wonderful experience they can bring to
While programming tends to vary from
chapter to chapter, many of the initia-
tives are the same and revolve around
short workshops covering business
basics and more in-depth topics. Sev-
eral of the Connecticut chapters also
offer new business owners a five-class
certification program entitled "Simple
Steps for Starting a Business."
How can CPAs help?
One of the most critical components
of starting a business is the financial
element a skill set often lacking.
Volunteers with financial know-how
are desperately needed to teach ba-
sic business workshops and counsel
"I'm amazed what people don't know
about how to do financials and keep
books," Sanders marveled, supporting
Stack's anecdote. "We ask them to do
a 12-month cash flow and their eyes
glaze over. But this is so important!"
Two years ago, Sanders had a booth
at a shoreline Chamber of Commerce
event. She struck up a conversation
with the CPA across the aisle: CTCPA
partner of Bailey Murphy + Scarano
in Branford. Murphy, who frequently
teaches financial literacy to students,
jumped at the chance to run a small,
Murphy now teaches that workshop
once a month, to an eager group of ap-
proximately 15 aspiring entrepreneurs.
"They ask lots of questions, but they're
easy questions," Murphy shared. She
offers her pupils a free one-hour consul-
tation if they have further questions ...
and yes, she has gotten new clients
out of her presentations!
"They really need us," she continued.
"This is such a basic presentation to
a very grateful crowd. It's a great way
to get experience public speaking a
friendly crowd and a simple topic!"
who teaches alongside Sanders at
Post University, shares Murphy's
"Our goal, at a fundamental level, is to help
people start and grow businesses."
New Haven SCORE Chairperson Pat Sanders
President Emeritus, Post University