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IT company to expand by 112 jobs in Tampa

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TAMPA — ConnectWise, a fast-growing computer consulting firm started in a Tampa spare bedroom 32 years ago, will expand its Tampa headquarters and hire 112 people, the company’s senior leaders said Wednesday.

Politicians including Gov. Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Mark Sharpe hailed ConnectWise Wednesday morning at the company’s office on Independence Parkway. The company essentially is a technology consultant for other information technology service consultants. For example, it sells software that helps IT consultants track their service calls, billable hours and sales leads.

It has profited from the explosion in technology spending by corporations and currently has 50 open positions, Chief Executive Officer Arnie Bellini said. All told, ConnectWise has 330 employees and when combined with some sister tech companies employs about 600.

On Wednesday it announced it has struck a deal with the state, city of Tampa and Hillsborough County to add another 112 jobs at an average wage of more than $54,000. ConnectWise could claim tax refunds worth $5,000 per new job if it hits its job target, for a total contribution from the city and county of $112,000 and a contribution of $448,000 from the state.

It will hire for positions in fields including software development, quality assurance, consulting and support, Bellini said. Information on the openings is at www.connectwise.com/careers. The company also is looking to expand its Tampa offices by another 10,000 square feet somewhere in the West Shore area.

“These are types of jobs that we aspire for, that we focus on,” Buckhorn said during short remarks at Wednesday’s press conference.

Bellini, 55, and his brother, David, started ConnectWise in 1982 in their parent’s spare bedroom in Tampa’s Carrollwood Village neighborhood. Today, the company operates three shifts to service its clients in the United States and abroad.

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