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Second Opinion

Have you outgrown your current number cruncher? Look for a strategic advisor who can help your business reach its goals.

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This story appears in the April 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Tax season will always be a stressful time for business owners, just as it is for the millions of individuals and thousands of corporations racing to file returns by the fast-approaching deadline. But this time of year will provoke another anxiety for entrepreneurs in particular: Is the accountant who has been with you since you started the company still the right fit? Or is it time to make a switch?

For Stuart Reisch, 45, and Andreas Messis, 39, the answer to that question became clear over time. The co-founders of New Rochelle, New York-based Transform had often thought about expansion as the next phase for their organization and custom storage solutions company. "But any time we presented the idea of growth, it was always shot down," Reisch says, recalling conversations with their highly conservative accountant, who warned the pair about potential negative swings in the economy.

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