CHARLOTTE– Microsoft Corporation and ettain group will host and serve as the title sponsors of The Tech Exec, a premiere entrepreneurial and technology networking event put on by WRAL Local Tech Wire.

Scheduled for April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, the event will take place at ettain group’s corporate headquarters.

“We are delighted to play the lead role in bringing together business leaders and technology innovators at this dynamic event. We look forward to providing a relaxed networking atmosphere that will facilitate an open exchange of ideas between the attendees,” said Charlotte-based Chad Solomonson, Partner Account Manager with Microsoft’s Small to Midmarket Solutions & Partners group.

This event started in the region in 2003 in partnership with the Business Innovation and Growth Council and Business Wire. Other sponsors include Peak 10, CT Communications, RBC Centura and Grant Thornton. Most recently Softchoice joined the sponsor lineup for this event.

“Promoting this first class executive networking event aligns with our mission of supporting and encouraging the growth of entrepreneurial companies,” said Terry Thorson Cox, president and CEO of BIG Council.

“We are excited to support a high-end networking event that provides a relaxed environment where Charlotte executives can meet regularly and develop lasting business relationships,” said Dan Royle, ettain group vice president of operations and associate partner. “As a long standing supporter of the technology and entrepreneurial communities, ettain group is pleased to see programs like the Tech Exec flourish in the Charlotte area.”

ettain group in association with Microsoft, will be conducting a Driving Automation with Microsoft Technologies event prior to the Tech Exec. This will be a 1 hour presentation on how utilizing Microsoft technologies can solve some common business pain points. ettain group will demonstrate Microsoft products such as Sharepoint, InfoPath, Office, and Business Scorecard.

Also, a Technology Specialist with Microsoft on hand to preview the new Office 12.

In addition, the Microsoft Across America Mobile Event Experience will be on hand to demonstrate new ‘real world’ solutions with workstations, tablet PCs, and servers. (To register for this pre-event contact Dan Royle at 704-731-8038 or droyle@ettaingroup.com.)

The TechExec is a free event and will be held quarterly at different locations in and around Charlotte. To register, visit localtechwire.com/charlottetechexec/

About Local Tech Wire:

Local Tech Wire delivers high tech (and biotech) focused news with online convenience. The service is free, although registration is required. No other online technology news source provides the breadth of exclusive, late-breaking stories every weekday for the high-tech community in Raleigh-Durham, the Triad, Charlotte, South Carolina and Atlanta.

About ettain group:

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, ettain group is a technology services company offering Professional Services and IT staffing to organizations throughout the Southeast. ettain group’s Technology Staffing practice delivers traditional staff augmentation and Human Capital Management set apart by a detailed technology recruiting process. The ettain group Professional Services Division is one of the only Microsoft Managed Partners in Charlotte to focus on the Portal and Content Management Competency for Information Worker(IW) solutions. This practice focuses on solutions that can dramatically improve the efficiencies of business operations and provide strong solutions for managing processes. By offering the combined services model ettain group has the ability to offer an unbiased solution that fits your technology / business goals. ettain group has over 70 full-time employees in the Southeast and over 300 contract professionals currently engaged in delivering solutions in Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, FL, Raleigh, NC, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA.

About Microsoft Corporation
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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.

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.

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.

About RBC Centura
RBC Centura is the personal and commercial banking operation in the U.S. for RBC Financial Group family of companies. We deliver a wide range of financial services, including deposit accounts, investments and mutual funds, financial advice, credit and debit cards, business and personal loans, insurance and residential and commercial mortgages through RBC Centura Bank and other RBC companies throughout North America. RBC Centura serves personal and commercial customers through more than 260 retail and business banking centers in five southeastern states, mostly in North Carolina.

About CT Communications
CT Communications provides integrated telecommunications services to residential and business customers located primarily in North and South Carolina. We offer a comprehensive package of telecommunications services, including local and long distance telephone, Internet and data services, and digital wireless services.