Peninsula Bookkeepers Association


Peninsula Bookkeepers Association

Education • Support• Resources


Our History


PBA started in 1989 with a luncheon meeting of bookkeeping professionals. By joining, we discovered the value of providing support. We realized we could help each other in our business endeavors. As a group, we could encourage the development of individuals performing bookkeeping, accounting and tax services.

In the weeks that followed, a formal organization was founded. Our membership today includes the self-employed, individuals considering a business and employees of private companies. We have members from around the San Francisco Bay Area.


Monthly Meetings

Next meeting: John Miller, EA will be presenting Introduction to Cryptocurrency. The meeting will be held in San Mateo 6:00pm-8pm.


These meetings are designed to address the Association's objective to support and encourage professionals in the bookkeeping profession. The format includes a knowledgeable speaker, opportunity to network, and group discussion of relevant topics.


Member Information


Joining = Member Benefits

Elected officers provide leadership for the association. All members have the opportunity to serve as an officer or committee member. Committees include Membership, Nominating, Newsletter, Marketing, Education and Program. 

We encourage personal and professional growth through active participation and leadership development.

Calendar of Events


Previous Meetings In Review

October 15th, 2019

Rob Ferrini of McGowan Professional Insurance joined us from the East Coast to discuss how important it is for bookkeepers to limit our liability through good Engagement Letters and smart business practices.

September 17th, 2019

Susan Woo from the CDTFA (formerly Board of Equalization) joined us and shared the latest sales tax news and answered timely questions from the group.

August 20th, 2019

We wrapped up the Summer Series with A Billable Day, which incorporated our previous Summer topics - Pricing Your Practice, and Your Practice and Time Management. It was a good opportunity to focus on how we manage our business and generated a lively round table discussion.

July 16th, 2019

Our second Summer Session round table included discussions around "Your Practice and Time Management". The group discussed how we stay on track, organize our workflow and shared tips for overcoming distractions. We also welcomed some new additions to the group!

June 18th, 2019

PBA kicked off the Summer Series with the topic "Pricing Your Practice". This topic was something everyone could relate to, and included conversations about hourly vs. flat-rate pricing, frequency of pricing updates, when the clock starts, and much more! We saw a number of new faces and also received an update from Resource Member David Fenyvesi of 360 Payments (

May 21st, 2019

Our informal Round Table meeting generated discussions on lots of relevant topics from current and new members alike!

April 16th, 2019

Lauren Brollier, founder of Soul Savvy,  joined us and led a lively and insightful session about how to live the life you love - what that would look like and the practical tools you can use to get you there.  Check out Lauren at

March 19th, 2019

Polly Neumann (CPA) joined us to share the latest in tax law changes.  depreciation, capitalization, real estate, patents & trademarks were just a few of the topics covered in this jam-packed informational session.

February 19th, 2019

Polly Neumann (CPA) joined us to share the latest in tax law changes.  depreciation, capitalization, real estate, patents & trademarks were just a few of the topics covered in this jam-packed informational session.

January 15th, 2019

Darlene Batchelder, Ontological Coach, shared strategies for  creating space for what's important in our lives, and guided us through an amazing exercise to clarify and personalize the lesson.

December 11th, 2018

PBA members were treated to a holiday dinner at Pacific Catch in downtown San Mateo.  It was a wonderful evening of great food, camaraderie and networking, and we received some great suggestions which will soon be implemented.

November 13th, 2018

Arun Kothanath from Clango Inc. dialed in to join us from Seattle to talk about cyber security issues that we as bookkeepers need to be aware of.... what we should be doing, what we shouldn't be doing, and ways to reduce risk and exposure for ourselves and our clients.

October 16th, 2018

Susan Woo from the CDTFA (formerly the Board of Equalization) shared lots of great information on the new CDTFA, provided an update on Wayfair, gave us the scoop on audits, and answered questions related to sales tax in certain industries.

September 18th, 2018

Penny Schultz, Schultz HR Consulting LLC, Topics discussed included new 2018 rules on ICs vs. employees, what you may not know about exempt vs. non-exempt law,  and she stressed the importance of engagement letters, E&O insurance and compliant record-keeping.




August 21st, 2018

Polly Neumann returned to update us on recent tax law changes related to Meals & Entertainment, along with year-end close tips because it's never too early to prepare for tax season!

July 17th, 2018

Alex Sloan and Myles Grashian from Xero gave us a look at Xero and showed us the highlights and benefits of using this beautiful accounting software (see for more).


June 12th, 2018

Wanda Cheung shared a look at her newly-designed inventory management software - very impressive! It is designed for small/medium-sized business with physical inventory and now integrates with Quickbooks Online.

April 17th, 2018

April 17th: While we celebrated the official end of tax season, two of our Resource Members introduced themselves and shared brief overviews - Tim Duus or Liberty Insurance Brokers and David Fenyvesi of 360 Payment Solutions.

February 20th, 2018

Wylie Leabo from Veem provided an overview of this FREE service for moving money across the US and the world (  And for those of us who regularly wait for bank and credit card statements, receipts and other critical documents, Jared Kerr showed us how to step up our game with Hubdoc (  Hubdoc not only retrieves all of these documents for us but syncs the data with our major online accounting software.   A real game-changer!

January 16th, 2018

We were fortunate to have not one but two information-packed presentations, just in time for tax season.  Polly Neumann, CPA gave a quick overview on the bookkeeping behind annual K-1s, and then joined with Jean Brandt, CPA to share the latest details on the tax law changes going into effect in 2018.  There was plenty of information to absorb and much that is still being worked out... as more details emerge we will have additional sessions on the calendar.

December 12th, 2017

Lauren Mang and Michelle Powell joined us for a fun and interactive session, in time for the new year!  Lauren shared her Top 10 Organizing Apps and Michelle gave an overview of the principles of Feng Shui and holistic organizing.  Both sessions were informative and definitely got us all thinking about making some positive changes to our work flow and environment in the new year!


November 14th, 2017

We were thrilled to have Joy Hemp take the stage to talk on the subject of Non-profit Bookkeeping.  Not only does Joy have more than 20 years of bookkeeping experience with non profits, she is also a founding member of the Peninsula Bookkeepers 1989.  Joy discussed the challenges of non profit bookkeeping, how to handle restricted vs. unrestricted donations in Quickbooks and the use of Classes to track the various programs specific to the non-profit entity.  She also brought samples of the 990 non-profit tax return to show where the data appears on the return.  It was a very lively group and Joy answered lots of questions!


October 17th, 2017

On October 17th we were fortunate to have our own representative from the California State Board of Equalization, now known as the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).  Susan Woo, a Supervising Tax Auditor, shared information about the history and implications of this re-structuring.  She then led a lively discussion about some of the common Sales and Use Tax Mistakes - what exactly IS Use Tax?  When is a sandwich taxable?   How are Internet sales Taxed?  Is there a flat rate tax?  These and more led to a very interactive and exuberant discussion. With one of the highest number of attendees and the level of enthusiasm by the group, you can be sure that Susan will be back on our calendar in 2018.



September 20th, 2017

We had a lively and informative session with professional organizer Lauren Mang last Tuesday evening.  Lauren travels the world helping people get organized so they can live happier and more productive lives.  We took a test to figure out our learning style, we learned how to tackle large organizational projects, the downside of multi-tasking (with a live example!), and what holds us back from getting rid of our unused "stuff".  It was so fascinating and there's so much more to learn from Lauren that we have asked her to return in December, just in time for the New Year!


Interested In Learning More?

We are always looking to grow our community and help create a positive impact through networking, education, and support.


Feel free to reach out with any questions that you have and we would be happy to answer them!

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