Correction: The original list inadvertently left off BKD CPAs & Advisors as a finalist for best accounting firm.

Accounting Firm

  1. The Shafer Group CPAs

The Shafer Group CPAs, PC in Colorado Springs has provided personalized accounting services for businesses and individuals for nearly two decades. The Shafer Group, founded by Certified Personal Accountant Gregory Shafer, has grown from a sole proprietorship to a practice employing 24 professionals.

“In general, personnel of The Shafer Group like people,” Shafer said of why his business stands out from the competition. “As such, we make best attempts to please them. This generates their trust. Therefore, we return phone calls, make deadlines, provide service in a reasonably prompt manner, have minimal errors and do this at competitive prices. All this is done in our clients’ best interest. We are also very good at what we do. We make best attempts at adhering to our company’s five core values: excellence, integrity, timeliness, accountability, respect.” | 719-487-1200

2. Stockman Kast Ryan | 719-630-1186

3. BiggsKofford, PC (tie) | 719-579-9090

3. BKD CPAs & Advisors (tie) | 719-471-4290


  1. ANB Bank

With five locations in Colorado Springs, 26 other banking centers in Colorado, Wyoming and the Kansas City metro area, and more than $2.6 billion in assets, ANB Bank ranks in the top 6 percent of banks nationwide by size. But size isn’t what sets ANB apart.

“It’s the mindset that we want to be a partner with each and every one of our customers,” said Tom Ashley, regional president for southern Colorado. “We want to be involved in their business planning, decisions and growth, long-term. Nothing we do is transactional in nature. Every opportunity we have to work with customers, we want that to be an overall part of a long-term relationship. Nothing makes my day like a customer coming in and saying, ‘What do you think about this?’” | 866-433-0282

2. Wells Fargo | 800-869-3557

3. Adams Bank & Trust | 800-422-3488

Credit Union

  1. Ent Credit Union

Those who live in Colorado Springs know Ent Credit Union like they know Pikes Peak. The nonprofit financial institution is ubiquitous, with 30 service centers along the Front Range and members in 14 counties.

So it’s no wonder the credit union was recognized by Business Journal readers as the region’s best.

“For more than 60 years, we’ve built a consistent reputation for providing friendly, convenient banking while also giving back to the communities we serve,” said Jennifer Sussman, Ent’s chief marketing officer. “Doing well by our members and doing good in the community is still who we are. And people like that.”

Sussman offered some advice to other small businesses:

“Focus on your customer first,” she said. “Provide the products and help they need, when they need them and be easy to do business with. If you can demonstrate you care about them as individuals, the rest will follow.” | 800-525-9623

2. Credit Union of Colorado | 719-542-4816

3. Air Academy Federal Credit Union | 719-593-8600 (Southgate location)

Financial Adviser

  1. Ent Credit Union

Ent Credit Union is a multiple award winner. See above. | 800-525-9623

2. Accelerated Wealth | 719-466-5627

3. [tie] Edward Jones Investments

3. [tie] ANB Bank | 866-433-0282

SBA Lender

  1. ANB Bank

ANB Bank is a multiple award winner. See above. | 866-433-0282

2. Central Bancorp | 719-228-1100

3. Wells Fargo | 800-869-3557