University of South Carolina

Economic Outlook Conference to focus on small business

A panel on small business in South Carolina is set for the Darla Moore School of Business’ 30th annual Economic Outlook Conference, Thursday, Dec. 9, at the school.

The panel builds on this year’s EOC theme, “Small Business and the Economic Recovery.” The EOC runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium on the eighth floor of the Moore School.

Panelists will include John Denise, president of Advanced Automation Consulting (AAC), an information-technology-services company, and George Fletcher, executive director of New Carolina, South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness. Garry Powers, director of economic development initiatives for Public Benefit Corp., will moderate.

Denise will discuss how AAC, a small business that graduated from the USC Incubator and SC LAUNCH, has succeeded in a struggling economy. Fletcher will detail the larger role that South Carolina businesses are planning in New Carolina’s cluster initiatives, particularly in the nuclear industry, while Powers will discuss the need for greater emphasis on home-grown firms in South Carolina.

The Economic Outlook Conference is the state’s premier economic event, attracting nearly 300 business leaders from around the state each year.

The EOC also will feature economic forecasts for the state and nation by Moore School research economists Dr. Doug Woodward and Dr. Joey Von Nessen and a keynote address titled “Job Creation and the Great Recession,” by Dr. Zoltan Acs, a leading scholar on job creation and the chief economist at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Acs is university professor and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University.

Registration is $60 and includes a networking hour from noon – 1 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Advance registration is required and can be done online at by clicking on “events.” The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 24, and questions should be directed to Tina Poindexter at 803-777-7311 or via e-mail at

Economic Outlook Conference

  • What: “Small Business and the Economic Recovery”
  • When: Dec. 9, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Where: Lumpkin Auditorium

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/29/10 @ 1:50 PM | Updated: 11/29/10 @ 1:54 PM | Permalink