History of : Richardson & Associates, LLC.
My name is Sherri Richardson. I am the owner of Richardson & Associates, LLC. a CPA firm that provides consulting, auditing, accounting, tax and grant writing services. I started my firm one exhausting night in 2007 after putting in the usual late hours at an impressive, multi-billion-dollar corporation with which I was proud to have an affiliation. I was reflecting on my 25+ years of experience with, at that time, a Big Eight accounting firm and all the business successes I made for other companies over my career. I was reaching that metaphorical glass ceiling and thought to myself: "if I can do this for them, then I can do it for myself." After that night, in 2007, Richardson & Associates, LLC was born.
Richardson & Associates' services starts with the end goal in mind to look for potential cost savings and revenue sources. In other words - I want to help organizations grow their revenue and become as cost effective as possible! Our customized business solutions have a requirement of excellence as the only criteria. If we cannot achieve excellence, then we will not accept the client. As a result, Clients choose us because we provide so much more. In fact, we grow their revenue!
We approach all our services, armed with a bird’s eye view of the client’s entire financial operations and processes, we purposely look for ways to improve operational processes and identify any gaps in revenue that may be missing based on their industry.
As clientele tripled, so did our team and partnerships. Our goal in staffing is to hire only the brightest and most tech savvy accountants available. We only partner with companies that have the same attitude towards providing excellence in customer service. I am excited and inspired about our newest office on Ludlow Ave.
Our business approach is to become subject experts on our client’s industries and specific business goals. We are like no other, for example, we also connect our clients with business opportunities. We know that business, whether it is nonprofit or for profit, starts with relationships. We participate in community, corporate, and government business networking events and stay up on current events. This is simplistic for the firm, for civic responsibility and giving back to the community, it’s been a family requirement growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Who would have thought that what I had to do growing up, and loved doing as well, would lead to business opportunities-- not just for me, but my clients as well. Thinking of creative ways to help our clients grow is our “niche”. I guess you can say, we are literally “Accounting for Your Success” ®!
Accomplishments and Awards:
Richardson & Associates has since its inception received numerous accolades, accomplishments, and awards in recognition of its excellent service and programs.
LEAD Cincinnati Emerging Business Awards - 2016
The Emerging Business Award honors businesses that are in the midst of experiencing growth or have been steadily growing throughout the years. Richardson & Associates, LLC has been chosen based on exceptional leadership, expertise in their field, and the positive impact on the lives of their employees.
University of Cincinnati Diversity Scholarship Program - 2015
Richardson & Associates has been dedicated to helping first-generation and underrepresented students succeed at the highest level by aiding in the acquisition of scholarship funds for students. R&A was an instrumental part in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for diversity related scholarships. Our firm also supports underrepresented UC students to succeed in the accounting profession by mentoring and hiring co-ops through the Business Fellows program at UC’s Lindner College of Business.
Ohio Society of CPAs, CPA Voice - 2014
The Ohio Society of CPAs gives members relevant information on trends in the profession, along with content targeted to their area of work. We were featured on the cover of the March/April 2014 edition, and were praised for the positive impact we are having related to diversity in the accounting world, by breaking stereotypes and engaging youth.
Messer Construction Co. MBE/WBE Spotlight - 2014
We were chosen specifically by Messer Construction Co. to be represented by the MBE/WBE Spotlight based on our work with the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Project. This project included designing and delivering an audit process for Messer, and per Paul Hitter, Senior VP and CFO, “To be successful, this required enhanced disclosure and trust amongst partners. Sherri Richardson worked with us to balance transparency while maintaining individual partner confidentiality. This required a financial analysis of the unique aspects of each firm as well as the development of a common methodology and application to the project. R&A delivered an unconventional audit solution that met the objectives of all parties involved while maintaining independence, objectivity, and tight schedule and cost objectives.”
Ohio Jobs and Family Services Annual Super Award - 2013
Richardson & Associates,LLC is one of the twelve public and private employers that have been recognized by the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) for their commitment to mentoring and employing youth, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and people who are currently unemployed. This award was to recognize our effort to Work with the SuperJobs Center to hire several people who were unemployed using On the Job Training accounts.
It was a very competitive award and as a Blue Ribbon Award winner, we are entered into the running for the Community Excellence Award. This award is determined by votes from the community and recognizes small businesses , which have been leaders in job creation, community involvement, and best business practices. Nationwide winner!
Sherri Richardson - The Owner of Richardson & Associates won Woman of Distinction Award - 2012
The Woman of Distinction Awards Reception is an annual fundraising event honoring women leaders in the greater Cincinnati region, who demonstrate strong initiative and personal leadership on issues relating to women and girls. Proceeds from the Woman of Distinction Reception support Girl Scouts of Western Ohio program activities to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.
Small Business of The Year - 2011
Richardson & Associates was awarded Small Business of the Year by the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati Ohio. This award recognizes a top-performing small business in Cincinnati that excels in terms of business & income growth, quality of services, and community involvement.
Reaching for the Stars Leaders for the Future Award - 2010
Sherri Richardson, CEO of Richardson & Associates, was awarded the 2010 for exceptional business achievement, leadership, and community service. We were nominated by Cincinnati City Manager, Milton Dohoney.
African American Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year - 2009
This award recognizes a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce that has been in business for 3 years or less, practicing sound business strategies, demonstrates solid business growth and employee programs, in addition to community involvement.