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We are an innovative, full service accounting and business consulting firm. With large firm resources and technology, we operate with a small firm personal touch. We are committed to increasing the wealth of our clients.

Comprehensive Accounting and Auditing services; Local, State, Federal and International tax compliance and planning; Fraud Detection and Deterrence services; Industry Specialization in Key Industries; and expert Business Consulting Services are all a part of how we can help you and your business thrive.

DHL&S began as an entrepreneurial organization serving mostly local clients in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1955. After a series of mergers and changes, the current firm of Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte and Sterczala, P.C., was formed in 1990. Today, we have grown to nearly 40 people, with many large, medium and small companies and individuals as our clients. Our clients and contacts range from start-up family-owned businesses (and individuals) to international companies with significant revenues, including publicly traded companies.

We believe that the most important way we can serve you is to listen. This allows us to learn your business in depth and understand your objectives, deadlines and challenges. Most importantly, this helps us design a suite of services tailored specifically to your business.

We believe that each of our clients (no matter what size) is entitled to creative thinking, responsiveness, expertise and personal attention. At DHL&S, our principals take a personal, hands-on approach to each and every engagement, assuring that you have the opportunity to interact with our most senior principals and staff.

We are registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), a private-sector, nonprofit corporation created to oversee the auditors of public companies. Participation in the PCAOB and its periodic inspections validates our uncompromising commitment to excellence, integrity and independence.  As our client, this means you will always be treated with the highest degree of ethical standards and professionalism.

Our Sustainable Business Practices: Highlights from Sustainne’s Sustainability Survey

WASTE:

  • Have reuse and repurpose processes in place
  • Share documents electronically rather than printed hard copy
  • Provide paperless alternatives (pay stubs, invoicing, hand dryers, etc.)
  • Use recycled or refillable printing cartridges

SOURCING AND PURCHASING:

  • Prioritize Local vendors
  • Prioritize Bulk Purchasing / minimal packaging

LANDSCAPING: 

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: 

  • Paid or unpaid leave for birth, adoption, dependent care
  • Flex-time
  • Team building activities
  • A wellness, Health and Safety program
  • An on site gym or subsidized gym memberships
  • Sustainability Training / Workshops / Professional Development for Managers and Employees
  • Employee Mentorships
  • Innovation incentives
  • Profit-sharing
  • A retirement match
  • Financial literacy and investment education
  • Disclosure of financial information and metrics with employees
  • Living Wages
  • A mediation or grievance process
  • An Employee Handbook / Code of Ethics
  • Job Descriptions, Onboarding Process, Work Plans
  • 360 Performance Evaluations including personal goals and workplace sustainability
  • Written internal sustainability communications and training plan
  • Newsletters

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT METRICS:

  • Employee Retention / turnover
  • Diversity
  • Employee Satisfaction
  • Employee Promotions

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: 

  • Partner with local schools or organizations
  • Give financial or in-kind donations to local non-profits
  • Track or target percentage of profit or time donated
  • Match employee contributions to local organizations

OTHER STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT:

  • Have a Facebook page or other means of communication for feedback
  • Already actively market material sustainability aspects of business

VOLUNTEERISM: 

  • Give time off for employees to volunteer in schools or agencies
  • Encourage senior management to serve on local non-profit boards
  • Track volunteer hours

BUSINESS PLANNING:

  • Mission, Vision and Values Statements
  • A Business Plan
  • A Marketing Plan
  • A Strategic Plan (long and near term)
  • A Succession Plan
  • A Sustainability Plan with key objectives, indicators and timelines

FINANCIAL PRACTICES: 

  • GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices)
  • Digital Accounting Systems
  • Annual business performance reviews
  • Yearly Operating Budget Projections
  • A tracking system for Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Annual Equity and Capital Investment Statements
  • An annual Profit and Loss Balance Sheet
  • Monthly Cash Flow Statements

BUSINESS OWNERSHIP: 

  • Employee Owned

DHL&S in the Community

The DHL&S Jeans for Charity program encourages employees to donate to a fund that is matched by the Principals of the Firm – in exchange for wearing jeans on Fridays. Since it was established, the DHL&S Jeans for Charity program has donated more than $24,000 to local charities. In 2014 DHL&S Jeans For Charity Program helped Make-A-Wish for ten year old boy.

The DHL&S 2017 Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 400 pounds of food and numerous gift cards to the Spooner House Thanksgiving Food Baskets.

DHL&S again chose Connecticut’s Make-A-Wish Foundation as the recipient of our 2016 Jeans for Charity program, with a donation of $5,500. Since 2004, the program has donated more than $43,000 to local charities.

DHL&S has been a long-time supporter of the Beardsley Zoo – Connecticut’s only zoo.

In September 2016, a DHL&S team, consisting of Bill Lesko, Jen Bull, Al Martins and Mark Pires, joined 150 others at Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard to participate in the annual stair climb to raise funds for homeless veterans.

A DHL&S team participated in the Sterling House Down and Dirty 5K on October 24, 2015 to raise money for the Sterling House Community Center food pantry.

DHL&S was a sponsor of the Recovery Network of Programs golf outing, benefiting the Tina Klem Serenity House, a recovery house for women with co-occurring disorders.

DHL&S Principal Jennifer Bull is a member of the Valley United Way Board of Directors and involves the firm in Valley United Way campaign.

DHL&S Principal Mike Ganino co-chaired the Walk To End Lupus Now, the signature event of the Lupus Foundation of America, at the Westfield Trumbull Mall, raising over $10,000.

Principal Al Martins competed in the Bridgeport Hospital Home Run, a 5K sponsored by the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation to benefit the hospital’s programs.

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