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February 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Sage Contributes Support to Improve Efficiency and Growth for Hispanic-Owned Small Businesses in California and Florida

Developer of Bilingual English-Spanish Sage Simply Accounting Software Signs Alliance Agreements With the California and Florida State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Sage North America announced today the signing of alliance agreements with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) and Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC). As part of the alliance agreements, Sage will provide its English-Spanish Sage Simply Accounting financial management solutions and support to contribute to the growth and efficiency of the CHCC and FSHCC and also to its Hispanic small business members.

"A recent survey we conducted among Hispanic small business owners showed that nearly 60 percent of respondents are still managing their business' finances in a time-consuming method -- manually or on a spreadsheet," said Jamie Sutherland, vice president and general manager for Sage Simply Accounting. "Through our partnership with the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of California and Florida, we hope to help these small businesses improve their productivity by sharing useful tools and solutions that will help members streamline financial processes, save time and concentrate on what they do best -- growing their businesses."

Through the alliance agreements with the CHCC and FSHCC, Sage will collaborate with the Chambers to contribute to their growth and other non-profit organizations that work with and assist the Hispanic SMB community. Sage will be developing a dedicated web page for CHCC and FSHCC members with free bilingual educational online tools and solutions that can assist them in gaining a better understanding of how to manage the overall financial health of their businesses. Chamber members will also receive special promotions on Sage Simply Accounting products and business support and service packages, and free access to online courses with the purchase of products through the dedicated Chamber web page.

"What Sage is bringing to the table is a perfect match with our mandate of helping Hispanic small businesses grow and we're looking forward to working with Sage's Simply Accounting experts on a series of initiatives to provide business tips and solutions that our members can use to take their businesses to the next level," said Julian Canete, CEO for the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The only accounting software on the US market that is completely bilingual in Spanish and English, Sage Simply Accounting 2011's ease-of-use, language flexibility and customizable functionality is designed for simplicity, speed and increased productivity, and to address the needs of small- to medium-sized businesses and accountants operating in or serving the US Hispanic community.

"Sage Simply Accounting's holistic approach in not only developing a fully bilingual English/Spanish business solution, but also their commitment to provide bilingual customer service and support to the Hispanic small business community, will truly be appreciated by our members," said Julio Fuentes, President for the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Sage plans to expand their relationship with Hispanic communities further and partner with other Hispanic Chambers throughout this year.

About Sage Simply Accounting
Celebrating 25 years, Sage Simply Accounting is the #1 choice of Canadian small businesses and accountants, used by more than 500,000 businesses(i). Developed in Sage's global research and development center in Richmond, B.C., the fully bilingual Sage Simply Accounting -- English/French -- is known for its easy to learn, easy to use approach to accounting, while providing the most comprehensive features that small businesses require -- from start-up through to maturity. In October 2010, Sage Simply Accounting launched the only fully bilingual English/Spanish small business accounting solution in the United States. Sage Simply Accounting is supported by a highly trained team of customer service specialists in its Richmond, B.C., center, and by more than 10,000 consultant partners located in communities across Canada and the US, who help thousands of companies daily to manage their business more effectively with Sage Simply Accounting.

For more information about Sage Simply Accounting, please call 1-866-797-8395, or visit http://us.simplyaccounting.com or http://es.simplyaccounting.com.

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 4,000 people and supports 3.2 million small and midsize business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,400 people and supports 6.3 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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(i) Based on independent surveys of 236 Canadian small businesses conducted November 2009 and 362 accountants who work with small business clients, conducted June 2010.

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