This was my fourth year attending Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 Conference and I believe it was the best one yet. Not only were the speakers top-notch but the mood and the energy among the attendees were at their peak. Granted the first three took place between 2008 and 2010--not exactly the go-go years for the economy--but 2011 has been a difficult year as well and I was swept away by the optimism and excitement of the honorees. 

What I enjoyed particularly about the conference was the chance to spend time with great business owners from the New York area, including the members of Inc. Business Owners Council--Greater New York chapter.  Between our opening dinner at Rosa Mexicano--courtesy of Inc. Magazine--to the closing black-tie event where we enjoyed watching the members and a thousand of their peers be feted for their fantastic accomplishments over the past three years, I feel confident in saying that the ties among the NY-NJ-CT-PA Inc. community have never been stronger. 

Congratulations, again, to Inc. Business Owners Council Members who joined us in Washington, D.C.

George Bresler, GB Collects

Peter Figueredo, NetX.com

Naomi Glaser, Valera Global

Rick Haig, Haig Service Corp.

Jodi and David Harouche, Multimedia Plus

Terrence Kelleman, Dynomighty.com

Chris Kramer, NetX.com

A.J. Lawrence, The JAR Group

Joseph Macaluso, The Macaluso Group

Colleen Molter, QED National Corp.

Seth Newman, Envelopes.com

Trent Oliver, Blue Telescope

Phil Patrick, PharmaStrat

Jason Slosberg, Legacy Converting, Inc.

Nick Uresin, Tuccini.com