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HPG Sponsors 2009 CED Venture Conference

Industries: Technology

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2009) – Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), the largest locally owned and managed, independent CPA firm in North Carolina, is serving as a Gold Sponsor of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Venture 2009 Conference.

In its 26th year, the conference is the nation’s longest-running financing event. Venture 2009 is highlighting the region’s most promising companies in the life science and technology industries. Nine HPG clients are among the chosen presenters including:

“We’re proud to support an event that continually brings new business opportunities to investors and entrepreneurs across North Carolina and beyond,” says Brooks Malone, HPG partner and CED board member since 2004. “CED programming is important to HPG’s clients. As represented by the nine clients that are presenting, it parallels HPG’s commitment to growing NC business and industry.”

HPG knowledge-based industries team members have a long history of active involvement including sponsorship and committee participation for various initiatives. Highlights include HPG partner Tim Gupton being the former chairperson of the CED board of directors and founder of the FastTrac Tech program, as well as both Gupton and Malone being recipients of the Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award.

The CED’s Venture 2009 Conference is being held April 22-23 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. Featured speakers include Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina; Janet Cowell, North Carolina state treasurer; John Denniston, partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook; and John G. Stumpf, president and CEO of Wells Fargo & Company.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):

HPG is the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. Furthermore, Business Leader magazine ranked HPG as the fifth most successful small business in North Carolina in 2008. HPG is able to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients through the CPAmerica firm network of 701 offices worldwide. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax, and management advisory services. Specialties include serving owner-managed, investor-backed technology and life science, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, and providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. Visit www.hpg.com.

About the Council for Entrepreneurial Development:

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. For more information, visit www.cednc.org.