SOURCE: Sage Software

June 13, 2006 09:00 ET

Sage Software and SCORE Form Strategic Alliance to Bring Best Practice Solutions to Small Businesses

ACT! by Sage and Peachtree by Sage Available for Instructional Use by 389 Regional SCORE Small Business Counseling and Training Chapters

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today that it has formed a nationwide strategic alliance with SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business," a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The alliance makes ACT! by Sage contact and customer management and Peachtree by Sage accounting solutions available for instructional use to 389 regional SCORE offices that provide free assistance and learning seminars to over 350,000 entrepreneurs annually. Sage Software is also linking each SCORE office with local ACT! and Peachtree Certified Consultants for training and consulting opportunities.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, "SCORE is pleased to form an alliance with Sage Software, a leader in providing software and business solutions." Yancey adds, "The ACT! and Peachtree software will help SCORE counselors provide clients with additional tools and resources that can help them start and grow their business to success."

SCORE has a network of 10,500 counselors, including 1,300 online counselors, who provide business advice on how to write business plans, manage cash flow and grow existing businesses. Business owners can access SCORE counseling services via face-to-face sessions or online, as well as attend business training workshops. SCORE hosted 117,480 workshop clients and conducted 93,691 online consulting sessions in its fiscal year 2005.

"According to the SBA, the 27.4 million small businesses in the United States represent 99.7 percent of all employers," noted Doug Meyer, President of Sage Software, Small Business Division. "We are clearly in the right place by aligning with SCORE, given that we share the common mission of enabling small business success. Unique to SCORE are its thousands of counselors who offer real-world experience gained from owning their own businesses. Putting ACT! and Peachtree in their hands for best practice sharing is a natural fit."

ACT! created the contact and customer management software category in 1987 and is the preferred choice of over 2.5 million registered users and more than 35,000 corporate customers to organize, access and manage their critical customer information. ACT! delivers powerful contact and customer management capabilities with flexible deployment and customization options to help individuals, selling professionals and corporate workgroups improve productivity and increase sales. For more information visit www.act.com or call (888) ACT-2006.

For 30 years, Peachtree accounting products have served the needs of growing small businesses that rely on their accounting to give them the insight they need to make better business decisions. Peachtree helps small businesses efficiently manage and streamline their accounting and business management operations by providing powerful accounting with strong analysis tools and operations management features including tight integration with Microsoft® Office and comprehensive reporting functionality. For more information visit www.peachtree.com or call (800) 228-0068.

About SCORE

Since 1964, SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" has assisted more than 7.2 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneurial education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or, visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.6 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America through easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of accounting practices and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, a leading international supplier of accounting and business management software solutions and related products and services for small to mid-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and the Group now has 5.0 million customers and employs over 10,500 people worldwide. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ryan Zuk
    Sage Software
    480-368-3818
    ryan.zuk@sage.com

    Michael L. Keaton
    SCORE
    202-205-7637
    1-800-634-0245