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Meet Best Business Strategies Experienced Staff

Our diverse backgrounds and experience allow us to work together to offer you the BEST customer service possible. We look forward to helping you find the BEST software solution for your business!

Shirley Byard

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Awards & Achievements:

  • Sage 50 /Peachtree Master Certified Consultant
  • Sage 50/ Peachtree Certified Trainer 
  • Sage 50 Top Reseller 2018-Present
  • Sage Presidents Circle 2011-2014 
  • Only recipient of the Sage Rising Star Award in 2008
  • Conducted Sage City Round Tables at Sage Summit Conferences
  • Top 1% contributor of Sage City Community Board
  • Sage City VIP
  • Treasurer of Mt. Olivet UMC
  • Former member of Marshall County Health Department Board of Directors
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Best Business Strategies is led by Mother & Son duo Shirley & Allen Byard

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Shirley is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School & West Virginia University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She was a former National Bank Examiner; former partner of “The Tax Doctors” – where she prepared tax returns for 13 years with Robert Galbreath; Former CFO “Mansuetto Barns Culler” Advertising Agency; former Staff Accountant for a CPA firm and various businesses throughout the Ohio Valley specializing in Jewelry, Demolition, Rental Units & Printing. 

Shirley Byard has an extensive background using Sage 50 & Peachtree Accounting Software. She has performed multiple conversions and brings forth experience helping various industries including non-profits, retail, service, distribution, manufacturing, & construction with the software. Her involvement assisting diverse companies has given her the edge to help your company be the best it can be.

Allen Byard

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ACT! Certified Consultant (ACC)

Allen has been ACT! Certified since 2010. He attended school at West Virginia University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Multiple Disciplinary Studies (B.MDS.); Three minors of: Economics, Communications, and Advertising.  Allen is the first ever and only Certified Consultant in the state of West Virginia. He is very passionate about helping others in finding business solutions.

Allen has two dogs Rooney & Luna. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, traveling, & playing sports. FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Strawberry Cheesecake


A.D. Rutter served in the Army and National Guard for over 41 years and as a manager at PPG Industries. After retiring from the military as an Army Command Sergeant Major and PPG Industries, A.D quickly realized retirement was “not for him.” Shortly after, Shirley met A.D. and saw him as a natural born salesperson. In 2018, he joined Best Business as our Check and Forms Sales Representative.

A.D. must always stay busy. He enjoys yard work and attending church activities. FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate Almond


OFFICE HOURS: Mon. (10am-3pm), Wed. (12pm-5pm), & Fri. (10am-3:00pm)

A.D. Rutter

AD Rutter Check and form salesman
Check & Form Sales

Front Office Manager

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Brenda joined Best Business Strategies in 2012. She is the voice of Best Business Strategies. If you have ever called Best Business Strategies, chances are you have talked to Brenda. She is our front office manager & also processes sales.

Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, cats & dogs. She enjoys traveling & crochet. FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl

Bookkeeping & Payroll

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Charlotte has a Bachelor of Accounting from West Liberty University. She joined Best Business Strategies in 2016. Using Sage 50, she performs bookkeeping and payroll for our clients.

Charlotte is a busy mom and grandma. Traveling to her daughters’ dance competitions keeps her occupied. FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Salted Caramel

Website/Marketing Specialist

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Kara has a BBA degree from Waynesburg University & a MSIR from West Virginia University. She joined Best Business Strategies in 2013. Her duties include website maintenance, SEO, & marketing blast.

Kara’s two teen daughters and dog keep her entertained. She enjoys baking, crafts, & reading. FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough