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 college degrees, it can be hard to know where to start. And tThe first step may feel like the hardest part.

This is where the 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, andchange your career and your life.

That’s what happened to Christopher Yee, a young entrepreneur from BC who took advantage of his CPA to start his own small business.

Christopher Yee with BC CPA

Christopher Yee (Bobo Zhao Photography/CPABC)

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

“I was inspired by his ability to create a successful business through hard work, determination and focus on the customer 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 said.

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Over the years, Yee’s interest in business grew, and a family member suggested he does accounting. This led him to attend the Sauder School of Business at UBC and later, pursue a CPA designation to learn the basics of business.

“Becoming a CPA has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my career,” said Yee. “I found that through the experience of working in different teams, meeting other young professionals, and learning with my colleagues, I met lifelong friends which is still a positive influence in my life.I have also developed a high level of courage that is required to face the many different challenges faced on the way to start my business. “

For Yee, getting the nomination came with his “promotion” and it wasn’t always easy, but the hard work wasn’t worth it, because it showed him the importance of “setting and prioritizing goals, finding good teammates, and building a strong team” — while also teaching him a lot about himself. .

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After his love, Yee opened his own small business, Brew Your Bucha and The Cocktail Box Co., with his partner Derek Saito.

Christopher Yee with BC CPA

Christopher Yee (Bobo Zhao Photography/CPABC)

“Because of the experience and knowledge gained through my CPA designation along with the guidance and knowledge shared by other business owners and professionals, I had a solid foundation to ensure I could start my own business – or understand how “It is important to manage money, budget, or general operations management,” he said.I had confidence because my CPA designation was a strong stopgap in case the business failed.

Looking to the future, Yee has set ambitious goals to ensure the growth of his business.

“It’s been six years since we started our business, and our goal is to continue growing our business worldwide. We have built a strong team, and since the acquisition of our company in 2021, with additional resources, I continue to focus on learning to become a more effective leader for our team,” he said. “Ultimately, my goal is to start another business that focuses on health and fitness and aligns with my love of the outdoors and triathlon.”

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Yee shares his experiences with other young CPAs and plans to continue guiding them on their professional and entrepreneurial journeys. His advice to anyone considering CPA is to “take it in faith” and be strategic.

I believe that having an entrepreneurial spirit is not defined by quitting your job and just going. I think it’s dynamic but methodical and calculated in finding ways that push you out of your comfort zone. Not every idea will be a home run, but taking small steps over time is the key to success. “

For more information on the CPA designation, click here, or register for a new meeting or CPA recruiting event with Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia today.


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