William Parsons, Jr. is a CPA and new member of the NFIB/Alabama Leadership Council.
William Parsons, Jr. first opened up shop in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1976 after spending some time in the corporate world. Since then, Parsons has served on just about every committee and council in his career, most recently being named to NFIB’s Alabama Leadership Council earlier this summer. His notable service also includes chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Bessemer, Alabama.
How did you become a small business owner and why?
I started my own practice in 1976 and I’m a CPA. I’ve been practicing in Bessemer, where I’m from, the whole time I’ve been in practice. I have five employees.
What has been your greatest challenge and how did you deal with it?
The workload. I’ve got a big workload and that’s probably the biggest challenge I had. I work on Saturdays.
How would you describe the business climate in Alabama?
Good. It’s getting better… We’re not in a position to bring in a big car company, but we can bring in small businesses, and that makes a difference.
What advice would you give other small business owners?
Work and stay with it.
Why did you join NFIB?
I’ve been a supporter of NFIB for a very long time. The reason I support NFIB is because of their lobbying in the state legislature. They also have national lobbying efforts, and I think that helps the small businessman. We haven’t gotten much help in the current administration, but we did before. I would say it’s a very strong lobby. The ideas we can get passed in the legislature helps our point and with where we are in the economy. I’m also a letter writer. I’ve been writing letters forever, and that’s really how I got involved with it.
What are your priorities as a member of the Leadership Council?
I just got on [the council] on June 23. I’m eager to help out. [We need] more organization and to find a way to reach out more to voters who are going to vote for small business. We will put in more about the problems small businesses face with health insurance and how to help get their employees insurance while saving them some money on it.
And taxes, of course, would be another thing. Taxes have gone up and up and up. The regulatory stuff has gone up and up. The requirements for the medical field have gone up. I see that everywhere.
How do you define success?
Making a living and being happy. Being happy with what you’re doing.