2018 Business Outlook Conference

Small Business - BIG RESULTS

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PALMDALE, CA (February 16, 2017) – ANTELOPE VALLEY BOARD OF TRADE’S 46th Annual Business Outlook Conference to Celebrate Small Businesses in the Antelope Valley with Exceptional Speakers on March 2, 2018! This all-day event is filled with informative and engaging presentations from a diverse cross-section of industry thriving in the Antelope Valley! More than 40 exhibitors will welcome visitors, teach and inform about the best this region has to offer. The program will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a welcome message from the morning Master of Ceremonies, Antelope Valley College Foundation’s Dianne Knippel.


LA County 5th District Supervisor, Kathryn Bargeris dedicated to providing effective, responsive representation to the residents of Los Angeles County. Kathryn began her career in public service as a college student intern in the office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and rose to become his Chief Deputy Supervisor in 2001, where she served until her election to the Board in November 2016. Barger is a dynamic and engaging speaker!


The Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale will be represented. The subjects they will discuss will be included when they are available.


U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Congressman Kevin McCarthy cannot always attend the Outlook Conference, due to his busy schedule in Washington DC. It is a treat when he can make time to spend the day with us, and we are hopeful that this will be one of those years. Congressman Kevin McCarthy proudly serves California’s 23rd district and is currently the Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. McCarthy was first elected to Congress in 2006 and is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident.


Bill Allen, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation


Speaker Mary Ann Bartels, an Economist with Merrill Lynch. Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mary Ann will update us on economic issues affecting the global and regional markets.


Brigadier General Carl E. Schaefer, 412th Test Wing Commander leads a wing of 7,847 personnel in the developmental test and evaluation of the F-35, KC-46, F-22, F-16, B-1, B-2, B-52, C-17, C-130, KC-135, Global Hawk, joint remotely piloted aircraft and emerging technologies. Additionally, BGen Schaefer is responsible for the operation of Edwards AFB, which supports more than 12,000 active duty, reserve, civil service and defense contractors. It is the second largest base in the U.S. Air Force. Edwards AFB is the largest employer in the Antelope Valley. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for F-35 Integration.


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Bob Massi, Legal Analyst.

A high-profile analyst for Fox News, Bob Massi
is one of the country’s leading experts on the law.

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Jane Mosbacher Morris

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Richard J. Simmons – Labor Law Attorney

One of the Best Recognized Labor Law Attorneys in California.

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Mark Troth, of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Troth Realtors, originally delivered his regional Real Estate Report at the 2015 AV Business Outlook Conference, and is back by popular demand! Mark will again deliver the kind of information that is always so well-received due to its clarity, scope and insights on the regional real estate market.


The Conference is supported this year by Premier Sponsors:

  • High Desert Medical Group

  • Los Angeles County

  • The City of Lancaster

  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch


Millennium Sponsors:

  • The Antelope Valley Transit Authority

  • Choices In Learning

  • Learn-4-Life


  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation


Diamond Sponsors:

  • Mojave Air and Space Port

  • The Boeing Company

  • Southern California Edison

  • Antelope Valley College

  • Antelope Valley Hospital


Platinum Sponsors:

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • The Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors

  • Western Pacific Roofing

  • Palmdale Regional Medical Center

  • BYD

  • The Antelope Valley Press

  • JT3

  • The Antelope Valley College Foundation

  • Streamline System Designs

  • Aerotech News & Review


Gold Sponsors:

  • Rio Tinto

  • ClancyJG International

  • Waste Management

  • Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

  • The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District

  • City of Hope Antelope Valley