Technology vendors are feeling some of the effects of the tightened economy, but some accounting tech vendors are still growing. BQE Expands BQE Software, which makes the popular BillQuick program and offers business management software for professional services organizations, announced today that it has acquired Orange Loft, LLC, the makers of ArchiOffice and EngineerOffice, which help architects and engineers manage their business more efficiently. BQE also recently announced the expansion of its Australia office and has established a sales and support center in Europe. In September 2009, the company was listed in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America. More on the BQE acquisition at www.cpata.com/go/2651 Sleeter Conference Kicks Off The Sleeter Group's annual technology conference for accountants and tech consultants serving small businesses officially opens tomorrow and runs through Thursday, but pre-conference activities are underway starting today in Orlando, Florida. Highlights of the Next Generation Accounting Solutions Conference include: • 59 CPE sessions in seven tracks • 49 exhibitor/sponsor software and service vendors, including 19 that are new this year • 20% of the attendees are attending their first Sleeter Conference • Announcement of 2010 Awesome QuickBooks Add-ons Awards • Several vendors will be launching new products and programs at the conference More information about The Sleeter Group's Conference at: www.cpata.com/go/2652.