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About Us

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“I believe true happiness is born when you discover your purpose in life and begin to travel down that pathway”


     Valaise Smith is the Founder & CEO of Tried & True Financial
Services, LLC. Tried & True is committed to building & maintaining
long-term relationships with business owners who want to obtain better
control over their finances. She is passionate about educating
business owners on the ABC’s of finance. ACCOUNTING, BUDGETING

and CREDIT building are the cornerstones to help business owners achieve
their financial goals. ACCOUNTING (tax planning & preparation) so they
save money on taxes, maintaining better BUDGETS so that their cash
flow remains positive and building their CREDIT profile to increase
their business credibility & fund ability.

With over 20 years of experience in the financial services arena, the
birth of Tried & True was imminent for Valaise. “I believe true
happiness is born when you discover your purpose in life and begin to
travel down that pathway”, says Valaise. With humble beginnings,
Valaise began her career as a Bank Teller. Not sure of what career
path she would follow at the time, she always had a natural tendency
for Math & Business-related subjects. After taking countless
personality and career-based assessments and coming up with recurring
results, Valaise began to embrace her natural skill set.

Armed with that information, Valaise decided to go back to school to
pursue a degree in Accounting. After completing the foundational
Accounting courses, Valaise decided to broaden her horizons and change
to the field of Finance where she earned a Bachelors of Business
Administration with high honors @ Davenport University. “I realized
that the community of people I grew up knowing and loving could
benefit from the gifts and knowledge that I had been blessed with, so
I began to nurture that skillset so I could give back”, says

Valaise is committed to a lifelong journey of learning demonstrated by
completing various Income Tax courses throughout the years in addition
to completing the Personal Financial Planning curriculum @ Oakland
University. Having spent 10 + years overseeing the back-office
operations, managing the compliance policies & procedures,  conducting
the portfolio administration & account reconciliations for a book of
business in excess of $1 billion, Valaise’s experience expands
beyond the classroom.

Valaise is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals
and has earned the Enrolled Agent designation which allows her to represent clients (throughout the US) before the IRS. She is also a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) owner as well as an Inaugural Scholar of the Goldman Sachs - One Million Black Woman Black In Business Program Cohort 1.

​Valaise serves an array of clients and businesses in Downtown Detroit, Midtown Detroit, TechTown Detroit, Farmington Hills, Redford and around the Midwest.


Why You Should Work With Tried & True Financial Services


Not only do we use the best in class when it comes to financial software, we manually review reports independently and with our clients to ensure accurate data.


Our high quality and integrity is proven by the fact that 80% of our business comes from client referrals and over 95% of our clients renew their services annually.


You can rely on us to keep you financially fit! We are committed to providing on-going financial check-ups to keep you up-to-date on your financial well-being so there are no surprises. 


Need More Clarity? Book An Appointment Today.

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