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HPG Sponsors CED’s December CAFE Program

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 9, 2009) Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, is sponsoring the CED’s Competitive Advantage through Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship program ( The focus of the December 10 conference is on best practices to assure maximum sales performance.

The CAFE program offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to obtain tactical resources to help overcome early barriers to success. Featured speakers from some of the area’s top marketing, technology and entrepreneurial firms will discuss issues critical to successfully advancing a business.

“We are proud to continue our support of the CED,” says Brooks Malone, HPG partner. “The organization brings entrepreneurial leaders from throughout the Triangle together for discussion of today’s most prominent issues facing emerging businesses.”

HPG and its team members have a long history of active involvement with the CED that includes sponsorship and committee participation for various CED initiatives. HPG partner Tim Gupton is the former chair of the CED board of directors and founder of the FastTrac® program. Additionally, HPG partners Gupton and Brooks Malone are also recipients of the Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award.

The CAFE program will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at CED’s Entrepreneurship Center in Durham, N.C. For further event information contact Bob Pickens at 919.226.0481 or

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 linesm by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. Visit

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.