| Your business is our primary concern. Edwin C. Sigel, Ltd. is a
full-service accounting firm -- large enough to provide comprehensive resources, yet small
enough to offer highly personalized service. By targeting our practice to entrepreneurial
businesses, high-net-worth individuals and the leasing industry, ECS enhances the service
available to clients often marginalized by the Big Five accounting firms.
than 150 years combined experience working with closely-held businesses, ECS can provide
expertise and insight beyond the reach of bookkeepers and accounting clerks. We're
more than just accountants. As consultants and strategists deeply involved in your
business, and dedicated to your success, Edwin C. Sigel, Ltd. solves business problems.
We get to know your business -- almost as well as you do. With in-depth
experience in manufacturing, real estate and construction, professional services, leasing,
and many other industries, ECS can short-circuit the learning curve and focus on your
special circumstances. And because half of our staff has been with Edwin Sigel for more
than 10 years, start-up training pays off for your business for years to come.
Our team goes the distance. While larger firms rotate young staff through client
assignments -- especially smaller businesses -- ECS partners your business with a stable
financial management team, including a staff accountant and an accessible partner, backed
by the firm's full resources and expertise. By stabilizing your accounting relationship,
we ensure that ECS is ready to help project sales revenues and production costs, develop
business plans, project taxes and depreciation, and secure financing that helps develop
We put technology to work -- in our office and yours. Through ECS, your business
benefit from state-of-the-art technology usually available only to the largest
enterprises. To enhance efficiency, reduce costs and protect critical deadlines, ECS
depends on computerized tax libraries, automated tax preparation and sophisticated job
tracking software. A WAN links our office to Boston and Denver, and our T1 line ensures 7
x 24 Internet access to download files, exchange spreadsheets and advise you by e-mail --
in a hands-on work process that saves time and money.
Our portfolio extends beyond the conventional. At Edwin C. Sigel, Ltd., you'll
find not only superior accounting and taxation services, but also diverse management consulting services, including recruitment and training of financial managers,
negotiation of real estate leases, selection of appropriate technology, development of
benefit plans, estate and retirement planning, and business
valuations. ECS is also one of the very few CPA firms providing lease management services to the equipment leasing industry.
We deliver value. Because Edwin C. Sigel, Ltd.'s partners represent an array of
specialized expertise (CPA, CMA, MBA, CVA, MST, CLP, real
estate broker, licensed business broker, registered investment licensee and licensed
continuing professional education provider), our team can meet varied needs for business
counsel -- whether you're launching a new product line or acquiring a competitive
business. Yet hourly fees for ECS partners with 15 years of experience are no more than
Big Five fees for first-year staff accountants.
History enriches our practice. Founded as a sole proprietorship by Edwin C. Sigel in 1962, ECS has grown by identifying and recruiting
outstanding CPAs; staying ahead of the technology curve; and acquiring other practices
that fit well with our mix of skills, experience and clients. Managing Partner Samuel N. Oliva was the first to join Sigel, in 1978, prompting rapid
growth and relocation from the Chicago Loop to the first of several increasingly spacious
offices in Northbrook, Illinois. During the next 20+ years, Partners Jay
Dahl, and Nancy Geary joined the firm; ECS merged with Partner Saul Cohen's substantial
tax and accounting practice; and ECS made a series of productive acquisitions. As the
practice grew, ECS enhanced client service and capacity by installing the most up-to-date
technology, upgrading to a Microsoft NT server with Windows 95 workstations and adding a
T-1 line in 1998. Today Edwin C. Sigel, Ltd. occupies 7500 square feet of office space,
with a staff of 26, including six partners, 16 staff accountants, a firm administrator and
three technical support staff -- all dedicated to the needs of more than 1000 clients in diverse industries.
Superior accounting services are available right in your own backyard. Located
in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago, ECS is minutes away from I-294, with easy
access to businesses throughout Chicagoland, including both the city and suburbs.
We help clients plan ahead, move ahead and stay ahead. Our entrepreneurial and
creative style helps clients improve profitability and achieve business goals. We'll
celebrate your success -- even when you grow beyond us: when you're ready to go public,
Edwin C. Sigel, Ltd. will help you negotiate the complexities of financing and
underwriting and we also work with you to build a relationship with an accounting firm
that can lead your business into the future.