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Winston-Salem Expansion

LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC is excited to announce that we are expanding our firm’s presence into the Winston-Salem market.

Winston-Salem is a continually developing city in the heart of the Piedmont-Triad and is currently experiencing the largest renovations and development the city has seen in over 15 years. According to Journal Now, recent estimates show the growth in Winston will continue to rise over the next few years and is expected to hit a population of 250,000 by the next census in 2020. We are excited about this expansion and believe our firm will fit in well with the Winston-Salem community.

If you are an individual or business owner in the Winston-Salem region and would like to schedule a no-cost consultation with an established certified public accounting firm, contact us. Our team is ready to work with you.

NCACPA Day of Service 2018

LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC participated in the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) Annual CPA Day of Service on September 21, 2018. Our employees volunteered their time with various organizations throughout North Carolina and focused on giving back to our local communities.

Our Mount Airy office focused on collecting canned food in order to support Yokefellow Ministry. Yokefellow assists others in need during times of crisis. One way they provide assistance is with food. There were collection boxes set up in the Mount Airy office for collections throughout the week and our team collected additional donations at Lowes Foods on Friday, September 21st.

The Matthews office of LBA Haynes Strand held a collection drive for pet food and supplies to donate to the Humane Society of Charlotte. Our team set up a table at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew on September 21st to collect remaining donations from those who were not able to stop by our office during the week. We had great participation from both our internal staff, clients, and members of the local community.

Our Greensboro office volunteered their time at BackPack Beginnings on September 21st by packing bookbags. BackPack Beginnings’ mission is to deliver child-centric services to feed, comfort, and clothe children in need.

Not only did some of our Greensboro team volunteer at Backpack Beginnings on Friday September 21st. We also had a few of our employees give back at the Out of the Garden Project the day before. You can read more about their efforts on the NCACPA blog!

The NCACPA Day of Service is one of the many ways our team gives back throughout the year. We have an annual LBAHS Day of Service and are always looking for new ways to become more involved in the community.

LBAHS Day 2018: Out of the Garden Project

“I firmly believe the greatest responsibility we have as a firm is to serve our clients, our people and our community. Working with the Out of the Garden Project is one of the most fulfilling efforts in our year.”- Dave Recchion, Office Managing Partner, LBAHS Greensboro Office.

This year, LBA Haynes Strand got the amazing opportunity to go back to the Out of the Garden Project (OOTGP) to help out for a second year. Our LBAHS Day is an annual community service day where we close our office doors and focus on giving back.

Why Out of the Garden?

The Greensboro and High Point area is ranked #9 in the nation for food insecurity. Over 48,000 students in this area receive reduced price or free breakfast and lunches at school. Many do not know where their next meal is coming from after school and on the weekends. This is how founders, Kristy and Don Milholin, got the idea to start the Out of the Garden Project. They noticed children experiencing food insecurity at their children’s elementary school and felt called to make a difference.

OOTGP started as a small weekend initiative supplying 10 bags to families in the Piedmont Triad area. It has grown into a program now supplying over 1250 bags of food each weekend and operating 22 mobile food pantries.

The LBAHS staff jumped right in – cleaning the warehouse, sorting donated food, and packing bags for families. The atmosphere was filled with love and support as each team member realized the impact they were making in this community.

We are fortunate to have played a small part in this company’s great mission, “to provide tangible signs of love so that no child goes to bed hungry.”- OOTGP

To learn more about Out of The Garden Project and how you can help, CLICK HERE! We were featured in News & Record– “Day of service project helps food program

3 Benefits of Hiring a CPA Firm for Your Accounting Needs

A CPA Firm can offer flexible, scalable, bookkeeping solutions to businesses and institutions of every size. Growing your business and sustaining the success of your organization is likely your overall goal. In order to achieve this, business owners must make sure that they have a strong, reliable accounting function in place.

As the leader, you should spend your time finding ways to increase the overall value of your business. If you find yourself crunching the numbers of everyday finances, a CPA firm’s accounting services could be invaluable to getting both you and your business back on the right path to success.

