Wednesday, March 27th at 12pm ET

Is the sun setting on the US Economy and small businesses?

After a tumultuous end to 2018, many are asking what the future holds for economic growth in the year ahead. Small business owners appear to be especially concerned, with small business confidence dropping rapidly at the end of 2018. The government shutdown, trade war with China, and uncertainties around tax code changes for small businesses are all driving uncertainty.

But even with a downshift in the economy at the end of last year, economic fundamentals remain robust with continued job and wage gains, as well as modest inflation. If the current pace of economic growth continues through July of this year, it will mark the longest stretch of U.S. economic growth on record. The focus has now begun to shift to the timing and the nature of the next downturn, and what industries and geographies are best positioned to weather it.

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About the Speaker:


Wayne Best
Chief Economist, Visa Inc.

As Chief Economist for Visa Inc., Wayne Best keeps close watch on emerging opportunities in the trillion-dollar payments industry, helping to identify economic trends shaping the future. His unique presentations explain the impact of these trends to company and client executives, as well as government leaders around the globe.

Before joining Visa in 1990, Best worked as a consultant performing cost benefit analyses for the power industry. In addition to his MBA, Best holds a degree in nuclear engineering and has participated in the Stanford University and Kellogg School of Management executive programs.

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