Polish your advising skills

Jun. 22, 2017  |  Stephanie Schmidt

If you had to identify one thing that is key to running a successful business, what would it be? When I think about this question, the word that comes to mind is trust.

CPAs continue to top the lists of the most trusted professionals. That’s why clients, boards and community members turn to you to help understand complicated information. You have the ability to take numbers and turn them into meaningful information. You then help people use that information to make decisions regarding the future of their organization.

But how do you teach those skills? They’re not really something you can learn from a text book. In this case, hands-on experience is the best teacher.

If you’re looking to build on any of these skills and want to give back to the community, we have an event to fit the bill. The MNCPA is hosting a Small Business Advisory Day on Aug. 9, pairing up CPAs with small-business owners for a free, 30-minute consultation.

Small businesses are an integral part of our economy, consistently playing a major role in economic growth. This is an opportunity for experienced CPAs to use their knowledge and expertise to help support and grow the small-business community.

In addition, young professionals can gain hands on “training” advising small-business owners when paired with a more experienced CPA.

As a trusted adviser, you have the ability to steer members of your community toward opportunity and away from costly mistakes. That’s a valuable asset to any small-business owner.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Corey Butler at cbutler@mncpa.orgor 952-885-5533.

Topics: MNCPA programs and activities

Stephanie Schmidt

Stephanie Schmidt is the MNCPA’s director of membership and marketing. For more than 10 years, she has expertly managed numerous member programs and events. Her skillset comes in handy when also planning sleepovers and birthday parties for her family. Stephanie has also earned the MNCPA’s unofficial title of office fashionista. Step into her office and you’ll see her knack for fashion, design and décor. She’s also a hugger, which you’ll appreciate if you’re ever trapped in a scary escape room with her. Stephanie can be reached at 952-885-5523 or

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