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Growing and Maintaining Your Small Business: Panel Event

May 7, 2019 at 7:30 am

Panel Series Event-long

Tuesday, May 7th
7:30am - 9:30am



The Carriage House at Belmont Manor
6553 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075

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Tickets cost $25.00

A light breakfast will be provided.

Please join us for the second of a four-part panel series highlighting the common needs and challenges (and mistakes!) that small businesses face. Hear from experts in the industry as they cover all aspects of growing a successful business. Entrepreneurs and business leaders attending the session will walk away better equipped to support their company's growth.

This session will focus on businesses in the growth phase and will cover the following topics:

  • Legal tools to elevate your growing business
  • Leveraging technology and tools to securely and cost-effectively scale your business
  • Scaling your people and processes for growth

Please also save the date for the following panel events:

  • August 6, 2019 - Topic: Managing a Business with Guest Speaker Sergio Suazo from TriNet
  • November 5, 2019 - Topic: Exit Strategies and M&A with Guest Speaker Ben Offit from Offit Advisors 


Leonardo McClarty
President and CEO of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Website | lmcclarty@howardchamber.com

Leonardo McClarty is the President/CEO of the Howard County Chamber where he is charged with the strategic direction and growth of the 700+ membership organization. His specific duties are largely centered in four distinct areas, organizational leadership and business development, program management, marketing and community relations, and fiscal management.


Kelcie Longaker
Principal attorney at Offit Kurman 
Website | klongaker@offitkurman.com

Ms. Longaker’s primary areas of concentration include general corporate advising, administrative hearings, and state and federal appellate litigation.  She advises start-ups and small businesses during all stages of the business’s life-cycle.  She regularly drafts organizational documents, reviews commercial leases, negotiates franchising agreements, and assists with the sale of corporate entities.  Ms. Longaker represents many businesses that require liquor licenses, including restaurants, package goods stores, agricultural producers, and manufacturers.  She represents clients before county agencies in their applications for new licenses, transfers of existing licenses, or defense of challenged licenses.  She also handles land use and zoning matters, real property transactions, and homeowners’ association matters.

Deena Englander
Founder and CEO of WorkStream Business Systems
Website | denglander@workstreamsystems.com

Deena Englander is the founder and CEO of WorkStream Business Systems. Her specialty is in developing processes and implementing technology to streamline and optimize workflow, providing business leaders with the systems they need to most effectively run their business.

Veronica Yu
Labor and Employment Attorney at Offit Kurman
Website | vyu@offitkurman.com

Veronica K. Yu is an attorney in the labor and employment practice group. Veronica allows business owners to focus on growing their businesses by anticipating, identifying, and avoiding legal issues. She works with her clients to come up with solutions to their greatest legal questions and concerns. She also counsels her clients to proactively implement strong policies and practices to ensure they will not face expensive and prolonged legal disputes, as well as how to comply with federal regulations, such as wage and discrimination laws. Veronica also has a diverse civil litigation background primarily focusing on products liability defense, business litigation, insurance defense, coverage disputes, and insurance fraud. She also has experience handling insurance claims against media outlets for defamation and libel, invasion of privacy and copyright violations.

Ananta Hejeebu
Howard Tech Advisor, Partner

Prior to launching Howard Tech, Ananta worked as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Workspace.com, where he was involved in raising venture funding, developing marketing strategies, and leading global sales efforts. Ananta also served as Vice President of Global Accounts with F5 Networks, which grew from startup to a publicly traded, billion-dollar firm during his eight-year tenure. He was employee #7 at F5, and acquired the company’s first customers. His early career included working with the Southwestern Company and as an officer in the US Army 18th Airborne Corps.

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May 7, 2019
7:30 am - 9:30 am