Economic Trends

The annual Economic Trends Event, presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, hosts a vibrant discussion between prominent Wisconsin business leaders, state representatives, 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.

Economic Trends caters to all business leaders, providing insight into the economic outlook through analysis of industry trends and current economic indicators. Selected panelists bring perspectives from their industry while providing forecasts about the year ahead in business. This event has been annually attended by business leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin and for many has become the first significant business function of the calendar year.

Bull or Bear? What’s in store for 2018?

Tax Reform. Health care. GDP performance. Employment markets. Interest rates. Geopolitical factors. Energy costs. Will the economy REALLY continue to grow or are we nearing the end of this cycle? These are just a few of the issues that promised to impact the economy in 2018.

Which of these work in your favor – what should you be concerned about? Head into the new year armed with key insights from economist Michael Knetter Ph.D. and leading industry experts.

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  • Michael Knetter Ph.D, Economist, President & CEO, University of Wisconsin Foundation
  • Becky Frankiewicz, President, ManpowerGroup North America
  • Brian Kobylinski, Chief Executive Officer, Jason Industries, Inc.
  • Nick Turkal, President & CEO, Aurora Health Care


What Does Tax Reform Mean for You and Your Business?

Davis & Kuelthau corporate and tax attorneys, Joseph Tierney IV and Mark Kmiecik, addressed the implications as well as the opportunities posed by the Tax Jobs and Cuts Act of 2017 as signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. As the modifications to the business tax rules are permanent and fairly comprehensive, the presenters focused this session primarily on the related impact for small and midsized businesses. For those interested in the changes impacting individuals, a brief overview was provided.


  • Mark Kmiecik, Shareholder, Davis & Kuelthau
  • Joseph Tierney IV, President & Shareholder, Davis & Kuelthau

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Event Details

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • 7:30 – 9:30 AM
  • Italian Conference Center

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