BookKeeping Express Inks Franchise Agreement to Open Office in Phoenix Area

Local Entrepreneurs Bring Nation's Leading Bookkeeping Franchise to the East Valley; Expands to offer more than 90,000 Area Small Businesses Professional Bookkeeping Services

DEERFIELD, IL /24-7PressRelease/ -- BookKeeping Express, the first U.S. franchise focused solely on outsourced accounting services, announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement with Red Mountain Bookkeeping to open an office in Mesa, Arizona. The new BookKeeping Express office will open in early-January 2010 at 4801 E McKellips, Suite 104, Mesa, AZ 85215, will serve the entire East Valley and will be the first in Arizona.

"I'm thrilled about the opportunity to provide skilled bookkeeping services that focus on the small business community," said David DiPietro, Red Mountain's CEO. "We are excited about serving the East Valley and becoming part of the BookKeeping Express family. BookKeeping Express has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and their proven business model will provide us with the marketing and operations support we need to help us grow our business, which will allow us to help others grow theirs."

David's professional experience includes more than 25 years experience as a financial officer and executive with proven success in directing strategies within multiple areas of operations, including finance, accounting, customer service, marketing, sales, IT, and human resources.

With more than 90,000 small businesses in the region, BookKeeping Express offers a much-needed service to companies that are not equipped or do not wish to handle accounting responsibilities such as setting up charts of accounts and general ledgers, monthly data entry, processing and managing accounts payable and accounts receivable, producing monthly reports and tax reporting. Moreover, BookKeeping Express utilizes a Custom Flex Pricing Model that is based on the clients' needs instead of a one size fits all, hourly billing approach.

The expansion into Phoenix is part of the company's aggressive national development plan which calls for more than 400 new territories throughout the United States.

"The small business community is growing in Phoenix and around the country, and BookKeeping Express is expanding with it, providing qualified franchise investors with a niche franchise option that caters to this growing segment," said Greg Jones, CEO of BookKeeping Express. "We are looking to grow with franchisees such as Red Mountain Bookkeeping who are serious about building a professional business and sincere about their desire to fill a void in their communities with our distinctive services."

Prior to opening their BookKeeping Express office, the staff of Red Mountain Bookkeeping will earn the company's bookkeeper certification after several days of training at the company's headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

As part of the BookKeeping Express franchise model, all offices will offer the BKE Connect system, which allows businesses access to all bookkeeping files remotely through an outside server, as well as a dashboard that clearly and visually 'sums' up the business' operations for thorough analysis. Plus, small to mid-sized business owners can synchronize their QuickBooks and enjoy convenient, anytime access to their financial documents through BKE EDocs, a new electronic filing system designed to provide secure, online storage of financial documents.

Two options available to BookKeeping Express investors include Master or Area Development territories that can be operated out of home-based or commercial space locations; per territory start-up fees run under $50,000.

About BookKeeping Express

BookKeeping Express, a national company focused on providing professional accounting services to small businesses, was founded in 1984 in California and grew to over 150 locations through licensing agreements. In 2007, Greg Jones, along with Bob Stocker and Merritt Green, purchased the company and launched the new business model in McLean, Virginia in January of 2008. BookKeeping Express is currently registered to franchise in 41 states.

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