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  • September 02, 2020 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    The National Society of Black CPAs is happy to announce it will be doing six sessions focused around Entrepreneurship for both members of NSBCPA and the general public.  These sessions will be particularly helpful for small business owners and those who have their own CPA firm or are interested in starting their own CPA firms.  The guidance and education will give small business owners thoughts on how to understand financial information, tax saving strategies and capital raising ideas for their businesses.  The sessions will be in the form of Zoom webinars and will be eligible for 2 hours of CPE each.  

    To register for the webinars go here.  Questions about the Entrepreneurship Track please contact cpechair@nsbcpa.org.

    The 6 part Entrepreneurship Track includes the following sessions: 

  • August 19, 2020 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Louis Rawlings, CPA, the 7th Black CPA hailed from Illinois making him the 3rd Black CPA licensed in the state in 1937.

    Little has been printed about Mr. Rawlings, but knowing that he is one of the first 100 Black CPAs speaks volumes.

    The National Society of Black CPAs honors the individuals that became CPAs in spite of discrimination and other barriers.

    Become a member and assist us in increasing the number of Black CPAs.

  • August 11, 2020 4:06 AM | Anonymous

    Do you want a Black CPA Firm to help you with your tax and accounting needs?  Well the National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants, Inc.  will help you find one.  We are aggregating data on as many black owned CPA firms around the country that we can identify and we will be able to provide interested parties with information on firms in their particular are, state, or field of expertise they need.  

    If you are a governmental agency or corporation interested in some diversity spend initiatives and you would like to identify some black owned CPA firms to put a request for proposal in, we will help you find those entities.  

    Black CPAs are a rarity and black owned CPA firms are even more rare, as the Go To Resource for Black CPAs we want to make sure we provide the general public with the information they need to procure our services and for our members with CPA firms to be successful by bringing them business.  

    If you are looking for a Black CPA firm to assist you with some services you can submit a request here

    We are committed to increasing the number of Black CPAs in the profession and to providing current CPAs with the tools and resources they need to be successful.  

    If you are a Black owned CPA firm and would like to be included in our directory please sign up here.  Your firm must be majority Black owned by CPAs and at least one owner or partner must be a member of NSBCPA.  If you are not yet a member please join now.  

  • August 07, 2020 2:40 PM | Anonymous

    Calling all CPAs, the National Society of Black CPAs is looking for mentors for our CPA Candidate Members to provide advice, assist with questions they may have about the profession or CPA exam, etc.  

    If you are available to be a mentor please sign up by clicking here.  Any questions about the program please reach out to Felicia Farrar at vicechair@nsbcpa.org

  • July 31, 2020 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    Bloomberg Tax Talking Tax podcast interviewed our Chair, Shannon Nash, CPA, Esq. recently discussing the extremely low number of Black CPAs in the profession.  

    Less than 1% of all CPAs are Black CPAs. The National Society of Black CPAs is working to change that drastically. 

    Any CPA or CPA Candidate that is interested in helping us with this cause please join us.  

    You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.  

  • July 29, 2020 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    In 1937, Paul G. Stewart was the 2nd licensed Black CPA in the State of Illinois, which makes him the 6th Black CPA.

    Mr. Stewart was the organizer of Chicago’s Peoples Consumer Co-Operative in 1937. Paul G. Stewart died shortly after becoming a CPA. The Paul G. Stewart Twin Towers a 550-apartment housing complex for senior citizens was built and named in his honor.

    The National Society of Black CPAs stands on the backs of greatness. We will continue honoring our the ones that paved the way as without them we would not exist and we are grateful.

    Join us in making a difference in our profession.

  • July 18, 2020 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The National Society of Black CPAs was founded to provide resources to and advocacy for Black CPAs. NSBCPA promotes diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession.

    Gleim is partnering with NSBCPA to provide new candidate-level members with 6 months of free access to a Gleim Premium CPA Review section.

