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SBA Administrator Karen Mills Stops In New York To Underscore Importance Of Clean Energy Ventures

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 4/28/2011

Clean energy is being touted for the small business sector by SBA Administrator Karen Mills.

Clean energy and environmentally sustainable business practices have increasingly been noted as a growing consumer demand by small business news. To further bolster this idea, U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills will be touring a small clean energy business in New York.

SBA Administrator Karen Mills

The business in question, EcoStar, is located in western New York and uses recycled rubber to produce imitation slate roofing tiles, the Associated Press writes. It was chosen to be highlighted by the SBA as the agency believes it to be a model of what small business clean energy manufacturing should look like.

EcoStar is no stranger to the SBA. Congressman Brian Higgins of Buffalo told the source that the federal agency helped the small business add eight employees to bring its total size to 80 workers.

Boosting engagement among small businesses in this sector could be essential to rapidly increasing innovation in clean energy in the American market.

"We need to identify, develop and support the entrepreneurial, technical and management talent necessary to create and build the hundreds of enterprises that will drive us towards a productive, sustainable economy," Jim Matheson wrote for the New England Clean Energy Council's blog.

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