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Best of Cary 2015 Winners Announced

Cary MagA BIG congrats to ALL of the winners for the BEST OF CARY 2015 Awards!  These awards are announced & presented each year by The Cary News.  They are broken down into 9 different categories:  Restaurants, Automotive, Education, Retail, Medical, Services, Real Estate, Diversions and Other.   Smith & Smith, CPA is PROUD to see TWO of our clients recognized as the BEST OF Cary 2015 in their category!

 

  Congrats to Sushi Thai Restaurant for being voted BEST SUSHI!

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  Congrats to The Flower Cupboard for being voted BEST FLORIST!

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Also another CONGRATS to Serendipity Gourmet Deli for being 2nd Place in the category of BEST LUNCH.

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We’ve been working with these clients for many years and we love to see their success be recognized.   And congrats to all of the other Best of Cary 2015 winners too.  The winners contain a mix of locally owned as well at corporate owned businesses, and several are franchises.  I’ve been to many of these places and can agree that they all work hard to bring good business & services to the Cary Community.  Congrats again!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Growing Your Business Referrals

Carrie, Becca & Kim

Carrie, Becca & Kim

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a presentation for Professional Working Women called “Grow Your Business: Referral Request Seminar”.  The event was hosted by Carrie Peele and featured guest speaker, Mary Cantando, Founder, of The Woman’s Advantage.  Carrie is the newly appointed Chair for the Triangle Chapter of The Woman’s Advantage and hosted her first event at the PNC Boardroom in Raleigh.  So many women business owners & working professionals struggle waiting for referrals to happen by “word of mouth”.  This seminar taught us how to stop waiting for them to happen and how to instead, MAKE the them happen!   Carrie and Mary also presented the opportunity to learn more about the Women’s Advantage Program and how ladies can sign-up to get involved.  I really enjoyed the class and was happy to have my friend & fellow ShopLocalRaleigh member, Kim Davis of The Paystub People along with me.   Kim and I worked as partners during the class and had a chance to share several times when Mary called on volunteers.   I can’t wait to take what I learned from this class and aplly it to my job as Director of Marketing at Smith & Smith, CPA.   WA-logo-PDF

Thanks to Carrie for the invite!  Please feel free to contact her to learn more!  Also a shout-out to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the colorful Joy Joy summer dress!   Who said you can’t wear horizontal stripes!?!?!  Shop My Girlfriends Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary (MGC Oh-la-la) for great summer fashions & savings! Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Check out my office for the next week!  YEA!!!!  See you July 27th!

GONE TO THE BEACH

GONE TO THE BEACH

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Boutique Blowout, NCER, and Rotary Social

BBOMark your calendars and make sure you are there on Friday for the ShopLocalRaleigh Boutique Blowout Sale!  It will be held on Friday, July 17th at Market Hall-City Market in downtown Raleigh (215 Wolfe Street)bbo1  Doors open to VIP (tickets are $10) at 4:00PM and then do the general public ($5) at 5:00PM.  This event will ONLY last until 9:00PM and the good items will be gone FAST!  Don’t delay!   I’ll be there at 4:00PM to get some great deals!  Last year I was there and I found some wonderful gifts!   This event is hosted by ShopLocalRaleigh and will feature over 20 local boutiques and 10+ vendors onsite, offering you their BEST sales of the summer season!  Hope to see you there!

 

NCER July Luncheon

NCER July Luncheon

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the North Carolina Executive Roundtable luncheon.  This nonprofit professional association that provides a forum for building trusted relationships among senior executive professionals and peer discussion groups.  Their speaker, Joe Stewart, is the Executive Directors for the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.  I found his topic on voter behavior in North Carolina to be very interesting, especially with an election year right around the corner!

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And finally, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had a New Member Social on Friday night.  We invited all club members who had joined as of January 2014 to have dinner and group discussion on “All Things Rotary” at one of our member’s homes.  It was such a fun time!  We have 15 club members present and covered lot of Rotary topics!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the blue & white chevron long-sleeve top!  I paired it with white shorts and it made for a perfect summer social outfit!  Stop by and shop their store in downtown Apex this week to find great summer clearance deals, plus a HUGE sale on shoes!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your final purchase!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Live Music & More with Wind Down Wednesday at Waverly Place

Zoey in her Smith & Smith, CPA chair!

Zoey in her Smith & Smith, CPA chair!

Our family FINALLY made it to Waverly Place last night for Wind Down Wednesday!  It was HOT but the music was great, the food was good and the friends were even better!  The band, Jim Quick & Coastline, had everyone up dancing in the summer heat.   And check out this little cutie, Zoey Johnson, who is just as happy as she can be…because she is sitting in this AWESOME Smith & Smith, CPA chair!  We have been using these chairs as give-aways and prizes for events & auctions over the past few years.  They also come with a matching cooler!  It’s important to keep our brand & logo out there and the chairs & coolers have been a nice added asset to our Smith & Smith, CPA marketing plan!   And taking the chairs to Waverly makes for a great opportunity for use to use them.  Let me know if you have an event coming up and you need an auction item as I would be happy to donate a chair/cooler.  Blake & I had a fun time and enjoyed seeing lots of friends and clients out for Wind Down Wednesday

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

 

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Time for the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water

runSeptember is going to sneak up on us soon and that means it is time for the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water!  This event is put on each year by the wonderful people in Rotary District 7710.   We work together to raise money for water and sanitation projects round the world.   During the first 3 years, we have raised over $40,000 that has gone towards water projects in such countries as Peru, Honduras and the Dominican Republicfit & able

Each project is approved and monitored and we have great photos of the final projects to share on our website.   The 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water will be held this year on Sunday, September 27th at 4:00pm at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NCSmith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a Pint Sponsor this year and Blake & I are supporting as a Quart Sponsor.

