Small Business Conference Premieres In Hunt Valley

Hunt Valley, MD, April 12, 2014 -- Though small- to mid-sized businesses have been hardest hit by the recent economic downturn and some of the slowest to recover, they are also responsible for over 68% of the hiring in the state of Maryland. Now those businesses can get the tools and help they need to grow, thrive and succeed in just one day, May 2nd, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in Hunt Valley.

The SMB Bootcamp Conference is designed to address the six key areas that plague small and mid-sized businesses, those under $30 million in annual revenue, all in one conference:

- Taxes and Cash Flow Management

- Insurance and Benefits

- Hiring and Retaining Top Talent

- Marketing their Products/Services Effectively

- Use of Technology to Recruit and Network

- Use of Social Media to Engage Customers

Small business owners are responsible for a large slice of the economic recovery and growth in Maryland, and this conference is built to make the most efficient use of their most prized resource, time.

"As a small business owner and consultant myself, I know how busy owners and executives in these small companies can be, and I respect that their time is precious. I also know that deficits in those key areas often hold them back, and prevent the very growth they are striving to achieve. This conference is designed to address both aspects of their business lives and help them succeed," notes Dave Poulos of Granite Partners, organizer of the event.

"I’m pleased to host this innovative conference. I’m looking forward to a hearing a roster of great speakers, and learning something from each of them at a very high level – this has been likened to getting an MBA in one day," said Mark Debinski, of Bluewater Advisory and Bluewater Search, a local recruitment and search advisory firm, and host of the event.

Six top experts have been selected to present tips, tools, case studies and education on topics in each specialty, and have the added advantage of being small business owners themselves, so they share both the empathy and the passion of the audience. Speakers include:

- Host, Mark Debinski, Bluewater Advisory

- Jim Wilhelm, CPA, SC&H

- Tuley Wright, Wright Benefits Solutions

- Dave Poulos, The Marketing Doctor

- Amy Polefrone, HR Strategy Group

- Colleen McKenna, Intero Advisory

- Luke Harlan, Harlan Marketing Solutions

Sponsored by Granite Partners, and The Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association, the conference includes six educational sessions, Q&A panel discussion, plated lunch, book signings and Happy Hour open bar. Attendance is limited to 100 attendees, to encourage interaction and networking.

For more information and registration details, visit

Tuley Wright, 443-791-9440, tuleywright(at)