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

Maria Mendez, E.A.

Maria is an Enrolled Agent and Senior Small Business Analyst.  She holds a B.A. in public accounting from the University of Chihuahua, Mexico, is fluent in Spanish, and has more than 15 years of experience providing tax services to small business owners. Maria’s unique approach to small  business financial details and knowledge of tax law, makes her clients more confident about understanding their business numbers and empowers them to take better control of their finances.

Ashley Mizzi, MBA

Ashley is the Director of Business Strategy and Innovation, holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Harvard University and is fluent in German. She has over a decade of experience creating business models and deploying programming for underestimated and wealth adverse small business owners in the areas of financial operations education, loan and capital utilization. Her niche is empowering women, as well as, immigrant small business owners to flourish, financially. She is a 30 in Their Thirties and Most Valuable Millennial award recipient. 

Rachel Campbell, E.A.

Rachel is an Enrolled Agent and Senior Small Business Analyst. She holds a B.A. in financial accounting and reporting from The University of Michigan, and has over 10 years of tax and accounting experience. Her passion lies in helping clients gain a deeper understanding of how applying healthy business practices will yield a greater impact on their financial operations. She has helped numerous business owners move the needle to become capital read and successfully grow their business. 


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