DataChambers Named a “North Carolina Company to Watch”

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The technology firm DataChambers has been honored by CED, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurial efforts in North Carolina. CED named DataChambers one of 25 "North Carolina Companies to Watch" for its strong performance during a challenging economy.

The North Carolina-based technology firm DataChambers today announced it has been named one of 25 North Carolina Companies to Watch by CED, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes entrepreneurial efforts in North Carolina.

This is the inaugural year for the North Carolina Companies to Watch awards. The program recognizes growth-stage entrepreneurial companies for their marketplace performance, innovative products or other unique qualities that make them “worth watching.”

CED says DataChambers and the other companies honored represent a powerful economic engine for North Carolina. The organization reports that during 2005-2007, there were more than 47,000 growth-stage companies in the state employing more than one million workers – representing more than a third of all jobs created by North Carolina-headquartered companies.

“DataChambers exemplifies the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that lead to success in the marketplace and in the future,” said CED President Joan Siefert Rose. “CED is proud to recognize the accomplishments of all our 25 winners and their significant contributions to our state’s economy. DataChambers is certainly worthy of watching, and we look forward to seeing continued growth and achievement.”

The North Carolina Companies to Watch are all privately held firms with between 6-99 employees and with $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue or in funds raised from grants, investors or partnerships. The winners represent the geographic regions of the state, as well as different sectors of the economy.

“We’re gratified to have this independent validation of our strategy,” said Nicholas Kottyan, CEO of DataChambers. “Despite a challenging economy, we’ve been able to realize significant growth by helping our clients find ways to lower their information technology costs. We’re offering them competitively priced services backed by a level of support that’s hard for them to replicate on their own.”

North Carolina Companies to Watch is presented in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation and is made possible through the support of title sponsors Cherry Bekaert & Holland and Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton. This new program, which will become an annual event, recognizes the impact that growth-stage, or second-stage, entrepreneurial companies make on the marketplace and on the economy.

Additional sponsors of the program are Hosted Solutions, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Business Wire, Clean Design, Cisco, Hughes Pittman & Gupton, Forma Design, Financial Directions, First Citizens Bank, Monaghan Group, First Bank, Ernst & Young, Capitol Broadcasting Corporation, The Research Triangle Park, v4 Production Group and Progress Energy. Other partner organizations include: Business Innovation & Growth (BIG), the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).

This year’s winners will be honored at an awards ceremony September 23rd at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

About DataChambers
DataChambers is a full-service information technology and managed services provider specializing in electronic data storage, 24x7 managed information technology solutions, secure co-location services for mission-critical information technology infrastructure, secure tape vaulting, and offsite records storage and management. The company is SAS 70 Type II audited and meets rigorous national standards for safeguarding client systems and data. DataChambers’ 140,000+-square-foot headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C., is based on an 80-acre campus owned by the firm’s majority shareholders. For more information, visit

About CED
CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation, with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. Visit for more information.

About the Edward Lowe Foundation
Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. The foundation also encourages economic gardening, an entrepreneur-centered strategy providing balance to the traditional approach of business recruitment. Headquartered in Cassopolis, Michigan, the foundation was established by Edward and Darlene Lowe to "champion the entrepreneurial spirit." Visit for more information

About Companies to Watch
Companies to Watch is a unique awards program that recognizes and celebrates the contribution, innovation and energy of diverse second-stage companies in a state or region. These companies work behind-the-scenes generating the bulk of new, sustainable jobs and are a powerful economic force underpinning the high quality of life most Americans enjoy. Created and managed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Companies to Watch is one of the foundation's initiatives to celebrate the achievements of second-stage companies.

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