The strength of CED lies in the breadth of its membership. Thirty years ago our Founding Members started CED. Today members include startup and growth stage companies, professional service partners, investors, academics and thought leaders.
Below are Member Spotlights from prior months at CED. Each month, we spotlight a CED member. If interested in a member spotlight feature, contact Jane Royall.
Bank is a state-chartered bank operating forty-five banking offices in
North Carolina from the Central Piedmont to the coast.
At VantageSouth, we are small enough to really know you, but big enough
to have the resources to meet all of your financial needs. We see our
clients as people – not accounts – and we’re here whether you are
refinancing your home, purchasing new equipment for your business or
you’re simply in need of a personal checking account. For more
information, please visit VantageSouth.com or call our Client Care Center at 855.887.2265.
Properties, Inc. is a full-service commercial real estate company providing
brokerage, property management, leasing, maintenance, security, and landscaping
services. Its sister company, McDonald York
Building Company, is a 104 year-old construction firm providing specialized
expertise in life sciences, corporate, healthcare, technology and commercial
markets. As a
couple of the oldest existing companies in the Triangle, their longevity is
attributed to visionary leadership, a dedication to helping clients, a
commitment to active community service and a fundamental belief in honesty and
Christina Motely and her team deliver on-demand, targeted marketing
strategies, tactics and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) services to clients WHEN
& WHERE you need it. We help you develop and fine-tune your marketing
efforts to pursue investors, generate leads, build customer loyalty, enhance
brand awareness and drive engagement, which results in improved sales,
performance, communications and profitable business operations.
Patent Law is an intellectual property law firm that opened in July of this
year. With an emphasis on sophisticated and pragmatic legal practice, NK
Patent Law provides clientele with cost-effective and results-oriented
service. In addition to his duties with NK Patent Law, co-founder Justin
Nifong serves as an ambassador for CED.
Synergy Commercial Advisors provides commercial real
estate clients with highly effective, fiduciary-driven solutions through
comprehensive market knowledge, focused creativity and the application of
technology. They are a high-energy, technology-driven organization that
provides clients with unrivaled access to market information. For more information, visit www.synergycommercialadvisors.com
Thornton is proud to be a CED Mentor Partner. The Carolinas offices
are located in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC and Columbia, SC. Our local practice serves both the Technology
and the Life
Science sectors. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm
of Grant Thornton International Ltd,
one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory
Rankin McKenzie are trusted providers of high-quality and
cost-effective financial personnel. Weareyour part-time or interim CFO or Controller — we work as if
we are on staff. Our flexible service ensures you have the right people
when you need them. That means you can focus on what matters… growing your
business and taking it to the next level; to the point where you transition to
a full time resource. For a complimentary Needs Analysis, please contact Beth at email@example.com.
Communications is a research and communication strategy firm based in Raleigh.
Since 1985 we’ve helped more than 100 companies tackle problems, strengthen brands
and move their communications forward with confidence. We work across vertical
sectors and have particular expertise in the life sciences, healthcare, finance,energy and transportation. We support CED to give
back to a business community that helped us succeed, and because we believe a
healthy entrepreneurial base is key to our region’s future. Our
site, Twitter, Google+.
Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate services and investment
management. JLL’s 40,000 people across 70 countries serve the local,
regional and global real estate needs of clients by assembling teams of experts
who deliver integrated services built on market insight and foresight, sound
research and relevant market knowledge. By attracting and developing the
best and most diverse people in our industry, JLL fosters enduring client relationships
built on quality service, collaboration and trust. For more information,
UK Trade & Investment helps UK-based companies to
expand with confidence in increasingly global markets. We also provide
essential knowledge, expertise and contacts for overseas companies that want to
invest in our own vibrant, diversified and robust economy.
UK Trade & Investment operates by bringing
together a network of business sector specialists and support teams from
throughout the UK, and around the world in British Embassies and other
For further information, please visit http://www.ukti.gov.uk/.
Full Scale Solutions
Scale Solutions, Inc. is a Raleigh based, woman-owned national
recruiting firm focused within the Life Science and Technology sectors.
In celebration of our 12th year in business, we want to thank everyone
who has allowed us to be of service, and who have embraced our approach
to partnering with our clients to help them grow. Our business model has
been to operate virtually, which has allowed us to reduce overhead and
pass the savings on to our clients. To learn more about Full Scale
Solutions, please visit: www.fullscalesolutions.com or contact Claire Cormier at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vision Point Systems has been engineering software solutions
for the Pharmaceutical Industry since 2002, and the rigor of meeting
regulations for FDA-compliant computer systems results in a level of software
quality suited for businesses in any industry. VPS specializes in systems
designed for managing communications with your customers- Interactive Voice Response,
Contact Center Management, SMS-based applications, and Business Process
Management. Available services include custom application development,
communications technology consulting, and software quality assurance. For more
information contact email@example.com or visit http://ses.visionpointsystems.com.
