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

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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

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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

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.

STUDY: Access to Capital Improving for Small Businesses

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Nearly 40 Percent of Small Businesses That Pursued Bank Loans Were Successful, According to New Index from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

PCA IndexResults from the latest Pepperdine Private Capital Access (PCA) Index quarterly report show access to capital for businesses of all sizes increased in Q1 2014 from the previous quarter and is the highest since the inception of the report in Q2 2012. The quarterly index by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management together with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. measures the accessibility and demand for capital among the nation’s small businesses, as well as the transparency and efficiency of private financing markets. The Q1 2014 PCA Index summary report is available here. Continue reading

U of Farmers Founder Annette Thompson to Address Talent Management Symposium

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Pepperdine University Graziadio School on April 25th hosts human capital conference for HR managers.

Farmers Insurance Chief Learning Officer Annette Thompson will address the company’s best practices in talent development and how University of Farmers became the world’s #1 corporate university at Pepperdine University’s Talent Management Symposium on Friday, April 25, 2014. Continue reading