Local CPA Societies

There are a ton – and we mean a ton – of free resources available from CPA Societies ranging from the national American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to state-level societies such as the Ohio Society of CPAs, Michigan Association of CPAs, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, New York State Society of CPAs and others in every single state in the country.

Most societies and associations provide dozens of small events with continuing professional education (CPE) credit on a variety of topics ranging from tax to technology and everything in between. Some like the Ohio Society of CPAs also offer in-person events such as the Cleveland Accounting Show, Columbus Accounting Show, and others where business professionals can research products and services and network with peers.

Membership in your local CPA association has many benefits including access to discounts for a variety of business services such as insurance, human resources, payment processing, and technology products.

Most also offer specialized groups by industry segment or focus area such as tax and audit, financial planning, healthcare, non-profit, small business, construction, manufacturing, and more.

Resources available through CPA groups often include webinars, podcasts, newsletters, videos, tutorials, peer review, templates, research studies, and a whole lot more.

If you’re not a member – you probably should be – or at least someone in your company should be monitoring your local association for new resources and events that can help you grow your business.

And by the way – they almost all have excellent information on technology products ranging from entry-level accounting software like Intuit QuickBooks to cloud-based accounting software like Sage Intacct which just so happens to be the only accounting software recommended by the AICPA.

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