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About Our Firm

Emerging Business Solutions Group (EBS) was founded in February 2003 by Shirlene Small, CPA and Doreena Towner, CPA. Combined, we have over fifty years of accounting, tax, finance and business management experience in various industries including banking, film production, franchising, health care, manufacturing, retail, professional services and not-for-profit. We began our careers working for some of the best, most innovative and renowned companies in the world including McDonald's, Sears, Corn Products (now Ingredion) and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). After successful and rewarding careers at these great companies we decided to use the knowledge, experience and skills we gained to start our own firm.

Our vision to launch an accounting and consulting firm with a core specialty in small and mid-sized business enterprises began two decades ago. It grew from our core belief that small businesses are the backbone of all strong economies and a primary source of innovation. We believed that more small businesses would achieve and sustain success if they had access to comprehensive, high-quality accounting and consulting services. So we created an accounting firm with service offerings that not keep our clients compliant with regulatory mandates, but that help them improve and grow their businesses.

Our Mission

EBS' mission is to be the best in the world at partnering with clients in the strategic and financial management of their organizations helping them to protect and leverage resources to achieve their vision and build value “beyond the numbers”.

Profit...Wealth...Success...Purpose. Building value beyond the numbers.

Shirlene Small, CPA

Shirlene has over 20 years of accounting, audit, tax, finance and business management experience. She leads the accounting, assurance and business consulting groups at EBS. Prior to co-founding EBS Shirlene founded and ran a sole-practitioner accounting practice - Small Consulting; worked for McDonald's Corporation as a financial analyst, project manager and accounting group manager in International Accounting and McOpCo (USA) Accounting; and worked as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand. Shirlene has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1989.

Doreena Towner, CPA

Doreena Towner has over 25 years of accounting, internal audit, tax, finance and business management experience. She leads the individual/business tax consulting and film tax credit consulting groups at EBS. Prior to co-founding EBS Doreena served as senior manager of Internal Audit for both Corn Products and Sears; as a trust officer in the Fiduciary Tax Department of Northern Trust Bank; and as a senior accounting manager for Northwestern Technology Group. Doreena has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Roosevelt University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995.

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