former first lady laura bush
The Governor’s Trade and Business Conference will feature former First Lady Laura Bush where she will reflect on her time at the White House. The conference is presented by Zions Bank and is being held Oct. 16 at the Boise Centre.

Featured presenters will include Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and Dan North, chief economist for Euler Hermes North America.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with check-in and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Cost for the event is $35 and includes lunch. Register now online at Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended.

“Our state is filled with businesses and business people who want nothing more than the chance to grow and prosper, and this conference is a great way to explore opportunities for growth both at home and abroad,” said Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, in a statement. “I’m grateful to the folks at Zions Bank for helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams, and for sharing my goal to make Idaho the best place in the world to live, work and open or expand a business.”

Idaho exports have tripled from $2 billion to nearly $5.14 billion in 2014, as reported from the Idaho Commerce Department. Gem State businesses are selling goods and services to over 168 countries around the world, with major destinations of South Korea, China, Singapore, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“We’ve designed this conference to appeal to all leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises, not just those currently involved in trade,” said Scott Anderson, Zions Bank president and CEO, in a statement. “As Idaho’s economy continues to strengthen and its companies expand overseas, these top-notch speakers will offer strategies for businesses to succeed at home and abroad.”

Zions Bank and the State of Idaho will present the 2015 Idaho Global Pacesetter Award and 2015 Idaho Pacesetter Award to recognize two outstanding Gem State businesses who have demonstrated successful business internationally and at home.

photo credit of Laura Bush