University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Business Assistance Providers


Organization Name


Energy Efficiency

Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Information Center

Recommends options for lighting, electric use, hot water, refrigeration and other energy conservation measures.

Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE)

CEE offers energy, environmental and building rehabilitation services designed to improve the lives of business owners, homeowners and tenants.

Environmental Information



Bridges=Minnesota's Environmental Information Search

Developed with the collaboration of Minnesota state government environmental agencies to provide access toenvironmental information in electronic format.

Environmental Health Sciences

The University of Minnesota's center for environmental health science research. MnTAP is part of this division at the University.

Described as “The Resource Center on Business, the Environment, and the Bottom Line.” Produced by the nonprofit Green Business Network, it offers a wide range of news and free resources.

Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)

ILSR is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies.

SEEK = Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge

Electronic library of environmental education resources.

Job Growth

Minnesota Dept of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Works to create jobs, focusing on small and medium-sized businesses. Administers grant and loan programs to assist businesses with start-up or expansion costs.

Small Business Development Centers

Provide business planning assistance to small businesses around the state. Eight regional and 14 subcenter offices.


Manufacturers Alliance

Provides peer-to-peer training, education and resources which allow Minnesota-based manufacturers to continuously grow, improve and stay competitive.

Enterprise Minnesota

Enterprise Minnesota helps small and mid sized manufacturers develop and implement strategies to grow business including Lean manufacturing processes.

Pollution Prevention

Minnesota RETAP

Provides technical assistance from retired engineers, scientists, and managers. RETAP focuses on the non-manufacturing commercial and service sectors.

Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

A nonregulatory unit at the MPCA that helps small businesses prepare permit applications and comply with federal and state regulations.


Electronic library of regulatory data and educational information related to P2 technical assistance, federal facilities environmental compliance and enforcement, training opportunities and funding information.

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

NPPR is the largest membership organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention (P2). NPPR provides a global forum for promoting the development, implementation and evaluation of efforts to avoid eliminate or reduce pollution at the source.


A free pollution prevention and compliance assistance resource developed for and by the Chemical Process Industries.

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

P2Rx™ is a national network of regional centers dedicated to improving the dissemination of pollution prevention information in the service provider community.

Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable

GLRPPR is a professional organization dedicated to promoting information exchange and networking to P2 professionals in the U.S. states bordering the Great Lakes and Ontario, Canada.


Workplace Safety Consultation

Assists employers with identifying and correcting health and safety hazards, through on-site consultations followed by comprehensive written reports with findings and recommendations.


Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commercial Vehicle Operations Unit

Provides training and information on DOT hazardous materials shipping requirements, including: containers, describing and documenting waste, and labeling. Registers transporters and shippers of hazardous materials and hazardous waste.

Waste Reduction

Minnesota Waste Wise

Works to increase waste prevention and recycling among businesses, nonprofit and government organizations. A voluntary program affiliated with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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