SmartPros Acquires Loscalzo Associates

SPRO was first mentioned on the Nano Cap Value Filter 07/03/ See post below



<<“HAWTHORNE, N.Y., July 7, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- SmartPros Ltd. (NasdaqCM:SPRO - News), a leader in the field of accredited professional education and corporate training, today announced that it has acquired Loscalzo Associates. Loscalzo is a leading provider of live accounting- and auditing-related CPE programs, conferences and seminars. They deliver numerous seminars each year through co-sponsorship with state CPA societies, accounting firms, and associations of accounting firms. “

``Loscalzo Associates is a perfect addition to the SmartPros portfolio of companies, and will greatly enhance our service offerings in the accounting and finance markets,'' said Allen Greene, SmartPros Chairman and CEO. ``SmartPros core products have been focused on self-study and online learning, while Loscalzo Associates has developed an incredible channel program to deliver CPE programs via live conferences and seminars. With Loscalzo Associates offerings in the mix, SmartPros now offers a complete blended learning environment for accounting- and finance-related organizations on a national level. Loscalzo Associates' clients have been asking for more technology, while SmartPros clients have been looking to augment their programs with more live training. It is our largest acquisition to date, and meets our criteria of being accretive within one year.''
Loscalzo Associates (http://www.loscalzo.com/), formed in 1981 by Margaret Loscalzo, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SmartPros Ltd., and will continue its operations from its current Red Bank, N.J., headquarters. Ms. Loscalzo, who has built this distinguished company, will remain President and head the subsidiary with the current staff.
``SmartPros' strength in the self-study and eLearning markets is a great complement to our existing live seminar programs,'' said Margaret Loscalzo, Founder and President of Loscalzo Associates. ``Through this transaction we will continue to offer our clients our existing programs, but can also leverage SmartPros' technology to enhance our curriculum.''
SmartPros will host a teleconference today beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET to discuss some details of the purchase, and invites all interested parties to join management in a discussion regarding this meaningful development. The conference call can be accessed via telephone by dialing 1-800-240-8658.
About SmartPros Ltd.
Founded in 1981, SmartPros Ltd. is an industry leader in the field of accredited professional education and corporate training. Its products and services are primarily focused in the accredited professional areas of corporate accounting, financial management, public accounting, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, financial services, banking, engineering, legal, ethics and compliance, and information technology. SmartPros is a leading provider of professional education products to Fortune 500 companies, as well as the major firms and associations in each of its professional markets. SmartPros provides education and content publishing and development services in a variety of media including Web, CD-ROM and video. Our subscription libraries feature hundreds of course titles and 2,300+ hours of accredited education. SmartPros' proprietary Professional Education Center (PEC) Learning Management System (LMS) offers enterprise distribution and administration of education content and information. In addition, SmartPros produces a popular news and information portal for accounting and finance professionals serving more than one million ads and distributing more than 200,000 subscriber email newsletters each month. SmartPros' network of sites averages more than 450,000 monthly visits, serving a user base of 500,000+ profiled members. Visit: http://www.smartpros.com/>>