About

How We Got Started

Accounting Aid Society’s small business program began as an unfunded pilot in 2014 to service tax clients outside of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program’s scope of work.  Since that time, the program has secured funding to expand services to assist 150 small businesses annually. With many clients coming to Accounting Aid with their financial documents literally “in a shoebox,” the program helps small business owners gain a greater understanding of their finances and prepares them to be both capital ready and to manage their finances on their own in the future, either solo or with the help of a financial professional.

What We Do

From managing small business revenue and income sources and sales, small business tax returns and tax compliance, or recording the appropriate deductions for business expenditures - you have a lot to keep track of. The business services arm of Accounting Aid Society officially launched as Accounting Aid Academy in June 2019. Our team focuses on providing practical, technical and educational components so that small business owners are able to conceptualize their financial operations management. 

 

Our before-and-after-care services for small business owners applying for a grant or loan is here to walk you through the process. The Accounting Aid Academy assists with the completion of accurate financial documents and financial reporting requirements needed by grantors and lenders to get you what you need.

 

We help single-member limited liability and partnership entities make sense of their numbers so that they feel empowered to manage their business on firm financial footing by adopting healthy accounting practices.

 

We are here to help YOUR small business flourish.

 

Accounting Aid Society is a volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program that’s been successfully offering tax and financial services to taxpayers and small businesses in Detroit and southeast Michigan for the past 45 years. In that time, our services have returned over $400 million in tax refunds to individuals and small businesses in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties. As a result, we’ve been named a “Best-Managed Nonprofit” by Crain’s Detroit Business, a Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America, and we received a Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer Program.

The Team

Ashley Mizzi, MBA

Director of Business Strategy and Innovation

Ashley joined the organization in 2018 and has been instrumental in both the launch and expansion of the Accounting Aid Academy. She has over a decade of experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, where she specialized in developing and deploying programs for small business owners, particularly in the areas of financial education, loan and capital utilization. Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in business and her MBA in finance from Central Michigan University, and is continuing education at Harvard Business School with a concentration in process improvement. She is a 2017 dBusiness Magazine 30 in Their Thirties honoree and a 2019 Michigan’s Most Valuable Millennial award recipient. Ashley is also fluent in German. 

Rachel Campbell, E.A.

Senior Small Business 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. As a senior small business analyst, 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.

Senior Small Business Analyst

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 senior small business analyst, 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. 

Andre Snipes
LEAD 313 STRONG Business Coach 

Andre joined the team in 2020 as part of 313 STRONG (Support to Restore Operations and Neighborhood Growth), a collaboration with Techtown Detroit. With nearly a decade of experience working with small-to-medium sized businesses, Andre brings a combination of best practice approaches and subject matter expertise to the Accounting Aid Academy team. Capitalizing on his cash flow analysis skills, Andre will assist small business owners to incorporate strong financial decision making based on cash flow for sustainable growth. Andre graduated from Siena Heights University with a B.B.A in accounting, a minor in mathematics and is currently pursuing his MBA at Eastern Michigan University.
 

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