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Meet your merchant: Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C.

Inside Business/The Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado
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How did your business start? Walt Dalby and Wes Wendland started Dalby, Wendland & Co., P.C. in 1948. This is our 63rd tax season.What services do you provide? We provide professional tax and accounting services. We also provide audit and assurance services, bookkeeping and payroll services, estate planning and business valuation and consultation services. We serve industries that include real estate and development, ski and golf resorts, retail, restaurants, health care professionals and homeowners associations. We also have CPAs who have special designations in areas such as forensic accounting and business valuation. What positive lessons did you learn during the recession? Finances are one thing everyone worries about, so the recession has reminded us how valuable our services are to our clients. Our clients tell us how important it is to have a team of trusted professionals to advise them in business and personal financial matters, especially in a rough economy. Having been in business in Western Colorado for more than 60 years, we have been through the booms and busts before and the best advice we give to people is to strategize and keep building and moving forward. How has the economy affected your industry?The economy has created a demand for accountants who not only have experience and expertise but it also requires CPAs who have specialized training in technology, forensic accounting and auditing, and business valuation. Also, with stricter laws and stiffer penalties from state and federal authorities, we are seeing more businesses locally outsource their bookkeeping and payroll to professional firms to help ensure compliance with the laws.On the whole, economic downturns tend to drive taxpayers to seek experienced firms who can be involved in more aspects of their business and financial lives. What is your strategy for growth in the next year? We will continue to add value to our services to our clients. We have found that if we strive for world-class service for our clients it gives us and them more peace of mind. What do accountants do in their spare time?This year we’ve been busy contemplating the numerical significance of the year 2011. Did you know that we will experience four unusual dates this year? They are 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11 and 11/11/11. Also, we calculated that if you take the last two digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year, it equals 111!We also would like to tell the readers that there are just 29 more days left to file your tax return … But who’s counting?

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