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WA Small Business Statistics

Here are outcome statistics for two of our industrial sector projects.  We
obtained these statistics by re-visiting a representative number of shops
after providing on-site technical assistance.

The  "Shop Sweeps" campaign focused on vehicle maintenance shops.  The
visits were non-enforcement technical assistance visits that provided P2 and
compliance information.   "ShopSweeps" results:
82% of shops adopted changes
61% of all recommendations adopted
82% retained informational materials
59% gave visits a high rating
67% felt visits more effective than inspections

The "Snapshots" campaign focused on facilities conducting photoprocessing
and printing:
75% of shops adopted changes
51% of all recommendations adopted
83% learned useful compliance information
54% learned useful P2 information
77% kept informational booklet
96% felt this approach should be used in future 

"As a man begins to live more seriously within, he begins to live more
simply without."  
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judy Kennedy
Washington State Dept. of Ecology (http://www.wa.gov/ecology)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
Phone (360) 407-6744
FAX (360) 407-6715
Email:  jken461@ecy.wa.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: Sally Talberg [mailto:sally.talberg@lcra.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 12:24 PM
To: jken461@ecy.wa.gov
Cc: Mark.Johnson@lcra.org
Subject: Re: RE: P2 and small business assistance

Ms. Kennedy,

Thanks for responding to Mark Johnson's inquiry regarding the evaluation of
P2 and small business assistance.  The program that we are evaluating
focused on the electric utility industry in Central Texas.  The Lower
Colorado River Authority attempted to transfer P2 assistance to its
wholesale electric customers and select suppliers and end users.  The target
industries were primarily small businesses, electric cooperatives and
municipalities.   The outreach was provided through PR materials (video,
brochure), workshops, and onsite assistance.    Baseline data was only
collected for the five site visits we conducted. 

We're now trying to assess the impact of the program on participants (did
they believe program provided value added service? were any P2 opportunities
implemented?)  We mailed a brief questionnaire to the program participants,
conducted telephone surveys and will be revisiting one facility.   

We'd like to learn more about the results of other P2 and small business
assistance programs, it terms of: 
1) expected survey response rates;
2) workshop attendance levels; and 
3) the proportion of participants that actually implemented P2 activities   

Do you have any information or references you could share?  

Sally Talberg 
Lower Colorado River Authority 
(512) 326-8136 ext. 2637 

>>> "Kennedy, Judith C." <jken461@ecy.wa.gov> 08/17 9:53 AM >>>
We have found that a lot depends on the industry sector, and how the
outreach was organized.  Did you partner with industry or trade
associations?  What type of industry involvement and input occurred
up-front?  Are you including baseline metrics?  Was an initial needs
assessment done?  There are a lot of factors to consider here.

Judy Kennedy
Washington State Dept. of Ecology (http://www.wa.gov/ecology)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA  98504-7600
Phone (360) 407-6744
FAX (360) 407-6715
Email:  jken461@ecy.wa.gov 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark (A) Johnson [mailto:Mark.Johnson@lcra.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 7:26 AM
To: NPPR@great-lakes.net 
Cc: sally.talberg@lcra.org 
Subject: P2 and small business assistance

We are working on a project that involves P2 transfer from an electric
utility to small businessess located in the utility service area.  

I am in the process of trying to measure the effectiveness of the program
and wanted to get an idea how traditional P2 transfer programs are measured.

Specifically we would like to know the following:

What percent of business invited actually show up at workshops
What percent of businesses that attend request site visits
What percent of businesses repond to surveys regarding P2 transfer
If P2 assistance programs conduct follow-up visits/surveys - what percentage
of businesses respond

If you have any info please email/call me.


Mark L. Johnson, LCRA
Email:  mark.johnson@lcra.org 
Phone : (512) 473 3200 x 2868
Fax : (512) 473-3579