Economic Trends

The annual Economic Trends Event, presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, hosts a vibrant discussion between prominent Wisconsin business leaders and industry experts on the state of the economy. This annual event includes a macroeconomic outlook on the economy from Michael Knetter, Ph.D., economist and president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Event Details

Thursday, January 25, 2024
Italian Community Center
7:00 AM – Registration & Networking
7:30 AM – Breakfast & Program
9:45 AM – Breakout Session

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Where is the economy headed in 2024?

The 23rd annual Economic Trends program was held on January 25th at the Italian Community Center. Attendees learned how their businesses may be impacted by the issues and trends shaping the economy in 2024. Economist Michael Knetter and leading industry experts provided their perspectives and predictions for the year ahead.

(click on the speaker’s name to download a PDF of their presentation)

Breakout Sessions

The Southeastern Wisconsin Economy: A Closer Look

Join Mike Knetter and Dave Anderson as they further explore economic influences that can impact southeastern Wisconsin industries in 2024 and text your questions to (414) 758-1293.

Hosted by:

  • Dave Anderson, Senior Vice President – Managing Director, Head of Commercial Banking, Southern Wisconsin, BMO
  • Michael Knetter, Ph.D., Economist, President & CEO, University of Wisconsin Foundation

Understanding the Value of Your Business

Do you know what your business is worth? Do you have a strategy in place to enhance that value?

Discover the keys to success as we explore the importance of understanding your business’s true value. Learn practical strategies for boosting this value and uncover how a deep understanding of your business’s worth can open doors to new growth opportunities and steer your strategic decisions.

Key Insights Include:

  • Methods for calculating your business’s value
  • Strategies for building business value
  • How valuations can be a vital tool in making business decisions

Don’t miss this chance to gain actionable insights that can shape the future of your business.


  • Nancy Mehlberg, Principal, SVA Certified Public Accountants
  • Kyle Kryszak, Supervisor, SVA Certified Public Accountants

Cash On The Sidelines: How To Make It Work
Insights on how to manage the cash and fixed income portion of your portfolio.
Brian Jacobsen, PhD, Annex Wealth Management’s Chief Economist, will discuss the many questions we’re hearing about the fixed income portion of portfolios – and your options as the Fed seems to hint at a slow decline in interest rates. If you have cash you’re holding, wondering when or how to move it, join us as we walk through fixed income in our current rate environment. As always, we’re leaving time for your questions.


Dr. Brian Jacobsen, PhD, JD, CFA®, CFP®, CAIA, CBE, Chief Economist, Annex Wealth Management

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Supporting Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring an event? To reap the benefits of the ultimate in-person marketing opportunity contact Linda Crawford, Director of Sales, to discuss opportunities. Event sponsorships are limited.