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Management Buzz 04/03

Energy consulting services; hiring your parents

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This story appears in the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Power Surge

Getting the attention of your power company is as fun as sticking a fork in an electrical outlet. But one utility is catching on to small-business needs, and more may follow if entrepreneurs will pay for energy consulting services, as a recent report by Atlanta utility consulting firm Chartwell Inc. says they will.

Jennifer Quay Allen, the report's author, found 34 percent of entrepreneurs claimed they would pay for utility audits, and small companies with $5 million or more in sales were most interested in paying for good energy advice.

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