updated 1/27/2011 1:16:28 PM ET 2011-01-27T18:16:28

GLENVIEW, Ill., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SurePayroll and Associated Bank today announced that Associated is offering its business customers a new online payroll service powered by SurePayroll.

Offered under SurePayroll's Business Online Payroll brand, the service provides Associated's customers an easy-to-use, convenient payroll solution that is integrated with Associated's eManager+ Business Online Banking platform. The service can be used at anytime and anywhere internet access is available.

Customers simply sign in to eManager+, enter their payroll and the robust system handles the rest, including calculating wages and deductions, depositing and filing payroll taxes, and paying employees through direct deposit. In addition, customers can contact the service for live support six days a week.

"Through Business Online Payroll, Associated customers can save time, money and worries over payroll penalties," says Cal Steinhoff, Vice President of Business Development at SurePayroll. "They'll be able to process payroll in fewer than two minutes, enjoy the benefits of low monthly pricing offered through Associated and leave the IRS worries to our payroll experts."

With tens of thousands of customers, SurePayroll is the country's first and largest online payroll and payroll tax provider and the leading provider of bank partner programs serving businesses with between one and 100 employees.

"Our goal is to provide our business clients financial tools and services that help them reach their goals faster," says Doug Kohlbeck, Director of Business Banking at Associated Bank. "Partnering with an industry leader like SurePayroll to offer a fast and easy-to-use online payroll service will help our customers spend less time and resources on payroll and more time and resources growing their businesses."

Associated is now offering Business Online Payroll powered by SurePayroll to new and existing customers. To learn more or sign up visit http://www.associatedbank.com/ OnlinePayroll or call 866.311.1416.

About SurePayroll

SurePayroll is dedicated to providing a simple, and convenient online payroll service at a price small business owners can afford. Tens of thousands of customers rely on SurePayroll to process payroll on demand in as few as two minutes. In addition, SurePayroll offers efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers' compensation, employee screening and more. For accountants and bank partners, SurePayroll provides private-label and co-branded services that enable them to offer payroll processing to their small business clients. Founded in 2000, SurePayroll has received numerous prestigious awards for its innovative technology and outstanding customer service, including recognition from PC Magazine, Inc. 500, Accounting Today, the American Business Awards and many others. For more information, please visit http://www.SurePayroll.com.

About Associated Bank

Associated Bank is part of Associated Banc-Corp (Nasdaq:ASBC), a diversified bank holding company with total assets of $23 billion headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Associated has 288 banking offices serving over 150 communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Associated offers a full range of traditional banking services and a variety of other financial products and services. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.AssociatedBank.com .

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