Four business and economic experts will discuss the future of the local, state and national economies at the first State of Small Business luncheon.

The lunch, hosted by UCCS College of Business Southern Colorado Economic forum and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12 at the Pinery on the Hill, 775 West Bijou St.

Alison Felix, vice president and Denver branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is the keynote speaker. She’ll be joined by Tatiana Bailey, director of the Southern Colorado Economic forum; Aikta Marcoulier, director of the Pikes Peak SBDC and Kelly Manning, deputy director of the Office of Economic Development and state director of the Colorado SBDC Network.

Felix will discuss remarks the global, national and state economies, while Manning will talk about the economic impact of small business from the state level. Local business experts Marcoulier and Bailey will cover the local economy and the role of small businesses.

“We know our community partners value this data and perspective, and we are happy to help make this event possible,” said Venkat Reddy, dean of the College of Business at UCCS.

Tickets are $35 and available by visiting Sponsors of the lunch include the CSBJ and Wells Fargo Bank.

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