Let me tell you about CED – the Council for Entrepreneurial Development.
CED is the place for entrepreneurs to come together and share ideas, experiences and resources that can help better their respective businesses.
CED’s formal mission as a private, nonprofit organization is to identify, enable and promote high growth, high impact companies and to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina. WOW – that’s a mouthful, but what does it mean and how do we accomplish it?
It means that CED is trying to maintain and grow this special and vibrant entrepreneurial community by assisting those in it. We do this by offering educational programming to give entrepreneurs tactical resources and by leveraging the expertise of our most successful members to help provide resource to those who are most in need of it. We try to put the “right” people in the room to facilitate the exchange of resources – ideas, expertise, money, and shared experiences.
And we like to think that over the last 25 years we have been pretty successful. CED is widely viewed as the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation, with more than 5,500 active members (70 percent of our members are entrepreneurs and 30 percent are service partners, investors and academics). In addition, our executive committee and board of directors are influential leaders in this community and are key components in directing the impact CED can have on your business.
For any comments and/or questions about this blog, please contact Bob Pickens at firstname.lastname@example.org.