1. Please, can our readers get to know you? Briefly introduce yourself to our audience.
My name is David W. Bazile. I am a proud Haitian-American, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I am a Big Brother, Accountant, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Board Member, and Visionary.
I am also a member of Mastermind Connect and the Gentleman’s Factory. I’ve worked in accounting since 2013 and recently founded my own accounting firm earlier this year.
My personal passion is in educating individuals on financial literacy because I believe that is one of our tools in combating generational poverty.
2. What exactly are you into? What is your business all about?
My assignment is to educate individuals on the importance of financial literacy. I strive to prepare others, especially in the black community, with knowledge about dollars that make perfect sense – or, should I say, cents.
My assignment also is to shed light and educate my community on how we can call out the biases within the financial community and demand economic justice, in a time where racial inequality appears to be celebrated and tolerated.
I conquer my assignment in various ways: I am the Founder & CEO of David W. Bazile Accounting. My company is a full-service accounting firm that provides bookkeeping, tax preparation services, and consulting services.
Public Speaker – I facilitate personal finance workshops/seminars throughout New York and its neighboring states to the millennials and youth.
Visionary – Founded DWB Accounting Elevation Business Pitch Competition. An initiative created as an outlet to bridge the funding gap for black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs with a pitch idea.
3. What inspired you to get started?
The desire to be a part of the little steps that lead to systemic change, for members of our community.
4. What is your educational background?
AS in Accounting – College of Technology; Finishing my BA in Accounting & Business Management & Finance – CUNY, Brooklyn College
5. What are your motivations?
My mother is my motivation. She is the most hardworking person I know and sacrificed so much for the family, which can sometimes be difficult when you are a single parent raising several kids on your own.
I am more than determined to make a success out of my life because I see and understand all the pain and sacrifice my mother experienced, so her children can have a better life. I have a love for education.
My desire is for my people to have a strong understanding of financial literacy. Knowing that I am helping others, seeing that my purpose, influence, and impact, is bigger than me.
Last but not least, contributing to the education gap when it comes to financial literacy, especially in the black community. God, Financial Freedom, Legacy,
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
Understand there will never be a perfect moment or time to start your own business or career. Take time to do your research, then start, and you will learn along the way!
It is my belief we were all created by God’s image with unique skills and talents, use them to serve your community. Keep developing your craft.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I see myself as a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I plan to continue to grow my accounting firm strategically and grow my team, so we are able to serve more individuals and businesses with their finances.
I will be traveling globally educating more millennials and youth about financial literacy and empowering them to go after their goals and dreams relentlessly.
I plan to continue to use my platform to raise financial awareness and create opportunities for collaboration within my community. I believe this is my God-given purpose and I will continue to walk in it.
8. Any present or future projects?
Planning my 2nd Annual Business Pitch Competition: Elevation, which will be bigger and greater than the first. I’ll be debuting a dope charity fundraiser on my 28th birthday this year.
I am also working on my first book that will break down many of the financial terms and will also teach you about business, accounting, personal finance, estate planning, and more.
I hope to organize several community workshops that teach individuals how to make sense of their business finances.
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
Rather people would support my business because it is black-owned as there are many negative stigmas surrounding black-owned businesses held by customers. However, I am working on solutions to change that by providing opportunities to collaborate.
10. Are you married or single?
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
I wouldn’t say my greatest accomplishment as there is much more of life to experience. But, my recent accomplishments I am most proud of is getting over my fear of failure and doubt and starting my own business, and also turning my vision for my community’s initiative into a reality. ‘
Getting over my fear and doubt is my way of inspiring others to push and stretch beyond their comfort zones and chase their goals and dreams relentlessly. Also, seeing the impact I have on people and receiving incredible reviews from clients who have worked with me.
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
Have a plan and write it down along with your SMART goals. Fear of failure is a natural part of the process as it part of your growing pains so embrace it. But, that shouldn’t hold you back.
The path to success is filled with many peaks and valleys, twists and turns, mistakes and failures, and every single one of them is teaching you a lesson that will propel you further towards success.
Have faith, and trust your journey. Not everyone will understand your vision nor see where you are going, and that’s okay! Find those that do and build a community around them. Be willing to ask for help and seek business mentors.
Profitability is essential for the growth of your business. Cash flow keeps the business viable. Understand these two areas and monitor them.
Most importantly, always network, network and network. Be creative when it comes to hiring the right people for your business. Choose love over bias. Put in the time to master and develop your craft.
Always find a way to add value to business collaboration. If you have any questions I am always willing to help. Send me an email: Davidwbazile@gmail.com