Nationally, it appears the economy
is showing signs of a rebound. A report released this morning, Dec. 17, says
the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators, which looks at
several segments of the economy, rose 0.7 percent last month.
But how is business in Northeast
Wisconsin? Will companies hire again in 2010? Is the worst really over?
The results of a Northeast Wisconsin
economic survey by First Business Bank will be released at a forum this
afternoon at Butte des Morts Country Club, Appleton. Insight Publications is
pleased to partner with First Business Bank to bring you live streaming of the
event on our website, www.insightonbusiness.com. We invite you to
Al Hartman, University of Wisconsin
business professor, will present highlights of the results, followed by a panel
discussion. I’ll be moderating the panel, which includes: Corey Chambas,
president and CEO at First Business Financial Services; Jack Fischer, principal
partner of Third Coast Consulting, LLC™; John Porter, president and owner of
Tracy Porter Interactive; and Kevin McGee, a UW-Oshkosh business professor who
participated in the interpretation of the survey results. McGee specializes in investment under
uncertainty, among other areas. (Brenda Hicks-Sorenson, our Insight November “Fact Time” subject,
was to participate but tells me she is tied up with some important business
involving the Fond du Lac Economic Development Corp. and Mercury Marine.)
Live streaming begins at 4 p.m.
today. If you miss the event, a link to a recording will be available later on
– Margaret LeBrun, Insight editor