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What's new in Sage BusinessWorks version 2017

Featured Add-On Product


BusinessWorks Shopping Carts by Crocker and Associates


Custom Shopping Carts by Crocker and Associates

Reach out to the world and expand your business with our customizable shopping cart software that is "SAGE BusinessWorks ready". Take the confusion and mystery out of selling online; let us handle your e-commerce needs!

Key Benefits

* Complete shopping cart.
* Custom Designed for each companies unique needs.
* Includes Credit Card processing if needed.
* Outputs Sales Orders ready to import into BusinessWorks.
* Can be configured as a B2C or a B2B shopping cart.
* Can be configured to include "multi-level pricing" directly from SAGE BusinessWorks.
* Can import part pricing from SAGE BusinessWorks.
* Can import current customers from SAGE BusinessWorks.
* Provides the "Link to SAGE BusinessWorks" that other shopping carts can't.


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BusinessWorks Training and Consulting Services

See how we can make Sage BusinessWorks into a tool that allows you to streamline processes and make better decisions throughout your organization.




Sage BusinessWorks goes beyond “off-the-shelf” bookkeeping accounting packages by offering a wide range of features such as project management, inventory control, contact management, and more! Make the most informed business decisions possible using the award-winning Sage BusinessWorks solution, which simplifies and streamlines key business functions and daily business activities, giving you an instant link to critical, up-to-the-minute accounting information and executive-level "Flash Reports" for key business areas.

This powerful system fills the gap between basic entry level accounting programs and complex high-end business packages. Small corporations find it extremely suitable for their needs because of its versatility. By combining high-end functionality and ease of use, at a price that is a fraction of other modular systems, Sage BusinessWorks is a great software value. Look at what's available!

  • Sage BusinessWorks supports up to 45 simultaneous users with open database connectivity to other applications.
  • General Ledger supports up to 8,000 accounts and 99 departments with all your current information.
  • Accounts Payable helps you maintain all your vendors information and generate a wide range of reports.
  • Accounts Receivable provides detailed information about your receivables and collections.
  • Cash Management includes the ability to reconcile bank transactions to the General Ledger from Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and Accounts Payable.
  • Order Entry generates quotes, sales orders, and invoices for your customers. Vendor purchase orders can be generated directly from customer sales orders, with automatic drop-ship capability.
  • Inventory Control and Purchase Order maintains complete information and recommendations on inventory stock. Supports kits, assembly, serial number tracking, multiple warehouses.
  • Payroll prepares reports on payroll, paychecks, W-2s as well as federal and state reports--with direct deposit capability. Now with Print-N-Sign Tax Forms and eFiling. If you prefer outsourced payroll, Sage BusinessWorks now links to Sage Payroll Services for automatic integration of Cash Management and General Ledger information.
  • Job Cost tracks labor, materials equipment, overhead, sub-contracting and other associated job costs.
  • Custom Office allows you to use the extensive and robust features of Microsoft Office to easily create documents and spreadsheets from Sage BusinessWorks data.
  • Flash Reports and Business Graphics give top management a real-time view of every aspect of the business.

Additionally, Sage BusinessWorks contains a two-way link with ACT!. This link provides true Customer Relationship Management (CRM) capabilities at a very low cost. Salespersons are empowered with the ability to see the status of customer's activities whether they are in the office or on the road. A sales and marketing plus.

Enhanced reporting capabilities are available with available Sage BusinessWorks editions of Crystal Reports and F9 Financial Report Writer. Two-way linkage between Sage BusinessWorks and package shipping systems is provided by StarShip.

NORTHBROOK Consulting Group has the expertise to get you up and running with Sage BusinessWorks. In addition to helping you design your system, NCG will accurately convert your outgrown existing system data right into Sage BusinessWorks. There's no need to run two systems simultaneously to obtain history information or work with your current data. If the "CONVERSION" of existing data has been the major concern, it no longer needs to be. NCG has it covered!

We are also Certified Trainers with Sage BusinessWorks. Training designed for how you are going to use BusinessWorks, and integrated with your workflow and processes. We can show you how to use the features of all your software to improve your bottom line--by streamlining processes, by increasing revenues, and by making better business decisions.

