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Intuit Chooses Atlas Business Solutions Technology for New QuickBooks Business Planning Feature

FARGO, ND - January 8, 2003 - Atlas Business Solutions Inc., a leading provider of small business software, today announced that Intuit, a leading provider of financial management solutions for small businesses and accounting professionals, is using Atlas Business Solutions' Ultimate Business Planner® to power a new business planning feature in the QuickBooks® 2003 products.

This new feature - available in QuickBooks Premier 2003, QuickBooks Premier: Accountant Edition 2003, QuickBooks Premier: Contractor Edition 2003 and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions - gives users the power to:

  • Produce a professional business plan using existing QuickBooks data
  • Evaluate new business ideas and strategies quickly and thoroughly
  • Project business financial outcomes before investing time and money
  • Avoid costly business planning mistakes and oversight
  • Communicate ideas clearly to potential investors
  • Apply for business loans and lines of credit

"Atlas Business Solutions is very proud to be working with Intuit and the QuickBooks brand," said Jon Forknell, vice president of sales and marketing for Atlas Business Solutions. "Business planning is one of the most difficult challenges small business owners must face. The business planning function now available in the QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise Solutions products will make this daunting task much easier and help users grow their businesses."

QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions users will be able to create a business plan, along with a 36-month financial projection. The user just answers simple interview questions about their existing QuickBooks data to create a projected balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and statement of cash flows in the format recommended by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Once the financial projection is finished, the user walks through a complete business plan outline with "plain-English" instructions, advice and how-to hints for writing the text portion of the business plan. The user simply enters his or her text and combines it with their projection to produce a comprehensive business plan.

"More than 60 percent of small business users told us they wanted better planning tools in QuickBooks," said Ravi Bellur, QuickBooks product manager, Intuit Inc. "We're thrilled to work with Atlas Business Solutions to give QuickBooks 2003 users the business planning tools they need to help successfully take their businesses to the next level."

About ABS

Atlas Business Solutions, Inc. (ABS) is a leading provider of easy-to-learn, easy-to-use, and affordable business software. Since 1991, ABS has helped customers directly reduce costs, save time and streamline business processes by providing employee scheduling software, human resource software, appointment scheduling software, and business plan software. ABS was named one of Software Magazine's Top 500 Software Companies in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and again in 2010. ABS software titles include: Client Appointment Manager, Customer Appointment Manager®, HR Document Maker, Patient Appointment Manager, ScheduleAnywhere®, ScheduleBase®, Staff Files®, Ultimate Business Planner®, Ultimate Financial Forecaster®, and Visual Staff Scheduler® Pro.

Customer Appointment Manager, ScheduleAnywhere, Staff Files, Ultimate Business Planner, Ultimate Financial Forecaster, and Visual Staff Scheduler are reigstered trademarks of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.