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MANISTEE — Tax season can be a scary time for many people, but for two of Manistee’s newest residents, it’s a calling.

John and Suzanne Long – a husband and wife accounting team from southern Michigan – opened their accounting practice, Salt City CPAin Manistee this week.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at their new office at 390 River St., Suite 103 on July 28.

Salt City CPA provides accounting services to individuals and businesses, with years of expertise in QuickBooks, payroll and tax between John and Suzanne.

Opening their own accounting firm has been a goal of the Longs for more than a decade.

“It’s fun for us. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” Suzanne Long said. we were talking about starting our own practice.”

John and Suzanne Long each have decades of experience working with a range of clients, and Suzanne Long says they complement each other not only as a couple, but also professionally.

“John comes more from private accounting and teaching,” she said. “I’m more into public accounting and education. So we kind of approached accounting from different angles.”

John Long, a Navy veteran, holds a master’s degree in business administration, and Suzanne Long is a professor of accounting at Jackson College and is an author of accounting textbooks.

She intends to continue working as a remote accounting teacher, after the couple recently moved to Manistee.

“We have spent the last 20 years in Jackson raising children; the kids are grown up now,” Suzanne Long said. “We are empty nests and between empty nest syndrome and COVID and my fully online teaching job, we started looking hard. We were ready to move and wanted to live in West Michigan, the Lake Michigan area, for quite a while.

The decision to move to Manistee wasn’t immediate, but once the Longs decided on northwest Michigan, it became clear where their next home would be.

“It’s because of Matsons (Big Manistee River Campground),” Suzanne Long said. “We camped at Matsons and just hung out here. … We just hung around for a while and it clinched it.

John Long said once the pair settle into the new office, work will begin to assess community needs and the best path forward for Salt City CPA to meet those needs.

“I want to keep reaching out and trying to connect more in the community,” he said. “Ultimately, long term, I would like to do seminars…or have financial literacy workshops – things where we can use our teaching abilities.”

The duo also hope to add a third CPA to their office staff before April.

More information is available at or by calling 231-299-1190 to make an appointment.