Melissa Mercer, President and Founder at Buckeye Bookkeeping Services, LLC

Tell us about your company:

I formed Buckeye Bookkeeping Services in March 2016 from an interest in accounting acquired after serving as treasurer for several non-profit organizations. I earned my Professional Bookkeeper designation that same year. I followed shortly thereafter with achieving the Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor status with Intuit. I transitioned from a sole proprietor to an LLC and have grown the company to a team of three, most recently adding an intern from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services is a full charge bookkeeping company located in Delaware, Ohio. We are passionate about working with business owners and not-for-profit leadership to maintain accurate and informative financials and to bring a level of value that supports the vision of the organization.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO:

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services has formed a number of partnerships with businesses and not-for-profits in the Central Ohio area, some of whose owners and leaders are currently involved with NAWBO. When the organization advertised for a corporate sponsor to fill the role they were seeking, it seemed like an opportune time to get involved! With the expertise and experience that we have, we knew we could bring value to the Executive Director and Board of Directors to provide continuity as well as to support the transitional change in the volunteers that serve the organization.

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services, LLC offers full charge bookkeeping services that range from after-the-fact (write-up) services to full cycle/real-time bookkeeping and accounting support. We customize our services to meet the needs of our clients and go the extra mile to assure that we are solving “points of pain” for our clients when it comes to the accounting and bookkeeping responsibilities of running a business.

We provide accurate, timely and informative financial statements from which our clients can make sound business decisions.

What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know?

Buckeye Bookkeeping Services, LLC strives to be communicative and responsive to our clients so that expectations can be established and met with a high degree of satisfaction. We have implemented routine processing schedules that function to support the expectations for both our client and BBS. We take a proactive approach to the services that we provide so that our clients have the assurance that their needs are being met and that emergency situations are minimized.

Application Opens for Workforce Training Funds

The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program application is now open. Ohio businesses can begin completing the application for funding to improve the skills of their workforce.

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive Manufacturing, Automotive Technicians, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Polymers and Chemicals, Logistics, or Research and Development. Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, the provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency reimburses the employer for up to 33 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $2,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a Fiscal Year is $25,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Eligible businesses can begin the online application process on September 24, 2018 and will have three weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application. Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted on October 11, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit

Speaker RFP - 2019 Good to Great

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, NAWBO Columbus is presenting our annual Good to Great luncheon. The event will take place at The Boat House from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to present a range of topics, personal and professional, in an intimate format – table talks of 10.

The NAWBO Programming Committee is seeking proposals from individuals interested in presenting two 20-minute roundtable conversations. The workshop/training sessions are expected to educate and inspire entrepreneurs and business leaders personally and/or professionally. This event sells out every year. If you will share handouts, please bring 25-30 copies.

Table topic presenters will not be compensated. However, you will receive exposure on the event webpage and on all social media outreach, along with a complimentary lunch. And, you’re encouraged to collect business cards from attendees at your table.

To be considered as a table topic presenter, please complete this brief form and attach a professional headshot by Wednesday, October 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Click HERE to submit the 2019 Good to Great speaker form.