NEWARK, NJ - The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration will be hosting a Small Business Economic Outlook Forum, Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel. Open networking and a luncheon are included.

The panelists are scheduled to be Dr. JD Foster, deputy chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Alexander Heil, chief economist of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Dr. James Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  The panel will be moderated by Jim Coyle, president of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The panel will explore in depth the economic factors facing small businesses in the North Jersey-New York metropolitan region. Foster will focus on national economic issues and constraints which have prevented a more robust economic recovery. Heil will speak to the region’s economy and the importance of infrastructure to economic activity. Hughes will explore long-term trends in real estate as an indicator of the region’s economic direction.

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Registration & Networking:                     10:00 am – 11:00 am

Opening Comments                               11:00 am – 11:15 am

Panel Discussion                                  11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Audience Questions                              12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

Luncheon & Networking                         12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The cost to attend is $75.00. To register, visit www.gatewaychamber.com and click on Events. Or call the chamber at 908.352.0900.

About the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in the New York/Northern New Jersey Region, comprising 12 regional and local chambers. With 1,200 members, the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce has a 95 percent retention rate, the highest in the country.