We had the good fortune of connecting with Dennice Hillard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dennice, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Prior to even thinking about starting my own business, I wanted to work for the IRS or FBI. I applied to work with the IRS but ultimately chose to work for the state of Alabama as a Revenue Tax Specialist. I enjoyed working with the state and learned a lot about multi-state taxation, legislation, and working in a government environment.
In 2017, I relocated from Alabama to Georgia. I never anticipated working in public accounting, but I made the switch and loved it. During this time, a shift began within the African American community. More African Americans were interested in doing business with people that could relate to them. It was during this shift that I decided to work full-time for myself. African American certified public accountants (“CPAs”) make up less than 1% of the CPA population, so I felt that it was necessary to offer my tax and accounting expertise.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hillard Tax & Accounting, LLC is not your typical accounting firm. We care about all of our clients and are focused on helping them achieve the best possible results.
We make every effort to know each of our clients individually. Understanding each client’s goals and needs allows us to provide them with custom-tailored solutions designed to help them achieve their personal and professional objectives. Our continuing mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of expertise and professionalism.
We believe that honesty, trustworthiness, and professionalism are the keys to success. We strive to earn our client’s lifelong trust by providing them with the best accounting services and solutions.
I am most proud that I am able to offer quality tax and accounting services to individuals and small business owners. I am passionate about helping individuals and small business owners learn more about their tax and financial obligations.
I have learned several things. One of the things that I have learned is to be upfront and transparent to avoid any confusion or miscommunications.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friends were visiting the middle Georgia area, I would take them to Lake Tobesofkee and a few restaurants in the area like The pond, Shells, and Props.
For example, the itinerary would be:
Friday evening – Dinner on the balcony at The Pond restaurant
Saturday morning – HIIT workout session with ‘Get Fit With Mint’ and brunch at Props.
Saturday afternoon – Relax at the Lake and/or play volleyball
Saturday evening – Dinner at Shells
Sunday morning – Church at FBBC
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my various family and friends that have always believed in me, encouraged me, and stood behind me. I appreciate each one of you.