The Business Breakfast Series gives the community the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting business topics and exposes MBU 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.
September 13 - InWisconsin
Tricia Braun, COO Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Her passion is to help empower parents and provide them with the resources, support and information they need to raise a drug free child.
February 14 - Annual Economic Breakfast in Collaboration with Partnership Bank
Rob Marchant, Partner, Executive Vice President, Michael Best Strategies LLC & Chairman of the Watertown RDA
Rob Marchant, President of Michael Best Strategies and Chairperson of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Watertown (RDA), will update attendees on the initiatives the RDA is undertaking within the city. The RDA was formed to eliminate blight and facilitate redevelopment within the city. Watertown has a great opportunity to become a more vital and attractive place to live and do business, thanks to tremendous assets such as the Rock River, an unmatched stretch of historic buildings downtown and a motivated community of individuals and thought leaders dedicated to improving this place we call home. With a focus on real estate redevelopment, the RDA was formed to help turn these opportunities in to results. Key initial goals of the RDA include creating a town square along the river, developing a new hotel, and activating second and third floors along main street for commercial and residential uses.
January 24 - Generations in the Workforce: How to Speak Fluent Boomer and Millennial At Work--sponsored by Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
Kay Edwards, President and CEO, Outsight Network
The US workforce now includes five distinct generations, each with its own unique culture, language, and preferred working style. Join us as Kay Edwards, President and CEO of Outsight Network shares findings from five years of research on generations, how they relate to institutions, and to each other. Learn how to help your multi-generational teams work more effectively together.
Outsight Network is a professional services firm working with mission-based organizations throughout the United States, specializing in business strategy and constituent engagement.
November 15 - Entrepreneurship to ESOPs - the Long View Best Practices
Scott Miller, President and Founding Partner, Enterprise Services, Inc.
Scott D. Miller, CPA/ABV, CVA, is President and founder of Enterprise Services, Inc., a firm that provides financial consulting services to business, specializing in business valuations and ESOPs. Mr. Miller is widely acknowledged as a leading authority on ESOP valuations for closely-held companies, having served over 600 employee owned companies. He previously served as Vice President of Finance and Trustee of a large ESOP company, is often published in major professional journals and authors seminars for professional organizations and industry groups. He has authored several books including: “ESOPs Savvy Strategy for Tax Management, Succession and Continuity” (AICPA, 2012); “Buyouts” (John Wiley & Sons, 2013); “Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions Guidance for Small and Medium Sized Organizations” (AICPA, 2013). He currently serves on the AICPA Forensics and Valuation Services Executive Committee, the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, the ESOP Association Board of Governors, and the Board of the Exit Planning Institute. His undergraduate degree is from Kenyon College and he holds an MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.
October 11 - County Government and Economic Development
The National Association of Counties write: “Counties are responsible for providing core services, such as human services, criminal justice, public welfare and infrastructure, to communities of all sizes across America. To ensure the delivery of these essential services, support job growth and maintain a healthy revenue base, counties invest in economic development activities in a number of ways.” Workforce Development, Sponsoring Initiatives, Advertising Community Benefits, Collaboration and many other activities are performed by county administration to support the economic development within their communities. Join us to hear from five (5) local county executives/administrators and a county supervisor regarding how their counties positively impact economic development in southeast Wisconsin.
September 27 - Marketing Your Business -- sponsored by mk Cellular
During this presentation, Mr. Tim Morgan answered the following questions:
Is Marketing a skill that can be learned and mastered?
Does your company need a marketing plan?
What are some proven marketing techniques and concepts that any business can master and implement?
Is there a way to create successful marketing campaigns that don’t require you to spend large sums of money?
Is it possible to know that your marketing dollars are achieving their desired goals?
Is Social Media Marketing A Waste Of Time?
How can a proper marketing message allow you to get the maximum value for your product or services?