Batavia bookkeeper carries on family business

BATAVIA – A bookkeeping business that operates out of a home is looking to expand its reach and eventually move into a space in downtown Batavia, its owner said.

Jessica McGrail is the owner of Dollar and Sense Bookkeeping Inc. in Batavia. She offers multiple services from her home office, including bookkeeping, payroll, administrative services, QuickBooks and more.

“I decided that this was the time to start to grow a little bit,” McGrail said.

McGrail said her clients include Batavia businesses, such as Glen Galis Concrete Contractor and a few restaurants in Naperville.

McGrail’s mother, Jennifer Weber, started the business in 2000 under the name Geneva Business Services on Houston Street. McGrail worked for her mother on a part-time basis during her high school and college years, according to the business’ website.

When Weber died unexpectedly in 2009, McGrail said she lost her mother and her best friend. Weber’s clients at the time asked whether McGrail would continue her mother’s work. McGrail accepted the challenge and moved her family to Batavia.

“[It] is such a wonderful place,” McGrail said.

McGrail said she keeps flexible hours to be available for her clients and can help any business lower expenses, payroll taxes or liability and look for fraud.

Sometime next year, McGrail would like to move the business to an office space within Batavia, preferably in the downtown area.

For information about Dollar and Sense Bookkeeping, visit or call 630-669-5397.