RESOURCE: Choosing An Environmental Consultant

Choosing an Environmental Consultant: Guidance for Small Businesses is a free, 32-page document by The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, Small Business Assistance Program.

The Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) created this guide to provide information so that small businesses that need to hire an environmental professional can make an informed decision. This guide will help you more knowledgeably hire an environmental consultant by:

-- guiding you through the proposal process
-- listing questions to ask consultants
-- suggesting how to review the proposals you receive from prospective consultants
•-- providing tips for negotiating a contract with your chosen consultant

Although this guide deals primarily with companies needing technical environmental services (like help deciphering Clean Air Act regulations), the general scope of the report is helpful for businesses deciding to take the plunge with outside consulting services.