Our Story

“Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”

While that is a quote from the movie “You’ve Got Mail”, it speaks perfectly to the very foundation of this company, how things began and how they will continue to be.

2008 An Idea Is Launched

After 20+ years of doing bookkeeping and payroll, a fork in the road sparked the notion of it being time to launch my own company.  My employer was liquidating his companies and retiring, and nudged me towards an idea I have had since being a little girl.  He quite frankly said …  “You can do this, it’s what you know and love, and you’re great at it”.  He was right.  In 2008 my company was formed, a business started and my first client came on board. I took baby steps and gradually built my practice with referrals only, one client at a time. It was very personal to me. I took great pride in personally working with companies that started just like me and was entrusted in running their finances and bookkeeping like it was my own.  I have kept that theme throughout the years and continue to value the personal side of everything I do in business.

2013 Time for Growth

In 2013 my small little office was in need of a commercial upgrade.  I had kept my client list small for the first five years of business.  Another fork in the road gave me the choice of staying small or allowing growth. And, I chose growth.  I luckily came across the perfect space in downtown Solvang, CA.  I moved in and settled down into the beautiful upstairs space.  As my client list grew so did my need for more desks and room.  In early 2015 I expanded and combined with the office next to me and brought in some help.  Since then I have added two more assistants to round out the office perfectly.  While it is an office space by every definition, it’s still warm, happy and in keeping with my theme of staying personal on all levels.

2018 10-Year Anniversary

2018 rang in our 10th year of business and we celebrated in style.  Our second located opened in Oakhurst, CA and our services expanded to the Madera County.  In keeping with things being personal, this spot holds a special place in my heart.  I grew up going to Bass Lake many times a year with my family and I am excited to come back, breath in the mountain air and expand my practice to the wonderful businesses in the area.

2019 – Solvang Office Expansion

We moved into a bigger office space in March and expanded our Solvang location.  We are so happy to have the amazing support and partnership with the Santa Ynez Valley businesses and value the continued relationship we’ll work hard for.  Come visit us at our new space at 445 Second Street Suites A&B (accross from the beautiful Solvang Theaterfest).

Why the name …Black Bird?

It was a breezy summer evening. The sun was setting and my mother and I were sitting on her shady back porch, sipping a lovely Pinot contemplating possible business names. I knew “bookkeeping” was to be in the name but nothing else was coming to me. Then, a huge flock (called a murder) of beautiful black crows flew into the tall creek trees above us.  There were easily 30-40 of them.  It hit us … Black Bird Bookkeeping.  I let it marinate for a bit and slept on it for a couple of weeks. Back at my home upon leaving for work one morning another round of 30 + beautiful black crows came to greet me. It was done. The name Black Bird Bookkeeping settled in like something that was meant to be.  And happily my company had a name.

About Us

 

Charlene Hiatt

Owner, QB ProAdvisor

Charlene@BlackBirdBookkeeping.com

Grew up in Santa Barbara.

Bachelor’s of Science from the University Of LaVerne.

Loves football, water polo and wine tasting.

Proud mother of a United States Marine!

Sara Welby – Bookkeeper

Sara@BlackBirdBookkeeping.com

Born & raised in Santa Ynez Valley.

Graduated SYUHS 2015.

Loves riding horses and being in the outdoors!

Jennifer Kieding – Bookkeeper

Jennifer@BlackBirdBookkeeping.com

AS in Accounting & AA in Business from Allan Hancock College.

Santa Ynez Valley resident for 20+ years.

She and her husband are proud parents of two grown daughters.

Loves reading, hiking and road trips!

Jacqueline Tyler – Assistant

Jacqueline@BlackBirdBookkeeping.com

Diverse background in office admin, legal and case management.

Born on Vandenberg AFB and resident of Lompoc.

Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer for SB County.

Believes in making life changing differences for children of abuse & neglect.

Loves assisting the elderly, working out, reading, traveling and dogs!

Clay Hutchison – Assistant

Clay@BlackBirdBookkeeping.com

Graduated SYVUHS in 2018 as the president of his class.

Born & raised in the Santa Ynez Valley

Student at Allan Hancock College – AS in Business May 2020

Loves reading, watching & playing baseball, hanging out with friends, being in the mountains or at the beach!

Thank you!

Black Bird Bookkeeping