National Economists to Speak in Boise on Sept. 26

Date: September 20, 2018

Experts from Visa, NFIB to discuss what is driving economic growth

Contact: Suzanne Budge, Idaho State Director,
or Tony Malandra, NFIB Senior Media Manager,

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 20, 2018—Two nationally prominent economists will be in Boise next week to share their insights on what is fueling the U.S. economy. The speakers are:

  • Dr. William Dunkelberg, chief economist for NFIB since 1971, who for 45 of those years has produced the Small Business Economic Trends report, which is considered by presidential administrations, Congressional leaders, the Federal Reserve, and state governments to be the national barometer of the small-business economy. The latest monthly SBET, released Sept. 11, showed the highest level of optimism among small-business owners in 45 years. A brief history of the SBET can be read here and a one-page bio of Dunkelberg here.

The speakers will address the current economic expansion, which has entered its 10th year. Many components of the economy are at their strongest in years: unemployment is below 4 percent, home and equity prices are boosting net worth, tax cuts are lifting disposable incomes and consumer confidence continues to soar. But how long can it continue?

The Wednesday, Sept. 26, by-invitation-only luncheon address will be held at the Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., Boise, from 11:45 to 2 p.m.

NFIB members are invited to attend free of charge but a reservation is required and can be made here.

Reporters and editors are invited to attend the luncheon free of charge. An email of your interest in attending to is requested.

NFIB thanks the Idaho Retailers Association and the Idaho Lodging & Restaurant Association for their co-sponsorship of the luncheon and presentation.

  • Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit,, and @VisaNews.
  • For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since its founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit


NFIB Idaho
802 W. Bannock, Ste. 301
Boise, ID 83702
Twitter: NFIB_ID



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