Business Forecast Set for Stockton


Michael Stead, capital markets director for Bank of the West, and Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific, will be keynote speakers for the Business Forecast Conference to be held on Jan. 19 in Stockton.

The conference, sponsored by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will examine the tea leaves for the coming year’s economy from global, national, state, and local perspectives.

It will also feature a panel of local leaders, including Fritz Grupe, chairman and founder of The Grupe Cos.; Jose Blanco, principal of the Central Valley Fund; Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau; and Corwin Harper, senior vice president, and area manager for Kaiser Permanente.

Mark Martinez, the Hispanic chamber’s chief executive, noted the group held its first forecast conference last year. “It really helped many of our small-business owners truly understand what was happening with their businesses,” he said.

As a result of that success, Martinez added, “This year we’re expanding on the conference to include our panelists on specific sectors.”

The conference will be at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center, at 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Suite 200, Stockton, with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and the program to run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Admission is $75 per person. To make a reservation, call the chamber at (209) 943-6117.