Small Business Environmental Council
The Small Business Environmental Council makes sure the DNR serves the small business community in smart and effective ways. The council:
- Advises the DNR on the effectiveness of the Small Business Assistance Program;
- Explains challenges faced by small businesses to DNR programs;
- Provides a small business perspective on new regulations;
- Reviews tools and documents; and
- Advocates for small businesses.
The governor and the Legislature appoint seven representatives of small business and the public to the council and the eighth is appointed by the DNR. Together, they serve as the voice of Wisconsin's small businesses at the DNR. Check out Introducing Wisconsin's Small Business Environmental Council to learn more about current members.
The council works hard to represent the interests of small business. You can help them by sharing your ideas and experiences. If the council is to be your voice, they need to hear from YOU!
If you have questions, would like to learn more, or would like to connect with the Small Business Environmental Council to share your story and see how they might help you, contact: 855-889-3021, DNRSmallBusiness@wisconsin.gov, or any of the council members listed below.
The council welcomes members of the public to all of its meetings and encourages small business owners to suggest topics. Periodically, the council takes their meetings on the road, holding open forums for small businesses. Businesses can host meetings, offering the council a first-hand experience of the business and the challenges it faces when working with environmental rules. If you are interested in hosting a meeting or partnering with the council on a forum, contact 855-889-3021, DNRSmallBusiness@wisconsin.gov, or any of the council members listed below.
Opportunity for public comment will be available following the council's Public Participation Protocol.
Current council members
|Amy Litscher - Council Chair
President - Principal environmental scientist
Saga Environmental & Engineering
Lake Mills WI
Director, Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
|Jody A. Jansen
Vice President - Business Banking
Superior Industrial Coatings
|Sen. Andre Jacque
Senate District 1
Wisconsin State Senate
|Sen. Mark Miller
Senate District 16
Wisconsin State Senate
Agendas and minutes
For all meetings, the council adheres to the following guidelines with regards to quorum, decision making/voting, as well as chair/vice chair election, etc.
|Date||Meeting Agenda||Meeting Minutes|
|November 12, 2020||Agenda|
|August 18, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 27, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 9, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 14, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 16, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 21, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 17, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|Dec. 4, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|Oct. 17, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|Sept. 11, 2018||Agenda|
|June 27, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
Past council members
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, existing Small Business Environmental Council members and small businesses throughout Wisconsin would like to thank former council members for their service. Volunteers like these enhance the services of the SBEAP and provide a voice for small businesses.
|Past council members|
|Steve Aldridge, Sta-Care, Inc. [2007-2013]||Jay Meili, Molded Dimensions Inc. [1995-2007]|
|Mark Aquino, Wisconsin DNR [2015-2018]||Bob Nicholson, US Filter/Zimpro Environmental Inc.[1996-2005]|
|Pam Christenson, Wisconsin Department of Commerce [2005-2008]||James Reynolds, Cast Tools Inc. [1992-2006]|
|Joseph Dannecker, Godfrey and Kahn [1994-1997]||Stuart Rosenberg, Madison Area Builders Association [1997-2000]|
|Pat Haskin, Tomahawk Monument Co. [2000-2006]||Hampton Rothwell, Wisconsin Department of Commerce [1999-2002]|
|Gerald Jones, Banking industry [2005-2011]||Al Shea, Wisconsin DNR [2012-2014]|
|Linda Katz, Molded Dimensions, Inc. [2006-2007]||Michael Simpson, Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, S.C. [1997-2012]|
|Richard Klinke, Klinke Cleaners [2011-2014]||Lee Sucharda, Design North Inc. [1995-1998]|
|Carl Komassa [1994-2010]||Mary Ann Sumi, Wisconsin DNR [1993-1996]|
|Shane Lauterbach, Lauterbach Group Inc. [2012-2015]||J.D. Tripoli, Simandl Law Group [2013-2016]|
|Dennis Leong, Wisconsin Department of Commerce [1996-1999]||Pete Van Horn, Van Horn Construction [1998-2004]]|
|Dan Martino Jr., Martino's Master Dry Cleaners [2006-2011]||Jeanne Whitish, Purple Cow Organics LLC [2004-2013]|
|Bernie Mattson, Wisconsin Department of Commerce [2002-2005]||Lynda Wiese, Wisconsin DNR [1996-2002]|
|Mark McDermid, Wisconsin DNR [2002-2011]|