What are the benefits to hiring a CPA Firm for your accounting?
1. The Offering Of A Full Suite of Accounting Services

One benefit to hiring a CPA firm for your accounting function is the full suite of fully customizable services to fit your needs. You may have people in your accounting department, but what happens when they have limited knowledge or experience?  Hiring a CPA Firm gives you access to a full team of accountants and professionals that have that knowledge and experience.

What services are included?
  • AP management
  • AR management
  • Budget development
  • Business plans and forecasting support
  • Chart of accounts clean-up
  • Consulting services
  • Credit card processing
  • Deposit management
  • Expense reimbursements
  • Financial Statement preparation and analysis
  • General ledger review
  • Monthly or Quarterly meetings to review
  • Payroll management
  • QuickBooks support
  • Sales and use tax reporting
  • Year end 1099s
2. Hiring a CPA Firm For Your Accounting Saves You Time and Money

Your accounting department shouldn’t require a babysitter. You might think it’s your duty as the business owner, to manage workflow, or you might just be intent on keeping a close eye on your company’s finances. Is this really the best use of your time as the leader of your business? What you should be doing is checking in to each of your departments, ensuring smooth sailing, and then getting back to running your business as a whole. Hiring a CPA Firm allows you to do this by taking all accounting issues off your hands. You will be relieved from the day-to-day oversight of your company’s finances. Your available time increases, and you feel confident in taking that time to tackle other business issues.

Look at the budget and resources you currently have allocated towards your in-house accounting department and compare it against the investment of hiring an independent CPA firm. When examining these costs, remember to factor in all the extra costs of other salary factors, including employee benefits and payroll taxes. We are confident that you will be surprised at the price difference and the overall cost savings that hiring an independent CPA firm will provide your business.

3. Hiring A CPA Firm For Your Accounting Puts You In Control

If you are a business owner, there is no doubt that you have control over your business – but are things being managed according to your guidelines and vision? Are the financial policies and procedures your company requires being put into place? You may not have a tremendous amount of accounting knowledge, but you certainly have ideas on how you would like to see reports compiled and presented.

A good CPA firm will abide by these ideas. A good CPA firm will take your business plans and reporting preferences and arrange them into an easy to read, comprehensive format. For example, if you are not 100% in tune with 100% of your expenditures, a CPA firm might recommend a weekly, monthly, or quarterly cash flow analysis based on your needs.

The fact that you may not be an accounting expert should not prevent you from creating policies around your finances and a CPA firm can help you put those policies in act and strengthen them.

Leading your business means guiding the business to a brighter future. You should be focused on the overall picture, not busying yourself with daily duties throughout your departments. Even if your accounting department is performing adequately, as a leader, it is your responsibility to turn “adequate” into “effective” if you want to achieve sustainable business success. A CPA Firm’s accounting services ensure this effectiveness, and give you the time and tools you need to lead your business forward.

Want to learn more about the benefits that a CPA Firm’s accounting service can provide for your business? Contact us today to begin your conversation about your financial future with an experienced accountant at LBA Haynes Strand.

Finding The Right CPA For Your Construction Firm

Often times the relationship between accountants and their clients can be misunderstood as one that just produces a tax return or one time advice.  If this describes your current relationship with your CPA, you might want to re-think your CPA Firm.  An accountant is supposed to act as a trusted advisor, one that you can count on to answer all your accounting questions on a year-round basis and someone you will never hesitate to call with a question.

So, how do you maximize your relationship with your accountant?

It starts with hiring the right accountant.  You need to find the professional CPA firm that has experience handling similarly sized construction companies, someone who understands the nuances of construction accounting.  They should also show a general interest in your company.  Your accountant should be able to ask relevant questions about your company/industry and should be able to provide advice that is specific to the construction industry.  For example if your CPA firm is REALLY knowledgeable about the construction industry, the CPA firm will be able to provide you with strategic planning, smart growth and expansion consulting, sound internal controls, tax and cash flow planning, and finally budgeting and forecasting.

You must understand that your CPA is a resource to your company. If you are only sending over your financial information and waiting for your accountant to send over a completed tax return – then you are missing an opportunity to better your company. Your accountant should be utilized as a financial resource.  Accountants can develop corporate strategies, financial plans, can make recommendations to how to lower taxes and increase profits, and can open up doors to new relationships with lawyers and bankers for example.

