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Ann Kipper
For information about the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, contact:
Small Business Helpline
Toll free: 855-889-3021

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.

Council membership

There are eight members of the council. Each is appointed for a 3-year term. 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). These 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 [PDF] 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.

Public participation

The council welcomes members of the public to attend the meetings. They also invite small business owners to bring topics of interest to the meetings. One of the best ways to explain your situation is to offer to host a council meeting at the business, providing a tour and possibly a presentation or demonstration. Contact the DNR Small Business Helpline or the council Chair to express interest in hosting or to present a topic of interest to the council.

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 [PDF].

Agendas and minutes

Date Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2019 Agenda [PDF]
February 13, 2019 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
December 4, 2018 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
October 17, 2018 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
Sept 11, 2018 Agenda [PDF]
June 27, 2018 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
February 15, 2018 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
October 18, 2017 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
July 19, 2017 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
April 10, 2017 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
January 18, 2017 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
Nov. 3, 2016 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
July 28, 2016 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
April 21, 2016 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
January 28, 2016 Agenda [PDF] Minutes [PDF]
Archived agendas, minutes and annual reports

Current council members

Council members
Amy Litscher - Council Chair
President - Principal environmental scientist
Saga Environmental & Engineering [exit DNR]
Lake Mills, WI
Ann Kipper
Deputy Administrator, External Services Division
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI
Jody A. Jansen
Vice President - Business Banking
BankFirst [exit DNR]
Waupaca, WI
Vince Ruffolo
Superior Industrial Coatings [exit DNR]
Racine, WI
Senator André Jacque
State Senator [exit DNR]
Senate District 1
Wisconsin State Senate
Senator Mark Miller
State Senator [exit DNR]
Senate District 16
Wisconsin State Senate

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 Dept 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 Company [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]
Last revised: Wednesday April 10 2019