SHELBY, NC--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - Sage North America today announced the winner and runners-up in its $20,000 Start-Up Cash Contest, aimed at helping entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality. Shelby-based Queen Fuel Components LLC was named a runner-up in this nationwide contest spotlighting the entrepreneurial spirit.

"It is such a great honor to be recognized," said Robert Queen, founder, Queen Fuel Components LLC. "As a new small business, we are very excited to hit the ground running, and appreciate Sage's support for entrepreneurial companies such as Queen Fuel Components."

Contest participants were tasked with creating a brief video commercial for their business idea or new business (less than two years old), along with their business plan and a brief essay. Based on online votes, the 20 most popular videos advanced to the final judging round. Videos, business plans and essays were then evaluated by a team of small business experts, including Wayne Rivers, co-founder and president, Family Business Institute, and Bob Shephard, Director External Affairs - Florida, SCORE.

"Small businesses are the main engine driving the economy, and while the past year has been difficult from an economic perspective, the passion and creativity that drive small business owners to success is as strong as ever," said Doug Meyer, Chief Customer Officer, Sage North America. "The gifted entrepreneurs who participated in our startup cash contest -- and millions of others like them across North America -- are the reason that Sage employees come to work each day, supporting small businesses' dreams, vision, and goals."

Shelby-based Queen Fuel Components is a new business, founded recently as a manufacturer of "hands free" onboard additive injection systems for diesel equipment and a distributor of diesel fuel additive blends and related products. The new product will be called EZ-ADD ("EZ-ADD - So You Don't Have To").

As a runner-up in the contest, Queen Fuel Components receives software and services with a retail value of nearly $4,000 to assist them in managing their businesses: Peachtree by Sage Premium Accounting 2010 Multi-user Version with one year of Peachtree Freedom Support; ACT! by Sage 2010 with 5 user licenses; Timeslips by Sage 2010 5-user version; Palo Alto Software's Business Plan Pro Standard Edition Version 11; and Palo Alto Software's Marketing Plan Pro.

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