Annual Fund


CED is fortunate to have an amazing community that stands behind our mission to empower entrepreneurial companies and connect them to high-value resources.

This year we received personal contributions from 70 individuals to help advance our mission. This group of supporters is accompanied by an even larger group of CED Members, Corporate Sponsors, and Strategic Partners that enables us to be a stronger partner for entrepreneurial companies.

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Entrepreneurs need a strong network to scale and grow their businesses. This network provides them with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem, regardless of their company's life-cycle stage.

CED is this network. For more than 35 years, we’ve helped bring together entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and community partners to stimulate innovation and growth in our region. And we have been very successful! We are able to achieve these great results with the support individuals and companies, like yourself, who are inspired by big ideas and growing companies.

So, what is CED’s role in all this?

To connect entrepreneurial companies with high-value resources to accelerate business growth.

By supporting the Annual Fund, you will contribute directly to making sure our mission is achieved and our resources are plentiful, relevant, and sustainable within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Don’t forget: You can increase the impact of your gift through matching gift programs, offered by thousands of employers. These programs often double or even triple your gift! Check with your employer to see if your donation qualifies or click here to search and see if your employer offers this benefit.

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CED is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations made to the Annual Fund are accepted year round. If you are considering making a gift to support entrepreneurs, we’d love to hear from you! (919) 549-7500