By Kristin Bednarski
Local government officials and business owners gathered for a press conference April 11 to announce the Business Technology Summit that will be held in Union Township Oct. 29.
The summit is being hosted by several organizations and businesses in Clermont County including the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, Union Township, PNC Bank, Clermont County Commissioners, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Tata Consultancy Services, and more.
Matthew Van Sant, president of the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, said the Business Technology Summit will address topics related to one of the biggest issues facing businesses today – technology in the workplace.
“We have organized the summit event for small to medium businesses with 10-250 employees,” Van Sant said.
Van Sant introduced a panel of summit partners to discuss the summit, including John Melvin, director of the Small Business Development Center for the chamber, Tim Donnellon, Union Township Trustee, Michael Beattie, regional manager and senior vice president of PNC Bank, Krista Neher, president and CEO of Boot Camp Digital, and more.
Panelists discussed their reasons for becoming involved in the summit as well as how the summit will benefit local businesses.
“It is a very exciting day in Clermont County as we introduce our Business Technology Summit,” Michael Beattie, with PNC Bank, said.
Beattie said he feels the event will provide an excellent venue for business leaders to network and exchange ideas. He said the summit will also make experts available to help business owners define strategies and learn more about the technologies of the future.
“All of this will be accomplished through a series of workshops,” Beattie said.
John Melvin, director of the Small Business Development Center for the chamber, said they are excited about the sessions and lineup of speakers they have for the summit.
Sessions already planned include business analytics, digital communication, security, and mobile marketing.
Speakers include Michael Schroeck with IBM Business Analytics and Optimization, Stuart Aitken with dunnhumby USA, Keith Mayer with Microsoft, and more.
Krista Neher, president and CEO of Boot Camp Digital, said she feels the summit will be beneficial to businesses and help them define a strategy for how to use new technology.
She said people are changing faster than they ever have because of technology and businesses have to adapt.
“If businesses don’t adapt and keep the same pace of change as customers and business partners, they are going to become obsolete,” Neher said.
The Business Technology Summit will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Holiday Inn and Suites in Eastgate.
For more information about the event, visit www.clermontchamber.com, contact Cyn Macke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 576-5006.