New North Social Media Breakfast announces 2010 schedule

Local social media program morphs from coffee shop gathering to professional organization

APPLETON/GREEN BAY, Wis.- The The New North Social Media Breakfast, a local networking group for New North business professionals, announces their schedule for 2010. The updated program includes locations at various influential local businesses throughout Northeast Wisconsin, sponsorships and a formal RSVP system.

New 2010 schedule and topics:
January 19 (Green Bay) - topic: Restaurant and hospitality
February 16 (Appleton) - topic: News Media
March 16 (Green Bay) - topic: Education
April 27 (Appleton) - topic: Manufacturing
May 18 (Green Bay) - topic: Small Business Owners
June 15 (Appleton) - topic: Tourism
July 20 (Green Bay) - topic: Finance, banking
August 17 (Appleton) - topic: Health care
September 21 (Green Bay) - topic: Sports
October 29 (Green Bay) - SPECIAL EVENT: AN AFTERNOON WITH PETER SHANKMAN (2:30 p.m.)
November 16 (Appleton) - topic: Retail
December 14 (Appleton) - SPECIAL EVENT: NNSMB YEAR END SUMMIT

All events are scheduled from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

The first event of the new year will be held on Jan. 19, 2010 at the Republic Chophouse, 218 N Adams St., Green Bay, Wis. A panel discussion will focus on the use of social media in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Interested professionals can register for the event here. Future locations will be announced a month in advance of the noted event dates.

"After a year of developing interest in the Social Media Breakfast in Northeast Wisconsin, we're excited to be growing into a formal organization like many others across the country," said Dana VanDen Heuvel, owner of Marketing Savant and co-founder of the New North Social Media Breakfast. "Due to the large response we received from local professionals in 2009, we're able to expand the program and continue to offer the opportunity for professionals to discuss how social media can impact local businesses."

The New North Social Media Breakfast is provided to business professionals, both experienced and newcomers to social media, at no cost. Also, due to high interest, the New North Social Media Breakfast is implementing a new RSVP system for 2010 on EventBrite.

Background: The New North Social Media Breakfast was founded in March 2009 by Dana VanDenHeuvel of Marketing Savant in partnership with Weidert Group, Inc. and Element. The group of local professionals meet monthly, rotating between Green Bay and Appleton locations, to discuss how social media is impacting their businesses. To cater to the diverse needs of this growing group of professionals, the New North Social Media Breakfast has burst out of the coffee shop setting and into the community. The breakfast will now be held at various local businesses each month with a panel that will discuss how social media is impacting their industry.

The event is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. More information can be found at The New North Social Media Breakfast Ning group.