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wonderful experience they can bring to
our clients."
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
SCORE clients.
"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
President-elect
Camille
Murphy,
partner of Bailey Murphy + Scarano
in Branford. Murphy, who frequently
teaches financial literacy to students,
jumped at the chance to run a small,
20-minute workshop.
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!"
CTCPA President
Noelle Taddei,
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
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