"I have known this group for over 30 years. As far as an accounting group is concerned there is none better. The challenges of being in business are overwhelming enough and a good accountant is necessary to navigate and survive in a competitive environment. When Covid hit that was no longer enough. Once Covid entered the picture it became necessary to have a great accountant. Success was still the goal, but survival had to come first. Before I called them, Howard called me. He told me from day one that we would be ok and that he would be with us every step of the way, all the way to the other side that he assured us would be there. VIRTUS – GROUP helped us move quickly from survival to thriving in what is the most challenging time ever for our business. With a myriad of problems, from cash flow to renegotiating agreements to applying for Federal, State, and local grants, VIRTUS group was with us every step of the way. There was never a time when a phone call was not answered whether it was a weekend, late night, or early morning. I never felt alone nor had to wait for any help. Simply put, they were our guardian angels. During this time period , we saw frequent changes in federal guidance. Our lead accountant, Howard Mimnaugh was on top of these changes within hours of issuance. There were numerous times that our banks were denying us assistance because they operated under guidance that had been updated but not interpreted. These incredibly stressful days were made easier by Howard's ability and dedication. There was one instance that stands out for me. The Federal Government issued new guidelines on the PPP program late in the afternoon on a Friday. I awoke Saturday at 6 a.m. to an email from Howard. He had completely read and interpreted the document. Both of our banks took two weeks to do the same interpretation. Howard assured us that we would be ok and went as far as to get on the phone with our bank and protest their outdated interpretation and secure for us the help we needed. After two long weeks, the banks agreed. Hiring an accountant is not just about taxes. It is about business strategy. From planning to implementation, your accountant needs to understand your goals, your business, and your vision. Anything less is simply unacceptable. VIRTUS GROUP is that firm and Howard Mimnaugh is that leader. I cannot recommend this firm highly enough. If your business is important to you and success is your mission, VIRTUS group is the choice."~Vinnie Brand, The Stress Factory
"I began working with Howard over 20 years ago when I was starting up a new business. I needed all the start up stuff – incorporation and all. A friend referred Howard and he helped me get started, and has helped me on all my businesses since then – so - actually, I have no idea what’s it like to build a business without Howard (laughter). But at the start, I was working out of my house. Now we have a staff, building and a multimillion dollar billing. One of the keys with Howard is his passion and knowledge. He had great connections, putting me in touch with the lawyer for my first incorporation. As the business grew, his banking connections are huge for me. Howard comes across to me as a business advisor. I don’t view him as an accountant. Whenever I have a major corporate question, direction wise, I usually refer to him. When people call about buying my business, which they do pretty regularly, my first call is to Howard. I guess Virtus Group could be described as a very high end accounting firm, very solid business advising and tax laws, very up on the year to year new laws coming through. I’m thrilled to death with them. I like how Howard is very straightforward, telling exactly the way it is. Once I had an option on a merger and Howard looked me straight in the eye and told me it was such a bad deal that he wanted it on the record so I couldn’t sue him for bad advice when the deal goes south in two years. That was shocking to me but I listened and am glad I did. He is flat out honest and doesn’t blow smoke. He’s very good at understanding my business. I service rental medical equipment. I didn’t see how he could understand my business – but he’s very good at standing in my shoes, understanding how my system works and how I make money. He picked up our lingo instantly. You know how a Dr. can talk a different language? Howard knows the language of my business. He knows how everything works. He fits into different roles very well. He gives me solid advice on what to do. Right now, we are working on a start up company with another company. I came up with a system on how it’s going to work and I’ve been going back and forth with Howard on that. He put down a whole pro-forma on how we are going to make money – forecasting it all out, running it for a year, on paper, including all the variables we could think of. Sure there will be some changes along the way. But he took all the knowns and gave us the snap shot of a year from now. I wouldn’t have been able to do that. Once a month I get a mailer from an accounting firm seeking my business. I throw it out. If you want a good business: ya gotta have a Howard."~Andy Bythell, Quality Medical Group, President & Founder
"I have been working with the Virtus team ( Howard, Wes, Tim, Deb, and others ) since 2009 and I am extremely pleased with the team. I find the team to be very professional, highly knowledgeable, thorough, flexible, accessible, and practical. Over time Howard has become more than professional help and advises on a variety of things; for example – Howard introduced me to running and made me realize health is wealth. I am blessed to have Howard and Teams support."~Venugopala Chalamala, Atlas Systems
"Howard’s been a personal friend since childhood and a professional associate since 1993. What I like about Virtus Group is how it operates, and how they treat everyone like good family. They take a personal interest in your interests. They devote time. Whatever my issues, concerns, and investments are, Howard makes it his as well. He and his company have made it their business to look out for my best interest. They don’t stop working at 5 pm. They stay on until the problem gets solved. When an idea pops up – be it at 4 am or 10 pm - they get on it, always, continuously thinking about the client, long after the end of the day. The staff is not oriented to billable hours but to meeting the needs. My business is construction. I don’t have the same education as Howard but I get all the benefits of it through his company, along with great people you want as friends. Virtus Group has your back, whether you are a 150K personal income client or a multimillion-dollar company, everyone gets personal, excellent service. That’s hard to find, any day."~Billy Warren, CAS Contracting Inc.