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 Howard assured us that we would be ok and went as far as to get on the phone with our bank and protest their outdated interpretation and secure for us the help we needed.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.