DURHAM, N.C.– Houston Barnes has joined other experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders in the area as he has been selected to be mentor in the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Venture Mentor Service (VMS).
The CED VMS, based on a successful program developed at MIT, is a program formed to promote entrepreneurial activity throughout the Research Triangle Park region and support the educational and service mission of CED. CED VMS mentors are selected to the program for their experience in areas relevant to the needs of entrepreneurs and for their enthusiasm for the program. Mentors have the opportunity to select the ventures they work with, as well as the number of concurrent ventures, based on interests and schedule availability.
“I am honored that CED has added me to this group of outstanding business leaders” said Barnes. “The opportunity to work with emerging companies in the area, and continue to grow the Triangle as a hotbed of entrepreneurship will no doubt be extremely rewarding.”
Houston currently is a Launch Coach at UNC Kenan-Flaglers’ Launch the Venture Program, and he spent a year as an Executive-in-Residence at NCSU Poole College of Management, in both instances working with and mentoring early stage companies.
ABOUT CED VENTURE MENTOR SERVICE
CED, founded in 1984, is a private, non-profit organization that provides the entrepreneurial community in the Research Triangle Park region with the necessary tools, connections and resources to start something new – from an idea, to a company or even, a relationship. CED’s extensive range of initiatives from personal consultations and mentoring to educational programs and conferences empower entrepreneurs to transform ideas into businesses and to take existing businesses to the next level.
Emerging entrepreneurs face an unusually fast-moving and competitive business environment. The speed of technological changes, accelerated product cycles, global competition and sophisticated financing strategies often demand resources and experience beyond the reach of the typical start-up entrepreneur. Through its unique mentoring process, the CED Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) offers the help that is needed to confront these complexities.
The CED VMS, based on a successful program developed at MIT, is a program formed to promote entrepreneurial activity throughout the Research Triangle Park region and support the educational and service mission of CED. The CED VMS complements existing services for entrepreneurs at CED and throughout the broader community.
Learn more at: http://www.cednc.org
ABOUT HOUSTON BARNES:
Houston Barnes is an attorney and business strategy consultant. He is also the founding member of The Barnes Law Firm, serving the Triangle region of North Carolina specifically, as well as the state at large. Barnes has worked in a number of areas, including consulting for a Fortune 500 company and serving as counsel for numerous startup entrepreneurial and emerging growth businesses. He excels at counseling clients on the legal aspects of as well as the business issues involved in starting and growing companies. His practice areas include corporate formation and startups, general business and corporate law, real estate, licensing and corporate partnering, franchise law, corporate counsel and government relations in a diverse range of industries, such as technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, retail and small business and franchise. Additionally, Barnes serves as a mentor in the entrepreneurial programs at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and formerly mentored for the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.
For more information about Barnes and The Barnes Law Firm, visit http://www.barneslawnc.com.