Economic Recovery – Best Practices in Small Business & Workforce Trends Moving Forward
2021 MEDA Fall Conference
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This year, the theme of the Fall Conference will be Economic Recovery – Best Practices in Small Business & Workforce Trends Moving Forward.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted economic activity across the nation, and communities are looking to strategize for long-term recovery. This conference aims to identify creative and innovative programs that can speak to this economic challenge.
9:00 – 9:15 WELCOME AND MEDA BUSINESS MEETING
9:15 – 10:15 KEYNOTE – “Anirban Basu and the Chamber of Data”
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Is it coming from an oncoming train? This presentation supplies economic data and analysis juxtaposing the pre-pandemic and pandemic world, and then supplies a forecast for the post-pandemic one. Among the areas of focus are labor markets, financial markets, real estate, construction, consumer spending, business investment, international trade and government finances.
10:15 – 11:15 SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR UNDERREPRESENTED BUSINESSES
Underrepresented business owners have been hit especially hard during this pandemic. What does recovery look like? How are communities developing tools and program support to address these unique needs? This panel will explore support for Black and Latinx business owners and entrepreneurs.
11:15 – 12:15 FROM TRAINING TO RETAINING
As part of this recovery, workforce development has transformed. This panel of representatives from across various industries and parts of the State will discuss how they’ve had to shift the work they do, the programs they utilize, and how they trained their employees to adapt to successfully recover from the pandemic. The regional training partners will be joined by business representatives to discuss the specific programs they’ve implemented. The ever-evolving best practices these businesses are utilizing to meet the demand of their industries and upskill and keep their employees.
12:15 CLOSING COMMENTS AND ADJOURNMENT
The 2021 MEDA Fall Conference Speakers
MEDA BUSINESS MEETING
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR UNDERREPRESENTED BUSINESSES
FROM TRAINING TO RETAINING
The 2021 MEDA Fall Conference Sponsors