The purpose of our Business Breakfast Series is to give the community the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting business topics and to expose our business students to the surrounding business community. Come enjoy a delicious buffet style breakfast while you network with fellow business professionals from the Watertown community and surrounding areas. Each breakfast features a guest speaker, compelling topics, and a brief introduction to MBU.
Getting to Campus
Parking is available to the left inside the main entrance. The meeting venue is across walking bridge in the Dining Complex.
Information and recordings of previous breakfasts can be found below 'Upcoming Breakfasts'.
February 15, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall
There is no charge for this event
Annual Economic Breakfast
Victoria Pratt, CEcD joined the organization in September 2016 as the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium and President of the Glacial Heritage Development Partnership. An accomplished economic development professional, Vicki has led five public/private EDO’s across the county, including the Cornerstone Alliance in Benton Harbor, Michigan; the Warren County Economic Development Corporation in Glens Fall, New York; the Orleans County Industrial Development Authority in Albion, New York, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition in Wichita, Kansas, and the Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) and City of Columbia in Columbia, Missouri. She also led Business Development efforts for the 9 County –focused Greater Rochester Enterprise in Rochester, New York.
Just prior to joining the JCEDC, she was a Sector Development Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), where she focused on placing strategic investments in the State to support and grow businesses engaged in advanced and defense-related manufacturing.
Vicki earned her Economic Developer Certification (CEcD) in 2004 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She has served on the Council’s Accreditation of Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) committee since 2005, and has led efforts to accredit 7 entities, including 2 internationally. There are only 52 AEDO’s in the world.
She earned a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from SUNY Buffalo and has completed graduate coursework in Public Administration and Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin, and Community and Economic Development at Cornell University.
Throughout her career, Vicki has worked on projects that have impacted more than 22,000 jobs, including projects for industry leaders that include Bombardier LearJet, Cessna, Cargill and Barilla-America.
April 4, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall
$5 at the door
Gathering Place by the Water: Building a World Water Hub
Dean Amhaus has served as the first President & CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. The Council’s express purpose is to grow the Milwaukee region into a world hub for water research, education and economic development. The only organization of its kind in the United States, The Council is coalescing these attributes into a powerful force that is garnering international recognition. The Council’s most significant achievement occurred in September 2013 with the opening of the Global Water Center, a one-of-a-kind water technology research and business accelerator located in a 98,000 square feet /30,000 square meter seven-story refurbished Silver LEED warehouse in Milwaukee’s downtown. One of the programs within the Center is The BREW, which assists water technology entrepreneurs develop their company and expand their commercialization opportunities.
Mr. Amhaus has served as the President of the Spirit of Milwaukee, which is dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image; President of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s economic development organization; and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission. For six years, Mr. Amhaus was with the Wisconsin Arts Board; first as Deputy Director and later as Executive Director. During the 1980’s he worked in government relations in Washington, D.C. Schooled in Wisconsin, Mr. Amhaus received his M.B.A from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his B.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Business and Education Partnership - Everyone Wins
January 26, 2017
Forensic Security/Investigation: Cyber & Data Security
October 12, 2016
Douglas Herman, Partner - BDO Consulting
During this presentation, the audience was be presented with options to discuss a variety of hot topics, ranging from critical business security concerns, to forensic investigations. This unique format, modeled after the “choose your own adventure” novels of the late 1980’s, presented the audience with nine discussion topics, from which audience members picked select the items to be discussed.