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SBDC Pennsylvania

SBDC Pennsylvania

E3 Project Profile

State: Pennsylvania

Organization Type:  Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Project Lead Contact Information:

Nancy Crickman
3819-33 Chestnut Street,
Suite 325,
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Additional Project Contacts

  • Denise Bechdel



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Project status:  Active

Project Period

  • Begin Date: January 2013
  • End Date: June 2014

Project Description/Focus:

  • This project supports small manufacturers in the shale energy supply chain in Pennsylvania.
  • The focus is on continual improvement to the manufacturing operations with regard to productivity, energy and environmental performance.
  • This project focuses on employing pollution prevention methodologies to green the shale gas supply chain so that supply chain manufacturers become more efficient, sustainable and more likely to win bids and contracts from the rapidly expanding shale gas industry.

Client Interaction

  • Number of E3 assessment clients: 8

Client Types

  • Industrial


Technical Assessments

  • Types Provided:
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Energy Assessments
    • Greenhouse Gas Evaluations
    • Lean Assessments

Marketing Materials / Activities 

  • Events (e.g. – Conferences, forums, sessions, etc.)
  • Email Communications
  • Flyers/Brochures
  • Partner Networking
  • WEb Content

Tools Used / Developed

  • Pre-assessment Questionnaire
  • Metrics Tracking (e.g. – database, spreadsheet, etc.)
  • Calculators

Experience / Processes

Implementation (Follow-up) Strategy

  • Follow up visits, meetings.
  • Assist with locating and applying for financial incentives and grants.

Project Barriers 

  • Finding financing for implementation.



  • State – U.S. Small Business Administration Office (SBA)
  • Universities
  • University-based Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Trade Association

Funding Source

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)