August 18, 2017October 23, 2019 // Partners Strategic Partner Spotlight: Clarkston Consulting Each month CED spotlights a strategic partner that helps to propel Triangle entrepreneurial companies onto the national stage as successful businesses. This month’s Strategic Partner Spotlight is Clarkston Consulting. About Clarkston Consulting Businesses across the consumer products and life sciences industries partner with Clarkston Consulting to enhance strategic decision-making, improve operational efficiency, implement new technologies, and promote business growth and market diversification. Leveraging deep functional and industry expertise, our people discover, design, and deliver solutions that fit your business, your goals, and your future. At Clarkston Consulting, your purpose is our purpose. Over the course of our 25 year history, Clarkston has advised, invested, and founded a variety of new business in North Carolina. We are proud of our history building and supporting local businesses in the Triangle. Many of these businesses boast their HQ location in the Triangle, which Clarkston believes is critical to the economic growth of the region. Why does Clarkston Consulting support CED as a strategic partner? We are very supportive of the mission of CED to promote the growth of the Triangle economy by cultivating a self-sustaining community of entrepreneurship through a connected network. Clarkston Consulting is one of the leading consulting companies for the life sciences and consumer products industries globally, but our headquarters is right here in Durham. We believe we are uniquely positioned to leverage our global experiences by participating in the network CED has created in the Triangle. How does Clarkston Consulting help North Carolina entrepreneurs? As a founder-led private company, Clarkston embraces entrepreneurial spirit as one of our core values. Clarkston has been the impetus for over a dozen ventures across a variety of industries in North Carolina and beyond. Clarkston has a strong track record of bringing in funding to these business from across the United States, including California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and globally. These businesses, from services to technology, merchant banking to real estate, were born from the belief that we could fulfill an unmet need in the marketplace. With many of these businesses we take an innovative approach to address an existing challenge and achieve exceptional results by operating in a different way. What does Clarkston Consulting envision for the future of entrepreneurship? The future of entrepreneurship is a connected network of individuals who regularly challenge existing thinking and look for unmet needs in the market. The entrepreneur of the future needs courage to push their ideas forward and work, often with minimal assistance, to successfully take on uncomfortable risks. The Clarkston entrepreneurial culture is practiced each day by our employees and is built on a foundation of open and safe dialogue where ideas can be shared with minimal bureacracy. We have a nimble management team who can respond quickly to great ideas and have the smarts and discipline to know when to step on the gas or when the opportunity should be sidelined. We believe this model will be necessary in the future for all innovative and entrepreneurial companies. Follow Clarkston Consulting: Is your business committed to helping build a self-sustaining community of entrepreneurship in the Triangle? Join the network as a strategic partner of CED.