Business & Industry Fall Conference Livestream

Business & Industry Fall Conference Livestream

Business & Industry Fall Conference Livestream


Attend this year’s Business & Industry Fall Conference to hear about the latest updates, insights and timely issues impacting you and your organization, especially when it comes to dealing with the current and future dynamics of the business and industry environment.

More specifically, this year’s conference will cover pressing topics involving the economy, accounting and tax laws, ethics, technology, operations, human resources and better ways to handle a changing workplace. CEOs, CFOs, controllers, directors, managers and other staff involved in accounting and human resources will benefit greatly by attending.

Please note: For the safety of attendees, presenters, staff and vendors, this year’s Business & Industry Fall Conference will be presented online via WICPA CPD Livestream.

8.4 CPE Credits


Registration is open through 09/23.

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Wednesday, September 23

8:00am to 4:20pm (Check-In 8:00am)

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Wednesday, Sep 23rd

8:00AM TO 8:10AM / General Session

Wendi Unger, Partner, Baker Tilly

8:10AM TO 9:10AM / General Session

Jason Buol, Senior Portfolio Manager, Associated Bank

The U.S. economy has endured a tremendous shock in 2020. This session will overview what has happened, where we currently are, and what to look for as we move forward.

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9:20AM TO 10:20AM / General Session

Kirk Gramoll, Owner, TeamLogic IT

As organizations face constant change, technology can be both a solution and a challenge as businesses navigate everything from remote work to transformation of work to economic recovery. Focusing on the employee experience can help organizations stay productive, while also maintaining engagement and supporting company culture. In this session, we will explore how a security-first approach can help you avoid challenges while leveraging technology to achieve business goals in the ever-changing economy.

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10:30AM TO 11:30AM / General Session

Josh Mueth, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly

Natalie Zuege, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly

On March 27, the CARES Act became law as a rapid response to the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act includes provisions to support individuals and businesses in the form of loans, grants and tax changes. This presentation will address relief from certain accounting guidance, tax code changes and other programs that essentially provide government assistance to businesses.

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11:50AM TO 12:50PM / General Session

Kelly Renz, CEO

In this session, we will discuss key changes businesses need to make to lead people effectively in this new environment. A lot has changed and we won’t just return to business as usual, even as business begins to recover. Workforce psychology is a factor in business strategy, and understanding the environmental impacts for sustaining a safe place for people to work – physically and mentally – will positively impact business results. We’ll discuss innovative ways for leaders to adapt and thrive while still protecting their business and people.

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1:00PM TO 2:00PM / General Session

Jeffrey Bartlett, Managing Director of Finance - vonBriesenOneSource, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

William Gardner, Shareholder, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

This session will cover the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) and how it radically transforms Chapter 11 bankruptcy for small business debtors, including how the SBRA makes the Chapter 11 process faster, more economical, and more likely to result in a confirmed restructuring plan. Additionally, it will discuss how financially distressed companies may evaluate the benefits and burdens of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including how to develop financial projections for a post-bankruptcy restructured entity.

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2:10PM TO 3:10PM / General Session

Carver Smith, Partner, Baker Tilly Search & Staffing

How we work, where we work, and how we have to think about our team has changed. For some, hiring has slowed down temporarily, but you still need to keep your top talent. For others, it’s a time to grow or upgrade teams as the uncertainty and reaction of some “leaders” has created opportunity for hiring. Learn what others are doing to recruit and retain talent and bring your ideas to share!

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3:20PM TO 4:20PM / General Session

William Gardner, Shareholder, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Robert Mathers, Shareholder, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

This session will offer insights on four new ethics areas for 2020 that CPAs need to know, including:

  1. Restructuring and insolvency: Conflicts of interest and other ethical tripwires for professionals advising Chapter 11 debtors;
  2. PPP loans: The officer’s legal and ethical obligations when making representations to a bank, using representations required in connection with loans made pursuant to PPP loans as an example;
  3. CARES Act: How to carefully analyze hidden ethics issues behind the net operating loss carryforward and carryback and other provisions of the new CARES Act; and
  4. SECURE Act: How far you can ethically go with some of the employee benefits and other provisions of the SECURE Act.

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4:20PM TO 4:25PM / General Session

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