SOURCE: SAGE

Sage

October 22, 2009 10:00 ET

Local Company, SoulRealiS, Named Runner-Up in Sage's National Small Business Start-Up Contest

SoulRealiS Recognized in Entrepreneurial Contest on MyBizCounts.com

NEWARK, NJ--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - Sage North America today announced the winner and runners-up in its $20,000 MyBizCounts.com Start-Up Cash Contest, aimed at helping entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality. Newark-based SoulRealiS LLC was named a runner-up in this nationwide contest spotlighting the entrepreneurial spirit.

"It was a big step for me to go out on my own and form my own business," said Sean R. Scott, founder, SoulRealiS. "This was a great opportunity for me to get exposure for my new company, and I really appreciate the support from Sage for myself and the other entrepreneurs in the competition." SoulRealiS is located in the Enterprise Development Center high technology business incubator at New Jersey Institute of Technology (www.njit-edc.org) where it has received mentoring and coaching support.

Contest participants were tasked with creating a brief video commercial for their business idea or new business (less than two years old), along with their business plan and a brief essay. Based on online votes, the 20 most popular videos advanced to the final judging round. Videos, business plans and essays were then evaluated by a team of small business experts, including Wayne Rivers, co-founder and president, Family Business Institute, and Bob Shephard, Director External Affairs - Florida, SCORE.

"Small businesses are the main engine driving the economy, and while the past year has been difficult from an economic perspective, the passion and creativity that drive small business owners to success is as strong as ever," said Doug Meyer, Chief Customer Officer, Sage North America. "The gifted entrepreneurs who participated in our startup cash contest -- and millions of others like them across North America -- are the reason that Sage employees come to work each day, supporting small businesses' dreams, vision, and goals."

Sean R. Scott is the Founder & CEO of SoulRealiS, and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, held software development positions at Merrill Lynch and AT&T, and was most recently a Producer in the video games industry for 2K, a subsidiary of top video games publisher Take Two Interactive.

GameDevMasters is a current project of SoulRealiS LLC. GameDevMasters is an online marketplace for outsourcing video game development. Outsourcing is one of the hottest growth areas in the video games industry but unfortunately many are still trying to figure out how best to use the internet to advertise projects and services. GameDevMasters is fulfilling a technological need in the way everyone finds, evaluates, and hires game developers.

As a runner-up in the MyBizCounts.com contest, SoulRealiS receives software and services with a retail value of nearly $4,000 to assist them in managing their businesses: Peachtree by Sage Premium Accounting 2010 Multi-user Version with one year of Peachtree Freedom Support; ACT! by Sage 2010 with 5 user licenses; Timeslips by Sage 2010 5-user version; Palo Alto Software's Business Plan Pro Standard Edition Version 11; and Palo Alto Software's Marketing Plan Pro.

About Sage North America

Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs more than 4,100 people and supports nearly 2.9 million small and medium-size business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 14,500 people and supports 5.8 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

©2009 Sage Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, the Sage logos, Peachtree, Timeslips, ACT!, and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information