How this CPA used his designation to start two small businesses

Want to enter the world of business or finance? With so much information out there, endless courses and mountains of university degrees, it can be hard to know where to start. and TTaking the first step can often feel like the hardest part.

That’s where a Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation can help. A great way to take control of your career path, a CPA designation can open new doors, increase opportunities andCorrectly change your career and life.

This was the case for Christopher Yee, a young entrepreneur from BC who used his CPA to start his small business.

Christopher E. with BC CPA

Christopher E. (Bobo Zhao Photography/CPABC)

Ye’s interest in business began at a young age while helping his grandparents at a Chinese-American restaurant in Redding, California.

“I am inspired by their ability to build a successful business through hard work, determination, and focus on their customers’ experience. At the time, I had no idea what kind of business I would start, but it planted an entrepreneurial seed in me that I wanted to explore one day,” he says.

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Over the years, Yee’s interest in business grew and a family member suggested it He pursued accounting. This led him to attend the Sauder School of Business at UBC and later, earn a CPA designation to learn the fundamentals of running a business.

“Being a CPA has been one of the most challenging but most rewarding experiences of my career,” Yeh said. “I have found that through the experience of working in different teams, meeting other young professionals and studying with my colleagues, I have met lifelong friends who have had a positive impact on my life. I also developed A high level of tenacity is what I needed to face the various challenges along the way to start my business.”

For Ye, getting the title came with its “ups and downs” and wasn’t always easy, but The hard work was more than worth it, as it showed him the importance of “setting goals and priorities, finding the right partners and building a strong team” – while also teaching him a lot about himself.

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Following his passion, Ye started his small business, Brew Your Bucha and The Cocktail Box Co., with his partner, Derek Saito.

Christopher E. with BC CPA

Christopher E. (Bobo Zhao Photography/CPABC)

“With the experience and knowledge gained through my CPA designation, combined with the guidance and knowledge shared by other business owners and professionals, I had a strong foundation to start my own business — whether it was understanding the importance of cash flow management. , budgeting, or managing general operations,” he says. “I had confidence because my CPA designation was a strong backstop if the business failed.”

Looking to the future, Yee has set some ambitious goals to ensure his company continues to grow.

“It’s been six years since we started our company, and our goal is to continue to grow the business globally. We’ve built a strong team, and since our business was acquired in 2021, with additional resources, I continue to focus on learning to become a more effective leader for our team,” he says. “Ultimately, my focus is on health and wellness. Starting another venture focused and aligned with my passion for the outdoors and triathlons.”

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Yee is currently sharing his experience with other young CPAs and plans to continue mentoring them on their professional and entrepreneurial journeys. His advice to anyone considering a CPA is to “take a leap of faith” but be strategic.

I believe that having an entrepreneurial spirit is not defined by quitting your job and going for it. I think it’s proactive yet methodical and calculated to find an approach that just pushes you out of your comfort zone. Not every idea will be a home run, but taking baby steps until momentum builds is the key to success.

For more information about the CPA designation, click here, or sign up for an information session or a CPA recruiting event with Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.


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