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Best Business Strategies has been located in the Ohio Valley since 2005, but Shirley Byard, the owner has been using Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree) accounting software since version 3.0! She was a local pioneer with the software. Back in the 1990’s, many local businesses were seeking Shirley’s expertise with Peachtree accounting software as there weren’t any local Certified Consultants in the area. At the time, Sage did not have a strong education program thus, Shirley started Best Business Strategies as a one woman endeavor in the basement of her home in Glen Dale, WV.Over the past 10 years, Best Business Strategies has changed office locations twice and has grown to a five person team. Not only are we now serving the Upper Ohio Valley, we are now serving the entire United States and many International countries as well.

Best Business Strategies is proud to have been the only recipient of the Sage Rising Star award in 2008, and is honored to have been a part of the Sage Presidents Circle from 2011 to 2014.

Best Business Strategies is current member of St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, Member of Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce & Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

Meet our Staff

Shirlry Byard PictureShirley Byard is our Owner & Diamond Level Sage 50/ Peachtree Master Certified Consultant, with over 22 years experience with Sage 50 & Peachtree Accounting. She has performed multiple conversions and brings forth much experience with the software. Her vast experience with many companies has given her the edge to help your company be the best it can be.

Shirley is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School & West Virginia University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and stays up to date in her field of interest by attending seminars focusing on the latest software updates and improvements.

Shirley's Resume includes the following: Sage 50 /Peachtree Master Certified Consultant (Recertified 2015), Sage 50/ Peachtree Certified Trainer (2009 - current), Current member and major contributor of Sage City Community Board.Current Member of the Sage Presidents Circle 2011-2014 & only recipient of the Sage Rising Star award in 2008.

Shirley 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 has been married to Marvin Byard, for over 33 years. They have two children Stephanie and Allen and two grandsons.


Allen Byard

Allen Byard, is our ACT! Certified Consultant (ACC). He 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. A resident of West Virginia, Allen is the first ever and only Certified Consultant in the state. He is very passionate about helping others in finding business solutions.

Support Staff

makes sure Best Business Strategies runs smoothly by organizing all of our administrative activities. Brenda processes all orders and works closely with our clients to ensure customer satisfaction. She brings forth many years of customer service experience.


Charlotte is a graduate of West Liberty University (B.S. Accounting). Her responsibilities include payroll, bookeeping, and quarterly taxes. She also maintains online sales through Amazon and Ebay.


is a graduate of both Waynesburg (B.S. Business Administration)
and West Virginia University (M.S.Industrial Relations/Human Resources.)
include marketing and maintaining our website.

We would like to thank our fine customers like you who have kept us at the top! Without your support and repeat business, we would not have been able to maintain our Sage President's Circle ranking since 2011.