Editor’s note: Charlotte Beat is a regular feature on Wednesdays.Carly Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard chairman and chief executive officer, told the 510 people at Charlotte’s Information Technology Council (iTC) presentation on Tuesday that technology would continue to have a major impact on productivity and business.

Fiorina, who also revealed her North Carolina connection (she graduated from a Durham, NC high school) presented a positive if not rosy view of the future for technology, said one attending executive.

Michael Horn, managing director for the southeast for the Revere Group, a technology consulting firm, tells Local Tech Wire: “It’s good to hear someone in her position affirm her view that technology is still a growth industry.”

In response to a question about off-shore out-sourcing programming jobs, a sensitive issue in North Carolina, Fiorina said that HP does out-source, but that certain types of innovative work can still only be done by programmers in the United States.

“She said it’s up to us to keep improving ourselves in a global competition, continuing to innovate so that we have unique things that can only be done here,” Horn says.

Horn says the large crowd is a result of the quality of speakers iTC brings to Charlotte. “They’ve done a good job of getting the type of people who attract chief information officers and other executives.”

This speaker series has brought guests such as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer; Dr. Jim Goodnight, CEO and President of SAS; and Bob Dutkowsky, chairman, president, and CEO of J.D. Edwards to Charlotte.

Karen McIsaac, president of Project Managers Inc., Charlotte, which manages large initiatives for its clients, says, “I think people were impressed with Fiorina’s recognition that customers, shareholders, the community and employees are the elements a CEO has to balance.”

McIsaac, a volunteer with the Charlotte Chamber’s iTC, says that one of the purposes of “these meetings is not only to expose people in Charlotte to technology leaders, but also to expose technology leaders to Charlotte.”

Business improving

Horn says Revere’s business has shown a distinct improvement over the last four to six months. “It’s definitely coming back,” he says.

Horn says quite a bit of networking goes on at the iTC events both before and after the speaker and at this one he met a potential business partner and scheduled a follow-up meeting.

McIsaac also says her five-year-old business is doing better this year as well. “It’s a lot better than the past two years,” she says. “Companies have to make major capital investments now if they want things to change in 12 months and they’re making them,” she says.

McColl Garella Growth Forum

The McColl Garella Growth Forum will be held in New York City on Sept. 25.

Programming for the event, which will set attendees back $980, ranges from analyzing the current state of your business to methods for financing growth and establishing valuation. Seating is limited to 25.

The Forum will be conducted by Julie Garella and Linda Teintze.

Julie Garella, co-founder and managing director of McColl Garella with Hugh McColl, began her career on Wall Street at Smith Barney Harris Upham. She became the top new account opener and youngest female vice-president in the company. In 1997, she co-founded and managed Carnegie Capital Advisors, the Carolinas only U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission registered woman-owned investment management firm.

In 1999, she co-founded the investment banking/venture capital firm Fairview Capital Ventures, LLC, focusing on seed stage and first round capital, buyout or acquisition for companies in the Carolinas and the Southeast. In 2002, McColl Garella was formed.

Events, events, events

The September calendar is crowded with events for the entrepreneurial and technology communities in Charlotte.

The Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council holds its monthly program at a new location, Bryron Hall at South End, at 5:30 PM on Sept. 16.

Bill Whitley, president and co-founder of MindBlazer, an executive education marketing firm, will present, “The Art of Packaging and Telling Your Company’s Story.”

MindBlazer clients include American Express, Wachovia, Cisco Systems, Dell, HP, Intel, Lending Tree, Lowe’s and Georgia Pacific. Whitley formed his first company, The Whitley Group at age 28 and sold it after eight years of growth to Atlanta-based iXL. He was also instrumental in forming Charlotte Angel Partners, a $5 million early stage venture fund.

iTC Golf Tournament

The iTC hosts its sixth annual Joanna R. Baker Foundation Golf Tournament Sept. 18 at Providence Country Club. The networking event is a fund-raiser for iTC, and Local Tech Wire is among the sponsors. Green fees, cart, lunch, special gifts, beverages and the awards dinner are all include in the registration fee of $130 a person for Chamber members or $260 for non-members.

Joanna R. Baker was founding director of the school of information technology at Charlotte. Proceeds from the event fund iTC activities and Baker Foundation programs such as a fellowship at UNC-Charlotte. Registration is required by today — September 10 for those who want to play.

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and iTC: www.charlottechamber.com

Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council: www.mec.org

McColl Garella: www.mccollgarella.com