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 and running through May. A light breakfast will be provided to attendees from the sponsoring organization.

Upcoming Breakfasts:

September 19th | 7:30 - 9:00am 

Location: Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Wisconsin Room
1000 Cameron Way, Neenah, Wisconsin, 54956

Topic:  "Aging Parents and the Workplace"

The September Business Breakfast Bytes will feature a panel of experts that will provide education regarding the scope of the issue, how a company can assist their employees who find themselves caring for aging parents, resources available for those employees, and self-care. 

Hosted by:  Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

Facilitated by:

Steve Baue, President/Owner of ERC: Counselors & Consultants,

Panel of experts includes:
Jennifer VanRite: Counselor at ERC: Counselors & Consultants

Joel G Hopper: Enterprise Data Management & Analytics at Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Karen Dickrell: Outagamie County - UW Extension Family Living Educator

Are you an employee who is actively trying to care for aging parents while still managing your career? Are you an employer who has seen an increase in such employees? What options are there in a workplace to allow flexibility and an understanding mindset? Corporate awareness regarding this growing concern will be vital to overall employee productivity and satisfaction.

Questions and audience interaction is highly encouraged.  


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Past Breakfasts:

September 20, 2016 | 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 18, 2016 | 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 15, 2016 | 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 20, 2016 | 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 17, 2017 | 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 21, 2017 | 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 21, 2017 | 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.

April 18, 2017 | Fox Valley Technical College - D.J. Bordini Center

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

The April Business Breakfast Byte featured two experts: Lisa Taylor, Founder  – Strategic Partnerships LLC and Jeff Jordan, Sr. Security Specialist-Level 3 Communications. The experts provided information regarding the ramifications of identity theft to employees as well as for businesses. 

May 16, 2017 | Concordia University

Topic:  "Policies every business must have, should have and should avoid" 

The May Business Breakfast Byte featured a panel of experts that provided education regarding polices that empower employees and protect your company. Company policies are important to ensure that all employees understand what is expected of them and what they can expect from the company.  James Walcheske, an Employment Law Attorney from Walcheske & Luzi LLC, facilitated the panel which included Jennifer Allen, People & Culture Resource Consultant from Manpower, and Nora Langolf, HR Manager from the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. 


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