What We Do
Accounting Aid Academy (‘the Academy’) educates, empowers and helps small business owners excel in sound financial management practices. The Academy and its analysts ensure every small business is on firm financial footing, and that small business owners learn and learn to apply financial operations functions such as record keeping, interpreting and creating financial statements and how to make decisions around growing and sustaining their business.
Through coaching, educational series opportunities and one-on-one consultations, the Academy works with small business owners on financial operations issues relevant to their business, such as budgeting and expense tracking, securing capital and deploying efficient accounting systems. We also work with business owners to ensure they are tax compliant by helping them get ready to file and even filing their returns.
Director, Accounting Aid Academy
Jeremy Lewis joined Accounting Aid Society in 2021. A native Detroiter, Jeremy has a unique business development and community development background significantly impacted by his time and experiences away from Detroit. After graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, he developed and managed client relationships in advertising sales roles at CNN, WeatherBug and the Weather Channel in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago, respectively. He returned to Detroit in 2015 and combined his passion and connection to the city to support the work of neighborhood-focused small business and community development in traditional and historically underserved communities. Jeremy earned a Master of Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Rachel Campbell, E.A.
Small Business Financial Analyst
Rachel began her career at Accounting Aid Society in 2010 as a Tax Site Supervisor in Accounting Aid Society’s individual tax program. Driven by her commitment to strengthening Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Rachel has helped the Academy grow a broad client portfolio by building relationships with business owners and meeting them where they are in their business cycle. Rachel applies her knowledge, experience and uses a hands-on approach to help clients gain a deep understanding of their financial operations and maintain tax compliance. She earned her B.B.A from the University of Michigan - Dearborn, where she majored in accounting, and holds credentials as an enrolled agent.
Maria Mendez, E.A.
Small Business Accountant
Maria has over 15 years experience providing tax services to families and small business owners, with a focus on helping clients navigate and build in systems and structures that have historically excluded underserved populations. In her role as a small business accountant, Maria integrates her extensive experience with her empathetic nature to equip business owners with skills and confidence to pursue what is most important to them. Additionally, Maria is active in several neighborhood-level collaborations who support bilingual and spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. A native of Mexico, Maria received a B.A in accounting from the University of Chihuahua and is an enrolled agent.