Introduced in 1998, SIEDC Business Conference provides a framework for business and civic leaders from Staten Island and around the region to devote their experience and insight to a discussion of the state of the Staten Island economy, and to devise strategies to continually improve the Borough’s economic situation. The Conference features a full-day of keynote speaking presentations, technical assistance seminars, panel discussions, and business-to-business vending among the thousands that attend each year. Each year, the Conference brings in 2,500 attendees, over 125 vendors and 20 sponsors. In addition to the various seminars that are provided throughout the day, the SIEDC Business Conference also features a special “20 under 40” Awards Ceremony, which honors young leaders in the Staten Island community. Previous SIEDC Business Conference keynote speakers have included Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President James P. Molinaro, Randy Levine, President of the New York Yankees, Howard Rubenstein of Howard Rubenstein and Associates, Greg David, Editor of Crain’s NY Business, Barbara Corcoran of the Corcoran Group, and Vernon Hill of Commerce Bank.