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HIA-LI Announces Keynote Speaker and Luncheon Panel Line-up for HIA-LI 26th Annual Trade Show and Conference

Serial Entrepreneur and Business Motivational Speaker Clay Clark to Headline Breakfast; Local Business and Legislative Leaders to Discuss Long Island Revitalization Projects During Luncheon Panel; Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Suffolk Community College Sports & Exhibition Complex, Brentwood, NY

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Long Island businesses, now is the time to get ready to grow, according to serial entrepreneur Clay Clark. He will be the keynote speaker at this year's HIA-LI's 26th Annual Trade Show and Conference. HIA-LI, a recognized voice for business on Long Island, has once again developed a stellar line-up of breakfast, luncheon speakers as well as break-out seminars designed to help Long Island business owners and executives take their games to the next level. In addition, the association is looking to break past participation and attendance records for the hotly-anticipated event that connects local Long Island business leaders, entrepreneurs and legislators with exhibitors from a wide variety of industries to initiate important business relationships, form strategic alliances, and share information. The event will be held Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Suffolk Community College Sports & Exhibition Complex, Brentwood, NY. Interested business owners and executives are encouraged to become sponsors, exhibitors, or simply sign up as attendees at

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"The executive programming for this year's HIA-LI trade show and conference provides information about sustainable and repeatable solutions for economic development on Long Island," says Terri Alessi-Miceli, President of HIA-LI. "We encourage all Long Island business owners and executives to mark their calendars for the date and to contact us today about available sponsorships and exhibition opportunities."

Thrive to Make Your Business Epic
Keynote speaker Clay Clark is a serial entrepreneur with nine companies and a past Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year. He uses his witty, humorous and relevant style to inspire audiences and help them learn to grow their businesses. Clark began his first business venture from his university dorm room when he was 18 years old. By 20 he was named the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year and by 27 he was recognized by the Small Business Administration. Over the past decade and a half he has become the entertainer and educator of choice for companies including Hewlett Packard, UPS, and countless small businesses. Register ahead for the 8:00 AM to 10 AM executive breakfast and keynote at

Long Island Revitalization – Building Now and for the Future
During the executive luncheon, trade show participants will have an opportunity to hear about the latest economic initiatives and revitalization projects impacting the Long Island business community. These include the Ronkonkoma Hub, Wyandanch Rising, Downtown Patchogue and Renaissance Downtowns.

Ken Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the NY State Department of Economic Development will provide opening remarks. The panel will be moderated by Mitch Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI) and chair of the Long Island Railroad committee for the MTA. Panelists include Paul Pontieri, Mayor of Patchogue; Russ Albanese, chairman of the Albanese Organization; Jim Coughlin, principal and co-founder of Tritec Real Estate Company; and Don Monti, president and CEO of Renaissance Downtowns. Register ahead for the 11:30 PM to 1:30 PM luncheon and panel at

This year's trade show and conference sponsors include: Accu Data Payroll Services; Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co., P.C.; Aparo Sanitary & Environmental; Bridgehampton National Bank; Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP; Capital One Bank; Carma; Communication Strategy Group; Delta Computer Group, Inc.; Design Audio Visual, Inc.; Edward Jones (East Northport Branch); Effects of Color; Empire National Bank; fishbat; GEI Consultants; H2M Architects & Engineers; Long Island Business News; Long Island Photo Gallery, Inc.;; Lorraine Gregory Communications Group; National Grid; NEFCU; Newsday; NST; Optimum; People's Alliance Federal Credit Union; Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc.; Positive Promotions; Presentations Plus, Inc.; PSEG LI; Roe Taroff Taitz & Portman LLP; It Makes Scents; Sign A Rama of Hauppauge; St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center; Stony Brook University; Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency; Suffolk Federal Credit Union; TD Bank; Teachers Federal Credit Union; The Alternative Board; The Crescent Beach Club; and Town of Islip Foreign Trade Zone.

About HIA-LI
HIA-LI helps Long Island businesses prosper. For over 30 years, we have been the recognized voice for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development. We provide a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. Our member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. We're headquartered in and support one of the largest industrial parks in the United States. HIA-LI programs and events promote strategic partnerships, targeted networking, and information sharing and business advocacy. Members benefit from our committees, educational programs, career resources, research capabilities, mentoring opportunities and business advisory services. For more information, visit or call 631-543-5355.

Terri Alessi-Miceli, 631-543-5355,

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