Economic Pulse: Week of 4/8/2016

Apr 11, 2016

A weekly look at the trends driving our nation's economy as well as the Lehigh Valley's economy.  Economic Pulse  airs Fridays at 5:44pm and Mondays at 7:41am.

(Original air-date: 04/08/16)

Economic Pulse: Week of 2/26/2016

Mar 3, 2016

Dr. Afshar presents a synopsis of the week's economic news with a detailed look at trends in the Lehigh Valley and the nation.

(Original air-date: 2/26/16)

Weather Trends International's Bill Kirk on LV Discourse

Feb 26, 2016


Host Sally Handlon and her guest, Bill Kirk, co-founder and CEO of Weather Trends International, talk about the weather - some history, trends for the coming year, whys of some past weather events and the impact of weather on businesses.

 (Original air-date: 2/18/2016)

In this special hour-long edition of Economic Pulse, Dr. Kamran Afshar welcomes members of the business community for a roundtable discussion on the results of the quarterly economic review of Lehigh Valley businesses.

(Original air-date: 5/7/2015)

Host Laurie Siebert, CPA, CFP®, AEP® is joined by her guest, consultant and entrepreneur Don Jean, co-founder of, as they discuss "Entrepreneurial traits and Buying and Selling Solutions for non-profits, businesses and individuals." Laurie and Don also take listener's questions - live on-air, off-air. 

(Original air-date: 5/13/2015)

The Business of Girl Scout Cookie Season on LV Discourse

Dec 23, 2014
Nicole Frederick

Although we are in the midst of the "holiday cookie season," another cookie season will soon be under way - Girl Scout Cookie Season!  Did you know that this annual event is considered to be the largest "girl run" business in the world?  This week, we learn more about this 81-year tradition and the impact that it has made on past, current, and future women leaders.

Discover Lehigh Valley is celebrating it's 30th anniversary "building the Lehigh Valley into a bustling leisure and business travel destination while boosting the local economy as the official destination marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties." Michael Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley,  discusses accomplishments and future challenges in the leisure and business travel industry.

(Original air-date 10/16/2014)

Host John Pearce welcomes authors Roberta Newman, professor at NYU, and Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, professor at Moravian College, to discuss their award-winning book Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar, exploring how the relationship between the segregated Negro League and black businesses functioned, particularly in urban areas with significant African American populations--Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and more.

(Original air-date 9/29/2014)

International Business Development on LV Discourse

Aug 21, 2014

Whether intentional or not, all businesses today have international exposure through the internet. Businesses that are seeking to expand their markets beyond the Lehigh Valley or US, need to understand the different "rules of the game." 

The Manufacturing Industry's Decline on Economic Pulse

Jul 11, 2014

What happened to manufacturing? Are we producing anything anymore?

Employment in manufacturing has dropped from 18 million in 1972 to 12 million in 2010, however, the fewer manufacturing employees are producing a lot more products than their significantly larger manufacturing employees did in 1970s.

(Original air-date 7/11/2014)