Our Business

Solutions for Small Businesses offers bookkeeping services, help with QuickBooks, and full-service payroll. But we’re really more than that. We’re like Mom for a small business owner. We’re like Linus’s security blanket. We’ve got a sense of humor, we’re good listeners, and we know a lot about accounting. We can’t solve all your problems, but you can feel comfortable telling us about your recordkeeping troubles, and we’ll have Solutions for you.

Our Team

Katherine Almy

I started Solutions for Small Businesses in November of 2012. I’d worked as a bookkeeper all of my adult life, for a variety of small businesses. I went to school, studied Art History, got a Master’s degree, and my first job after school was as a bookkeeper. I just couldn’t get away from it. Over the years, I’ve become more than a bookkeeper, as I’ve studied how small businesses work – what makes them succeed and what makes them struggle. More and more, the people I worked for turned to me for advice on all things related to finance (nobody asked me about my studies of Diego Rivera — go figure).

Although I always imagined I was just supporting myself until I found my “calling,” I realized that I loved bookkeeping, and even more, I loved the people who ran the small businesses I was working for — the creativity, energy and passion I saw there drew me in, and I slowly came to realize that this was my calling.

Now, I am able to help many small businesses – more and more of them as my own business grows. I hired Connie Smith in 2016, to help with the bookkeeping. Connie has a great sense of humor, and her warm and helpful attitude is greatly appreciated by our clients. A little over a year later, Katie Wheeler joined our team. Katie’s specialty is organization and office practices. She helps us with that at Solutions, and she’s also available to work with clients who need help in that arena. I feel very fortunate to have found two kindred spirits who long for order and consistency as much as I do, and who are so much fun to work with!

Connie Smith

Connie Smith

With a background in self-employment, both retail and real estate, I recognize that every small business has their own unique needs for record-keeping. As a graduate of U.C.Berkeley and having the privilege of living in northern California, I respect the independence and self-sufficient spirit of business owners in rural locations. Working with Katherine, serving a variety of clients with an array of bookkeeping needs, allows me to use my skills in organization and customer service. I enjoy using computer software to make bookkeeping streamlined, accurate, and flexible to the needs of each of our clients. Helping small business owners keep up with the pace of business today is an exciting field, and I’m honored to be part of Katherine’s team.

Katie Wheeler

I am fortunate to get to work with Katherine and Connie caring for the mechanics of running small businesses. All three of us seem to enjoy finding order and place from a jumble of information. Like a good puzzle. Soon after graduating with a BS from The Evergreen State College in 1998, my boyfriend (now husband) and I moved to Humboldt. My background as a small business owner gives me an understanding of the many aspects of running a business. I enjoy spending time with my kids and dogs at the beach and in the woods. We love this area and the kind of people that are drawn to live here. Small businesses are our friends and neighbors, they support our community and enrich it. 


Kiani Akiona

I moved from the Big Island of Hawai’i to Humboldt County in 2010, which was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I love the small community, beautiful redwoods, and the fact that it led me to my destiny of being a bookkeeper (even though it took me a while to figure that out). I absolutely love math, being organized, and problem solving, which is why I love being a bookkeeper so much. Working with Katherine, Connie, and Katie has been so wonderful, and I have learned so much from our awesome team of intelligent women!

Although Humboldt County will always be near and dear to my heart, I moved back to the Big Island in 2020 and I am proud to bring Solutions for Small Businesses’ amazing services to my island home!  Since we do all of our work online anyway, the Humboldt clients I work with don’t even know I’m hundreds of miles away.


Everything requires balance, and while we work hard for our clients during the week, we have a wide range of interests outside of work. Here are some of the things we do for fun, and some of the terrific, local institutions we support.

QuickBooks Connect
QuickBooks Connect is a multi-day event that brings entrepreneurs, small business owners, accountants & developers together to grow, learn & connect with each other.

We would be proud to support the good work of the Northcoast Children’s Services, no matter what. But it’s so cool that we get to do it in this creative, exciting way, by buying a square at Pastels on the Plaza. The Plaza gets transformed for a couple of weeks (depending on the weather), a bunch of creative types get to try their hand at drawing on the sidewalk, the whole community comes out to check out the drawings. There’s just so many good things about this event! This year, we are very excited to have had our own artist. Katie’s daughter, Miri, did our drawing for us, her first Pastels.