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HPG Sponsors 2010 CED Venture Conference

Industries: Technology

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2010)   Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, is an Innovation to Impact Supporter and Gold Sponsor of the CED’s Venture 2010 Conference. This is the 6th consecutive year HPG has supported the conference.

In its 26th year, the conference is the nation’s longest-running financing event. Venture 2010 is showcasing the region’s most promising companies in the life science and technology industries.

“CED’s Venture 2010 continues to open the door to new business opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs across the Southeast,” says Brooks Malone, HPG partner and CED board member since 2004. “CED programming remains important to HPG and our clients as it parallels our commitment to growing North Carolina 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 2010 Conference is being held April 21-22 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. Featured speakers include Dana Callow, managing general partner of Boston Millennia Partners; Janet Cowell, state treasurer of North Carolina; James E. Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy; and Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat. Event information is available at

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. 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. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and affiliated with the Horwath alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting resources to its clients. 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 organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.

HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Several HPG partners are also the recipients of excellence awards, including the CED Outstanding Service and Entrepreneurial awards, Business Leader Magazine’s Impact Financial Leader and Dealmaker recognitions, and the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women in Business awards. Visit of follow HPG on Twitter at

About CED:

CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) 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. Visit for more information.