Local Tech Wire and BIG Council announce today that that more than 140 people have registered for TechExec, a premiere quarterly technology networking event that will take place tomorrow evening, July 27 at The Tower Club in Uptown Charlotte from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Adding to the sponsor list is WebsiteBiz, Inc., an Internet Marketing agency, based in Charlotte. Debut sponsors that have committed to the 2004 event include Grant Thornton, Peak 10, GotSharePoint, SANDirect, and RBC Centura.

WebsiteBiz President Eric Dudley is excited about sponsoring the Tech Exec Charlotte Series and recently said, “WebsiteBiz has long been a leader in Search Marketing, so we’re especially excited about having an exchange with other innovative business leaders…leaders setting technology trends, not just following them.”

Dudley has also joined the executive steering committee.

TechExec is a free event and will be held quarterly at different locations in and around Charlotte. The first was hosted by Peak 10 in 2003.

To register, visit localtechwire.com and click on the Tech Exec link.

About WebsiteBiz, Inc.

WebsiteBiz, Inc. is a privately owned Internet Marketing agency entering its eighth successful year of providing comprehensive Web based initiatives for a variety of Fortune 500 and other growing corporations. WebsiteBiz drives targeted visitors to our clients’ websites and improves their bottom line conversions. We help businesses acquire and retain new customers, strengthen online brand and visibility, gain and maintain a competitive edge online and attract and convert targeted website visitors. For more information visit www.websitebiz.com

About BIG Council

The BIG Council is a member based non profit organization whose mission is to promote economic development in the greater Charlotte region by supporting and encouraging the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies. The BIG Council provides education, mentoring, advisory services, and an invaluable network to help entrepreneurs build successful companies. Visit www.bigcouncil.com

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton International is the world’s leading accounting, tax and business advisory organization dedicated to middle market companies. Through its network of 585 offices in 110 countries, including 50 offices in the United States, the firm has regional offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C, and Columbia, S.C. Partners of the member firms of Grant Thornton provide personal attention and seamless service delivery to public and private clients around the globe. Grant Thornton LLP’s web site is www.GrantThornton.com

About GotSharePoint

GotSharePoint (GSP) offers a wide range of products from leading Microsoft SharePoint ISVs and Partners. With a broad selection of products and services, GSP provides Microsoft customers with fully-integrated SharePoint solutions and the convenience of one-stop shopping. GSP continuously researches and enhances its product mix based on new product introductions and the needs of its valued customers. Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies are designed to enable easy, connected collaboration across an organization. Using the combined collaboration features of Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003, organizations can empower users to create and manage rich, easy-to-build SharePoint sites, and allow those sites to be discovered throughout the organization. Visit: www.gotsharepoint.com

About Peak 10, Inc.

Peak 10 is the Southeast’s leading data center services provider offering a full range of hosting, storage, security and business continuity solutions. Customers such as Allstate, Jefferson Pilot, Hawaiian Tropic, LendingTree, Springboard Telecom, Siemens and The Outback Bowl rely on Peak 10 to keep business critical applications up and running around-the-clock. The company owns and operates four enterprise-class data centers that deliver a higher standard of infrastructure, security and performance to businesses nationwide. Peak 10 has data centers in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla. and will be announcing a fifth market in the near future. Visit: www.peak10.com .

About SANDirect

SANDirect is a privately owned firm based in Charlotte, N.C. that specializes in high availability data storage Solutions. The company offers complete solutions that include both hardware and software to produce the best scalability and increased productivity. Staffed by engineers with industry leading certifications, in a wide range of technology areas including EMC, Oracle, Cisco, Veritas, SNIA, Brocade, Microsoft, HP, and Sun Microsystems, SANdirect is well positioned to help its customers grow their business through technology. For more information visit, www.sandirect.com