The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism and Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) will host a free “Lunch and Learn” Energy Workshop for small business and not-for-profit organizations on Friday Oct. 18 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Cattaraugus County Fairground Corporate Building in Little Valley to help businesses learn about incentives to save money on their energy bills and improve their facilities and fleets.

The lunch event will feature opening remarks from CCIDA Executive Director Corey Wiktor, who said, “Utilizing New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and utility energy efficiency incentive programs to update commercial building stock and vehicle fleets provides funding to our local businesses and ongoing energy savings to help the bottom line. We look forward to seeing our business owners there to learn about resources and funding available to them.”

Expert presentations will be made on programs from NYSERDA, National Fuel Gas and National Grid. These and other organizations will be on hand to network, answer questions, and to assist in the first step for a free small commercial and not-for-profit energy audit.

The meeting will also focus on available cash incentives and low-interest loans from NYSERDA to install the recommended measures, as well as other opportunities available from National Fuel Gas and National Grid. Incentives for vehicles that reduce gasoline and diesel fuel, such as compressed natural gas and electric vehicles, will also be presented.

All Cattaraugus County and regional small business owners and not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to attend the workshop.

Pre-register for the workshop at or call toll free at 1-866-495-2959.