LCMS+ helps schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and other allied health professions to save time, effort, money and resources by facilitating their accreditation processes and helping them track, measure and assess their educational effectiveness. Our fully-integrated learning management system offers a suite of features including curriculum mapping, a sophisticated exam system, patient encounter tracking, clinical skills assessment, evaluations, portfolios, faculty contribution tracking, automated notifications to faculty and students, support for modalities like team-based learning, and robust reporting functionality. Learn more at : http://www.lcmsplus.com
Young Fenton helps start-ups establish a local presence in the Triangle through both brick and mortar and online channels. She has eight years of real world experience in the hospitality business and holds ownership positions in two local businesses. Young has lived and worked in Asia and is fluent in both Korean and English. Young has recently extended her support capabilities to include web design, bringing her unique experiences and multifunction talents in the online value chain. For more information on open and flexible commercial spaces to web design, contact Young at firstname.lastname@example.org visit her website at www.fepartner.com.
KC Consulting provides practical HR solutions for business. We work with c-level and corporate management to address change, turnaround, growth, and HR processes. Our specialties are executive coaching and HR assessments, as well as implementing talent management, performance management and leadership assessment processes. More at: www.kcchr.com
Founded in 2002, Transite Technology is a stand-alone company solely focused on providing the industry’s leading transportation management software solutions for third-party-logistics providers, shippers and carriers. The company’s Jaguar Transportation Management System enables shippers tolower their actual transportation cost, 3PLs toincrease their margins, and carriers to provide more value to their customers. Transite is recognized as one of Inbound Logistics Top 100 IT Providers for 2012. www.transite.com
Atlantic Creative is a full service video production company located in Raleigh providing online video services, as well as, video marketing and TV commercials. The Atlantic Creative team strives to use video as a tool to engage viewers with creative, interesting, and compelling content. For more information, go to www.accav.com
Smashing Boxes is a technology firm that designs and develops web and mobile applications, headquartered in Durham, NC. We use our entrepreneurial spirit to help drive innovative, value added, technology solutions for large organizations and startups alike. We follow an iteractive, test driven approach to building software, keeping costs low while ensuring a high product/market fit. You can read more on our thoughts on technology on the Smashing Boxes blog, as well as, the blog of our co-founder and managing director, Nick Jordan
BoostSuite represents the next generation of website optimization tools and it will change the way small businesses acquire new customers online. If you have a website, you can use BoostSuite. We're extremely excited to offer a free tool that actually tells you what to change on your marketing site so that you will get more results. No more confusing charts and graphs, only results. Get your top 25 marketing suggestions now!
Software Development Europe, Inc., a custom software design and development shop in RTP and the Czech Republic, is growing in accordance with its dedication to projects at Intuit Health IT (formerly, Medfusion), notes Jeff Smith, CEO and Founder. In its third year of outsourced development for Intuit, SDE has a project manager working onsite in Cary, NC, as 10 developers work in Brno, Czech Republic. For more information on SDE, please visit www.sde.cz
OnePriceTaxes.com was founded by the AFJC Corporation and was created by two North Carolina entrepreneurs Robbie Edwards and Jason Cale. It began serving its customers personal income tax preparation needs in 2005. OnePriceTaxes.com is a Fall 2011 CED FastTrac graduate and currently participates in CED's Venture Mentoring Service. For more information on OnePriceTaxes.com, recent national coverage by ABC and Yahoo news as well as local partnerships, visit www.onepricetaxes.com.
Sarah Levitt is a business coach who helps entrepreneurs and business owners succeed. She is equal parts business resource, sounding board and motivator. As a successful entrepreneur of 15 years, Sarah has real-world expertise in strategic business development, operations, and leadership and works with clients to achieve a substantial ROI, including more efficient operations, improved business development and client retention, lower employee turnover, enhanced leadership skills, and greater profit margins. For more information on customized 1:1 business coaching and her specialized business group coaching program, contact Sarah at email@example.com or visit her website at www.sarah-levitt.com.
The non-profit Drug Discovery Center of Innovation provides pharmaceutical development, program management, and regulatory expertise to drive and accelerate the translation of discoveries into approved novel therapeutics. We utilize our deep pharmaceutical expertise to guide focused drug development activities within an ultra-virtual operating model that maximizes cost-effectiveness.
Advancing Science, Improving Lives. ILS is a leading life sciences services company that provides research support to federal and commercial clients. Among ILS’ core capabilities are investigative toxicology, genetic toxicology, molecular biology, histopathology, and environmental and information science services. These services are provided to a host of clients, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based in Research Triangle Park, NC, ILS was founded by Chairman Dr. Thomas. K. Rao in 1985 and has 171 employees. For more information visit the ILS website or contact Sam Tetlow, Chief Business Officer.
Forma - The Two Divisions
Forma Life Science Marketingserves life science, med device and other companies selling B2B in the Discovery, Pre-clinical and Clinical Research sectors. Forma provides strategic (positioning, naming, messaging, research) and tactical (online, in print, on screen and in person) solutions that help their clients get found, get noticed and get hired. Forma understands clients’ science and translate that into compelling stories that change attitudes and compel action.
