Editor’s note: Jason H. Parker is the Associate Director of Marketing Communications and Digital Media at CED. The blog was originally published here.

DURHAM, N.C. – In front of more than 80 members of the entrepreneurial community, 13 local entrepreneurs pitched their business, marking the completion of CED’s business-basics program FastTrac earlier this week.

FastTrac is a comprehensive business planning program that addresses the needs of startup entrepreneurs who are refining their business ideas, writing their business plans and seeking to grow sustainable high-impact companies. We recently interviewed triangle entrepreneurs about their experience in FastTrac.

Other notable FastTrac graduates include: Spoonflower (2008), Motorstats (2008), GeoMagic (2006), TransLoc (2006), Precision Biosciences (2005), SciMetrika (2005), Humacyte (2005), Advanced Liquid Logic (2004), Affinergy (2003), BioResource International (2000), Glaxo Wellcome (2000), Hughes Pittman & Gupton (1999), and SciQuest (1997).

CED is proud to congratulate the following companies on their successful completion of the Spring 2012 FastTrac class:

1. 4 Action Marketing

Seeks to develop a software service solution that helps manage campaigns, access best practice solutions and tools, and demonstrate the ROI of marketing efforts.

2. Atlantic Creative

Tells the stories of businesses by creating extraordinary audio and video projects to help those businesses convert prospects into buyers.

3. BoomZip

A cloud filer appliance that handles automatic company data storage and backups to the cloud.

4. Claro

Claro is a mobile marketing platform that will allow locally owned independent restaurants that support locally produced food items, with a focus on health and nutrition, direct communication with customers using SMS messaging and instant notification.

5. Everyone’s MD, Inc

Manufacturer and provider of point-of-care apparatuses. The products to be produced include test strips and test meters.

6. GiftWhen

Online platform that allows people to influence and support outcomes through conditional giving campaigns.

7. Intent.IO

Develops personal and professional development tools together in a software-as-service product platform.

8. Lefthalf-S

Manufactures a low-cost device for cars that provides drivers with feedback to improve fuel efficiency.

9. LiPi, Inc.

Catalyst for hyper local, exponential word-of-mouth promotions!

10. Llamrai

An information technology company delivering cyber security solutions for the nation’s critical infrastructure.

11. PointClick

Managed Services provider focused on Hosted IT and Cloud services.

12. Sage Integrated

Creates software that unify every schools, school districts and private schools on one system.

13. The Frugal Shopper

Social media based shopping forum and review site that will provide the user with a comprehensive, focused, efficient and profitable shopping experience.

(C) CED 2012