Get help for your small business

We get it! Sometimes it's easier to talk to a person.

Our free and confidential services can help you apply for permits, find industry-specific resources, and reduce regulatory obligations.

Call our Helpline: 800-657-3938 or 651-282-6143 or email us.

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program helps Minnesota businesses comply with environmental rules, reduce wastes and emissions, and reduce regulatory obligations. Our focus is on small businesses that are independently owned and operated, have fewer than 100 employees, and are not major sources of waste or emissions.

Our services include:

  • Individual phone assistance at 800-657-3938 or 651-282-6143
  • Email smallbizhelp.pca@state.mn.us
  • Site visits on request
  • Online tools and printed materials available
  • Ideas to help your business go beyond compliance

Business-specific information is kept confidential from enforcement except in cases of imminent danger to human health and the environment.

How do I? Answers to our most frequently asked questions

Q:  Change the facility name, owner, contact person, or other administrative details of my permit or license?
A:  Change forms for common MPCA permits and licenses are listed on the Administrative changes page. Forms to void permits for businesses that have closed are also listed.

Q:  File a complaint?
A:  Submit an anonymous complaint any time using the online complaint form. Click ‘log in as guest.’ If you prefer to talk to a person, call the MPCA during business hours at 651-296-6300 or 1-800-657-3864.

Q:  Find out which environmentally regulated businesses or contaminated properties are in my community?
A:  Use the What’s in My Neighborhood page to search for information and locations of MPCA-regulated businesses and contaminated properties.

Q:  Request lists of businesses in Minnesota for research or marketing?
A:  Requests for lists can be submitted from the information request page. What’s in My Neighborhood can also be a good source of this sort of information.

Small Business Ombudsman: your advocate

The Small Business Ombudsman is an independent entity that reviews environmental regulatory activities to ensure that they are fair, reasonable and appropriate for small businesses in Minnesota. The ombudsman works with the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program to provide technical and educational assistance, and helps small businesses find financial resources to help protect the environment.

Small Business Enterprise newsletter

The quarterly Small Business Enterprise covers environmental regulations, sustainability, funding, and training.

Small Business Enterprise Newsletter

  • Ethylene oxide grants
  • TCE: the partial ban
  • TCE: small business loans
  • Minnesota clean diesel off-road DERA grant
  • Managing mercury in dental wastewater
  • Air toxics: learn about potential mandatory reporting

Published: July 08, 2020
  • Success for Minnesota small businesses
  • Coming soon: Grant for ethylene oxide emissions reduction
  • Refrigerants: reducing harmful emissions
  • Commercial refrigeration: start saving today
  • Do you need hazardous waste generator training?
  • Funding available for recycling market development
  • Regulatory flexibility at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Loans available for counties affected by natural disasters

Published: April 21, 2020
  • Finding alternatives to Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Start salting smart
  • Cool down your refrigeration costs
  • Save more with lighting and HVAC upgrades
  • Spray painter training - time for the 5-year refresher course
  • Coming soon! MPCA grants for solvent and coating emission reduction
  • Zero-interest loans for small businesses
  • Annual reminders: air emissions, compliance calendars, hazardous waste
Published: January 16, 2020