“Road show” to bring economists to Grand Junction

Wayne Best
Wayne Best
William Dunkelberg
William Dunkelberg

An upcoming presentation scheduled for Grand Junction will feature economists with Visa and the National Federation of Independent Business.

What’s billed as a small business economic road show is scheduled for Sept. 22 in the University Center ballroom, located near 12th and Elm streets on the Colorado Mesa University campus.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner and presentations from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The free dinner and presentations are open to all small business owners, but reservations are required. To register or obtain more information, visit the NFIB Web site for Colorado at www.nfib.com/colorado.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican from Colorado whose 3rd Congressional District includes Grand Junction, will offer opening remarks at the event.

Wayne Best, head of business and economic insights for Visa, and Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the NFIB, will follow with presentations about economic data and trends affecting small businesses.

Best serves as chief economist for Visa, a payments technology company that offers services in more than 200 countries around the world.

Best forecasts and explains the relationships between economic trends and businesses as well as the ability of consumers to spend, save and pay down debt. He travels across the world to consult with business and government clients and to present at conferences.

Prior to joining Visa in 1990, Best worked as a consultant providing cost benefit analysis to the power industry.

Best holds a master’s of business administration degree from Golden State University and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Arizona State University. He’s participated in the Kellogg School of Management executive program and Stanford executive series.

Dunkelberg has served since 1971 as chief economist of the NFIB, an advocacy group representing 330,000 small business owners across the United States, 7,000 of them in Colorado.

Dunkelberg produces a monthly small business economic trends report for the NFIB and frequently comments on issues and policies affecting small businesses.

Dunkelberg also works as an economics professor at the School of Business and Management at Temple University, where he served as dean from 1987 to 1994 and as director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Entrepreneurship. He’s also worked at Michigan, Purdue and Stanford universities.

He previously served as an advisor to the secretary of commerce and was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve.

Dunkelberg holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Michigan.