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At Palo Alto Software, your success is our business. We're the worldwide leaders in business plan software and marketing plan software because we're passionate about helping small businesses and entrepreneurs. The company was founded in 1983 by Tim Berry, a well-known business planning expert and despite our name, we're headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, with international offices in London and Ireland.

How we support small businesses

With our free websites Bplans.com and Mplans.com, we actively support the small business community by providing a wealth of information and guidance. Bplans attracts roughly a million visitors per month, offering free business planning articles, financial tools, sample business plans, and other important resources. A companion site for UK visitors is available at Bplans.co.uk. Mplans provides similar content and marketing planning resources.

Members of our leadership team, including company founder Tim Berry and CEO Sabrina Parsons, travel the country speaking about business planning and starting and running small businesses. We work closely with various local, regional, state, and national organizations to provide resources, software, and guidance to budding entrepreneurs.

On July 1, 2009, Palo Alto Software held the Oregon Small Business Boost, giving away $3 million worth of software to any Oregonian who showed up to a giveaway location. Plans are underway for similar events in other states. We also sponsor a number of academic business plan competitions each year, offering prize money to student entrepreneurs and acting as expert judges to determine winners of some of the most prestigious competitions in the country.

Our products

Our mission is to help people succeed in business. All our products are aimed at helping new businesses start up and thrive and existing businesses grow.

LivePlan is business planning re-invented. Built on our years of experience with Business Plan Pro, we went back to the basics and built a new, online business planning tool that sets the standard for ease-of-use. It's everything that's great about Business Plan Pro with all the benefits of working in any browser from any location. Get started with LivePlan today:

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Business Plan Pro has been the business world's most popular business plan software for over a decade (according to NPD Intelect), outselling all of its competitors combined, and it is regularly on Amazon.com's top 10 list of best-selling business software. Business Plan Pro is available for sale on our website and in Staples, Office Depot, and many other retail locations. Get the Business Planning Software that CFO's and Finance Managers around the globe use:

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Sales and Marketing Pro builds on our popular Marketing Plan Pro (the #1 selling marketing planning software) by giving users the tools they need to find more customers and grow their businesses. Sales and Marketing Pro puts extra emphasis on social media and online marketing, and gives more attention to the sales side of running a small business than other products. Find new customers and increase your sales with a winning sales and marketing plan.

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Start, Run & Grow Your Business offers essential business tools and services to help you start, run and grow your business. The most comprehensive online course on growing and starting your business. Start-Up Guides for Entrepreneurs. Take this course if you are...

  • An entrepreneur
  • Thinking about starting a business
  • In the process of starting a business
  • Writing a business plan
  • Growing your business
  • Marketing your business
  • Need help understanding the financials of your business
  • Pitching your business to a bank or investors

You will learn...

  • What it means to be an entrepreneur
  • The basics you need to succeed in business
  • The starting cost you will need for your business
  • To understand your target market and how best to identify them
  • How to create a successful marketing strategy and reach your customers
  • The best ways to present your business to investors
  • What you should include in your business plan to secure funding
  • The benefits and costs associated with having an online presence
  • How to build the best team to run your business
  • What your break-even point is and how you reach that point
  • How to handle the financials of your business, like estimating sales, the difference between cash and profits, and more.

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We started small in 1983 with Quicken personal finance software, simplifying a common household dilemma: balancing the family checkbook. Today, we've improved the lives of more than 50 million people, and our annual revenue approaches $4 billion. We're publicly traded with the symbol INTU on the Nasdaq Stock Market, and regularly recognized as one of the best places to work in locations around the world.

Our Products

Our flagship products - QuickBooks, TurboTax and Quicken - define our commitment to revolutionize the way people manage their personal finances, run small businesses and pay employees. Our lineup of tax preparation products helps individuals and small business owners easily and accurately file their own taxes. And working with accountants, we've become a staple of American small business, with a widespread and deep-rooted presence that's second to none.

But we're much more than that. Today, our expanding portfolio serves customers in North America, Europe, Singapore and India. And our products have evolved from the desktop to the cloud, with many available both online and for mobile devices.

  • QuickBooks The backbone of Intuit's small business product ecosystem, QuickBooks offers a portfolio of products and services that go beyond accounting. Whether brick-and-mortar or on the Web, from home-based businesses to firms with hundreds of employees, more small business owners choose QuickBooks products and services to help them manage and market their companies and succeed than any other product.Learn more.

  • TurboTax The leading name in tax preparation software, TurboTax applies Intuit's legendary ease to make taxpaying simpler. Whether helping first-time taxpayers find deductions or guiding investor through complex stock transactions and business deductions, TurboTax's desktop and Web-based products are the definitive source for finding and taking deductions.Learn more.

  • Quicken Created in 1983, Quicken software revolutionized personal finance by inventing an easier way to balance checkbooks, manage budgets and pay bills. Today, Quicken remains the No. 1-selling personal finance software and is expanding its legendary simplicity to new areas, helping people manage everything from home-based businesses to home inventory, from health care to rental properties.Learn more.

  • For Accountants Intuit provides a complete array of accounting, tax, and practice management solutions for accountants. More than 150,000 accounting professionals use QuickBooks: Premier Accountant Edition to support their clients' businesses. Intuit's premier tax preparation applications, Lacerte and ProSeries, are used by more than 100,000 tax professionals and are tailored to meet the needs of specific practices, from entry-level firms concentrating on basic tax returns to full-service practices handling the most complex returns.

  • Intuit Financial Services Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by offering innovative online and mobile banking solutions that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money. Applying more than three decades of customer insights and innovation to design its products, Intuit provides solutions that help financial institutions achieve higher customer engagement and profitability.

  • Intuit Health is the largest independent patient portal provider in the country measured by either patients or providers using our system. Combining Intuit's legendary approach to simplifying complex tasks with Medfusion's expertise in provider-patient communications, Intuit Health improves healthcare by developing groundbreaking clinical, administrative and financial services that connect providers and patients. Today, more than 4 million patients and 44,000 providers use the Intuit Heath patient portal to understand and pay medical bills, get lab results, schedule appointments, and get timely electronic access to their health information. Intuit Health is part of the MGMA AdminiServe® Partner Network and a Member Advantage partner for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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