To commemorate First Act Accounting’s 5th business anniversary on May 25, 2014, we thought it would be appropriate to take a little time to reminisce about our early years and all the amazing events that occurred.
A Trip Down Memory Lane:
May 25, 2009
First Act Accounting opened the “doors” with no clients on the books, just the belief that sharing Dawn’s QuickBooks and accounting knowledge with small business owners though a new industry concept might just work!
In less than 10 days, First Act Accounting welcomed its first two clients – business is booming!
At the brilliant suggestion of the former Executive Director of Cecil County Chamber of Commerce Laura Mayse, 12 ladies met to begin a powerful women’s networking group known as the Top of the Bay Business Women.
After sponsoring a networking function at Manor Tavern Inn, First Act Accounting welcomed its first big client, a high end construction company located in Lutherville, MD.
SARC, a Harford County nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence, selected Dawn as Volunteer for the Year and we learned the value of a press release and promoting such honors – from both a business perspective, as well as a way to promote the causes First Act Accounting cares about!
Dawn had her first teaching gig at Cecil County Public Library and taught small business owners QuickBooks Tips & Tricks (many more to follow).
Dawn was hired as a mentor to help others in business similar to hers.
Dawn mustered the courage to let a First Act Accounting client go…began to realize First Act’s worth and trust her own abilities.
Dawn was selected as one of SmartCEO’s Readers Pick for Region’s Top Accountants.
Dawn traveled 14,232 miles for First Act in 2010.
Dawn fell in love! <3
First Act Accounting was nominated for Small Business of the Year in Cecil County.
First Act Accounting lost its first big client who decided to bring accounting in house.
Dawn was convinced not to throw in the towel – thank you RM!!!
Dawn was nominated for Athena Award of Cecil County – learned that sometimes even a nomination brings new clients!
Remainder of 2012
First Act Accounting revamped after losing a large client and learned the hard lesson that, while there is comfort in “putting all your eggs on one basket,” it really makes a mess when that basket falls to the ground!
Dawn became Mrs. Dawn Regner!
First Act Accounting doubled its client size through a business purchase and expanded into Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Cecil County
Five years is in sight!
The first 5 years were tough, exhilarating and full of lessons. With the help of so many influential professionals, including Kathy Walsh, president of JigSaw Marketing Solutions, we learned to trust our instincts and establish a niche that is unusual in the accounting industry.
In the next 5 years, we have set some pretty lofty, yet achievable goals:
- Increase business to support clients on another level, with trend and ratio analysis. Most small business owners are not aware of their industry average, so they cannot successfully compare their business with their peers. This is a critical element missing from small businesses, often due to limited time juggling multiple tasks.
- Grow the First Act team. In the next 5 years, First Act anticipates having a staff of 3 Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisors to meet onsite with clients.
- Add more QuickBooks training classes. Dawn would like to do more training, and has visions of developing a Chamber blitz, where she offers free QuickBooks training to small businesses through Chambers throughout the United States.
- Be a First Act star. Can you picture it, Dawn representing First Act on The Ellen Show!