About Heyward CPA

Heyward CPA is a local Durham, NC CPA Firm providing local businesses and individuals with tax and accounting services. We know our small business owners take pride in their business - and we do too - which is why we work hard to reduce your expenses and increase your productivity. We also take our knowledge in savings and translate that to reliable tax services to help our individual clients maximize income and minimize taxes.

HeywardCPA was established as a full service CPA firm to serve the tax, accounting and consulting needs of individuals and small businesses in the Durham area. We strive to strike the perfect balance between small, local, attentive service and professional experience and expertise.

We believe that listening is the foundation of a lasting client relationship built on trust and respect. Our goal is to provide financial leadership, guidance and advice that you can really use to help you grow your business and become more successful.

James E. Heyward, CPA

James E. Heyward, CPAFor as long as I can remember I have been an advocate for small business. I believe entrepreneurs are some of the bravest people in the world. The thrill of entrepreneurship is difficult to explain, but those who follow this path generally know that no matter how bad today is, tomorrow can be better if YOU work harder.

Growing up, I was always involved in my family’s businesses from working the hot dog wagon we owned on Archer Ave in Jamaica, Queens to painting walls for my uncle’s contracting company and performing bookkeeping tasks in my father’s accounting practice.

The lessons I learned growing up led me to starting my first business, as a student at Duke University. I started a DJ service and radio show that played for various groups on and off campus. The success of my DJ company lead to me forming two companies, Take Two Entertainment and Madd Waxx Records in 1995 and 1999 respectively.

To manage my businesses, I had to develop a strong proficiency in QuickBooks. I realized that the better I became at bookkeeping, the more I started to enjoy the financial management aspect of running the companies.

After several discussions with family and friends, I decided that my interest in financial management of my businesses would lead to the establishment of a CPA firm that understands the challenges small businesses and their owners face and has the first-hand experience and desire to reach realistic solutions.

While obtaining my CPA license, I had the opportunity to work for a public accounting firm and publicly traded multi-national company which increased my experience and skill set. Along with the client base that I built while working, I have had the opportunity to work with clients in retail, professional services, education, entertainment and real estate. I also gained valuable experience in tax preparation & planning, financial reporting and cash flow management.

In 2010, I launched HeywardCPA, a firm passionate about small businesses and the individuals that own them. We offer a wide array of services including tax preparation, financial statement preparation and business consulting. Our goal is to be a valuable partner in your business and personal success.