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Sage and the Construction Financial Management Association Renew Partnership Agreement To Provide Accessible and Unique Industry Education

Partnership will expand education within the construction finance industry

IRVINE, Calif., and PRINCETON, N.J. (January 15, 2014) – Sage North America, a provider of business management software and services to more than three million small and midsized businesses in Canada and the United States, and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), an international professional nonprofit association focused on the educational needs of financial professionals in construction, today announced that Sage Construction and Real Estate will renew its partnership with the association to deliver quality, accessible, educational programs to CFMA members and to the construction industry overall.

”Our partnership with CFMA facilitates the development of timely, unique education, fulfilling the specialized learning needs of financial managers in the construction industry,” said Jon Witty, vice president and general manager of Sage Construction and Real Estate. “It is part of our commitment to providing construction and real estate companies with the resources they need to succeed and be Job Ready.”

CFMA will be converting many of its courses, previously only held live, into webinar format.  CFMA’s President and CEO, Stuart Binstock, said: “As we move some of our courses from the traditional delivery mechanisms, we are very pleased that the Sage support will allow us to move to a more web-based delivery mechanism that we believe will substantially increase the exposure of some of our more popular courses and allow more people in the industry to take advantage of our educational services.”

Last year the Sage Educational Fellowship funded the development of three new educational courses for financial managers, funded CFMA educational programs and additionally expanded the Sage Educational Fellowship program. With this renewed partnership, Sage will serve as the official sponsor of all CFMA WebLive courses, which includes the online courses: The Basics of Construction Accounting, Contracts 101, Cash Management, Advanced Cash Forecasting, and the Treasury Management Series. Sage is also sponsoring three of CFMA’s Chapter Classroom Educational Courses (Chapter offered courses), The Basics, Accounting & Reporting, and Project Management.

CFMA is the only professional organization dedicated to serving its members by providing critical industry research and specialized financial information and education to construction financial managers and professionals. CFMA is known as the source and resource for construction financial professionals to help them achieve better bottom lines. CFMA chapters in major cities from Maine to Hawaii offer local workshops, seminars, and programs that complement member services provided by CFMA Headquarters in Princeton, NJ. CFMA currently has over 6,600 members in 88 chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada.

With more than 40 years of industry experience, Sage keeps projects moving with the most job-ready and people-connectedsolutions for construction and real estate. Its 40,000 customers manage more than 400,000 jobs, 5.7 million subcontracts and 622,000 rental units each year with Sage products, including: Sage Construction Anywhere, Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office), Sage 300 Trade Specialty (formerly Sage Timberline Enterprise), Sage Estimating (formerly Sage Timberline Estimating), Sage 100 Contractor (formerly Sage Master Builder) and Sage 50 Construction Accounting (formerly Sage Peachtree Premium Accounting for Construction). Follow Sage Construction and Real Estate on Twitter® (www.twitter.com/sageconstruct), Facebook® (www.facebook.com/SageConstructionandRealEstate) and LinkedIn® (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sage-Construction-Real-Estate-3729866) and through its Plumb Bob Square Rants blog (blog.sagecre.com).


About Sage
We provide small and medium sized organizations with a range of easy-to-use, secure and efficient business management software and services - from accounting and payroll, to enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and payments.  Our customers receive continuous advice and support through our global network of local experts to help them solve their business problems, giving them the confidence to achieve their business ambitions.  Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has over 6 million customers and more than 12,700 employees in 24 countries covering the UK & Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil. For further information please visit www.sage.com 


About CFMA
Founded in 1981, CFMA is the only organization dedicated to bringing together construction financial professionals and those partners serving their unique needs. CFMA serves more than 6,600 members via 88 chapters located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Members include CFOs, controllers and treasurers working in major commercial construction contractors including contractors in general, subspecialty trades and heavy highway sectors. CFMA members also include those professionals who service the financial professionals within the industry, such as accountants, surety agents, bankers, information technology and other professionals. For more information about CFMA, visit www.cfma.org. Follow CFMA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ConstructionFinancialManagementAssociation, Twitter www.twitter.com/@cfma and LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1794515&trk=hb_side_g