PATRICIA OLSON understands what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the “great Small Business adventure” through first-hand experience. Patricia first embarked on the path to financial independence with a newspaper route at the age of nine. At age 17, she started her own business making stain glass windows. As her business became more successful, she transitioned into textiles and later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Design at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. In each business, she handled all the company’s business operations and accounting.
Patricia decided to focus on accounting and in a college job at a credit union she learned all positions within two years. It was during this time that a Certified Public Accountant discovered her talent for financial organization and began mentoring her. With his assistance, she gained a broad-based understanding of Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets. Patricia moved from bookkeeping to accounting, where she reported directly to the company’s president, vice-president, and head of sales.
In the 1990s, Patricia’s artistic side reasserted itself when she started her own hand-painted textile company. Her fabrics were displayed at the San Francisco Design Center, and her hand-painted garments were sold at Macy’s in San Francisco.
In addition to Patricia’s creative success, she still enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of finding ethical solutions to financial problems. For Patricia, unraveling numbers to reveal the best options ensuring success for small business owners is a skill and an art that requires unique creativity.
In 2000, Patricia launched SB (Small Business) Accounting Solutions, a bookkeeping and consulting business. Patricia’s company is dedicated to helping small business owners envision, develop, and achieve their financial goals through her system of integrity, self-discipline, and balance.
As a result of her commitment to a strong business community, Patricia is an active member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
In her free time, Patricia enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, and gourmet cooking. She is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Forty-Niners.