By Lisa Purichia
Partner, Director of Entrepreneurial Services & Employee Benefit Services

The job market in Indiana has been remarkably healthy. The state's unemployment rate recently dropped to 3.2 percent and has remained below the national rate for more than four years. As a result, valued employees are very hard to attract and retain! We can honestly state that maintaining a capable workforce is the #1 problem of most of our clients. As more and more people enter the workforce, the demands of growth make it mandatory to focus in a very specific manner on how to keep employees committed for years to come.

Embrace the idea of engagement. There are several ways to keep your employees committed to your workplace in their specific assigned tasks and eager to help grow the company!

By Tom Sponsel, CPA/ABV, CFF
Managing Partner 

Convincing stakeholders (employees, managers, shareholders, vendors and customers) to invest resources in your business can be a daunting task, especially if you are focusing on a Long-Term Vision over numerous operating business cycles. Staying committed to building a company isn't always easy, as the day-to-day headaches can get in the way of the leader's vision! But with a little time, perseverance, focus of a committed team and faith, you can work toward creating a consistent pattern of growth and keeping your stakeholders committed and energized!
In order to keep growing as a company, it's important for everyone involved to never lose sight of the BIG PICTURE - that vision thing! Look beyond the ever-moving peaks and valleys of your place in your respective marketplace and focus on goals for the future. Perseverance is the key. The Stock Market ebbs and flows, but in the closely held business world, don't get distracted by what goes on in the Publicly Traded Company world. Always be aware and vigilant over the macro-economic environment, but focus on the Key Performance Indicators for your respective industry and most importantly your business enterprise.

Abigail Hedges started at Sponsel in September of last year, right on the heels of her graduation from Taylor University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and management.
As a Staff Accountant in the Tax Services department, her role involves preparing individual, business, non-profit, fiduciary and other tax returns.

Two months after she started at Sponsel, Abigail tied the knot with the love of her life. 

Tax Season is a Wrap! 
Thank you to all of our staff members - including Skyler McCool, our intern from Marian University - for all of your tremendous help during this busy tax season! We couldn't have made our way through it without you! Enjoy your much-deserved day off on Friday, April 20, when our office will be closed.