Savannah is warm, historic, and genteel. It's the sort of place where the leaders of fast-growing businesses might like to go for a break from the break-neck pace of their companies. But don't let Savannah's slow-seeming charm fool you. Running along the edge of this town is a river whose depth offers the capacity for tanker ships carrying the world's cargo. The river's currents are constant and rough. Alongside all this activity, Inc. 500 companies have gathered this weekend for the 24th annual Inc. 500 conference to swap stories, hear from speakers like Bill Clinton, Thomas L. Friedman, and Inc. Entrepreneur of the Year Ping Fu--and have some fun, too. It's hardly a sleepy event.

But don't let me convince you. This year, Inc. 500 CEOs will be weighing in themselves throughout the course of the event with updates on what they've learned and how it's all going. Check back throughout the day on Friday and Saturday for their blogs. You just might learn something, too.