Don’t leave money on the table

By James D. Gottfried, CPA, Chair, The Ohio Society of CPAs

OSCPA membership has many benefits, one being the eight hours of free CPE available through the seasonal Professional Issues Updates.

If you don’t participate in these lively, interactive presentations, it’s like leaving money on the table. The fall and spring series each provide four CPE credits, worth hundreds of dollars. Attend both and your OSCPA membership might already be paid for.

Attendees frequently describe the presentations as the fastest four hours of CPE they’ve experienced. Here is your opportunity to get up-to-speed on the latest issues impacting your profession in a fast-paced, easily digested format. Topics span all areas of the profession, whether you are in corporate accounting, public practice, tax, A&A, small business, not-for-profit – whatever it is, you’ll find something that relates to you in this presentation.

Specific topics include:

  • Congress, the Ohio General Assembly and OSCPA’s legislative priorities
  • How the recession has affected the CPA profession in Ohio
  • IFRS, private company financial reporting changes and the outlook for the future
  • Current business trends and the economic outlook
  • Social media and social networking developments
  • Generational issues in the workplace

The discussions are also highly interactive – this isn’t four hours of a static, talking head. OSCPA President and CEO Clarke Price typically leads the presentation and discussion, tweaking the subject matter to the audience while seeking feedback and discussion throughout.

The live presentation also allows for candid takes on the latest issues. It is a unique opportunity to get an inside opinion and perspective on what’s really going on behind the scenes. Attendees also get practical advice on navigating the changes impacting our profession. Many leave with thoughts and goals for what they need to incorporate into their jobs the next day.

Trust me; if it’s important to your job or career, it’s covered in the Professional Issues Updates.

Corporate CPAs benefit from the connection to the Society and the profession. It’s also an opportunity to catch up with friends and former coworkers – maybe even future coworkers. For many members, it’s a bi-annual opportunity to touch base with other CPAs in their area.

If you’ve never been to a Professional Issues Update, come join us. If you have been before, bring some colleagues or other OSCPA members and introduce them to what they’ve been missing.

Editor’s note: Follow the Professional Issues Updates on Twitter with #SpringPIU.

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