Media Alert: Microsoft Office Accounting and Microsoft Office Live Team Up With City of Miami to Help Students and Entrepreneurs

REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 27, 2007

Who:Microsoft® Office Accounting (, financial management software for small businesses, and Microsoft Office Live (, a Web-based service for small businesses, are teaming up with the City of Miami to provide free Office Accounting Express software and Web site training for small businesses, college professionals and budding entrepreneurs during the Economic Business Seminar as part of the ACCESS MIAMI initiative.

According to a study by Bizjournals, Miami is one of the country’s five best markets for small businesses. However, small businesses often lack easy and affordable software to help them manage their finances and build an online presence.

Microsoft Office Accounting and Office Live are teaming with the City of Miami to help empower business success by equipping students and entrepreneurs with tools and training.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT

Spanish-speaking spokespeople will be available.

Best Photo Opportunity: Program starts at 9:30 a.m. with opening remarks from Mayor Manuel Diaz at 9:45 a.m.

Where: Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132

Microsoft spokespeople will be located at booth 11.

Other: In addition to the free software giveaway on Aug. 28, Microsoft Office Accounting will provide the following:

  • Free training to accountants on Aug. 29–30. Microsoft will provide free software training for accountants so they can in turn help the small-business community. Accountants can sign up in advance through Miami Dade College from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Economic Business Seminar or register through Microsoft at (425) 704-7300.

  • Free training provided to local colleges and universities. Microsoft will also enable Miami Dade College, University of Miami and Florida International University to teach the Microsoft curriculum on Office Accounting (“Mastering Office Accounting 2007”). The training offered by the universities is primarily directed at accountants and IT professionals, but may be taken by business owners or office managers as well. Those seeking more information should contact Microsoft at (425) 704-7300.


ACCESS MIAMI is Miami’s successful citywide integrated poverty reduction strategy. Under the leadership of Mayor Manuel Diaz, ACCESS MIAMI has united and coordinated city-based resources with those in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to provide tools, resources, education and long-term opportunities to directly meet the needs of families and remediate long-term poverty. The overarching endeavor, ELEVATE MIAMI, was recognized as a top local program at the 2007 United States Conference of Mayors annual meeting.

Additional Event Sponsors:

City of Miami Department of Economic Development, ACCION USA, Church World Service, Florida Department of Revenue, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Internal Revenue Service, Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Economic Development, Miami-Dade Enterprise Community Center, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami-Dade Empowerment Trust, Neighbors and Neighbors Association, Partners for Self-Employment and South Florida Urban Ministries

Additional Information About Microsoft Office Accounting:

Microsoft Office Accounting is financial management software designed for early startups and home-based businesses that currently use pen and calculator or spreadsheets to run their operations. Since its release on Oct. 30, 2006, the free Microsoft Office Accounting Express has been downloaded and installed more than 1.7 million times. OA is a popular new accounting application, and it is included in the Small Business, Professional and Ultimate editions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

Additional Information About Microsoft Office Live:

Microsoft Office Live is a complete, affordable set of easy-to-use Internet-based software and services that helps small businesses attract new customers, keep in touch with existing customers and easily manage their business from virtually any location. By combining the power of software plus services, Office Live helps small businesses establish a professional Web presence, stay in touch with their customers, and easily access company information from one complete online location. More information is available at

Additional Information About Microsoft:

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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