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Gary Hessenaur Named Michigan Accountant Advocate of the Year


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Date: April 23, 2002

Accountant Hits the Right Number for SBA Honor: Gary Hessenaur Named Michigan Accountant Advocate of the Year

Detroit, Michigan – Gary Hessenaur, President and Owner of Hessenaur & Associates, CPA, PC of Lakeland, has been named the 2002 Michigan Accountant Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

In addition to running his own accounting firm, Hessenaur is also heavily involved with numerous organizations that support the efforts of small businesses. He co-chairs the Ann Arbor IT Zone Hi-Tech Tuesday Committee. “Hi-Tech Tuesdays”, the core program of the IT Zone, is a series of educational and networking events for emerging technology companies and related businesses. He is an active volunteer with the “Business Advisory Team” for the Ann Arbor IT Zone that provides valuable accounting, financial management, and general business counsel to emerging technology companies. Hessenaur is also on the Board of the New Enterprise Forum and participates on their liaison teams to provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking private investment. Counselors at the Washtenaw Community College Small Business Development Center hold their “most active volunteer” in the highest regard for his dedication to small business.

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“Gary Hessenaur’s commitment to the education of entrepreneurs is well demonstrated by his consistent volunteerism,” says Eugene Cornelius, Jr., SBA's Michigan District Director. “He recognizes that small businesses need sound financial knowledge in order for their business to grow and succeed and the excitement he gets from helping entrepreneurs reach their dreams is contagious. As coach, mentor, advocate and teacher, Gary continues to empower small business owners and we thank him for his efforts.”

Hessenaur is a member of the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce Morning Edition Planning Committee, the Hell Michigan Chamber of Commerce Planning Committee, and Kiwanis Club of Hamburg. He also volunteers his services each semester to the University of Michigan’s entrepreneurship program.

Hessenaur was judged on SBA’s basic award criteria: volunteering time and energy to assist small businesses, advocacy of reduction of financial and regulatory requirements for small businesses, support initiatives to promote legislation strengthening the financial health of small businesses, and participation in other activities to improve the economic climate for small business.


Hessenaur will receive his award during a breakfast reception hosted by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce on June 4, 2002. For more information on the awards ceremony, please call the Holland Chamber at (616) 392-2389.

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