Economic Forecast: Small and Mid-Size Business Owners Optimistic About U.S. and Personal Growth in 2014



More Than Half of Small and Mid-Size Business Owners Plan to Give Employees a Raise and One-Third Plan to Hire According to Economic Forecast from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a survey of small and mid-sized business, the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project 2014 Economic Forecast shows that business owners are optimistic about growth opportunities, both nationally and personally, for the remainder of 2014. More than half of respondents (56 percent) are more confident about business growth prospects compared to a year ago.

The 2014 Economic Forecast produced by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management together with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. collected insights from over 3,600 small and mid-sized business owners and gauged their level of confidence for economic growth over the next year. The survey assessed business owners’ perspective about which government policies promote or hinder economic growth. The 2014 Economic Forecast is available here.
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Google, Amgen, Paramount Execs Join Pepperdine University’s Talent Management Symposium, April 25



LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Human resources and learning officers from leading California employers are among the expert speakers added to the Talent Management Symposium: Leveraging Human Capital program on Friday, April 25, 2014, announced Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Human resources professionals, organization development leaders and functional managers and supervisors will hear speakers from both the business and the academic worlds discuss the art of attracting, developing, deploying and retaining talent to achieve strategic objectives and meet future business needs. Continue reading

HUFFINGTON POST: Tips for Women Starting Businesses


bernice.ledbetter.facultyResearch has shown that strong network ties are critical for women entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to accessing capital, writes Pepperdine management professor Bernice Ledbetter, a contributor on Huffington Post. While women are making headway in securing financing, Pitchbook reports that women-founded companies represented 13 percent of Venture Capital deals through the first half of 2013. “Having strategic connections can help women navigate the complex investment environment and secure the financing they need to support their business,” she writes.

Dr. Ledbetter offers advice to women starting businesses. She highlights the importance of building a network, take advantage of numerous organizations dedicated to helping women succeed, and encourage women to find a mentor and then become one.

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School Honors Outstanding Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff


Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and its Board of Visitors recognized outstanding members and partners of the business school at the 6th Annual George Awards on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Named in honor of school benefactor and Imperial Bank founder George Graziadio, Jr., the George Award is given to students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders who have demonstrated outstanding business acumen, strong leadership skills as well as a commitment to serving the community and improving the business world.

“The recipients of the George Award have extremely high personal and academic standards. Their collaborative approach combined with their strong work ethic and desire to improve the lives of others makes them truly remarkable individuals,” said Linda Livingstone, Dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. “We are thrilled to honor them and thank them for enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.” Continue reading

Conejo Valley Chamber Taps Dr. Craig Everett for Economic Forecast Event

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce has invited Dr. Craig Everett to join a panel of esteemed experts at its Economic Forecast event on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The forecast will be held at the California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Dr. Craig Everett

Dr. Craig Everett

Dr. Everett is an assistant professor of finance and director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. He specializes in entrepreneurial finance. He oversees the school’s simultaneous, comprehensive, and on-going investigation of capital providers, lenders and investors, as well as the privately-held businesses that depend on them. Through the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, Everett engages in multiple survey research initiatives and publishes an annual Capital Markets Report, an annual economic forecast, quarterly index of demand for and access to capital and a quarterly report concerning the climate for buying and selling of small businesses.

Also speaking at the Economic Forecast will be Bill Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Executive Director for the Center of Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University, and Jared Barton, Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University Channel Islands. Margie Cochrane, Regional Publisher, Ventura County Star, will moderate a discussion with the professors.

View the Economic Forecast webpage here.