Bizzarro: State awards grant to local small business

HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro today announced that GeorgeKo Industries Inc. in Erie County received a $9,500 Small Business Advantage Grant from the state.

The plastic parts manufacturer is one of nearly 140 businesses statewide that will install energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects using grants provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection. DEP recently awarded more than $980,000 to 139 small businesses for those purposes.

“I applaud GeorgeKo Industries for taking steps to become even more environmentally friendly,” Bizzarro said. “It’s refreshing to see members of our business community become so interested in helping to preserve and protect the environment. I encourage other businesses in Erie to follow GeorgeKo Industries’ example, and I am pleased the state is recognizing the company’s efforts.”

The Small Business Advantage Program is funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act and assists businesses with 100 or fewer employees. The initiative provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 for projects that will save 25 percent each year in pollution prevention or energy-related costs.

The grants will help create more than $2.5 million in private-sector investment in small businesses. The program has awarded nearly $9.5 million to 1,915 small businesses statewide since 2004.

For more information about future grant opportunities, contact DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at (717) 772-8909 or epadvantagegrant@pa.gov