Failure to plan is planning to fail. Each year SCACPA schedules a meaningful planning retreat. With the help of Carol Kerwan, CPA, our consultant care of the Maryland Association of CPAs, we evaluated the 2009 progress and prioritized Five Bold Steps for 2010. Please allow me to refresh our memories and challenge us all to move these steps off the paper and into action.
BOLD STEP 1: CPE INNOVATION. We are fully aware of the importance of CPE to our profession. The SCACPA membership looks to this organization to keep CPE efficient, effective, budget worthy and on the cutting edge of the profession. Learn more.
BOLD STEP 2: STAYING RELEVANT TO MEMBERS. Our world is ever-changing, and the pace of change has accelerated. We fully accept the challenge to keep our finger on the issues relative to the day and not only maintain, but also increase the value to all of our members. Learn more.
BOLD STEP 3: CREATING A VOICE IN POLICY-LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY AND STANDARD SETTING. We are committing to be proactive relative to forming standards, regulation and law creation on every level. Learn more.
BOLD STEP 4: FINANCIAL LITERACY. CPAs were far ahead of the issues, leading out long before the financial crisis of our recent past. We challenge each of our members to be a part of this essential application of financial responsibility. Learn more.
BOLD STEP 5: HUMAN CAPITAL. Our executive director has gathered a staff of super stars. They stand second to no other state society in this or any other profession. We will encourage and empower them to take our association to new levels. Meet your professional staff.
BOLD STEP 6: SC SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE. This is a bold step added by the 2010 President. During our Fall Council, the Chair of the AICPA challenged each of us to engage ourselves and be available to our clients in this area of strategic existence. A task force is in place and already working on this challenge. We will start with our SCACPA office, followed by CPA firms and businesses around this state to create “A Thousand Points of Green.”
More to come on each of these six initiatives in future posts.
Read this blog posting and dozens of other articles in The South Carolina CPA Report, First Edition 2010, SCACPA’s quarterly professional journal.
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