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MICPA to Host 40th Annual Small Firm Practitioners Conference

by MICPA | Jul 26, 2017   ()

Being a small business owner has many challenges, and each year the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants strives to equip members with the tools and resources needed to be successful.  

MICPA will host its 40th Annual Small Firm Practitioners Conference Aug. 16 to Aug. 17 at Firekeepers Casino Hotel. The conference will cover topics such as not-for-profit accounting, investments and updates from the Michigan State Treasury as well as trending issues such as practice management, funding techniques and lease accounting.

“This conference will again tackle topics that are increasingly important to our members and to their clients,” said Peggy Dzierzawski, MICPA’s president and CEO. “Our industry is evolving in ways we’ve only imagined, and businesses are being asked to do more and more. We’re really proud and excited to offer comprehensive education about these topics as well providing networking opportunities for our members.”

The conference will feature keynote speaker Mark Koziel, executive vice president of Firm Services and Global Alliances of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He will share insights and an overview on AICPA’s evolving Private Company Practice Section, including the results of the latest issues from firms across the country. Koziel will also address problems and trends along with resources available to CPAs.

Dzierzawski will address attendees about the state of the accounting industry, how it will affect Michigan in the upcoming years and opportunities for CPAs. Tom Morrison, president and CEO of Tom Morrison & Associates, Inc., will host an interactive session to help attendees identify potential disruptions that could change the industry.

Other sessions include how small practitioners compete and win in the marketplace, retirement planning, wellness checkups for clients’ internal controls and eldercare planning.

“In planning this conference, we took extreme care to plan sessions revolving around a variety of issues,” said Pam Bingham, CPA, chair of the Small Firm Practitioners Task Force. “With the added Wednesday evening reception and 40th Annual Celebration, we’re also focusing on creating networking opportunities for attendees, to ensure they get the most of every minute of the conference.”

Members of the Small Firm Practitioners Task Force will be receiving an award Wednesday for their exemplary role throughout the year in educating members. The award, which is typically presented at the association’s annual fall banquet, recognizes those who go above and beyond in lending their expertise and time to provide information key to the advancement of the CPA profession.

Anyone attending the conference will have the opportunity to receive up to 24 hours of CPE credits, with additional credits available in pre-conference workshops on Aug. 15.

Registration is $399 for MICPA members and $529 for non-members and available by visiting  micpa.org/SPCB17. Special lodging accommodations are also available for conference attendees. 

Source: MICPA
Source: MICPA

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