants, and tailor energy service options for the individual needs of participants. The initiative will also provide businesses with:
 

EDUCATION

  • Workshops on how to reduce operating expenses, design more efficient work spaces, and engage with your landlord or tenant to achieve win-win energy savings
     
  • Presentations by chamber staff, utilities, and energy efficiency professionals

                 Resources

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 

  • Energy audits
     
  • Consultation on energy-aligned lease language and best practices
     
  • Energy management strategies

              Resources

 FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS 

  • Utility incentives and grant programs
     
  • Introduction to financing mechanisms such as property assessed clean energy (PACE), on-bill, and energy service agreements

             Resources


GET YOUR CHAMBER INVOLVED!

Chamber Energy Efficiency Symposium
September 28th, 2017 | Cleveland, Ohio
Learn how to be a leader in energy efficiency

This one-day seminar will help your chamber be a go-to source for small business landlords and tenants looking to achieve energy-saving results in their leased buildings—creating a sustainable model for improvement and high performance, along with added potential for non-dues revenue.

Contact IMT’s Alexandra Harry at alex.harry@imt.org or COSE’s Nicole Stika at nstika@gcpartnership.com to learn how your organization can attend the symposium.

*Travel Stipends Available*
 


GET YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED!

Check out what’s going on locally with your chamber below:


Council for Smaller Enterprises (COSE)
Cleveland, OH

www.cose.org

COSE’s energy services team offers several programs designed to ensure you are effectively managing your energy. 

  • Reducing Gas and Electric Costs
  • Auditing Your Building
  • Finding Contactors/ or Financing for your energy project
  • Green Leasing

Interested in learning more? Call (216) 592-2205 or email energy@cose.org.
 



Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Chapel Hill, NC
www.carolinachamber.org

Through the Small Business Energy Initiative, the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce can help your business:

  • Integrate energy efficiency into your business operations
  • Identify energy hogs by conducting a free energy audit
  • Save energy and lower the cost of doing business

We do the work. You get the savings.

Energy Efficiency Survey:
Do you know how to find money for your business through saving energy? We invite you to complete this 5-minute survey to get an understanding on how you are tackling energy in your space. With the results, we will continue to tailor new and existing programs and resources to fit all of your business needs.

Interested in learning more?  Would you like to sign up for a free audit? Contact Amy Grau at agrau@carolinachamber.org.
 



Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Traverse City, Mich.
www.tcchamber.org

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce offers energy efficiency services for small businesses in the area. Reach out to the Chamber for information on:

  • Reducing Gas and Electric Costs
  • Auditing Your Building
  • Finding Contactors/ or Financing for your energy project
  • Green Leasing

Energy Efficiency Survey:
Do you know how to generate savings for your business through greater energy efficiency? We invite you to complete this 5-minute survey to let us know how you are currently tackling energy performance in your space. With the results, we will tailor new and existing programs and resources to fit all of your business needs.

Upcoming Events:

  • Energy Efficiency Seminar, Wednesday 6/14
  • Energy Efficiency Seminar, Thursday 6/15

*The Chamber will host two 90-minute sessions presenting energy saving tips and strategies you can use for your business.

Interested in attending? Contact Andi Wagenschutz at andiw@tccchamber.org or call 231.995-7101
 


About the Small Business Energy Initiative

The Small Business Energy Initiative founders’ deep expertise in collaborative and sustainable solutions such as green or energy-aligned leasing, energy management, audits, and efficient operations can help open the door to positive and lasting change in how your business uses energy and lowers utility costs, and achieve win-win outcomes for landlords and tenants alike.

This program builds upon a chamber-led, business-to-business model successfully piloted in Cleveland, Ohio, by IMT and COSE’s Cleveland Energy Aligned Leasing Program, which launched in 2014 and concluded early 2016. That initial effort, supported by the Cleveland Economic Growth Fund with funding from the Kresge Foundation and Energy Foundation, engaged 60 local building owners and small business tenants representing more than 7 million square feet of space to provide energy audits, help businesses pursue efficiency upgrades, and execute green or “energy-aligned” leases to achieve better performance and savings.

“Traditionally, energy efficiency is invisible to small businesses and viewed as any other operating expense, losing sight of the many benefits that it could deliver to these businesses’ bottom line. Our role is to help landlords and tenants better understand how to treat energy efficiency as a resource."— Nicole Stika, Vice President, Energy Services at the Greater Cleveland Partnership/Council of Smaller Enterprises.

To learn more about the Small Business Energy Initiative and how to join, please contact IMT’s Alexandra Harry at alex.harry@imt.org.