Small Business Ombudsman

The Clean Air Resource Center (CARC), the small business outreach arm of OAQDA, also serves as the Small Business Ombudsman for the State of Ohio. 

CARC strives to support the critical role played by small businesses in Ohio’s economy and recognizes the financial challenges presented by environmental regulations. CARC offers special services specifically for small business owners. In addition to helping small businesses pay for up-front costs of financing of air quality projects as well as principal pay down. A qualified small business must also, emit less than 75 tons per year of all regulated air pollutants, and emits 50 tons or less per year of any regulated pollutant.

We provide access to technical assistance and one-on-one consulting to help business owners understand clean air regulations through cooperation with the Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP), a non-regulatory program that helps Ohio businesses and organizations comply with environmental regulations, prevent pollution, develop and achieve sustainability goals and finance recycling and litter prevention efforts, to provide Ohio small businesses with free and confidential assessment, assistance, and advice.

All information is completely confidential—state law prohibits the Ohio EPA from using this information in any enforcement action.

CARC is the one-stop shop for small business owners. Services include:

  • One-on-one technical assistance with OCAPP
  • On-site visits in coordination with OCAPP
  • Confidential compliance assessments coordination with OCAPP
  • Permitting assistance coordination with OCAPP
  • Tax incentives through conduit financing
  • Small Business grants to cover closing costs
  • Small Business assistance with principal pay down