In partnership with DeSales University, Dr. Kamran Afshar, director of the newly formed Kamran Afshar Data Analytics Center at DeSales University (KADAC), will release the January 2018 update of the Lehigh Valley Business Sentiment Index (BSI) on Thursday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Trexler Room of the DeSales University Center. Mr. Tony Iannelli, president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, who was instrumental in starting the BSI, will introduce Dr. Afshar. Along with his students, Dr. Afshar will analyze and comment on the BSI, which is based on quarterly data collected since 1997 and reflects Lehigh Valley businesses’ survey responses around key economic and political events. Their review and analysis of the results of the January survey will disclose local businesses’ hiring, purchasing patterns, and revenues over the last 6 months, as well as their projected expenditures, hiring plans, and revenues in the next 6 months. In addition, analysis and commentary will include Lehigh Valley business sentiment around recent changes in corporate and individual tax laws. All are welcome to attend.