GBC to host 2009 Small Business Summit

A panel of experts will discuss financing, business and technology; health care, and green, energy and sustainability at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Small Business Summit. The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. October 15 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel.

The financing breakout session will focus on how banks are evaluating credit, expectations on guarantees, realism of the current market, and how accountants and business advisors are working with banks and customers in today’s economy. Financial panelists will include J. Eric Lewis, vice president, business services officer, Baltimore Metro Region, BB&T Corporation; J. MacGregor Tisdale, senior vice president – commercial banking, SunTrust Bank, and Bill Fitzpatrick, partner, McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond. The session will be moderated Bill Heintzelman, principal, Evergreen CFO.

Business and technology panelists will include Dave Hartman, executive IT advisor and president, Hartman Business Technology; Michael Karfakis, co-owner and COO, Vitamin, Inc.; and Josh Lippy, chief technology officer, America’s Remote Help Desk. The business and technology session will be moderated by Bill Pisano of The ACI Group.

The health care session will focus on access, rate difference between Maryland and other surrounding states, and wellness programs. The panelists are David E. Kelly, executive vice president of Kelly Benefit Strategies (Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.); Shekar Subramaniam, associate vice president in broker sales, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; and moderator Jim Kucher, executive director, entrepreneurial opportunity center, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore.

The green, energy, and sustainability panelists include Jennifer R. Busse, Esq., LEED AP, partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP; Peter Van Buren, president, TerraLogos Green Home Services Inc.; and moderator Del Karfonta, president and CEO, Green Connected LLC.

The event media sponsor is the Baltimore Business Journal.

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