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Financial Fitness Seminar Targets African American Families in November

Posted by Hopeton on October 22, 2011

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Austin Cen-Tex Chapter’s First Annual Financial Fitness Seminar is being held Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University.  The Financial Fitness Seminar will feature a wide variety of free workshops that will provide will help families achieve better results in managing their personal finances and starting a business.

The recent economic downturn has left a number of families struggling to survive, especially in the Black community.  According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black unemployment is 16 percent, nearly twice as high as it was in December of 2008 when the “Great Recession” began.  A recent analysis of government data by the Pew Research Center revealed that median wealth of Black households in 2009 was only $5,677 while that of white households was $113,149.

Roger Davis

Roger Davis, president of NABA’s Austin Cen-Tex chapter  says that sponsoring the seminar  provides opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities.”It promotes public confidence in our members and their services,” explains Davis. Davis also thanked Charles Schwab for being the title sponsor of the Financial Fitness Seminar.

The Financial Fitness Seminar is in line with NABA’s commitment to improving  financial education in the African American and other communities by providing basic financial tools that allow individuals to establish realistic goals and work towards achieving them.  Experienced professionals will deliver the training workshops which will include:

  • Taking Charge of Your Finances
  • Budgeting, Checking, and Savings
  • Registering for Camps/College/Grants/Scholarships
  • Car Buying / Credit
  • Home Buying / Credit
  • Youth Small Business
  • Adult Small Business
  • 401K, Pensions, Investments
  • Estates, Trusts, Wills
  • Tax Update

A number of non-profit organizations will assist with the training including BiG Austin, Economic Growth Business Incubator, Foundation Communities, and Frameworks.

Juanita Stephens

NABA member Juanita Stephens who is teaching the workshop on 401K, Pensions, Investments says a financial planner’s job is not to make you rich, but to keep you from being poor.

“We are living in a time of have’s and have nots.  Which one do you want to be,”  explains Stephens, an investment advisor  for Austin’s Wealth Specialists.

Working with NABA member Regina Shelton, a student at St. Edwards University, the Austin Cen-Tex chapter developed a training track for youth instead of focusing exclusively on adults.

“For our communities to be strong, current adults and future adults must prepare themselves for a ever changing and uncertain economy to our families and businesses to thrive and survive going forward,” says Davis.

For more information and registration contact Hopeton Hay at


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Preparation of Minority Students for Accounting Careers & Financial Literacy Focus of October 4 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on October 1, 2010

Teeyia Mercer and Roger Davis of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) will discuss the assistance NABA provides minority high school and college students in preparing for careers in accounting and finance, and financial literacy on the October 4 edition of Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM. Listen live online at

Teeyia Mercer

Mercer and Davis, whom are president and immediate past president, respectively, of the Austin Cen-Tex chapter of NABA, will also provide information on the NABA Southwestern-Western Region Student Conference which will be held in Austin October 14-16, and the Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP), which is held for one week in July each year.

The conference, hosted by the Austin Cen-Tex chapter, will offer college students an opportunity to engage in high-caliber, technical and skills development sessions to help equip them for entering the workforce. There will be 25 technical and skills development sessions including, Characteristics of a Successful CPA, Surviving and Succeeding in Corporate America, and Financial Literacy: Budgeting and Making Smart Choices. The conference will also feature a career expo and a scholarship luncheon where 22 college scholarships will be awarded.

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