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NORTH WALES – May 8, 2019 — Senator Maria Collett (D-Montgomery/Bucks) has announced that two local  businesses, Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company in Souderton and First Children’s Academy in Upper Southampton, have been awarded Small Business Advantage Grants.

Craft-Bilt Manufacturing Company, a Souderton-based company specializing in home improvement products like sunrooms, decks, and awnings, received $6,913 for energy efficient lighting. First Children’s Academy, a child care center, private elementary school, and summer camp in Upper Southampton Township, was awarded $6,624, also for lighting purchases.

“Small businesses are at the heart of our communities and local economies,” said Senator Collett. “These grants will help Craft-Bilt Manufacturing, First Children’s Academy, and small businesses around the state keep their facilities up-to-date, cut costs, and be responsible environmental stewards.”

The Small Business Advantage Grant is designed to help Pennsylvania small businesses purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes. Eligible businesses must have fewer than 100 employees, and their project must reduce energy consumption or waste by 25 percent or more. The program provides up to $9,500 in 50% matching grants, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.