Editor’s note: Charlotte Beat is a regular feature on Wednesdays.The 350 new jobs Time Warner Cable (TWC) expects to fill for its new facility in Charlotte later this year will include some information technology (IT) positions, the company says.

Mark Harrad, a Time Warner spokesman, tells Local Tech Wire, “Most of the jobs have to do with the new shared services facility. That facility does a lot of back office work, accounts payable and receivables, financial processes. There will be some IT and some human resources positions.”

The jobs will have an average salary of $49,000 per year, the company says.

TWC owns and manages cable systems serving 10.9 million subscribers in 27 states. In North Carolina, TWC employs 3,830 people in four regional offices and serves more than 1,378,000 households throughout the state.

Harrad says the company expects to begin hiring later this year. The company plans to begin construction on a new building adjacent to their existing offices at 7910 Crescent Executive Drive, investing up to $36 million in the project. “We’ll have an overflow from the building that’s there now,” Harrad says.

TW, the second largest operator of cable systems in the United States, is the 11th recipient of the North Carolina Job Development Investment Grant program. The 10-year grant returns 65 percent of the state income taxes for the new employees TWC hires to the company.

“We won’t get any money from the grant until we’ve hired the people,” Harrad notes. “It’s not an upfront cash grant. If you bring in the number of people you commit to, a certain portion of their income tax is remitted back to the employer.”

Harrad says the company got an incentive package from the city and county that helped it make its initial decision to move about 400 jobs into Charlotte last year.

Gov. Mike Easley’s office estimates the TWC project will “generate a cumulative gross state product value of about $372 million, produce $7.3 million in state revenue and contribute $1.4 million to the state industrial development fund. The later investment, used for infrastructure improvements in rural NC, is required of grant recipients that locate in more developed areas.

Need Poise?

While the stereotype of IT folks as nerds or geeks is certainly exaggerated, many young business and technology executives could benefit from sprucing up their people skills, says Dianne Lynn Chase.

Chase, president of two-person a la carte PR in Charlotte, has worked as a news director, anchor, and reporter for a number of North Carolina radio stations.

“A lot of times, tech people need a little coaching on networking skills,” Chase says.

Her small company has recently completed a number of Web sites for customers as wide-ranging as the NC Fraternal Order of Police and for Charlotte chef, Charles Semail, of Chef Charles Catering.

“A web site is getting to be the currency by which business is done, clients are obtained and deals are made,” Chase says, noting that it can save a small business the costs of brochures, flyers, and assorted other marketing communications. “You hand prospects a business card with your web address and they go to the site to find out about you.”

Chase is promoting the “Business Polish and Poise Review” workshop founded by Bernie Simmons of Janell Productions at DeVry University, a business school, in Charlotte April 8 (Thursday).

Chase says Simmons, an independent TV producer, has a strong media background and has worked with various organizations to help them with media relations skills.

Chase says she has “seen people suffer both in business and physically from their lack of presentation skills,” which often make the difference between getting venture backing or a contract or not.

The workshop will be a small group with “a lot of one-on-one” interaction, which is best for learning interactive skills, she says.

Among the topics covered in the workshop: negotiating professional and business networking events, business e-mail and Internet etiquette, business dining protocol, negotiating ‘the handshake’, the ‘elevator speech’, handling VIPs and ‘Angles’, and gender and racial bias strategies.

“We’ve extended the registration deadline to 5 p.m. April 7,” Chase says. It runs from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and costs $125 a person. To register: call 704-392-6977, ext. 2.

DecisionPoint deal

DecisionPoint International, a boutique investment bank that provides merger and acquisition services to middle-market tech clients, says its client, Perficient Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) has acquired Genisys Consulting Inc.

Perficient sells ebusiness software to Global 3000 companies in the central United States, and Genisys was a privately held Chicago-based ebusiness software firm with $10 million in revenue.

The acquisition creates a firm with annual revenues of approximately $40 million, more than 210 consulting, technology, sales and support professionals in six offices in North America and client relationships with more than 300 Global 3000 companies, DecisionPoint says.

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