Success Stories2018-12-14T15:13:49+00:00

SUCCESS STORIES

Bridge Employment Services

Challenge

Bridge Employment Services needed to tighten up their accounting and payroll functions. The full service employment agency was enjoying a booming business matching qualified job seekers to the companies that needed their talent in Tulsa, OK and surrounding areas. However, their payroll provider was difficult to work with and often inaccurate. The company’s taxes and financial reports were being handled without problems by a business acquaintance, but also without any gain beyond fulfilling the basic requirements.

  • Precisely identify deductions
  • Streamline expense reporting
  • Consolidate interest credit deductions

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Solution

A Core representative contacted Bridge and explained the company’s services and fee structure. Bridge immediately recognized that a move to Core would be a perfect fit as well as more cost effective. Right off the bat, Core helped Bridge set up QuickBooks and trained the staff on how to use it. They also provided training on reconciling accounts and went back over the last year and a half of data to get a broad view of the agency’s structure, determining where changes or cuts would be beneficial. “We knew we made a good decision just two or three months into the relationship,” says Ray Roberson, CEO of Bridge. “They would inquire about purchases and expenditures and assist us in analyzing whether those were helping us. Core helped us to make better financial decisions.”

Core Payroll helped Bridge Employment Services save about $34k last year

Results

Bridge is very pleased with the service they receive and the financial results they’ve seen. “They are excellent at explaining what is needed and offering us options. I don’t see how they can improve in that area,” explains Ray. “When we mention specific things about our industry they’re quick on the uptake – they understand it and then provide us useful feedback. They are eager to help, always providing great suggestions that save us more money.” In fact, Core Payroll helped Bridge Employment Services save about $34k last year! They had undergone an audit with their workers comp carrier, who stated that Bridge owed more money. Core reviewed this audit and discovered it had been conducted incorrectly. “Core caught the carrier’s error and saved us thousands. You can’t be unhappy with that!”

“We’re highly pleased with the work Core has done. So pleased that we recommend Core to our customers and even try to convince those who already have a payroll provider to switch.”

Video Reality

Challenge

Video Reality provides audio/visual products and services for businesses throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas. As their business has grown so too has their need for additional accounting assistance. It was during a boom several years back that Video Reality decided it was time to purchase and implement QuickBooks. “We had worked with an accountant before,” says Chris Tower, President of Video Reality. “However, we were outgrowing them and needed software and professionals who could keep pace with our progression and needs.”

  • Setting up QuickBooks effectivily and fast
  • Expert level knowledge of Quickbooks and provided assitance
  • Ongoing help and partnership

Solution

Since the business was transitioning over to QuickBooks, Chris asked the Intuit company if they could recommend a provider to help them with their QB setup and management as well as assist with other accounting needs. They were introduced to Core Group. “It was great because they were literally right around the corner from us,” says Chris. “They promptly came in and helped us get our QuickBooks set up and everything running smoothly so that there wouldn’t be any interruption to our organization during this time.”

Since Video Reality has several businesses across multiple states, Core has also helped minimize the headaches due to multi-state tax returns.

Results

In the years since their partnership began, Core has continued to help Video Reality with their business accounting and payroll needs. “They understand our business and our needs pretty well. As we continue to grow and we add more processes, they have been great about bringing potential issues to light and educating us on how we could be doing things differently to maximize our efficiencies.” Since Video Reality has several businesses across multiple states, Core has also helped minimize the headaches due to multi-state tax returns. “They help with the year-end for each business, including sales tax reports and payments. Thanks to them, we have much less to worry about these days.”

“The folks at Core are great to work with. They are responsive, respectful and always able to answer any question you throw at them. I highly recommend them.”

Wichita Furniture

Challenge

Chris Martin is the owner and proprietor of two successful businesses in Lawton, Oklahoma: CGE Cattle Company and Wichita Furniture. Having been a businessman for many years, Chris has worked with his fair share of accountants. “I’ve worked with other accounting operations in previous roles. One was incredibly expensive, not very friendly and didn’t provide much in the way of personalized service.” The others he’s worked with may have been friendly, but were average at best. On top of that they didn’t have much knowledge about automatic time clock, payroll services or other related financial necessities. “I was looking for someone I could rely on to provide expert advice on all my different accounting needs, but wasn’t sure where to turn,” says Chris. “I was discussing this dilemma with my attorney and he suggested I contact Core, as he’d been using them for years and was very pleased with them.”

  • Assist with farm financial operations
  • Provide tax assistance
  • Use one financial service to cover all aspects of accounting and financial needs

Solution

Chris decided to hire Core to assist with his farm operation. “They came in and helped with CGE’s monthly financials, provided tax assistance and really got things in order. I was very happy with them.” Chris was so impressed he decided to hire Core to work with his other venture, Wichita Furniture, moving all of his business accounting and financial needs over to Core. “I was working with several other firms at the time for taxes, payroll and time clock. With Core, I could have all of those needs met with one phone call to a very trustworthy group. It just made sense to switch everything over to them.” Shortly after making the switch, Core helped Chris fix a tax mistake made by his former accountant. “There were some charged off accounts from sales tax from previous years and our former accountants had made some errors. Core caught these errors and helped us recoup about $60,000. To say we were pleased is an understatement.”

“They came in and helped with CGE’s monthly financials, provided tax assistance and really got things in order”

Results

Today, Core provides both CGE Cattle Company and Wichita Furniture the full gamut of their accounting, bookkeeping and payroll requirements. “I’ve been pleased with Core from day one,” says Chris. “I know I can rely on them to provide the best quality service. They are always available to answer questions. If they don’t have an answer, I know they’ll research it and get back to me promptly with solid advice.” Not only does Core assist Chris with his business needs, they also assist with his personal taxes every year as well. “I couldn’t be happier working with them. I’m able to get everything done under one roof. The efficiency of that can’t be beat.”

“I’ve been pleased with Core from day one,” says Chris. “I know I can rely on them to provide the best quality service.”

Skulls Unlimited

Challenge

When it comes to accountants, Jay Villemarette, owner and president of Skulls Unlimited, has seen his fair share over the years. “When I first started my business, I tried working with a few different firms, trying to find just the right fit for our company.” This was no small task given the nature of his business, which sells skulls and other osteological specimens, both animal and human. “This is a pretty specialized field and not many people understand the ins and outs,” says Jay. “So unfortunately, we ran through a couple of accountants who either didn’t really get us or were just flat out incompetent.”

  • Assist with farm financial operations
  • Provide tax assistance

Solution

After a little trial and error, Jay was introduced to Christian Brim. “He made a great first impression,” says Jay. “Even though I was a little gun shy, given my previous experience with accountants, he put me at ease.” Christian immediately set to work getting things back in order and correcting the mistakes of those who preceded him. “Not too long into working with him, I knew I’d found the right accountant. He was able to find and fix errors made by others and helped get me back on track.”

“Even though I was a little gun shy, given my previous experience with accountants, he put me at ease.”

Results

Over 20 years later, Jay is still a client with Christian and Core Group. “It’s been a good relationship; they’ve helped our company grow and are always there to help. Sometimes it makes their heads spin when they see how we sell what normally can’t be sold, but that’s part of the fun!” Today, Core Group continues to assist Skulls Unlimited with all their business accounting and payroll needs. Additionally, Jay and many of the Skulls Unlimited staff rely on Core for their personal incomes taxes.

“Over 20 years later, Skulls Unlimited is still a client with CORE.”

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