I can’t say that it was smooth sailing to yesterday's GPUG Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter Meeting, maybe smooth swimming? The 2.5 hour drive finished off with a 45 minute downpour and flash flood warnings. There was a lot of dedication shown on behalf of all the attendees who traveled to the meeting! This particular chapter has grown well during its first year, with approximately 25-30 people in attendance. One of the most interactive sessions was the "Ask the Experts" panel, which included Wally Dodd of Dorado Solutions, Matt Wilson of McGladrey and Tracy Jo Dance of PMI. "Ask the Experts" has been well received at past meetings and today was no different. There was discussion around the value of attending the GPUG Summit 2013, and for those not planning to attend, the consensus is that there is tremendous value in doing so. Not only are the educational opportunities abundant, but for me, the power of networking that takes place onsite at the event is unbeatable, whether it’s connecting with potential clients, other partners or Microsoft team members. Just think of it as a huge version of “Ask the Experts!” We also talked about GPUG Collaborate, as it’s still fairly new and people still seem to have a lot of questions surrounding its use. It’s important to publicize that as a GPUG Member, you already have a profile on GPUG Collaborate. Simply log in using your Windows Live ID and update your profile to get started. This new online community extends the value of being part of the User Group and helps you connect with fellow GPUG members, keep up on Dynamics GP news and GPUG events, share Dynamics GP insight. To wrap up the meeting, a special thank you to McGladrey as they were kind enough to purchase the birthday cake to celebrate the chapter’s 1st Birthday!