Business Breakfast Bytes

Business Breakfast Bytes are complimentary educational opportunities for members only, which features topics carefully selected to speak to the top small to mid-sized business concerns. 

These sessions are scheduled to occur every third Tuesday of the month starting September 2016 and running through December 2017. A light breakfast will be provided to attendees from the sponsoring organization.

Upcoming Breakfasts:

April 18th | 7:30 - 9:00am 

Location: Fox Valley Technical College| 1825 N. Bluemound Road| Appleton | Room BC141

Topic:  "Don't Let Identity Theft Hurt Your Employees or Harm Your Business". 

The April Business Breakfast Byte will feature two experts that will provide information regarding 
the ramifications of identity theft to your employees as well as for your business. 

Hosted by:  Fox Valley Technical College –D.J. Bordini Center Room BC141

Facilitated by:
Lisa Taylor, Founder  – Strategic Partnerships LLC 

Jeff Jordan, Sr. Security Specialist-Level 3 Communications 

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
It affects business owners in two ways; their employees can be victims, which results in
lost productivity & the business itself can be a target, which can result in loss
of intellectual property, perception of carelessness and even liability. 

Join us to learn more about how identity theft related issues in the workplace impact your revenue
and what you need to do as a business owner to avoid a breach.


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Past Breakfasts:

September 20th | 7:30 - 9:00am | Consolidated Construction

Topic: Ever hire someone you knew would be great only to discover they just didn't fit within your organization? Values and the alignment with your organization is likely the cause of disconnect.

Rick Bickert, President of Consolidated Construction and Sharon Hulce, President of Employment Resource Group, shared real life examples of assessing, interviewing and aligning your organization's values to ensure you hire not only technically capable people, but people who will thrive, grow and stay within your company. 

October 18th | 7:30 - 9:00am | Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting 

Topic: How the impending wage and hour changes will affect your business?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just made it a lot more expensive to have “exempt” employees. Did you plan accordingly?

The panel of experts, included: Rebecca Kellner, JD, SPHR, HR Consultant, Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting; Steve Murray, Senior Director of Consulting Services, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; Matt Shefchik, Chief Operating Officer, QTI Consulting/QTI Human Resources 

November 15th | 7:30 - 9:00am | Principal Financial Group

Topic: How can small and mid-sized businesses provide a competitive benefit package?

The purpose of this session was to assist businesses with employee retention by providing information and resources with how to be creative, yet practical, with benefits that may help keep employees.

This session was led by Patrick Glynn, of Carlson and Dettmann Consulting. Glynn spoke primarily to various employee benefits, shared real world case studies of creative benefit packages and best practices for implementing change of benefits.

Along with Glynn, a panel of experts provided their perspective regarding specific benefits: Rick Parks, Modern Woodmen, John Zuleger, Zuleger Agency and Sherman On, Principal.

December 20th | 7:30 - 9:00am | ThedaCare Regional Medical Center (Appleton) 

Topic: Reduce Health Care Costs, Increase Productivity and Show Your Employees You Care – Workplace Wellness

Did you know that Northeastern Wisconsin is the second largest economic market in the state? Our region has hundreds of thousands of people in the workforce supplying talent to all business ranging from small retailers to mega factories. ThedaCare At Work, a division of ThedaCare, partners with employers to reduce health care expenses by improving employee health and productivity.  ThedaCare’s ultimate goal is to maximize your investment in human capital because healthy employees are just good business! 

ThedaCare at Work Presenters Polly Elrod, Account Executive and Stephanie Bellin, Employer Services Trainer, provided best practices for both small and mid-sized businesses and helped provide education regarding the six dimensions of wellness. Attendees left with knowledge of tool kits, resources and implementable plans.

January 17th | 7:30 - 9:00am | WIPFLI

Topic: Exit Planning

Getting your money back out of your business investments requires a process and execution of strategies. The January Business Breakfast Byte session featured a panel of experts that provided education regarding the critical components of a successful exit strategy. The session was facilitated by Kevin Eismann, Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA), JD, MBA, Epiphany Law and included the following experts: Paul Northway, Executive Vice President, American National Bank Fox Cities; Pam W. Schneider, CPA, LL.M, JD, CMA, Director of Estate Planning, WIPFLI; David W. Johnston, MBA Financial Representative, Principal Financial Group.

February 21st | 7:30 - 9:00am | Feeding America

Topic: Hang on to your New Hires

The critical role of orientation (also known as onboarding) and ongoing support are key drivers of a new employee's engagement, retention, contribution and success. This session featured a panel of human resources and business experts who provided education regarding the critical components of onboarding best practices that increase employee satisfaction, improve job performance and reduce turnover. The session was facilitated by Steven Baue, President and Owners of ERC: Counselors and Consultants and included: Julie Vanvonderen, VP of Human Resources, Prospera Credit Union; Jim Dobinski, Managing Director, Stellar Blue Technologies; and Julie Kloiber, Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager, J.J. Keller and Associates, Inc.

March 21st | 7:30 - 9:00am | Werner Electric

Topic: Cybersecurity for mobile devices

Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information that a mobile device accesses, stores and processes is a difficult cybersecurity challenge with no easy solution. The March Business Breakfast Bytes session featured a panel of experts that provided education regarding cyber threats, specifically how to best secure mobile and portable devices. Mark Rahmlow, Vice President of Public Policy, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, led the session and facilitated the panel, featuring: Tim Bauer, Sales Manager - UltraCom Wireless; Jacob Scott, Level III Technical Engineer - GDC (Global Data Consultants); James Hawbaker, Director of Technology - Appleton Area School District.


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