Forma Medical Device Designinvents and designs medical products, from single-use disposable products to hand-held devices to large diagnostic and research tools. This division of Forma helps companies harness innovation and create compelling user experiences.
"Ask the CFO” Tool – Scale Finance LLC, now providing part-time CFO & Controller services to over 75 entrepreneurial companies in NC has launched a new program where business owners and professionals can get quick, on-topic finance & accounting advice from their senior CFOs. Questions range from "how can I get more out of my financial statements?” to "can we close our books by the 6th business day every month without the drama?” to "is there a $500K loan out there for us in this environment?” to "what’s my business worth?”. For more information, see www.scalefinance.com or contact Managing Director, Gary Hayes, at (919) 618-2551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malcolm Thomas is president and CEO of Arbovax Inc., a biotechnology company commercializing a unique and innovative platform technology that can be used to make vaccines against insect-borne viral diseases. Arbovax recently completed successful pre-clinical trials of their Dengue 2 vaccine candidates and are also preparing for a similar trial of their Chikungunya vaccine in collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill.
Amy Griffin, RPG Solutions
Amy Griffin is a human resource professional with RPG Solutions, an insurance brokerage and consulting firm specializing in employee benefits. With more than eight years of generalist experience, professional accreditation and a primarily focus in the technology industry, Amy has worked with local heavy-hitters Arsenal Digital Solutions, Digitalsmiths and Geomagic.
Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK)
Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK®) is a full service accounting and business consulting firm, providing auditing, taxation, business consulting, personal financial planning and client accounting services. TKTK helps entrepreneurs harness the power of their ideas and build strong financial and operational architectures that support growth, development and divestiture. Their goal is to bring something new to each stage of the company's life cycle.
Whether it's building a foundation to make the company operational, allowing it to expand in midlife or reevaluating exit strategies; TKTK's team of experienced professionals guide their clients through each stage.
Max Koss and Frost, PLLC
Frost, PLLC is a full service accounting firm, providing audit, tax, bookkeeping and related business and financial services. They help their clients define success and grow their business.
Frost believes in building a strong relationship to tailor the needs of each client. Entrepreneurs face many challenging and complex issues every day. There are a myriad of regulations, laws and policies to be followed in this global marketplace. Frost helps identifies potential landmines to give their clients the best solutions at the greatest value.
Phil Bartos is the founder and CEO of NarraSupport and NC3 (The Nursing Customer Contact Center). NarraSupport provides software development services to a number of industries. In addition to these various industry segments, NarraSupport has established a practice solely focused on the computer gaming vertical to support the Triangle’s burgeoning computer gaming industry. NC3 is a customer contact center focused on the healthcare and medical industries. With its key operations located in the Philippines and staffed solely with RNs (registered nurses) as agents, NC3 serves the hospital, pharmaceutical, bio-tech, medical equipment and healthcare/medical software markets.
In addition to NarraSupport, Phil serves on the boards of the NC Museum of Life and Sciences in Durham and The Genesis Home. Phil has been a CED member for the past two years.
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of NC’s brightest entrepreneurs in this video series with Joe Colopy, CEO of Bronto Software. The first video in the series features Eric Boggs and Adam Covati, Co-founders of Argyle Social- one of Durham’s exciting start-ups.
Bronto Software is a leading email marketing service provider based in Durham, North Carolina. Since its founding in 2002, Bronto has offered a robust email marketing platform coupled with award-winning client services to online retailers and businesses that drive transactions online.
3D Media Corporation
3DMedia Corporation develops technologies to create, view, and distribute 3D content. 3DMedia's technologies address the problem of 3D content generation, which is by all accounts the biggest obstacle to consumer adoption of 3D. These 3D technologies are available for licensing and incorporation into consumer products such as cameras, mobile phones, HDTVs, and PCs.
Raleigh-based FM:Systems helps facilities and real-estate professionals improve customer service, reduce costs and increase productivity enterprise-wide. FM:Systems' web-based software improves management of space, occupancy, moves, maintenance, leases, property and sustainability initiatives.Customer results include real-estate costs reduced by 15%, move spend reduced by 88%, and enterprise productivity savings of $1.5 million.
As a woman-owned small business that started in Raleigh with a single client and a truly entrepreneurial spirit, Exhibit Resources grasps the challenges that a start-up faces. Exhibit Resources helps new companies tell their story in face-to-face marketing settings. They are creative and resourceful in our approach, and have been trusted to kick-start the rise of many of the Triangle's success stories.
Southern Capitol Ventures
Southern Capitol Ventures is a Raleigh NC-based early stage technology venture capital firm. We help outstanding entrepreneurs in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic build market-leading companies. Previous investments have included Art.com, ArtusLabs, AVIcode (acquired by Microsoft), ChannelAdvisor, eTix, Motricity (NASDAQ:MOTR) and ReverbNation. For more info, visit us at www.southcap.com.