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Connecticut Company To Help Minority And Women Owned Businesses Pay Energy Bills

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 2/16/2011

A program from Dominion will offer minority- and women-owned small businesses grants of up to $1,000 to help pay for electricity bills.

Minority- and women-owned small businesses are receiving some welcome financial news for entrepreneurs: Dominion, the owner and operator of Millstone Power Station, has announced a pilot program to provide energy grants and energy conservation training to this sector.

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The program will provide funds of up to $1,000 to help pay approximately 1,200 businesses' electricity bills as well as offer seminars to teach owners how to conserve energy and lower their monthly bills.

Five urban areas in Connecticut will benefit from the program, including Hartford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, New London and New Haven. To qualify, businesses must be state-certified women- and minority-owned businesses that employ fewer than 50 people and have less than $1 million in annual sales.

"Operation Fuel's new program is unique and dynamic," said Robert M. Blue, Dominion senior vice president of law, public policy and environment. "Small businesses such as those they will be assisting play a vital role in the communities in which they operate, creating jobs and making many of their purchases locally. Helping the owners succeed is good for them, their customers and their neighbors."

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hoping to help women-owned small businesses nationally. Recently, the SBA expanded federal contracting opportunities for this sector through a program that sets aside a certain percentage of these federal dollars for women-owned businesses.

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