Business Works Inc.

Accounting & Bookkeeping

We specialize in small business accounting needs of all sort, from payroll to day-to-day book keeping and beyond.

    About Us

    In 1981, after graduating from PSU with an accounting degree and discovering that she didn’t enjoy working at corporate accounting firms, Beth Buffetta—Business Works’ owner and CEO—opened her own, home-based accounting business. For decades, she operated out of her home in Southeast Portland. When the company grew, she moved the team to a small, sunny office space on SE Belmont Street. Business Works has been lucky to enjoy a lot of amazing word-of-mouth success, particularly in the world of Portland’s amazing and varied small businesses, and now works with over 100 local businesses.

    Our Services

    • Business Accounting icon
      Business Accounting
    • Budgeting icon
      Budgeting
    • Business Systems icon
      Business Systems
    • Payroll icon
      Payroll
    • Financial Reporting icon
      Financial Reporting

    Our Team

    • Beth Buffetta

      CEO

      I love that I get to work with so many different types of clients, from restauranteurs and bartenders to contractors and day care services. To me, accounting is like putting together a puzzle—working on someone’s books is like sitting down and pulling together many little pieces of financial information to make a perfect financial picture. Bring me your disparate pieces, your shoeboxes full of receipts and back logs of invoices — I love nothing more than bringing organization to your financial life and that of your business. As a small business owner myself, I deeply understand the specific needs of and demands on small business owners and love helping fellow Portland businesses not just survive, but thrive. When I’m not working with clients, I enjoy being an active member of both my local Montavilla community as well as the greater Portland community. My perfect day starts at the farmers market and ends with enjoying a great play or musical.

    • Christian Sledd

      Senior Staff Accountant

      I received a BFA in photography from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005, and moved to Portland in 2006 and after several years working in the service industry I went back to Portland State University and earned a Post Bachelors Certificate in Accounting. When I’m not at work, I enjoy cooking, watching interesting media, and playing board games with my partner and our dog, Polly.

    • Colleen Jessup

      Staff Accountant

      I grew up in Arizona, and studied history at Northern Arizona University. After a decade in the service industry, I studied accounting at PSU and joined BusinessWorks shortly after graduation. I wanted to use accounting to improve the lives of others, and I'm thrilled to have found BusinessWorks. I also enjoy reading, podcasts, and spending time with my husband, stepdaughter, and our cats.

    • Nacole Calandro

      Staff Accountant

      I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and came out to Portland in 2000 to pursue culinary school. In the following years I worked in a number of different restaurants throughout Portland. In 2011, I decided to returned to University. I graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in 2014. When I am not at working I enjoy teaching my daughter to cook and exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

    Our Clients

    Find Us

    838 SE 37th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97214

    (503) 256-5125

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