Charter Software Inc., a leading provider of  business management system software for agricultural, construction and outdoor power equipment dealers, is pleased to announce the availability of ASPEN Lite, an affordable, streamlined version of their ASPEN business management system. This software is ideal for smaller, single-location enterprises needing a business system.

 “We build our products to meet industry demand,” says Charter Software president Anne Salemo. The many features and capabilities of the ASPEN business system were more than what some smaller dealers needed to manage their business. “ASPEN Lite provides these dealers with an affordable business system to manage their parts, work orders, rentals, customers, and sales while allowing them to retain their existing bookkeeping software,” says Salemo. “Dealers can either utilize ASPEN Lite’s built-in integration with QuickBooks or export their accounting data to use externally—it’s perfect for dealers who don’t do their accounting in-house or who just like using the QuickBooks program,” she says.  

Like ASPEN, ASPEN Lite features a system dashboard from where users can drill-down to detailed data;  send instant messages between dealership staff and email customers directly from the system; and enjoy instant access to suppliers’ parts pricing, eliminating the need to hand-key parts information. Using ASPEN Lite, these dealers will be able to track their customers’ invoice and service history and fine-tune their inventory by always knowing what’s in stock and on order for the shelf, work orders and their customers. ASPEN Lite also interfaces with popular electronic parts catalogs, as well as online parts ordering systems, which will also save dealers large amounts of time.

Because ASPEN Lite is hosted on Charter’s secure web servers, there is no initial hardware investment. “Our mission is to provide affordable powerful business tools that help dealers reduce costs and increase their profits—ASPEN Lite fits the budget of the smaller dealers while still meeting their business needs. So far the response has been very positive,” says Salemo.

For more information on ASPEN Lite, contact Charter Software at 303.932.6875 x219, email or visit their website at

About Charter Software:  Headquartered in Littleton, Colorado and founded in 1978, Charter Software continues to provide equipment dealers with affordable, Windows-based business management software designed to increase their efficiency and profitability. Charter Software is the only business management software provider endorsed by five regional equipment dealer associations.