Associated Bank presents free monthly business knowledge webinars

Associated Bank has launched a “Business Knowledge Series” of webinars for business owners and leaders, featuring experts on best practices in business, financial industry developments, economic updates, and other current topics of interest.

“We created the Business Knowledge Series in response to growing demand for more information about unique issues facing businesses today,” said Alice Stephens, vice president and business marketing director for Associated Bank. “The webinars will provide business owners and decision makers with valuable information they can use every day as they manage their business.”

The complimentary webinars will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. Upcoming programs include “Economic and Investment Update” today and “Trends in Online Fraud” on Feb. 9. For more information about the Business Knowledge Series or to register for an upcoming webinar, visit

Economic Trends Breakfast to highlight opportunities of new year

BizTimes Milwaukee invites readers to get a jumpstart on 2010 by attending the annual Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast.

The breakfast, which will be presented by BizTimes Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Italian Community Center, will provide forecasts and insights about the year ahead in business.

The featured panelists for 2010 will be:

  • Michael Knetter, Ph.D., the dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Business in Madison and a former U.S. presidential economist. Knetter will provide a macro-economic overview.
  • U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) is invited to return to the breakfast, subject to the schedule of Congress. Ryan will provide the political outlook for 2010.
  • Bob Arzbaecher, CEO of Actuant Corp., which is expanding and moving its global headquarters from Butler to a facility in Menomonee Falls. Actuant is a $1.2 billion diversified manufacturing company with facilities in 30 countries. Arzbaecher will discuss the outlook for global competition and manufacturing.
  • Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO of Generac Power Systems Inc., which is growing in Waukesha and recently filed to become a publicly traded company. Generac manufactures portable residential power generators. Jagdfeld will provide the outlooks for manufacturing, innovation and energy.
  • Andy Nunemaker, president of EMSystems LLC, a Milwaukee-based company that develops software systems for emergency rooms throughout the United States. EMSystems has acquired three other companies in the past 18 months and continues to grow. Nunemaker will discuss the outlooks for technology and health care.

For additional information or to register to attend, visit


The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) will host a “Business Credit Availability Forum” on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Monona Terrace, Madison. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon, also held at Monona Terrace.

The forum will outline the factors impacting credit availability to businesses in Wisconsin. UW-Madison Professor Jim Johannes will provide a background briefing on current lending trends. A panel discussion, including representatives from the banking industry, government and other sectors will follow. This year’s speakers are UW-Madison Business School Dean Michael Knetter and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Economist Sam Kahan.

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