Governor O’Malley to co-host, speak at GBC’s Small Business Summit

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will deliver the keynote speech and co-host the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Small Business Summit on December 7 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel. The half-day event, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will include panel discussions on financing, business and technology, health care, and issues related to green energy and sustainability.

Governor O’Malley will provide a preview of the Small Business Task Force’s recommendations being released later in December and discuss the state’s economic plan. O’Malley will also speak about the virtual town hall meeting on Small Business to be held December 9.

The financing breakout session will focus on how banks evaluate credit, expectations on guarantees, reality of the current market, and how accountants and business advisors work 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.

The business and technology section will discuss Web 2.0 vs. Web 3.0, marketing your business with social networking and e-mail marketing, and the importance of company Web sites. 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 differences between Maryland and other surrounding states, and wellness programs. The panelists are Mark Hammett, director, Small Group Under 10 Lives, Kelly Benefit Strategies; 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.

Green, energy and sustainability topics will include costs and expenses associated with going green; Leed certification; and energy audits and control systems. Panelists include Jennifer R. Busse, Esq., LEED AP, partner, Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP; Peter Van Buren, president, TerraLogos Green Home Services Inc.; and moderator Peter Z. Garver, founder and president, Sustainable Development Partnerships LLC.

The event media sponsor is the Baltimore Business Journal and patron sponsor Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund (IWIF).

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