Jim Metzler, vice president of small firm interests for the American Institute of CPAs, has received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New York District Office 2007 Financial Services Champion of the Year Award.

Metzler was cited for his significant contributions in helping small businesses obtain the accounting services they need to succeed.

“We are very proud of Jim and his team,” said AICPA president and chief executive Barry Melancon, in a statement. “Small businesses are the backbone of our capital market system. The country’s 45,000 CPA firms, the vast majority of which are small businesses themselves, have long been valued partners of America’s small business community.”

Metzler serves as the AICPA’s advocate for small firms on practice, regulatory, legislative and profession matters, and is the chief liaison between the AICPA and its member firms. He also oversees the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section and the Management of an Accounting Practice Committee, along with specialized practice communities such as personal financial planning, business valuation, information technology, and forensic and litigation support.

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