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Small Business Environmental Council
The DNR’s Small Business Environmental Council (SBEC) is intended to help small businesses by reviewing DNR materials and rules for their impact on small businesses in Wisconsin. The SBEC provides advice and input to DNR on ways to make the materials and rules easier to understand by small businesses. The SBEC is one element of the three-part Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. The other elements are the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) specialists and the Small Business Ombudsman. Each of these three program elements is required in section 507 of the Clean Air Act.
There are eight members of the council. Each is appointed for a 3-year term. Seven members are appointed by both the majority and minor leaders from both the State Assembly and Senate (one each, for a total of four); and the Governor (appoints three). The members can either represent the public or are owners or the representatives of owners of a small business. One member represents the state Department of Natural Resources.
Activities and responsibilities
The council is charged with the responsibilities under Wisconsin Statutes section 285.795, related to the requirements of the Clean Air Act as implemented by DNR's Air Program. It meets quarterly to discuss different issues that arise. The council has developed guidelines that document its organization with regards to chair/vice chair election, decision making, etc.
The council is to review and comment on how the DNR disseminates information to small businesses, whether the information provided is readable by someone with no technical training, whether new air regulations meet the paperwork reduction act and any difficulties encountered by small businesses trying to comply with the environmental regulations.
The SBEC welcomes members of the public to attend council meetings. Upcoming meeting information is posted on DNR's public meetings calendar. Opportunity for public comment will be available following the council's Public Participation Protocol.
Agendas and minutes
|Date||Meeting Agenda||Meeting Minutes|
|Nov. 3, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 28, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 21, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 28, 2016||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 8, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 23, 2015||Agenda||Minutes|
|October 16, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 10, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
|April 24, 2014||Agenda||Minutes|
|Archived agendas, minutes and annual reports|
Current council members
|Current council members|
President - Principal environmental scientist
Saga Environmental & Engineering
Lake Mills WI
Lauterbach Group, Inc.
|Jody A. Jansen
Sr. Vice President - Commercial Banking
Wild Rose, WI
Superior Industrial Coatings
Administrator, Business Support and External Services
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
|Representative André Jacque
2nd Assembly District
Wisconsin State Assembly
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. - retired||Bob Nicholson, US Filter/Zimpro Environmental, Inc. - retired|
|Pam Christenson, former Wisconsin Department of Commerce representative; currently Economic Development Director, MG&E||James Reynolds, Cast tools, Inc. - retired|
|Joseph Dannecker, formerly an Attorney with Godfrey and Kahn||Stuart Rosenberg, formerly of Madison Area Builders Association|
|Pat Haskin, Tomahawk Monument Company - retired||Hampton Rothwell, former Wisconsin Department of Commerce representative|
|Gerald Jones, Banking industry||Al Shea, former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - retired|
|Linda Katz, currently CEO of Molded Dimensions, Inc.||Michael Simpson, Environmental Attorney, Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, s.c. – retired|
|Richard Klinke, President, Klinke Cleaners||Lee Sucharda, formerly of Design North, Inc.|
|Carl Komassa, a SBEC member since 1994, passed away September 27, 2010.
A true small business ambassador, Carl's positive and energetic personality are greatly missed.
|Mary Ann Sumi, former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources representative|
|Dennis Leong, former Wisconsin Department of Commerce representative||J.D. Tripoli, Governor's Office|
|Dan Martino, Jr., General Manager, Martino's Master Dry Cleaners||Pete Van Horn, Van Horn Construction - retired|
|Bernie Mattson, former Wisconsin Department of Commerce representative||Jeanne Whitish, Purple Cow Organics LLC|
|Jay Meili, former CEO and owner of Molded Dimensions, Inc. - retired||Lynda Wiese, former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources representative|