Leah Ilanah is the President of Leah Ilanah Business Solutions, which provides accounting and tax services to mid-sized businesses in the Durango, Colorado area as well as throughout the U.S. Founded in 2009, Leah’s company also offers bookkeeping, payroll, consulting for QuickBooks®, business coaching, advising, and mentoring. Leah is fluent in English and German.
Leah loves learning about and helping her clients achieve their business goals, dreams, and visions. By passionately working hard to deliver accurate and timely books and reporting, Leah builds trusted relationships with her clients. Some of her most recent projects include helping clients avoid IRS repercussions, advising clients on Paycheck Protection Program and EIDL loan application and forgiveness, saving clients tens of thousands of dollars in periodic reviews and tax planning, helping an NPO report grant income, resolving back payroll and sales tax payments, selecting software for an S Corporation, and cleaning up three construction companies’ comingled records.
Leah is a QuickBooks® ProAdvisor (Desktop and Online), a licensed certified bookkeeper through LCPB, an AFSP-certified tax preparer, a Certified Transformative Advisor (Operation and Financial) through the Woodard Institute, a Certified Advisor through the Institute of Advisors, and currently enrolled in various other certification courses.
Leah earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Katholische Fachhochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln, as well as graduated from Leadership Montezuma and the Leading Edge Program from Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center Durango.
When she’s not working, Leah likes to spend time in the garden. In fact, she is a master gardener and involved in a community garden project where she gets to mentor other gardeners. She has extensive knowledge of medicinal plants and grows/forages these to turn them into salves, tinctures, and other home apothecary medicines. She also enjoys knitting, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and swimming. Some of her favorite films and television shows include The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series, Legends of the Fall, Freedom Writers, Downton Abbey, The Crown, Bosch, and Longmire.
Interestingly, Leah knows how to read Tarot cards, and used to read them at fund raisers for NPOs. She is an avid cook and volunteers at the Concert Hall Fort Lewis College, Music in the Mountains, and Ohana Kuleana Community Garden. She also recently started working with B1G1: Business for Good.