In today’s economy many general contractors have attempted to do more work with less resources.  This often times puts more of a burden on employees and on the contractor or owner of the company.  This has led to some aspects of the overall financial plan being ignored or not maintained.  If you are a contractor, wouldn’t it be nice to receive monthly reports and analysis of your spending, cash flow, and other financial data?  Utilizing your accountant to do this, can help you stick to a financial plan that increases your financial health and can help identify problems before they turn into significant issues.  When hiring the right accountant, ask them if they are able to provide monthly analysis and reporting, if they say, “no”, then move on and find an accountant who can.

What else should you be looking for in an accounting firm for construction companies?
  • Accountants with industry knowledge.  Look for the “CCIFP” designation!
  • Look for accountants who won’t charge for phone calls and will never put you on the “clock.”
  • Look for CPAs who are in Construction related groups.  CFMA for example.
  • Find your trusted advisor – someone you can envision developing a relationship with and contacting on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • Someone who can provide insight into the construction industry.
  • During your first meeting, ask the accountant a specific tax question about the construction industry.  If they truly are a “specialist” in construction accounting, this will help you learn that.

Construction accounting is a specialty. That’s why you need an accounting firm that has keen insight into the challenges faced by general contractors and specialty contractors. LBA Haynes Strand’s in depth understanding of construction accounting is the result of providing services to more than 150 clients in the construction industry. For more information on construction accounting, download our free guide, “Profitable Construction: A Guide To Outsourcing Tax Preparation And Accounting.”

What’s In a CPA Firm Name?

Accounting firm names are usually long names… lots of names… lots of letters! Why are our firm names made up of all these names and letters? Accounting firms, like other professional service firms, face many challenges in naming their company – including state regulations that require the use of the the name or initials of any partner or shareholder in the firm name. A CPA firm may also use the name or initials of a retired or deceased partner or shareholder in the firm name as long as the name is not deceptive. It is up to the CPA firm to decide the order of the names and come up with the brand that will best serve the firm going forward.

How did LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC come to be?

In 2014, when LB&A, Certified Public Accountants merged with Haynes Strand and Company, PLLC, we knew one certainty of the name… the “PLLC” would remain.  PLLC stands for Professional Limited Liability Company, which both firms were operating as already. We checked that part off the list and then moved towards the task of combining the names to retain market share and the brand in our established markets. With LB&A serving the Charlotte market, we saw this as an important must in the name. We removed the “&” to make it a more streamlined LBA. What does the LBA stand for you might ask? Firm Members last names: LaLone, Bly, Ayers. Now that we simplified one of the firm names, we moved to preserving the market share that Haynes Strand and Company had created in Mount Airy, Greensboro, and the rest of the Triad.  Haynes Strand had a large presence in the Triad, so we focused on honoring the history and the brand that had been created. We simplified and agreed to use  “Haynes Strand” from the previous firm name. “Haynes” in remembrance of John B. Haynes, who was a founder of the firm in Mount Airy and “Strand” in remembrance of Austin Strand who was also a founder of the firm and led the firm’s efforts in Greensboro.

So now we knew we were going to use “LBA”, “Haynes Strand”, and “PLLC” in the name…but the order was unclear.  We did extensive research and asked peers which name sounded best.  Our options were basically “LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC” or “Haynes Strand LBA, PLLC” – both choices properly honored our firm founders, and both created a memorable name.  During the great name debate, one of our principal members pointed out that, “Haynes Strand LBA, PLLC looks like alphabet soup!”  At that point we decided to move forward as LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC.  We honored the history and tradition of Haynes Strand and Company who had served the Triad since 1987, and we honored the culture of growth and forward thinking that LB&A had created as a firm in Charlotte.

So what’s in a name? History. Tradition. Excellence. Culture.

At this point if we have not been properly introduced, we welcome you to LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC.  We are a CPA firm that is proactively growing our practice to offer our clients a one-stop shop for all their accounting needs. With 3 full-service offices in Charlotte/Matthews, Greensboro, and Mount Airy, we are centrally located in the state of North Carolina and are looking to cement our firm as the go-to Accounting Firm for middle market companies. To learn more contact us for a no-cost consultation.