Working as Training Officer before allowed me to travel to different places and meet different kinds of people. I consider myself fortunate because it’s not every day you get to have a new city as your office. In one of my training sessions, I met this guy. He was sharp and insightful. He was my student.
Honestly, I found him a bit timid at first because he just looks so quiet. Little did I know that this man has a lot to say about life, and being successful. His name is Kelvin.
True to his name, as to what “Kelvin” is in the physical sciences, as a unit of measurement for temperature, you really can feel how warm his personality is. You could say that this is due to his innate ability to find ways on how to market anything, no matter what the condition and terms are.
When I left my job, I never thought that we would still connect via social media, considering how saturated our newfeeds and messengers can be. Seemingly, we are to meet in a Bloggers Meet Up, wherein he was one of the organizers. He asked me to be a speaker.
It was during our chitchat after my presentation that I got to know his story. Kelvin once had a business, when a BIR agent came and interviewed him about his enterprise and responsibilities. Kelvin willingly accommodated the agent and discussed everything he knows. After the discussion, it ended up, him paying for penalties. Hard earned money that could have been saved and used for other purposes had he known the regulations well.
Kelvin couldn’t get over what happened so he thought of a way for him to avoid getting into such situation again. He came up with the idea of setting up a firm specifically to address such concerns and other business related problems.
He also thought of setting such up to help other small businesses and young entrepreneurs. With this idea, he then talked to Lorraine, a CPA, and a good friend for her to join the company to be set up. Lorraine agreed and discussed other services the firm could offer.
Since the plan is to start a business solutions firm, Kelvin knew he needed more help from experienced CPAs. Those who dealt with small and big business owners. This need led them to adding Wynner, which made the company even better. After all the talks and planning, they started Pines Business Solutions (PBS).
“While working in public practice, I encountered a lot of entrepreneurs who had tax cases of non-compliance where they are asked to pay huge amount of penalties. Such problems arose due to lack of accounting and tax knowledge. Most of these are small businesses who cannot afford the fees of big accounting firms.
Clients wanted to pay for the least amount of money to avail such services because they wanted to save. For those who just started doing their business, hiring an internal accountant is not an immediate option since it is an additional cost. As part of PBS, I wanted to help them by offering quality services at reasonable prices.” – Lorraine B Cadingla, CPA
PBS was formed to serve the needs of local businesses in Baguio city including nearby provinces in Northern Luzon. Since Baguio is famously called as the ‘City of Pines’, the company was named after it.
Pines Business Solutions offers the following services:
Social Media Marketing / Payroll Management /Tax Compliance Management / Financial Statement Compilation / Bookkeeping / Business Set – Up
Kelvin, Lorraine, and Wynner have one thing in common; they are all alumni of Saint Louis University, Baguio City. While Kelvin pursued his passion in business, Lorraine and Wynner had great professional careers as CPAs.
“I’ve always admired consultants whose advice gave a positive impact not only to their supposed clients but also to their client’s stakeholders. The bits of advice of consultants such as Joseph and Daniel (Characters in the Bible) not only helped the rulers they were serving but also the nations these rulers governed. I hope that PBS would have the same impact to its clients and communities where its clients operate.” – Wynner K Ngoslab, CPA
The creation of PBS isn’t hard because the three agreed that when your services are geared towards helping others, it would be a success.
PBS is a corporation created with one question in mind, how can they help small business owners grow as they grow their business, thus a beneficial relationship.
“Being a marketer for a long time now, I’m confident with my execution and marketing skills, but I know I needed partners who have the same work-ethic and passion to continue this idea. Lorraine and Wynner are both driven professionals, working with them is like a dream come true for someone like me who wanted to become a CPA. I think they’re the best CPAs in town.” – Kelvin G Pacelo
Kelvin, Lorraine, and Wynner are proud graduates of SLU. They started PBS to help inspire other colleagues and millennials to follow their passion.
To know more about these three inspiring millennials, click on this link: Meet the Founders
I just then realized that with every story comes something unique, riveting, and something you can draw inspiration from.
How about you merfriend, what’s your story? I’d like to know!