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Laura Hokanson

Laura Hokanson

Laura Hokanson

Laura Hokanson got interested in accounting while working for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in the Visitor Center in Bishop, California. Her Associates of Science degree in Forestry Technology from Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, qualified her for a Federal Job. The Visitor Center assigned her to some bookkeeping tasks and she found that she really enjoyed it!

She then pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Accounting from California State University in Sacramento followed by a Master’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Among her notable honors, Laura received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1994-1995 to study and conduct research in Canada.

For 13 years, she did audits, reviews, compilations and tax returns for Gallina LLP, a CPA firm based in Sacramento. She also conducted new staff trainings and monitored their work.

Laura has been a CPA for over 20 years and is currently in public practice after working with local CPA firm, FredrickZink and Associates. She also teaches an Accounting Information Systems course at Fort Lewis College, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of CPA’s.

As an advisor for the SBDC and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Laura enjoys helping client’s set-up their QuickBooks systems and further understand the capabilities of the software as it relates to their business. She explains, “There are different editions of QuickBooks for different industries. The needs of business vary and the edition takes in to consideration the vast inventory of a retail establishment, versus the needs of a construction company, an architect or a non-profit.”

She loves the variety of clients she meets with and looks at their businesses as puzzle pieces. “A new business has different requirements from one that is in a growth phase.” Her experience as an auditor, helps her determine how best to advise the client on what kinds of reports would be most beneficial to gauge how the business is doing. She also assesses and provides advice on employee pay rates and benefits, determining pricing and looks at the hard and soft or indirect costs of doing business.

She thinks, “It is fun to look at what kind of reports would be beneficial in helping the business run efficiently and effectively. Businesses should have an accurate Profit and Loss statement and know what their best selling items are.”

In her spare time, she loves gardening in a greenhouse and in raised beds at her home in Vallecito Lake at 7,800 feet. She likes hiking and then show-shoeing in the winter. In addition to quilting, she “brings the history from the 1800’s back to life in demonstrations of candle making and Dutch- oven cooking.”

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