Richmond, BC (PRESS RELEASE – April 14, 2009) – Sage North America today announced SageSpark.com, a new online destination for small businesses that brings together an array of key elements entrepreneurs need to get started. As part of SageSpark.com, Sage is also launching Billing Boss, an online invoicing service, aimed at helping North American small businesses get paid, quickly and easily.
SageSpark.com is a centralized online resource to help early stage small businesses:
· access and use free and fee-based online applications to manage specific, discrete business needs, such as invoicing customers.
· sign up for small business services that free up their time to run their business and accelerate business growth, such as online IT helpdesk services, online marketing services, business benchmarking, and employee recruitment.
· engage in a comprehensive small business community that allows users to connect with other small businesses, find new customers, share best practices, and learn from various experts.
“Small businesses are starting up at a record pace for a variety of reasons: from baby boomers postponing retirement to recent college graduates, to moms trying to make extra money, and with the recent waves of layoffs and the current economy, many people are seizing the opportunity to start their own business,” said Jamie Sutherland, general manager, SageSpark.com. “With SageSpark.com, we are providing current and potential entrepreneurs with a small business accelerator that offers the choice of online services beyond traditional accounting software that will jump-start their efficiency and quickly put them on the road to success.”
SageSpark.com delivers the elements entrepreneurs need to get started inexpensively, via free and low-cost services; and get motivated, via a strong community of experts and peers, sharing best practices and providing encouragement for entry-level businesses.
Low-cost services include credit card processing and payroll direct deposit, a virtual IT helpdesk, and sales and marketing services, to name a few. SageSpark.com also offers no-cost services, including Billing Boss, a simple invoicing tool.
Billing Boss is easy to use, accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, and available on 3G enabled mobile devices such as the iPhone. With Billing Boss, small businesses can easily create and send professional-looking invoices within minutes of signing up, and get paid faster online and increase their productivity since they’ll spend less time preparing invoices and tracking down payments.
Billing Boss is designed for businesses in North America and is currently available in seven languages with three dialects: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (+ Brazil), Korean, and traditional Chinese.
About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. At Sage, we live and breathe business every day. We are passionate about helping our customers achieve their ambitions. Our range of business software and services is continually evolving as we innovate to answer our customers’ needs. Our solutions support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. Sage North America employs approximately 4,800 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, employs more than 14,500 people and supports more than 5.8 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the web site at www.sagenorthamerica.com.