By Thomas A. O’Neil
Managing Partner, SSB CPAs
CANFIELD – What a year 2020 was! We can all agree that the circumstances we faced were unprecedented as we were forced to navigate uncharted waters.
SSB CPAs is grateful for the opportunity to assist our clients and to help them survive the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Our firm, based in Canfield, has been a proud member of the Mahoning Valley for over 40 years. We attribute our success to loyal clients, our outstanding team and its proven resiliency.
We are excited to begin another tax season and look forward to meeting the challenges we might encounter. Four accounting interns are on board, and SSB is proud to invest in the education of Youngstown State University students through involvement with the Williamson College of Business Administration.
Out of the necessity to allow team members to work remotely, we made an additional investment in technology in the form of a workflow software program. This allowed us to work more efficiently and effectively while maintaining strict security measures. Staying up to date with technology has always been a priority for SSB.
During this time of uncertainty, SSB Managed Wealth LLC experienced steady growth. This division offers financial planning and investing services related to planning for retirement and helping our clients achieve their financial goals.
We have seen growth in our Comprehensive Accounting and Advisory Services division. This division assists clients who may not have the resources to hire and manage an accounting department but still need the support of a team to provide financial data and reports. Other areas of growth include our litigation team working steadily to provide forensic accounting services for cases involving fraud.
A rather fun area of growth deals with our brewery consulting team. They have tapped into a fast-developing niche of the growing independent brewery industry.
Our SSB team is very community minded and participates as volunteers, serving on the boards and providing services to many organizations. These include the Better Business Bureau, Salem Regional Medical Center, Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown Symphony Society, Sight for All United, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.
As we begin 2021, we remain optimistic. We look forward to developing and strengthening our relationships and to seeing what opportunities the upcoming year brings. We are proud of everyone who came together during such a challenging time and played a role in the growth of this great community.