About Us

We are a group of Certified Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents, Accredited Tax Advisors, MBA's, Bookkeepers, Payroll Specialists, Business and Technology Consultants.

About Cook and Company

One and one half minute video introduction

Let us put our knowledge, technology and resources to work for you.

There have been many changes in the tax laws over the years that have precipitated changes in the way we do business. However, technology has had the biggest impact on changes in our operations. We think it is safe to predict more tax law changes and further improvements with technology in the future.

Bara Business Service was established in 1957 by Al LaGrone, EA, PA and operated out of his home in Arab, Alabama for the first two years. During the following four years, we shared office space with a Real Estate Office on North Main Street. Mr. LaGrone built and occupied our current office building in April 1962. In 1970 an addition was made to our building, doubling the office space to approximately 10,000 square feet.

Mr. LaGrone retired and sold the practice to Greg Cook (an employee of approximately ten years) in December 1994. The business operated under the name Cook & LaGrone during the transition period. Due to state regulations governing Mr. Cook's CPA license and the use of a fictitious name, LaGrone was dropped from the firm name in March 1998 (two years after the death of our Founder). Mr. Cook completely renovated the building inside and out over the next five years.