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Running a Business

Environmental Quality Business Assistance Program

Pima County Department of Environmental Quality's mission is to identify and respond to environmental issues by providing public service. This includes monitoring, enforcement, information, and education. Founded in 1989, PDEQ's scope includes air and water quality, hazardous materials, solid waste, waste minimization, and pollution prevention. As a local agency, our employees live and work in Pima County and are aware of the environmental concerns of their neighbors and the impact of regulations to local businesses.

Library Business Information Center

This program offers assistance to businesses in complying with local, state and federal hazardous materials, waste and air quality regulations. We will meet with you to assist in the completion of permit applications and to clarify the sometimes complex regulations, review your processes, identify potential violations, inform businesses about pollution prevention methods, make suggestions for reducing emissions, and help you stay in compliance.

Licensing and Permitting

Business licensing and permitting including health, development services, and environmental quality.

Small Business Commission (SBC)

The Pima County Small Business Commission (SBC) is comprised of small business owners or managers who represent the business community throughout Pima County. The mission of the SBC is to be a “voice for small business” to County elected officials and staff. The Commission is comprised of eleven business representatives – two appointees from each Supervisor’s District, and one appointee selected from the commission members. The Small Business Commissioners represent a variety of different professional organizations to keep abreast of current business and community issues.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)

The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program is a certification program that offers an opportunity for small businesses in the Tucson Metropolitan Area to potentially do business with Pima County. It is a program that fosters economic growth and serves to enhance business opportunities for local firms.

Small Business Waste Assistance Program

The Small Business Waste Assistance Program (SBWAP) provides a safe and affordable disposal/recycling option for your business’s hazardous waste. SBWAP is part of the City of Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program and is operated by the City of Tucson Environmental Services Department.

Starting a Small Business

Find valuable information from the City of Tucson, U.S. Small Business Administration, business research checklist, and more!