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About Our Firm

We're CPAs and advisors for business owners.

Wish you could get more small business financial guidance from your CPA?

How often do you have questions about your small business finances, and wish you had the ear of a trusted advisor to guide you?

It might be questions about minimizing your tax liabilities, preparing your business for sale, or making sure your business plan syncs with your personal life plan.

The Business Guides model was created to meet the unique needs of small business owners. The firm founder, Charley Kanieski, was a young CPA who owned a retail hardware store in Cleveland, Ohio. He was frustrated that he could not find a CPA to help him navigate the complexities of business ownership. Fast forward to 1991, and he had opened his own CPA firm in Port Townsend serving small business owners like himself.

Today, under the leadership of his successor Sarah Hadlock—a CPA and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM professional—The Business Guides is engaged in proactive tax preparation, planning and compliance, and employs a team of financial professionals year-round to guide clients through the ins and outs of running their businesses.

What if you could get your small business financial needs met with one firm?

At The Business Guides, we have a whole new approach to guiding business owners to financial freedom. Our team only works with small businesses. We’re CPAs and financial professionals who take a proactive approach all year, and through the life of your business.

Saving our clients money, streamlining their financial systems, building the value of their business, and helping them successfully retire is The Business Guides’ sole focus. Learn how we've helped businesses like yours, in our clients' own words.

We offer a complimentary consultation so you can get to know us. What if your next business move was contacting us to schedule yours?

Our Unique Services:

  • We plan for and estimate taxes before year end. No surprises, more opportunities.
  • We are experts on small business retirement plans and social security.
  • We offer financial life planning for small business owners.
  • We are experts in business owner exit planning.
  • We guide business owners through financing options.
  • We offer complimentary business owner education.

Learn more about our core services.


Our Clients:

We work with small business owners in these sectors (and others) to help them become more profitable. See what some of them have to say about us.

  • Maritime industries: boat building, fisheries, marine technologies, surveying, etc.
  • Artisan manufacturing: farm, food, fashion, etc.
  • Real estate brokers and agents
  • Health care: physicians, chiropractors, etc.
  • High-tech manufacturing
  • Restaurants, hospitality and food services
  • Engineering, construction, architecture and peripheral industries
  • Web-based industries and consulting services
  • Small- to medium-sized retail and grocery



We serve small businesses and their owners operating on the Olympic Peninsula
and throughout Washington State.

Can we serve you?