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MACPA partners with IBM to equip CPAs with tech skills; BlumShapiro volunteers teach students financial literacy; and more news from CPA offices.
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CALIFORNIA
Armanino, San Ramon, partnered with BlackLine to provide the firm’s clients with an end-to-end solution for financial close, adopting BlackLine’s continuous accounting model. (Read the full story.)
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CONNECTICUT
Volunteers from BlumShapiro, West Hartford, taught Webster Hill Elementary School students for the eighth consecutive year, providing interactive lessons on work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, through Junior Achievement’s JA In A Day Program. (Read the full story.)

Michael Silver & Co., Skokie, was named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois 2017 by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, and Best Companies Group. Michael Silver & Co., was recognized at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony on May 18th at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn.
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GEORGIA
Bennett Thrasher, Atlanta, has relocated its office to Riverwood 200 in conjunction with a rebranding effort. The firm, which updated its logo to reinforce closeness and shared purpose with the continuation of its tag line, “Better Together,” will be the first tenant in the new development.
JAPAN
Aoyama Sogo Accounting Firm Co., Tokyo, has joined the Asia Pacific Region of global association PrimeGlobal.
MACPA
MARYLAND
The National Association of Black Accountants announced four new scholarships added to the NABA Scholarship Program: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Hidden Figures Scholarship; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship; Claudette Griffin Memorial Scholarship; and Ralph and Valerie Thomas Scholarship. The new scholarships bring NABA’s total to fourteen. Since its inception, the association has provided more than $11 million in scholarship funds to students preparing to enter accounting, finance and business professions. (Read the full story.)

The Maryland Association of CPAs has partnered with IBM to equip finance professionals with skills in artificial intelligence, big data and cognitive computing. IBM will provide an advanced cognitive and data skills platform to accountants so they can acquire these data science, business analytics and AI skills. Interactive cognitive courses will be delivered through IBM’s Big Data University via the Business Learning Institute, the MACPA’s learning and innovation subsidiary. (Read the full story.)
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MASSACHUSETTS
AAFCPAs, Boston, joined global accounting firm association PrimeGlobal.
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MISSOURI
Anders, St. Louis, hosted a third annual Putt and Prosper tournament via its Young Professionals Group, which brought in 140 people to play 12 holes of putt-putt golf and network with other young professionals, both internal and external.
NEW YORK
The New York State Society of CPAs held its second annual Moynihan Fund Gala, a fundraising benefit to support the next generation of New York CPAs, May 17 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The gala benefits the Moynihan Fund, which provides support for the NYSSCPA’s academic scholarships and college readiness programs for New York high school and college students. Baker Tilly and Crowe Horwath were both presenting sponsors.

Marcum is hosting its 2017 Marcum MicroCap Conference, a national recognized forum for publicly traded companies with less than $500 million in market capitalization to network with fund managers and high-net-worth investors, June 15-16 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
PENNSYLVANIA
Stambaugh Ness, York, was awarded the 2017 BDO Alliance USA Service Award, honoring a member CPA firm that has made significant contributions to the alliance and presented during the BDO Alliance USA Conference in Las Vegas.
UGANDA
Jim Roberts & Associates, Kampala City, joined global accountancy network HLB International.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Center for Audit Quality and the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association announced three awards for the Access to Audit Personnel Program, which connects academics with audit practitioners to participate in research projects. The three winning projects are: Joseph Brazel, North Carolina State University, Evidencing Professional Skepticism in the Time Budget (with Christine Gimbar, DePaul University; Eldar Maksymov, Arizona State University; and Tammie Schaefer, University of Missouri - Kansas City); Cassandra Estep, Emory University, Mitigating the Unintended Consequences of Material Weakness Reporting on Auditors’ Acceptance of Aggressive Client Reporting (with Anthony Bucaro, Case Western Reserve University; and Tim Bauer, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana); and Tracie Majors, University of Southern California, Learning from Prior Year Workpapers (with Sarah Bonner of the University of Southern California).
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WISCONSIN
Sikich, Brookfield, was named one of the top places to work in southeast Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.