December 4, 2002 (Eugene, OR) ≠ Palo Alto Software, publisher of award-winning business planning products, announced today a donation of over $100,000 in business planning software to Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) throughout the country. Through this donation, small business owners will have access to the best-selling business planning software through each of these centers located in all 50 states.
“We believe that when people have access to easy-to-use software they will be more empowered to complete their business plan, and more likely to achieve business success,” says Tim Berry, president of Palo Alto Software. “The exposure our strategic relationship with the SBDC offer allows their clients to have a positive and productive experience in taking on a task that can feel overwhelming. We have found that Business Plan Pro makes this a far more positive experience, increases the chances that the plan will be complete, and improves the quality of the plan overall.”
“Palo Alto Software is committed to the Small Businesses Owners and entrepreneurs, making this alliance with the SBA an ideal match,” continued Berry. “Business Plan Pro delivers the tools, expertise and planning know-how to help businesses set and achieve their goals.”
SBDC locations can be found through http://www.bplans.com/sb/. Palo Alto Software suggests that the SBDCs are one of the best places to look for business help. There are almost a thousand SBDCs across the United States, sponsored by government and education funds. They have resources, most of them available at an affordable or no cost, to assist local businesses.
“Business Plan Pro is a wonderful product. Palo Alto Software has made Business Plan Pro available to every SBDC counselor who has indicated he or she wants it, so it is available to every client who comes in. We have partnered with Palo Alto Software, because we want our people and our clients to have the best resources available,” said Don Wilson of the ASBDC.
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