Action Steps for Business Goals in Today's Economy

Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) April 22, 2009 -- The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce ( is hosting its FastTracTM workshop on April 30. Aimed at helping companies refocus their business plans and build roadmaps for future success, the event will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Facilitators include Brooks Malone and Heather Dean, partners at Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (, the largest locally owned and managed, independent CPA firm in North Carolina; and Teresa Spangler, managing partner of PlazaBridge, a privately owned company that focuses on delivering practical solutions to start-up and early-stage companies.

"This workshop is an excellent opportunity for area companies to learn ways to evolve their business," says Valerie Fields, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Small Business Chair and CEO of V. K. Fields & Co. Public Relations. "Adjusting to current economic conditions can make the difference between simply surviving and thriving."

The FastTracTM program is developed for owners and top management of area businesses—small to large. The hands-on workshop guides participants through evaluating their business practices and provides action steps that can be adopted to advance company growth.

The workshop will help participants: • Develop a picture of what state their business is in today. • Create a three-year vision for the business. • Calculate where the business is in its planning process. • Convert company goals into action steps.

This program is open to the public. Registration for the event is $85 for Raleigh Chamber member firms employees and $100 for non-members. The event will be held at the lower-level training room of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (800 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh). Additional details are available at, or by calling 919.664.7082.

About the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce: The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is the Triangle's largest business membership organization-made up of more than 2,500 member firms representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. The Chamber has been representing the interests of the local business community for more than a century.

The mission of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is to sustain and further develop a thriving economy and to enhance our community's quality of life. For more information, visit

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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 firm, right value and right people to achieve each client's definition of success. Visit

About PlazaBridge:
PlazaBridge is a privately owned company focusing on delivering practical solutions to start-up and early stage companies seeking help in removing growth barriers around marketing, sales, branding, operational processes, capital development, and executive decision making. The company creates and employs a variety of services and programs and develops technologies that have proven successful in RBD (Rapid Business Development), accelerating revenue successes and building a solid business foundation for sustainable growth. The managing directors are experienced entrepreneurs with proven records. PlazaBridge also works with large companies to cost effectively launch external businesses based on internal IP assets. Visit

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Press Release Submitted On: April 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm
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