Megan M. Applegate, CPA | Applegate & Company, CPAs
Tell us about APPLEGATE & CO
Founded by Paul Applegate in January of 1984, Applegate & Company, CPAs began serving the Michigan City area community. Paul worked along side his father, John Applegate; together, they grew the company with the experience Paul gained from Crowe Horwath LLP (formerly Crowe Chizek).
Since its inception, Applegate & Company has amassed a client base in industries ranging from not-for-profit organizations to manufacturing companies. In 2014, Paul welcomed his children, Blake and Megan Applegate, both CPAs, to the business - enjoying the distinction of three generations of Applegates having worked for the company.
Since its existence, Applegate & Company has seen many changes in the accounting profession. However, even with the many changes in the accounting profession, Applegate & Company prides itself on staying at the forefront of these changes while continuing to provide exceptional customer service.
How long have you been a CPA?
HOW DID GROWING UP IN AN ENTREPRENEURIAL HOUSEHOLD AFFECT YOUR CAREER PATH?
I was brainwashed at a very young age that I was going to be a CPA in my dad’s office when I grew up. My dad pulled that trick on all four of us kids, it stuck with two of us. Long hours and hard work do pay off, and I see that now with the successful business my dad has grown.
What's your favorite thing about working with small businesses?
Getting to meet and learn from a wide variety of people/businesses.
Most difficult thing about working with small businesses?
Finding new, young business owners as clients. We are seeing a generational shift of our current clients retiring and selling their business. We always try to attract small business owners and determine if we’re the right fit for them based on their accounting/tax needs.
Favorite local restaurant
Too many to list!
Favorite local shop
Anywhere that sells a super soft t-shirt!
Favorite business resource for small businesses
Your local chamber office
Most valuable lesson you've learned in your career
Have back up documentation for EVERYTHING!
Fun fact about you
I’m a volunteer firefighter and medical responder in all my spare time.