The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) will host a “Business Credit Availability Forum” on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Monona Terrace, Madison. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon, also held at Monona Terrace.

The forum will outline the factors impacting credit availability to businesses in Wisconsin. UW-Madison Professor Jim Johannes will provide a background briefing on current lending trends. A panel discussion, including representatives from the banking industry, government and other sectors will follow. This year’s speakers are UW-Madison Business School Dean Michael Knetter and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Economist Sam Kahan.

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation will present its annual Economic Forum today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Rubenstein Pavilion of the Jewish Home and Care Center at 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. The event will feature a presentation by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is a Democratic Party candidate for governor. Cost is $15 per person, and registration is available at


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