Every year, MACPA hosts the Business & Industry Conference to bring CPAs in the B&I sectors relevant learning & training. Join us for speakers and topics that will help you grow every facet of your business – not just accounting.

Featured Speakers

  • Karl Ahlrichs (Business Learning Institute)
  • Anirban Basu (Sage Policy Group)
  • Brian Briggs (Gum Industries)
  • …and more!

Would you like to bring a colleague to this event? Bring 1 additional person for just $225. Simply contact us via phone or live chat to register them at the lower price! Larger groups may qualify for a group discount – contact us for more information.

*If you choose to attend the simulcast, please note that only certain sessions will be offered in this format.*

If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Amy Puente at amyp@macpa.org.

Major Topics
  • Leadership & risk management
  • Increasing your employees’ productivity
  • Economic & legislative updates
  • Blockchain & emerging technology
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Business & Industry
BLI Leadership
CPE Field of Study
Business Management & Organization
Sheraton Columbia Hotel
10207 Wincopin Cir
Columbia, MD 21044 US
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May 17, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Sheraton Columbia Hotel
10207 Wincopin Cir
Columbia, MD 21044 US
In-Person + Simulcast


DAY 1 of 1 May 17, 2019
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:05 am
Welcome to the Day
1.5 CREDITS 8:05 am - 9:30 am
00 - *Technical Accounting and Auditing Update*

Speaker: Jennifer Elder, CPA – Business Learning Institute

9:30 am - 9:45 am
Networking Break
1.2 CREDITS 9:45 am - 10:45 am
01 - *Business Update on Tax Law - Federal and Maryland*

Speaker: Brian Ray, Hertzbach

02 - Managing Remote Employees for Productivity

Speaker: Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR – Business Learning Institute

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break
1.2 CREDITS 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
03 - *Key Strategies to Improve Business Processes*

Speaker: Claudia Wolter, CPA, CCIFP, CCA – KatzAbosch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1.2 CREDITS 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
04 - *Leadership - Developing staff for continuity, operational excellence, risk management*

Speaker: Brian Briggs, CEO – TIC Gums

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Networking Break
1.2 CREDITS 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
05 - *HR Risk Management - Handling Conflict, Communciation, Developing Culture, Social Media and Staff, Avoiding Harassment *

Speaker: Karl Ahlrichs, SPHR – Business Learning Institute

06 - Blockchain Applications and Implications: Real World Applications and Updates That Businesses Need to Know

Speaker: Dr. Sean Stein Smith – Business Learning Institute


This session will cover the following topics and information for all attendees. First, a review of blockchain and cryptocurrency updates – both from an accounting and regulatory perspective will be provided, with an emphasis of changes that directly impact organizations and the accounting professionals employed therein.. Second, examples of applications and examples of blockchain being used by firms, both in the accounting space and other areas, will be provided and examined, including partnerships between organizations and blockchain technology firms. Third, and lastly, free resources will be provided to help attendees learn more and stay well informed on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Networking Break
1.5 CREDITS 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
07 - *To All the Economists I've Loved Before*

Speaker: Anirban Basu, JD,  Sage Policy Group

This presentation supplies detail discussions regarding, global, national, and regional economic performance using the most current data available.  Special attention is devoted to certain aspects of economic life, including the performance of financial, labor, real estate, and construction markets.


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