Walter Padgett started Padgett Business Services in Athens, GA to assist small business owners with their bookkeeping and tax needs. Padgett quickly distinguished itself by using a proprietary-designed bookkeeping system created especially for the small business sector.
The company grew rapidly in the Georgia market and after significant growth for several years, entered into the franchising arena, opening the first franchise office Augusta, GA, owned by Johnny Hewitt.
Padgett hosts our first annual Tax Seminar to support franchisees. This event allow them an opportunity to learn about new developments in the industry and build friendship and community with their fellow Padgett office owners.
Having established numerous franchises throughout the United States, Padgett crossed the border and opened the first Canadian franchise.
After ten years working for Walter Padgett and another ten years as president of one of the largest Padgett franchises, Roger Harris becomes president of the company. He still serves in this role today.
We felt like it was time to give back to our clients and be their advocate, so Padgett began working in Washington, D.C. with appearances before the U.S. Senate and House to testify on behalf of small business owners. With so much pending legislation in Washington that was so important to Padgett clients, The Padgett Foundation was born two years later.
The 500th office in Padgett history opens in Ohio.
Padgett celebrates 50 years of supporting small businesses across the United States and Canada. By providing tax, accounting, payroll and business consulting services, we allow business owners to do more of what they love and do best.
Padgett’s fourth home office leadership team member is recognized in Accounting Today’s Top 100 list, and our second executive is appointed to the IRS Advisory Committee (IRSAC).
Today, Padgett supports thousands of small businesses across North America through our network of hundreds of individually-owned locations. We continue to expand throughout the U.S. and Canada to better serve as trusted advisors to business owners across the continent.