Business software maker DaySmart acquires NY software firm

ANN ARBOR—The Ann Arbor-based business management software developer DaySmart Software announced the acquisition of Sawyer, a New York-based provider of business management software for the children’s activities market. The acquisition expands DaySmart’s offering within the recreation market to include scheduling and payments for K-12 extracurricular activities.

Since its founding in 2015, Sawyer has focused on simplifying the discovery of children’s after school and extracurricular activities. Its two-sided model, offering software solutions for customers to run and grow their business, as well as a marketplace for parents to discover kids’ activities in their area, provides a unique solution to a segment of the recreation market otherwise not offered today.

“With the addition of Sawyer, DaySmart offers the broadest range of recreation-focused business software and services in the market,” said Pat Shanahan, CEO of DaySmart. “We are delighted to welcome the Sawyer team to DaySmart and serve our customer base together.”

“Sawyer’s mission since day one has been to build best-in-class technology solutions to connect parents with providers of out-of-school learning opportunities,” said Marissa Evans Alden, CEO and co-founder of Sawyer. “DaySmart’s history within the recreation space and its commitment to SMB excellence is well aligned with our priorities of providing our customers with best-in-class technology and support. We are excited to accelerate our growth potential as part of the DaySmart team.”

DaySmart Software is committed to providing small, midsize, and enterprise-scale clients tailored business management solutions to help them run and grow their businesses. Since 1999, DaySmart has offered vertically focused cloud-based applications and payment processing solutions to businesses of all sizes, spanning across the recreation, vet, pet, salon, spa, and body art industries. The company’s comprehensive platform empowers customers to manage, connect, and grow their client base within a single solution. For more information about the company and its suite of solutions, visit

Sawyer, founded in Brooklyn in 2015, connects children, parents, and providers of the best enriching childhood experiences through a suite of industry-leading technology solutions with a goal to ensure every child has the opportunity to discover their own love of learning. Sawyer reaches thousands of small business owners, enterprise organizations, non-profits, and traditional educational institutions and gives them the business intelligence tools to drive decision making. Sawyer also helps over a million parents navigate the intense, fragmented world of early childhood development by creating tools that manage their children’s day-to-day lives. More at

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