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March - 2013 Edition: Some information may be out of date.

Featured Small Business: Shaw & Associates

Congratulations to Shaw & Associates, winner of the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Small Business of the Year Award! In growth mode for more than 10 years, Shaw & Associates is a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and Financial Services firm which values employee flexibility and community involvement.

Employees are able to work with customers and projects on their own time, “They’re here to make sure clients get what they need,” Shaw & Associates CEO Kevin Shaw states, “and that doesn’t necessarily need to happen between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.”

The Shaw & Associates family is dedicated to community involvement. Employees are encouraged to become leaders in both socially and professionally focused organizations - this family, community and business dynamic contributes to the company’s success.

Kevin graduated from Northern Illinois University and gathered valuable professional experience while employed in firms located in Chicago, Phoenix, Las Vegas. He opened his own shop in 1997, when he and his family located to Fort Collins. In true Fort Collins fashion, it began in his garage.

Kevin sees Fort Collins as a balance between a “thriving economy and a high quality of life.” Moving to Fort Collins 16 years ago, Shaw didn’t realize that the “Choice City” would become his forever-home. But, looking back on the business and community relationships he has built, he said “it’s been everything we wanted it to be. It’s been more, really.” Learn more about Shaw & Associates at