Business Forecast Conference to address economic, political trends


STOCKTON — Business owners and managers can get their first look at 2017’s economy and projections regarding the political landscape, Jan. 5, during the Business Forecast Conference, presented by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“We want to give (businesses) the snapshot that will help them adapt,” said the Chamber’s president, Bob Gutierrez.

Economists Jeffrey Michael, from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, and Scott Anderson, from Bank of the West, will provide forecasts and trends from local and national perspectives.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion, moderated by Gutierrez, that will examine state and national politics as well as new laws businesses will face in 2017.

Mike Madrid, an expert on Latino voting trends, from Grassroots Lab and human resources attorney Lisa Jimenez will also take part in the panel discussion.

Gutierrez said that Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election as well as the Democrats’ capture of a two-thirds majority in California’s Legislature have left many in the business community uncertain about the future. He believes that will make this year’s event especially relevant.

“A lot of people don’t know what’s going to happen,” Gutierrez said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about the event.”

Gutierrez said the annual event attracts a diverse set of businesses and the larger business community is encouraged to attend.

If you go:

What: Business Forecast Conference and Breakfast
When: 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Jan. 5
Where: DeRosa Center, University of the Pacific
Tickets: $75
More information: (209) 943-6117


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