Conklin: $17,000 in grants awarded to small businesses in Centre County to cut costs, energy consumption

HARRISBURG, May 9 – Three businesses in Centre County have been awarded a total of $17,000 in grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program, state Rep. Scott Conkin, D-Centre, announced today.


The funding can assist small businesses with lowering their energy consumption and help cut costs and environmental waste, said Conklin.


“Small businesses can significantly reduce their energy use, reduce or eliminate their environmental impacts, and be more competitive,” said Conklin. “Businesses can use these funds to install energy saving LED lighting, replace inefficient heating and cooling systems, and switch from traditional chemical-based X-ray systems to digital equipment. It’s a win for the environment and for our businesses.”


Grants were awarded to the following businesses (including the amount and project):

Edmond M Kotary, DMD – $5,000, intraoral scanner.
Mark B. Casteel Chiropractic Clinic – $5,000, medical x-ray.

Videon Central – $7,000, HVAC.


Nearly $1 million in grants were approved by DEP for 201 projects statewide, with nearly $3.4 million in matching private investment from the recipients to complete their projects. Eligible small businesses had fewer than 100 employees and were required to reduce their waste or energy consumption by 25 percent or more.


More information about the grants can be found at this link: Business Advantage Grant.aspx