If that's not enough to make you look at Sage BusinessWorks . . . consider the Sage BusinessWorks Trade Up Program! Your previously used Sage accounting software may qualify for a discount from Sage North America of up to 20% towards your Sage BusinessWorks purchase!

An unbeatable combination: Sage BusinessWorks, NORTHBROOK Consulting Group's expertise, and credit for your old software.

Powerful business management/accounting software was never this easy!

Sage BusinessWorks Overview (pdf)

Version 2011 Enhancement Guide (pdf)

Complete Sage BusinessWorks Module Specifications (pdf)

Sage BusinessWorks ClientCare Plans (pdf)

Sage BusinessWorks Hardware and Software Standards (pdf)

Sage BusinessWorks Product Digest (pdf)--features, benefits & sample reports


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What's New

December 2018
Important Act Software Notice: If you currently use an older version of Act, you should consider upgrading to a newer version by December 31st, 2018 to ensure Act continues to function properly after January 1, 2019.

Versions Impacted: 17, 16, Sage Act 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005
Why is this happening: A third party vendor made a change and you can read more here:

August 2018
Sage BusinessWorks 2019 is now available. See more details here.

July 2017
Swiftpage enters beta testing of ACT! version 20

March 2017
Swiftpage releases Act! version 19.1 (2017). Includes significant fixes to the initial release..

February 2017
Sage releases BusinessWorks 2017 service pack 2, with 2017 tax tables.

August 2016
Swiftpage releases Act! version 18.2. We have tested Sage BusinessWorks link through version 2017 with all desktop versions of Act! through 18.2 and found no issues--even though Sage no longer supports the link.

May 2016
Swiftpage releases Act version 18.1

March 2016
Sage releases Service Pack 9 for BusinessWorks 2015

July 30, 2015
Swiftpage releases statement about the compatibility of Act! with Windows 10 and the precautions to take before upgrading to it. See it here.

July, 2015
Act! version 17.2 released by Swiftpage. This release adds important new features and fixes issues with prior versions.

April, 2015
Swiftpage announces major product restructuring--Act! to be available on-site or in the "cloud", purchase or subscription.

January, 2015
Swiftpage releases Act! verson 17.1 to beta testers. This release has feature enhancements and solutions to problems found in prior versions.

November, 2014
Sage BusinessWorks 2015 is released. There are new reports, functionality enhancements, and problem fixes from the 2013 version. See release notes.

October, 2014
Swiftpage releases ACT! version 17: with integrated emarketing, which adds automation, send as, and more; the ability to attach documents from places like DropBox, Sharepoint and Google Drive, to fully connect you to where you store your documents; enhancements to web and mobile like CSV import and attaching a photo directly from your mobile device. - See more

July, 2014
Don Joseph announces merger of our Sage accounting with Sue Dunn at MicroAccounting Solutions and our ACT! practice with Brainsell Technologies, LLC to assure support for NCG's clients.

June, 2014
Northbrook Consulting Group forms alliance with Brainsell Technologies, LLC for ACT-related products and services. More to come.

May, 2014
Swiftpage announces future vision for ACT!, including summer release of ACT! Cloud and redesigned ACT! Hosted

April, 2014
Swiftpage releases ACT! version 16.1 with new features and problem fixes. Included is ACT! e-marketing, other new features, and maintenance upgrades.

March, 2014
Swiftpage releases beta of ACT! e-marketing and announces features for release 16.1 in April, 2014.

Febuary, 2014
Swiftpage announces plans for the all-new Act! Cloud, a direct-to-market, SaaS-only offering primarily targeted at entrepreneurs and micro/small business owners.

January, 2014
Northbrook Consulting Group's merger with Sue Dunn's firm (JDI Inc.) brings the gamut of Sage solutions to our clients. We can now sell and support Sage 100, Sage 200, Sage CRM in addition to Sage BusinessWorks, Sage 50, and ACT!.

July, 2013
Sage BusinessWorks 2013 is released

April, 2013
Featured Add-on of the month: QSalesData, allows connection of ACT! and QuickBooks--true CRM capabilities at a small business price.

October, 2012
ACT! HOSTED brings ACT! to the cloud. Northbrook Consulting Group brings it to you/

November 2011
Don Joseph receives certification as ACT! Premier Trainer and Sage BusinessWorks Certified Consultant.