    “The accounting profession needs to do more to encourage and assist minority involvement and inclusion. Everyone deserves a place at the table, and only through diversity can the profession reach its true potential.”

    Dr. Irvin Gleim, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFM

    Become a member of NSBCPA today to access your complimentary Gleim CPA Review materials.  

    If you are already a member, please share this wonderful information with your network to help us increase the number of Black CPAs.

  • July 17, 2020 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    The National Society of Black CPAs was featured in Accounting Today as a new organization focused on increasing the number of Black CPAs in the United States.  

    You can view the article here on Accounting Today.  

    We are excited to be included in the article and has been great in helping us get noticed in the profession.  

    We plan to do more articles like this to help build awareness of the new organization.  

    If you have not already, become a member today! 

  • July 14, 2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    No one could have imagined that in 1922 the fifth Black Certified Public Accountant would hail from NYU, one of the two top business schools, but as many of the first Black CPAs General Wilmer F. Lucas, CPA was above average!

    In 1929, Mr. Lucas became the first African American Certified Public Accountant in New York. The State of New York required experience of working under a CPA. Mr. Lucas gained experience by working for Daniel Levy & Company, a Jewish firm. In 1938, Wilmer F. Lucas, CPA, and Alfred Tucker, CPA, formed Lucas, Tucker & Co. Their accounting firm provided the required experience for more than 25 percent of all the Black CPAs who have obtained their licenses in New York.

    During his impressive career as a CPA, General Lucas served with distinction in World War II, earning the Legion of Merit.

    Opportunity, Journal of Negro Life published in April 1932 by the National Urban League, included the article “Educating the Negro for Business – An Investment Loss” authored by Mr. Lucas; he states, “The Negro trained for business has already been deprived...”.

    The National Society of Black CPAs’ members embrace our past and present challenges; hence we have banned together to address them as a society, one Black CPA at a time!

    Join Us!

  • July 07, 2020 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    Jesse B. Blayton, Sr, CPA graduated from Langston University and served in the US Army in World War I. Mr. Blayton passed the Georgia accounting examination in 1928, becoming the state's first black Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and only the fourth African American nationwide to hold the certification. 

    Mr. Blayton taught accounting at Atlanta University, where he encouraged younger blacks to enter the profession and authored the accounting text "Essentials of Accounting" in 1944. Because Mr. Blayton invited so many to join the accounting profession, he became known as the "Dean of Negro Accountants."

    In 1925, Mr. Blayton, along with 14 other black investors, put in $100 to form Mutual Federal Savings Loan Association. In 1928 Mr. Blayton and two other businessmen reorganized Citizens Trust Bank, which became the first Black bank to join the Federal Reserve. As noted in his letter to Dr. W.E.B DuBois and the letter from Hugh H. Smythe, Mr. Blayton's banks were the source for Black people funding and promoted Black Generational Wealth.

    Citizen Trust Bank financed many black homes and businesses, including the Atlanta World Newspaper and the city's first night club "Top Hat," in which BLMIYA Corporation (BLayton, MIlton, YAtes) was the owners.

    In 1949 Blayton made history when he bought the 1,000-watt Atlanta radio station WERD, the first Black-owned radio station. WERD's programming included jazz and gospel music, public service programs, educational shows, church services, radio plays, and community news.

    Blayton and his radio station publicized the civil rights movement by acting as an outlet for information about the campaign and speeches by prominent civil rights leaders. These leaders included Martin Luther King Jr.; whose Southern Christian Leadership Conference shared the same building as WERD.  Dr. King often visited the studio to announce the activities of his organization. This relationship led to Mr. Blayton becoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. certified public accountant, and he was a witness in court cases brought against Dr. King's financial affairs, in which Dr. King always prevailed.

    In 1995 Mr. Jesse B. Blayton, CPA was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

    The National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants, Inc. was formed to increase the number of Black CPAs a mission that goes back as far as 1928.

    Join us in this valuable mission.

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