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Energy workshops to aid small businesses; Buffalo State will host first of six free sessions

Six free energy workshops to help owners of small businesses run more energy-efficient operations and cut costs will be held across the region this month and next.

The series, organized by the four Western New York Small Business Development Centers and eight area Chambers of Commerce, will begin next Wednesday with the first workshop in Buffalo State College's Butler Library.

The workshops will teach small businesses about funding for energy efficiency, taking energy-efficient measures, scheduling free energy assessments and comprehensive audits, applying for subsidies and other incentives, and obtaining various types of assistance. The series will also feature speakers from the Small Business Development Center, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, National Grid and Lime Energy.

The series will continue Aug. 18 in the New Angola Theater, Angola; Aug. 25 in the Byrncliff Conference Center, Varysburg; Sept. 13 in Batavia (location to be announced); Sept. 20 in the Fredonia State College Technology Incubator, Dunkirk; and Sept. 29 at the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, Sanborn.

Sign-in for all workshops will be at 8 a.m., except for the Aug. 18 session, which starts at 5 p.m. To register in advance, call your local Chamber of Commerce or small-business development center.