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Contact information
Greg Pils
608-267-9564
For information about the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, contact:
Small Business Helpline
Toll free: 855-889-3021
DNRSmallBusiness@wisconsin.gov

Small Business Environmental Council

The Small Business Environmental Council makes sure that the DNR serves the small business community in smart and effective ways. The council:

  • Advises 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
  • 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.

Public participation

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.

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.

Current council members

Council members
Amy Litscher - Council Chair
President - Principal environmental scientist
Saga Environmental & Engineering
Lake Mills, WI
920-945-0601
Greg Pils
Director, Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI
608-267-9564
Jody A. Jansen
Vice President - Business Banking
BankFirst
Waupaca, WI
920-647-6400
Vince Ruffolo
President
Superior Industrial Coatings
Racine, WI
262-634-5521
Senator Andre Jacque
State Senator
Senate District 1
Wisconsin State Senate
608-266-3512
Senator Mark Miller
State Senator
Senate District 16
Wisconsin State Senate
608-266-9170
   

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
July 16, 2019 Agenda
May 21, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 13, 2019 Agenda Minutes
December 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 17, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Sept 11, 2018 Agenda
June 27, 2018 Agenda Minutes
February 15, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Archived agendas, minutes and annual reports

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 August 07 2019