2013 Outlook Conference Theme Focuses on Freedom

LANCASTER – With “Freedom to Succeed” as its theme, the 2013 Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference will offer an array of speakers with useful insights on how to survive and thrive in challenging times.

Scott Cummings, chairman of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade’s annual Business Outlook Conference Committee, said the theme was selected to recognize the uncertainties of the times and underscore the Antelope Valley region’s position as one place in California where freedom to succeed continues to be a fact of life. He pointed out that the high desert cities and communities of Northern Los Angeles and Southeastern Kern counties continue to provide California business and industry with the state’s most hospitable climate for growth and success.

“The amazingly successful comeback story of our keynote speaker, J.R. Martinez, embodies the message that even the most debilitating setbacks in life or business can be overcome when there is the freedom and the will to succeed,” Cummings said.

The full list of presenters for the Friday, Feb. 22 AV Business Outlook Conference is being finalized, but speakers already confirmed for the day-long program include Dr. Bill Watkins, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University.  His economic forecast is expected to focus on prospects for the high desert region of Southern California in the year ahead.

Conference attendees at  the day-long event at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster will also receive 2013 edition copies of the always sought-after Economic Roundtable Report from the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA.)  Highlights of the updated, statistically valuable report on all aspects of the regional economy will be presented by a GAVEA executive or top officer.

AVBOT President Drew Mercy said, “The annual Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference is the one not-to-be-missed business event of any year. Our committee works very hard to assure that presentations are compelling, timely, accurate and informative.  Although the format is similar from year to year, the informational content is always cutting-edge. People in every enterprise or organization will leave with information they really need to help make critical decisions in the year ahead.”

Individual tickets at $135 for members and $150 for non-members are available at the Board of Trade office, 548 West Lancaster Blvd., Ste. 103. For more information call (661) 942-9581.