MBU Community Business Breakfasts

The Community Business Breakfast Series began with a local businessman seeking a place to gather to discuss relevant topics. This series provides local businesses, government officials, MBU faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting topics in an inviting space. Additionally, it exposes MBU students to the surrounding business community.

Come and 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.

Sponsorship opportunities exist for these events. Contact the MBU Development Office at 920.206.2325 or development@mbu.edu for details.

See below for more information and video links of previous breakfasts.

Getting to Campus

Parking is available inside the main entrance to the left. The meeting venue is in the top level of the Dining Complex.

Upcoming Community Business Breakfasts

August 14 - Business Community Breakfast

Maranatha is thankful for the wonderful relationships with the local Watertown businesses. Join us to hear about MBU and our involvement in the Watertown community. Breakfast begins at 7:30 am followed by a presentation from several staff members at 8:00 am.

This is a free event.

September 13 - InWisconsin

Tricia Braun, COO Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

There is a $5.00 charge for this breakfast.

Tricia Braun

Tricia Braun is chief operating officer for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Previously WEDC’s vice president of economic and community development, Tricia brings nearly 20 years of economic development leadership experience in three states. Before joining WEDC in November 2013, she was the director of economic development in Riverside, Calif., a city of more than 300,000 people. In that role, she oversaw the attraction and subsequent construction of numerous major commercial and industrial projects that brought thousands of new jobs and several hundred million dollars in new capital investment to Riverside. She was also a key leader in efforts to develop Riverside’s economic development strategy, “Seizing Our Destiny,” a collaboration-based movement centered on improving the overall quality of life in the region. Prior to becoming COO in February 2015, Tricia served as vice president, and before that regional development and attraction director.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Tricia has also served as community development director in Zumbrota, Minn., and as executive director of the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

October 16 - Workforce Development

Join us to hear from Jack Falco, Associate Vice President of Madison College Regional Campuses.

There is a $5.00 charge for this breakfast.

Jack Falco, Associate Vice President, Madison College Regional Campuses

November 14 - Wake Up Call: Recognizing the Signs of Substance Abuse

The goal of this presentation is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be an indication of substance abuse.

There is a $5.00 charge for this breakfast.

Katie Westerman

Katie Westerman, MRC, MS

Educational Coordinator Katie is a certified K-12 School Counselor and former Rehabilitation Counselor. Her experience includes working as a counselor for the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently, the coordinator for parent and community education programs in the Oconomowoc Area School District for 8 years.

Ashleigh Nowakowski

Ashleigh Nowakowski

MPA Executive Director, Your Choice to Live, Inc. Ashleigh Nowakowski has been working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2009. Her work includes speaking in middle and high schools, teaching in health classes, and working with high-risk youth in the Detour program. Ashleigh also has experience working with youth who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Ashleigh has her Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Sandi Lybert

Sandi Lybert

Founder of Your Choice to Live, Inc. Sandi's personal experience with her son, Tyler's addiction and her passion for helping others led her to leave her career in banking to start Your Choice to Live, Inc. Your Choice is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education and awareness program for students, parents and communities.

February 13, 2019 - Annual Economic Breakfast in collaboration with Partnership Bank

This is a free event.

Previous Breakfasts

February 14, 2018 - Annual Economic Breakfast: Collaboration with Partnership Bank

Rob Marchant, Executive VP, Michael Best Strategies LLC & Chairman, Watertown RDA


November 15, 2017 - Entrepreneurship to ESOPs: The Long View Best Practices


Scott Miller, President and Founding Partner, Enterprise Services, Inc.


October 11, 2017 - County Government and Economic Development

Five local county executives and administrators and a county supervisor in Wisconsin.