BusinessWorks Inc.

Accounting & Bookkeeping

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


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. Since then, Beth has operated out of her home in Southeast Portland. For decades, 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.


  • Business Accounting

  • Budgeting

  • Business Systems

  • Payroll

  • Financial Reporting


Beth Buffetta

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. 


Mike Clark
Junior Staff Accountant

I received my Accounting Certificate from PSU in 2016. Prior to going back to school, my wife and I ran a restaurant in the Overlook neighborhood. I enjoy using the experience I’ve had as a business owner when working with our clients. I’ve also worked extensively as a musician, and have played and toured with numerous Portland bands over the last 20 years. 

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.


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