135th Annual Meeting: The State of Grand Rapids Business
Your Grand Rapids Chamber has been the voice of West Michigan business for 135 years.
At our 135th Annual Meeting, you’ll hear about how the Grand Rapids Chamber is working to advocate, inform, and connect West Michigan businesses to support business growth, build strong relationships, and create a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.
What to expect:
🎯 The Grand Rapids Chamber Board of Directors and executive team will re-cap 2022 and share our goals for 2023
☕️ Networking with over 600 fellow Chamber members and business leaders
📈 State of Grand Rapids Business economic forecast to help you plan for the year ahead
💡 A panel of local industry leaders will react to the economic forecast and provide insights on issues you care about
The State of Grand Rapids Business: Using economic data from surveying members, the team at the GVSU Seidman College of Business will present an update on where the West Michigan economy currently stands, and an economic forecast for 2023. Dr. Paul Isely and Dr. Kuhelika De will provide insights on key economic indicators like business growth, talent, inflation, housing, innovation, and more.
Wednesday, February 1
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
7:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
7:45 a.m. Welcome
7:50 a.m. Plated Breakfast Service
8:10 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:20 a.m. Welcome from Rick Baker, President & CEO, GR Chamber
8:25 a.m. Incoming Board Chair Remarks
8:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation: The State of Grand Rapids Business
9:00 a.m. Industry Leaders Reaction Panel
9:55 a.m. Closing
Meet the Speakers
Dr. Kuhelika De, Associate Professor, Seidman College of Business
Kuhelika De earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia in 2017. She teaches introductory and intermediate macroeconomics at GVSU and received the “Outstanding Teaching Award” from the University of Georgia. She conducts research in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary economics, development macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and time series econometrics.
She has presented her research work at the American Economic Association Meetings, Southern Economic Association Meetings, Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings, the Federal Reserve Bank, Reserve Bank of India, and several other research universities/organizations. She is an active member of the American Economic Association.
Dr. Paul Isely, Associate Dean, Seidman College of Business
Dr. Paul Isely is currently Associate Dean and Professor of Economics for the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, which he joined in 1995 after earning his Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University. He also holds an M.S. in Economics from Purdue University and a dual B.S. in Physics and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Isely’s research interests have led to many local articles and reports. These articles have explored West Michigan’s economy including forecasts of growth, the state of entrepreneurship, health care costs, environmental clean-up values, economic impacts of various activities, and the costs and benefits of wind power. He has been interviewed extensively by TV, radio, and newspapers on the West Michigan economy and its relationship to the national and state economies.