The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) was established in 1969 by nine African-American accountants in the New York area. These founders saw a need for a professional organization of minority accounting professionals. Their goal was to establish a national association to deal forthrightly and effectively with the many common problems faced by the growing number of African-American professionals in the world of accounting.
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is a nationwide 501(c)3 membership organization with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by African-Americans and other minorities in the accounting profession. Our mission is to address the professional needs of our members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance professions with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.
• To promote and develop the professional skills of our members;
• To encourage and assist minority students in entering the accounting profession;
• To provide opportunities for members to fullfill their civic responsibilities;
• To promote public confidence in our members and their services;
• To encourage cordial relations among members and cooperative relationships with other professionals;
• To represent the interests of current and prospective minority accounting and business professionals;
• To ensure long-term financial stability and provide adequate resources to implement chapter, regional and national programs; and
• To ensure that chapters operate at an effective level.
Since the founding of NABA’s first chapter in New York, the membership has grown to approximately 5,000 members in 160 active professional and student chapters across the country. NABA’s membership is comprised of a cadre of diverse individuals. Our ranks include entry and mid-level accountants, auditors, and financial professionals; entrepreneurs; and accounting, finance, and business students. Approximately 51% of NABA’s members are employed in corporate America, 40% have advanced degrees, and 45% hold professional certifications.
NABA is currently organized into four primary Regional Divisions: Eastern Region, Southern Region (www.nabasouthern.org), Central Region (www.nabacr.net) and the Western Region (www.nabawr.net) overseeing approximately 40 local chapters.
Eastern Region (Maine to Virginia)
Annual Student Conferences
Each year the NABA Regional Student Conferences host hundreds of college members and dozens of corporate partners for a 4 day job fair, interviewing, networking and development conference. The Eastern Region conference is the largest of the 4 conferences across the country, hosting approximately 600 students and 40 corporations. View Information at NABAER.org.
Annual National Convention & EXPO
Each year the NABA National office hosts thousands of professional members and dozens of corporate partners for a 5 day conference including CPE technical sessions, networking, interviewing and personal development sessions. The attendance typically reaches more than 2,000 professionals and 50 corporations. View Convention Information at NABAINC.org.
CPA Bound Initiative
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NABA has partnered with Wal-Mart to provide Financial Literacy and Money Sense programs in many cities throughout the country.
Online Career Center
NABA receives job postings and career opportunities from it’s corporate partners constantly throughout the year. NABA’s online career center is available to members at any time through the national website. NABA, Inc. Online Career Center.
Division of Firms
The mission of the Division of Firms (DOF) is to address the professional needs of its member firms and to foster the economic development of these firms in the business community locally, nationally, and globally.
The objective of the DOF is to elevate and maintain among its members a high standard of proficiency and integrity through the enforcement of the AICPA’s code of ethics and professional development; to promote the economic growth of minority firms by providing a forum for advocacy, teamwork, honest exchange of information; and to cultivate a spirit of professional cooperation among its members.
The DOF was established in 1986 as a part of the national organizational structure of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. The DOF, while principally operating as a self-sufficient body, reports to NABA’s Board of Directors.
To learn more about DOF programs, events, and membership please visit www.nabadof.org.
The benefits of being a member of the Division of Firms include the following:
• Affiliation with a conglomerate of minority-owned and operated accounting and consulting services firms;
• Listing in the DOF Directory, which is the most visible and comprehensive directory available to organizations and individuals interested in contacting African-American firms;
• Numerous educational and professional development opportunities to equip your company and staff with the tools necessary to stay competitive in today’s aggressive business environment; and
• An annual convention in which DOF members from across the nation convene to renew relationships, network, and attend training session designed to help you build your firm.