Small Business Help – Accounting Aid Academy

Accounting Aid Academy: Helping small businesses learn and thrive.

Small businesses comprise more than 98% of Michigan businesses and employ half of Michigan workers. Helping small businesses thrive benefits everyone in our state.

That’s why the Accounting Aid Academy exists: To educate small businesses and give them the sound financial management practices that lead to stability and growth. We help small businesses pinpoint areas that need improvement and coach them to strengthen those areas. Along the way, we make sure they have the skills they need to manage their finances, such as:

  • Establishing strong accounting systems and bookkeeping practices
  • Managing income and sales taxes and preparing tax returns
  • Interpreting and creating financial statements
  • Making sound business decisions
  • Leveraging capital and credit

Toward these goals, we provide business consulting, workshops, labs, and presentations, as well as open office hours for initial consultations.

We specialize in small business financial management.

Accounting Aid Academy offers:

  • Free initial consultation
  • Free monthly workshops
  • Low cost support to meet your immediate and future needs
    • Income tax filing and Michigan sales tax
    • Individualized one-on-one technical assistance
    • 6 month tax preparation or bookkeeping training series: Ongoing enrollment
    • 12 month Thrive program: Applications available in November and December

Interested in learning more? Fill out the contact information below and let’s get started helping your business grow.

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Meet the Accounting Aid Academy Team

Rachel Campbell, E.A.

Small Business Financial Analyst

Rachel began her career at the Accounting Aid Society in 2010 as a Tax Site Supervisor in our 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 deeper 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.

Ismail Kareem, FCA, CISA

Small Business Accountant

Ismail joined the agency in August of 2023. He is a highly regarded professional with over 20 years of experience managing finance and accounting departments of corporate business organizations. In his current role as the Accounting Aid Academy’s Small Business Accountant, Ismail uses his experience in analysis and customization of financial plans to work with small business owners. His goal is to help them achieve healthy and sustainable business growth. He earned a certificate in programming from Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA). He received his postgraduate degree in Accountancy from Yaba College of Technology.

Maria Mendez

Maria Mendez, E.A.

Small Business Accountant

Maria has over 15 years of 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.