Redmond, Washington (PRESS RELEASE – May 23, 2011) – Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management services, recently launched the Concur Advisor Program, designed to provide accountants in public practice and small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) consultants with solutions, training and support to better serve their clients. The program taps into the vast network of financial professionals that SMBs look to for advice, enabling them to leverage the expertise and knowledge of Concur and more effectively counsel their clients on expense policies and processes, thus improving productivity and efficiencies.
“This is an innovative program that – with just a few clicks – accountants and SMB consultants can register for and instantly begin receiving valuable information to help their small business clients,” said Elena Donio, executive vice president and general manager, small & mid-size businesses at Concur. “The Concur Advisor Program enables SMBs to fully leverage a powerful combination of Concur’s unrivaled expense management expertise in conjunction with the advisors and processes that they already trust. The anticipated network effect means that literally millions of SMBs now have unprecedented access to expense reporting experts that can help eliminate a significant headache for small businesses by allowing them to focus on what’s most important – growing and managing their business.”
Through the Concur Advisor Program, accountants and SMB consultants can become expense reporting experts and better serve their clients using a variety of Concur solutions, including Concur Breeze, the expense reporting solution designed specifically for small businesses.
Benefits for members include:
- Unlimited support from the Concur Breeze Relationship Team, based in the U.S.
- Integration with QuickBooks and other popular accounting software
- A free subscription to Concur Breeze for up to two users
In addition, Advisor Program members have access to courses focused on the setup, integration and application of travel and expense (T&E) management rules and best practices. These trainings are designed not only to better familiarize members with Concur solutions but to help them to truly understand the intricacies associated with T&E expense management – an area of controllable spend second only to payroll for most companies – further establishing them as knowledgeable and trusted advisors to their clients.
“Concur Breeze is a highly valued asset for my clients,” Sharon Martin, President at Profit Strategies, Inc. said. “Traditionally, automated expense reporting solutions have been viewed as only available for larger businesses. Most of my clients fall into the small business category, and Concur Breeze gives them access to a low cost and effective expense reporting solution.”
According to a recent study, filing expense reports was among the least popular tasks on the daily to-do lists of small businesses, with many noting how time-consuming the process can be. Through the Concur Advisor Program, accountants and SMB consultants can help their clients successfully navigate and see results from automated expense reporting, including streamlined processes that save time and money. Additionally, automated systems provide SMBs with improved visibility around employee spend and reduced fraud risk.
“The company no longer struggles with paper receipts and spreadsheets,” Sara Barrington, SVP Finance & Administration at Exosome Diagnostics, Inc. said. “Looking back, the time we used to spend manually processing expense reports seems extreme. Now that we manage all of our expenses online with Concur Breeze, I spend a fraction of the time managing this process and the employees are thrilled with the convenience.”
The Concur Advisor Program is open to any accountant or SMB consultant in the United States interested in delivering greater value to their SMB clients.
About Concur Breeze
Concur Breeze is the simple, cost-efficient expense reporting solution designed specifically for small businesses. This powerful yet intuitive online and mobile solution is available now as a free 30-day trial. Quick and easy to setup, Concur Breeze helps save time, reduce errors and manage cash flow. Best of all, it enables small companies to spend more time making their businesses successful.
Concur is the world’s leading provider of on-demand services that help small, mid-sized and large organizations increase efficiency, manage employee spend and control operational costs.