Michael R. Gardner, D.D.S. (Dr. Gardner) has worked with CDS for the past 40 years. His dental practice team is highly trained, committed to excellence, and fiercely dedicated to the patients they serve. Dr. Gardner states, “I rely on CDS for all sorts of advice–they have steered me right at every turn. They are my counselor, coach, friend, and last, but not least, my accountants.”

In 1980, CDS was there to help Dr. Gardner with his initial business set up and financing. Throughout the years, CDS provided numerous accounting and advisory services to Dr. Gardner including financial forecasts, cash flow projections, and financing models as his business continued to grow. Tax services were provided for both his practice and personally to Dr. Gardner and his wife, Sandy. The business advisory services provided by CDS have helped Dr. Gardner thrive throughout his business lifecycle.

When Dr. Gardner broke ground on his new dental practice building in 1996, founding Partner at CDS, Rick Conway, was there with a shovel to show his support.

The quality accounting, business advisory services, employee benefits, HR, payroll, tax, and wealth management support that CDS provides, allows Dr. Gardner to do what he loves bestfocus on his patients and team members. Dr. Gardner states, “When I first started with CDS, they were a two-person firm. Over the years they have grown to one of Minnesota’s leading accounting firms, with 75 team members across Minnesota. As I entrusted more and more of my business procedures to CDS, they have more than exceeded my expectations. It has been a great partnership and I feel very fortunate to have connected with them. It is a remarkable firm. I really attribute my success to the significant role CDS and the people at CDS have played.”

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, but especially businesses like Dr. Gardner’s. When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law, CDS proactively reached out to clients offering business advisory services. CDS experts, Rick Conway and Bill Fenske, collaborated with Dr. Gardner to analyze the opportunities available and found the solutions that worked best for his business. Dr. Gardner said, “During the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire team at CDS helped me immensely.”

Business Advisory Services.

Businesses that are proactively contemplating their post-COVID-19 futures and are making plans accordingly, will be better positioned to thrive in any crisis and beyond. Many companies are making those plans now. CDS provides many services to help small to large-sized businesses: financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow planning and projections, capital and debt structure optimization, review of tax law changes and the impact on businesses, and benefits planning. 

A legacy of service and integrity.

Our network of highly trained professionals offers a team approach to help businesses recover and thrive despite the financial impact of the pandemic. From CDS, clients receive big-firm resources wrapped in local firm responsiveness, delivered by experts familiar with you, and vested in your business. Our core values – integrity, quality, collaboration, innovation, and kindness – guide our actions every day.

We understand our clients’ needs.

At CDS, we go beyond compliance. We collaborate to develop strategy, look for hidden opportunities, and anticipate challenges. We’re proud to provide our clients with solutions to make their organizations more efficient and profitable.

Call one of our experts at (320) 235-3311 to learn more about our Business Advisory Services.

This article was published in the July ’20 issue of Connect Business Magazine.