About Bernadette

The cliff notes....

I’m an expert at taking complex business and accounting subjects and making them simple and fun! People love to hear me speak and enjoy working with me because I keep it simple. I do all this while getting results and making them laugh.

The full story...

I am a tax and forensic accountant, #1 best-selling author, business strategist, keynote speaker, and trainer committed to “Keeping Small Business In Business”.  In addition to speaking, I run a tax and forensic accounting firm, By The Book Accounting. That business has allowed me to help thousands of entrepreneurs across the country start, run, and grow thriving ventures.

I am an overachiever so I “kinda” overdid it when it came to school.  I earned my B.S. in Accounting from the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans, Cheyney University of PA.  I later earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and then a M.S. in Fraud and Forensics from Carlow University. I earned the second masters in 12 months and I graduated with a 3.9 GPA (I got an A- in two classes). I have recently been asked to serve as the Executive In Residence for the 2017-2018 school year.

And as if that’s not enough, I’m also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  So what does that mean to you? Let’s just say I know my stuff and I’m committed to doing and being better. I show up for my clients the same way! 

I have conducted workshops for the U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to developing seminar series of my own.  I have helped thousands of clients and workshop attendees alike avoid costly mistakes and save thousands of dollars in taxes. The advantage of working with me is, you get to learn from my mistakes (which are a lot) AND the mistakes of my clients. I teach what I have experienced.  There’s no theory in my teaching, not one ounce.

I am also a bestselling author.  I have written four books to date.  They are:

Business Blueprint: A Small Business Owner’s Guide to Starting & Running a Business THE RIGHT WAY (2010) – out of print

Life and Basketball: 7 Locker Room Lessons That Score Big in Life (2014)

Business Blueprint 2.0: A Guide To Starting & Running Your Business THE RIGHT WAY! (2016)

Did You Hire a Fraud? Solid Safeguards to Prevent Insider Theft (2017)

Even with all these things going on, because of the efficient business practices I employ (and teach) I am able to maintain a very balanced lifestyle.  If you follow me on social media you will see in addition to handling my businesses (I own several), I have an active social life and time with family and friends is very important. I encounter lots of entrepreneurs who cannot say that and they feel trapped.  Instead of owning a business, their business owns them.  My job is to set you free.  I founded “The Efficient CEO Movementwhere I teach entrepreneurs the importance of creating efficient enterprises which allows them to lead balanced lives. Will you be next?