Focus on Bismarck-Mandan 2023 is Bismarck-Mandan’s premier event for economic outlook and forecasting. Focus on Bismarck-Mandan, hosted by the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, first launched at the top of 2022. The forthcoming event is an annual outlook for local business owners and entrepreneurs that offers a look into what to expect from the economy as we head into the new year. I sat down with Maggie Byrd, Event Coordinator at the Chamber EDC, and Christine Nelson, Vice-President of Sales & Events at the Chamber EDC, to discuss the event’s origins and history, what to expect from this year’s event as well as what makes Focus on Bismarck- Mandan different from other events.
Elliot Eisenberg, Keynote Speaker
What Can You Expect from Elliot Eisenberg?
“Gain a better understanding of market conditions and what may lay ahead and why. Join the always-entertaining Bowtie Economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. as he discusses the latest data about the current and expected condition of the economy.
You’ll learn the most recent statistics on a multitude of key topics such as: current economic growth prospects, the likelihood, timing and magnitude of any upcoming recession, auto manufacturing activity, inflation, the Fed’s thinking, the path of interest rates, energy prices, the health of labor markets, the impact of the pandemic, the condition of supply-chains, the shape of the yield curve and savings and default rates.
Dr. Eisenberg will then shift his focus and spend time looking at construction activities including home construction and non-residential construction including, but not limited to, retail, lodging, warehouses, office tower activity and nonbuilding construction such as roads, bridges and other public works projects. Be ready to take plenty of notes.”
Christine Nelson, Vice-President of Sales & Events at the Chamber EDC
The event, Focus on Bismarck-Mandan, was launched last year with the purpose to reinvigorate the Bismarck—Mandan business community through a new event. While the annual Economic Outlook Forum found success in the community for years, it was time for a change to spark residents’ interest.
“We noticed that attendance was declining as each year went by, so we had to do something different. So, we came up with Focus on Bismarck-Mandan, which is a combination of other past events in the hopes of getting everyone interested in what’s to come in the economy and business community,” Nelson said. “This is the premier economic development event that we have. While there were many negatives surrounding the pandemic, one shining glimmer of hope that we were able to take away was the ability to step back, think about what we can offer to the community and present it to them.” Focus on Bismarck-
Mandan 2023 will have no shortage of forecasting and other exciting information presented. Taking the stage as the main speaker is Elliot Eisenberg, an internationally-acclaimed economist and public speaker. Eisenberg will be forecasting the 2023 economy as a whole during the keynote presentation,
Maggie Byrd, Event Coordinator at the Chamber EDC
while other speakers will also be giving insight into the Bis-Man economy.
“I feel like this is a really good event for people who have questions about what’s going on with the economy and what’s happening around them, both near and far. There are a lot of different topics that Elliot himself is going to dive into and answer,” Byrd said. “He’s going to be talking about the current economic growth, the likelihood and timing of a potential recession and a lot more. He’s going to go over auto manufacturing inflation, energy prices, the health of labor markets and the impact of the pandemic, so he has a lot that people in both Bismarck and Mandan can get value from.”
The crowd can look forward to Eisenberg’s presentation, as it’s sure to be filled with beneficial information for any business owner, entrepreneur or Bis-Man resident regarding what 2023 holds in the business world. Not only should Eisenberg’s presentation support the event’s success, but it should kickstart the benchmarks and goals for this event’s success for years to come.
Photos from Focus on Bismark Mandan 2022!
“For those that are unaware, this event’s Presenting Sponsor is Starion Bank. They have taken a huge step into it with us, and are really helping us bring this event to life and make it what it is. We always want to see a sold-out event, or face the task of upgrading venues, in the future. Of course, we love to see completely sold-out sponsorships and attendance,” Nelson said. “Focus on Bismarck-Mandan 2023 is going to be really special and totally different. It’s already different in the sense that the event starts in the middle of the afternoon, goes for two hours and then goes right into a social with appetizers and drinks, which is different than any other of our events.”
With Focus on Bismarck-Mandan 2023 shaping up to be bigger and better than its debut in 2022, it’s evident that the event is going to hold valuable information for business owners and hopefuls alike. For any BisMan community member planning to excel in the business world this coming year, this is a landmark event that you’ll want to look forward to.
“With economic forecasting alone, this event affects everyone. It doesn’t just affect small businesses and it doesn’t just affect big businesses. This forecasting and ‘having a leg up’ on something like this is crucial for any business owner. Economic development affects everyone and it’s not just for one person. If you want to be in the know, I think that this is the perfect event to be part of,” Nelson said.
Contact Maggie Byrd
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (701) 223-5660