The California Air Resources Board proudly presents a FREE event for small businesses!

Taking Advantage of the Growing Green Economy

Real People. Real Solutions. Real Opportunities!


The FREE interactive one day workshop for small businesses held in conjunction with the Green California Summit has come and gone, but the presentations and handouts can be accessed below.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sacramento Convention Center

1400 "J" Street



  • This interactive workshop featured small business owners talking about their real world experiences going green;
  • Local service providers talked about their specific programs that can help reduce costs and increase revenue;
  • Business advisors provided a detailed description of the opportunities that small businesses have in the growing California green economy;
  • The Small Business Toolkit, an extensive resource that is FREE and available 24/7 will help you reduce energy and fuel costs, buy green products, save water, and recycle;
  • Attendees received a package of resources and assistance that can help you reduce your bottom line and benefit from numerous green economic development efforts.


All business owners, managers, and staff who want to learn about improving their bottom line by greening their businesses.  Business to business discussions will present ways to cut operational costs, increase revenue, access funding, and assist you through the process.


This interactive workshop featured a panel of small business owners talking about their experiences saving money by reducing energy and fuel costs, improving their businesses by “greening” their products and services, and sharing their experiences of becoming part of the expanding green economy.

The second panel included business advisors discussing California’s green economy and provided examples and suggestions of how businesses can take advantage of this strong and growing sector of the economy.  Businesses learned how to shape the healthy future of their business by using the programs, support, and funds available to green businesses.

After lunch ARB staff presented a hands-on demonstration of the Small Business Toolkit – a free, easy to access, website available at This is one of the most comprehensive resources available to small businesses interested in saving money by going green and/or guiding their existing or future business into the green economy.

The final panel featured community-based assistance programs that can provide a wide variety of help to businesses.  Many communities have Green Business Certification Programs on-site and web-based assistance, videos and case studies/fact sheets that provide real life experiences of businesses just like yours that have gone green. 

The day ended with an informal networking reception where small businesses met with other business leaders, owners, service providers, and representatives to talk about the benefits of the growing green economy.



For additional information

Contact: Jerry Hart, Office of Climate Change at (916) 324-5941