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At the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting on March 23 at Block Advisors are (from left) Brentwood Recreation Superintendent Eric Gruenenfelder, Steven Pingolt of Country Financial, Gina March of the chamber, Brentwood City Administrator Bola Akande, Block Advisors office manager John Bruenger, Joel C. Kirk of Off the Wall Murals, chamber president Stephanie Tyler of West Community Credit Union, Toni Bowman of The Brentwood Spirit and Sonya Matzig of Optitek Inc. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Block Advisors is new division of H&R Block

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

A new tax consulting service for small businesses opened March 14 in front of the soon-to-open Menard’s store on Hanley Road. Though Block Advisors is located in Richmond Heights, it has a Brentwood mailing address and is also a stone’s throw from Maplewood.

“Block Advisors is a new brand of H&R Block,” said office manager John Bruenger, who oversees half a dozen employees. “We focus on small businesses and entrepreneurs to provide not just tax preparation but tax planning and business services, such as payroll, accounting and bookkeeping. We grow businesses and make them more profitable.”

John Bruenger, the office manager at Block Advisors, speaks to members of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on March 23.

Lifelong St. Louis resident John Bruenger is the office manager at Block Advisors on Hanley Road.

The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the office, 1770 S. Hanley Rd., on March 23. Officials present included Brentwood’s City Administrator Bola Akande and the chamber’s president, Stephanie Tyler.

Block Advisors was launched in January by Kansas City-based H&R Block. Bruenger’s office is one of 14 in the St. Louis area. He’s a lifelong St. Louis resident and graduated from St. Louis University.

John Bruenger speaks to members of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on March 23 in the lobby of Block Advisors office on Hanley Road.

John Bruenger speaks to members of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on March 23 in the lobby of the Block Advisors office on Hanley Road.

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