Flagel Huber Flagel takes the “P” in “Certified Public Accounting” seriously.

On Aug. 12, two thirds of the 60-person CPA firm, with offices in Symmes Township and Dayton, will spend the day in public service as part of the firm’s annual Accountants in the Community program.

For the second year in a row, employees will volunteer to spend the day in service to local nonprofits such as the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton and the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati.

“We feel it is important to be involved,” says Randall S. Kuvin, managing partner. “It’s good for our employees to be giving back to the community.”

Flagel Huber Flagel has expanded the employee participation program beyond community service to include health and wellness, too. The group is participating in a series of almost weekly 5K runs and walks through the fall, he says.

Flagel Huber Flagel, started in 1933 in Dayton, believes it is more than just a number cruncher for its 1,500 business clients and an equal number of personal tax clients in southwest Ohio.

“What we’re selling, if anything, is being able to work with our clients and put our experience and knowledge to work for them and help them grown and prosper,” Kuvin says. “We’re able to understand what’s going on in their business and listen to the issues they’re faced with and relate that to other clients we have and communicate opportunities to grow their business.”

Flagel Huber Flagel also has expertise in the specialty areas of business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support. “It’s a big driver for us and we continue to see growth in those areas,” Kuvin says.

A series of mergers and acquisitions continue to reshape the accounting landscape in southwest Ohio, and Flagel Huber Flagel, which acquired Dohner, Louis & Stephens in Dayton about five years ago, continues to evaluate opportunities that might make a good fit, Kuvin says.

At the same time, he says, it has created opportunities for Flagel Huber Flagel as some small and middle-market companies are seeking new accounting expertise. “There’s a vacuum we can fill,” he says.

Flagel Huber Flagel can also draw on the resources of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting and consulting firms, to broaden its expertise. BDO established a presence in Ohio last year with the acquisition of SS&G, a Cleveland-based accounting firm with offices in Cincinnati.

Kuvin says the SS&G acquisition enhanced Flagel Huber Flagel’s client offerings.

“It gives us closer access to BDO’s services and SS&G’s national restaurant specialty practice,” he says. “Prior to the acquisition, BDO’s closest office was Chicago.”

Flagel Huber Flagel has a number of restaurant clients so being able to tap into SS&G’s expertise “is a nice opportunity for us,” he says. It also gives Flagel Huber Flagel access to additional resources and staff sharing when needed.