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Sage, a leading provider of ERP software and services for small to midsized businesses worldwide, will make Boston its second stop of the 16-city, 50-day Sage Listens RV Relay today. Along with visiting with several Sage customers, company executives will host a lunch, beer tasting and tour event at Harpoon Brewery, a locally owned and operated premier craft brewery in Boston’s Seaport District.

Harpoon plays an important role as a locally owned business in Boston. In 1986, Harpoon Brewery was the first company to manufacture and sell alcohol in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in over 25 years. Today, Harpoon is dedicated to providing the best craft beers and exceptional service for its customers.

“Local businesses like Harpoon Brewery are what give Boston its spirit and strengthen our economy,” said Brad Smith, executive vice president, customer experience, Sage North America. “There are nearly 120,000 small businesses in the Greater Boston area. If a quarter of them hired one new employee, 30,000 new jobs would be created this year. Today, Sage is here to be a customer to our customers. We’re excited to see what the day brings.”

It’s a good time to own a small business in Boston. According to a Bank of America Spring 2013 Small Business Owner Report, 43 percent of Boston small business owners anticipate their revenues will increase this year, and 22 percent plan on hiring more employees. It’s important for Bostonians to continue to give back to the community by purchasing goods from local buyers. Locally owned businesses not only bring more money into the community and create jobs, but they also support local infrastructure and add character to the fabric of our communities.

After the Harpoon event, the Sage team will be meeting with another loyal Sage customer, DentaQuest, the third-largest dental benefits administrator in the U.S., with more than 17 million members across the country.

The Sage Listens RV Relay is a literal and figurative vehicle for Sage executives to personally visit customers across the U.S., to build stronger relationships with those customers, to help them maximize their software investments, and to encourage a commitment to shopping at and supporting local businesses in communities nationwide. With this tour, Sage is also kicking off a nationwide “Shop Local” campaign, through which it is encouraging consumers and businesses to support businesses locally based in their communities.

The New York City metropolitan area is the next stop on the Sage Listens RV Relay. Follow the progress of the Sage Listens RV Relay as it crosses the country by visiting www.SageLovesOurCustomers.com, by following Twitter.com/SageListens, and by searching Twitter for #SageListens and #SageShopLocal.