MTForecast Speaker Spotlight: Gene Marks

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

This has been a very challenging year for manufacturers on many fronts cash flow hiccups, supply chain disruptions, and general economic volatility. To learn more about what smart leaders around the country are doing to lead their companies in these uncertain times, join nationally recognized journalist, CPA, and business owner Gene Marks for his presentation, “Beyond the Pandemic and After the Elections: Issues, Challenges and Strategies to Grow Your Business.”

Gene Marks of the Marks Group PC writes weekly on small business, public policy, and technology for Forbes, The Guardian, The Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, Entrepreneur, and Accounting Today and appears regularly on several national news programs.

In a fast-paced, data-filled presentation, he will discuss the economy as well as the election and share what he observes business leaders around the country are doing to position themselves for business recovery in the next two years.

Marks will provide an update on federal, state, and local grant and lending programs as well as current and pending legislation for helping businesses during the pandemic; local and state stimulus grants and low interest loan programs; loan forgiveness for SBA loans; and some of the corporations that are now offering grants to businesses including Lowe's, Facebook, JPMorgan Chase, and Verizon.

“Despite the disruption in the economy, there are opportunities for investment and growth, and I’ll  review some of the key opportunities, including M&A opportunities and investment opportunities in specialized equipment, real estate, and other areas, as well as the most promising work-from-home technologies. The Q&A session is also an important part of the presentation because it allows me to answer specific audience questions or provide direction for how to obtain specific information,” said Marks.

Gene will provide an analysis of the upcoming election and an overview of where the two presidential candidates and their parties stand on certain key issues facing the manufacturing industry, including stimulus legislation, infrastructure spending, labor rules and regulations, taxes, and trade issues.

He will also look at several key economic metrics that indicate the status of economic recovery in various sectors of the economy. A few metrics that Marks tracks include: airport traffic and travelers, Open Table restaurant reservations, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, the Baltic Dry Index, and others.

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