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Fairytale Rentals earns award
     Fairytale Tent & Party Rentals has been selected for the 2008 Best of Statesboro Award in the Rental Service category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).
     The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country.
     Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
     Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.

GSU professor gets CPA credential
      Thomas Buckhoff, an associate professor of accounting with Georgia Southern University, recently was awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The CFF Credential, established in 2008 by the AICPA, is granted to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in financial forensics.
      Thomas Buckhoff met the requirements to earn the CFF credential, which include demonstrating significant business experience in the area of financial forensics as well as completing a minimum of 75 hours of life-long learning and education activities in the area of financial forensics.
      The CFF Credential is granted exclusively to CPAs who are members in good standing of the AICPA which binds them to the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. CPAs who have earned the CFF Credential must be recertified every three years to maintain their credential.


Al Elliott speaks at NAIFA meeting
      The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Statesboro (NAIFA) was privileged to have Albert R. "Al" Elliott, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC, president of Elliott Retirement Planning, LLC, a regional marketing agency specializing in services to the senior market, speak at their regular monthly meeting.
Elliott has served in many state and local positions, including president of NAIFA-Statesboro, and is currently serving as vice president of NAIFA-Georgia.
      The topic discussed was "How to Help Your Clients Maximize Their Monthly Pension Benefit."

Two CPA's complete tax program
Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP, recently announced that Nathan Corbitt, CPA and Tal Johnson, CPA of Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP, have completed Session II of the National Tax Education Program sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and University of Illinois.
       The program consists of four weeks of intense tax training, each week taken over the span of 4 years. The program is taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ill.
       Corbitt joined the firm in 2003 and specializes in the areas of small business and individual taxation. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgia Southern University and has a master's in accounting.
       Johnson joined the firm in 2005 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's of business administration in accounting and has a master's in accounting. He specializes in small business financial reporting, personal financial reporting, audit and tax.
       The firm also announced that Jeffrey L. Williamson has joined the firm's tax department.
Williamson received his Bachelor of Business Administration, suma cum laude, from Mercer University in 2000. He continued his professional education at the University of Georgia receiving both his Juris Doctor and Master of Accountancy degrees in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
       Williamson's primary responsibilities include federal and state tax research and compliance with particular emphasis in federal tax aspects of employee benefit plans; mergers and acquisitions; and audit policies and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. After completing his education, Williamson began his career with the Small Business/Self-Employed Division of the Internal Revenue Service.
       It is also announced that Staisha Leskovar joined the firm as a staff accountant this past July.
Leskovar has two years of public accounting experience in the audit of small businesses and non-profit organizations.
       In addition, she has experience in individual and corporate income tax preparation. Leskovar graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. While at Georgia Southern, she was a member of the accounting honors society, Beta Alpha Psi, the academic honors society, Delta Epsilon Iota and the Accounting Association. Leskovar is a member of the Georgia Society of CPA's.