A CPA’s broad business knowledge and financial expertise make him or her a valuable, trusted adviser for financial and tax planning, business valuation, accounting services and setting and meeting your business-growth goals. The trust small businesses place in CPAs is substantiated by stringent educational and professional requirements. CPAs complete more than 150 hours of intense training and a rigorous examination. They must adhere to strict state licensing guidelines that distinguish them from other accountants. Members of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) also must abide by a code of professional ethics as well as undergo peer reviews that assure their work meets the highest professional standards. A CPA is one asset you can’t afford to do without as you plan, run and grow your small business.