The “Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs” list serves to elevate awareness of the innovation, professionalism, competence and tenacity demonstrated by Native entrepreneurs across Indian Country. Native Business is rolling out profiles of these 50 Native entrepreneurs online, in no particular hierarchy, to document and memorialize their innovation and self-determination. The inaugural class of the Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs recognizes leaders across 13 business sectors, demonstrating the diversity of industries where Natives are making an impact. Among the entrepreneurs recognized in our Accounting & Legal sector is Sean McCabe.
For 22 years, Sean McCabe, Diné, from the Fort Defiance Chapter of the Navajo Nation, has been crunching numbers to help businesses and organizations with their accounting practices. For the past 12 years, he’s done so under his own banner, McCabe CPA Group, LLC, which offers full-service accounting, including bookkeeping and audit services.
He also has a payroll company that handles third-party payroll processing for his clients. Licensed in both Arizona and New Mexico, McCabe works nearly exclusively within Indian Country, focusing on Native governments and their entities like housing authorities, schools and casinos.
McCabe is passionate about hiring and training Native accountants. “At the end of the day I’m just a Native guy who loves to help our people and utilize as many Native American people as possible,” McCabe says.
Speaking as an entrepreneur and a CPA, McCabe emphasizes the importance of Native-owned business engaging in solid accounting practices.
“A lot of times, plans go wrong or things don’t work out because the numbers aren’t quite right, so getting a professional to help you out is a good thing,” McCabe says.