Meet the SBEAP Team

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) team is here to help small businesses with any environmental question that small businesses may have. Whether it is a general question about what permits are required for your business to the more complex assistance needed for completing a permit application, the SBEAP team is ready to help businesses understand and comply with the environmental rules that affect them. The Technical Assistance team consists of Donovan Grimwood and Crystal Warren.

If you have questions for the SBEAP, please contact us:
Call us at: 800-734-3619

Picture of Matt Taylor, Deputy Director of TDEC's Division of Stakeholder Engagement

Matt Taylor is Deputy Director of TDEC’s Division of Stakeholder Engagement and is responsible for overseeing the Office of Sustainable Practices and Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. Matt has a range of professional experience in environmental sciences and public policy from his time working with the U.S. Forest Service – Rocky Mountain Research Station, TDEC – Division of Solid Waste Management, and as a Senior Policy Analyst with TDEC’s Policy Office. You can reach Matt by email at or by phone at 615-979-2449.

Matt Taylor
Deputy Director of DSE
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Donovan Grimwood is the Small Business Environmental Ombudsman for TN. He has been with the SBEAP since 1999 and has been the Ombudsman since 2014. In addition to being the Ombudsman, he is also active in the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the SBEAPs. He is currently the Chair of the NSC. Outside of his career with TDEC, he is a volunteer instructor in the sport of fencing with Nashville Community Education.

Donovan Grimwood
SBEAP Ombudsman
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Crystal Warren

Crystal Warren is the Small Business Environmental Outreach and Education Specialist for the program. She joined the SBEAP in 2021 following 10 years with the Division of Water Resources. As such, she has quickly become the go-to person for technical questions relating to water. Outside of her TDEC career, she is also a yoga instructor in the Memphis area.

Crystal Warren
SBEAP Outreach and Education
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