We have hired Fit & Able Productions as our Race Management Team this year and we are looking forward to their NEW ideas for the race and lots of exciting energy!  newthisyearSome of the NEW things for the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water include being able to register your dog for the race and also buying a Performance T-Shirt!   Plus everyone will get a timing chip and if you can’t make the event you can still DONATE online and show your support.   I hope you can join us on Race Day, Sunday, September 27th!

Massage Intuit with Phoebe Rivenbark

Massage Intuit with Phoebe Rivenbark

And a quick shout-out to my new friend, Phoebe Rivenbark.  She is a NC Licensed Massage Therapist at Massage Intuit.  I saw her last week and she did AMAZING work on my back and hip flexor!   I found Phoebe through a friend & referral partner, Robert Courts.   I highly recommend Phoebe for anyone who is looking for a great massage (both relaxing and healing) in the Triangle area, particularly in Raleigh.   I’ve had lots of massages over the years and she ranks up there as one of the best!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Last Day of June Means a Holiday Workweek!

Happy June 30th!  Wow, we are nearly 1/2 way through the 2015 year!  It’s the last day of June, which means that this is an ‘official’ Holiday Workweek!   The 4th of July is on Saturday, so let the festivities and celebrations begin!  Here are a few pics of the team around the office working hard!

Blake working in his office

Blake working in his office

Even with it being a holiday workweek, things are still busy and chugging right along at Smith & Smith, CPA.  We’ve had several new client meetings this week, along with lots of calls for tax work.   Our office stays active year-round and we are very blessed to have so many wonderful and loyal clients!

Cam working with a client on the phone

Cam working with a client on the phone

Our office will be open most of this week, so if you need anything, just let us know!  Several of our office members will be taking off a day or so for the 4th of July holiday workweek, but someone will be there through noon on Friday.

Alicia getting ready to finish some tax work

Alicia getting ready to finish some tax work

Did you know that we have a monthly newsletter?  It has all kinds of helpful tax tips and article each month.  This month it covers such topics as: Filing an Amended Tax Return, Claiming an Elderly Parents as a Dependent, Starting a Buiness-5 Things You MUST Know, plus Tax Tips like: Start Planning NOW for Next Year’s Taxes, The Facts about Medical and Dental Expenses and much more!  Sign-up today!

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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5 Things You MUST Know When Starting a Business

Starting a Business

Starting a Business

So, do you have an idea that you just can’t wait to share with the world?  Have you developed a business service that you KNOW is gonna make you millions!!?!  You have a product in mind that will fly off the shelves?  Sounds like you are READY to start a business!  BUT WAIT!!!!!!!   Are you really ready????    Check out these TOP 5 Things you MUST Know When Starting a Business…trust me, they will save you a lot of time & worry in the long run!  And sure, some of them will seem like “simple-no-brainer-things-to-do”, but you would be surprised at how many people DON’T do these things when they start a business!  And if you are going to have employees, make sure you take to heart the section about federal and state forms that need to be completed to get your business up and going!

5 Things You MUST Know About When Starting a Business

1)  You need to secure an Employer Identification Number, also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number.  Do this FIRST as many of the other forms will require it.   They are issued by the IRS to employers, sole proprietors, corporations, partnership, nonprofits, trusts, estates, certain individuals and other business entities for tax filing & reporting purposes.  You can do this by going online through the IRS website or by phone.

2) After you get the EIN, you need to complete forms to establish an account with the State for payroll tax withholding, sales tax (if necessary) and Unemployment Insurance Registration.

3) Get your payroll record keeping in order!  Payroll record keeping & reporting can be a very time consuming process, please make effort to make sure it is done correctly from the beginning!  This will save you a lot of headache in the long-run.  Consider hiring a local payroll agency to help you if you are uncomfortable doing this yourself.   Call Smith & Smith, CPA for some local payroll personal recommendations.

4) The W-4 Form.   As a business owner, you need to get your employees to fill out the W-4 Form.   This is used to calculate their federal income tax withholding.  To complete this form, make sure you have their current address and their social security number….two crucial pieces of information!

5) The I-9 Form.  This is to be completed by YOU, the employer.   This verifies that the employees are legally permitted to work in the US.

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BONUS TIPS!   Who doesn’t love a BONUS TIP!?!  Here are a FEW Bonus Tips for Starting a Business

Bonus Tip 1)  Set-up a separate business bank account!

Bonus Tip 2)  Do NOT co-mingle your business funds with your person funds!  Use a separate charge card (if you need one) to keep purchases from co-mingling.

Bonus Tip 3)  Create a NETWORK of trusted professionals.   Hire a CPA!  Connect with an attorney, get to know your banker, find a Financial Advisor, etc.   It’s a good idea to KNOW these people before you NEED them!  And trust me, there will come a time when you will NEED them!   Give us a call at Smith & Smith, CPA and we’ll connect you!

Bonus Tip 4)  Decide what avenue of social media is best for you and get it started.   It is a time & age when having some kind of social media attached to your business is A MUST!  From a website that is updated on a regular basis, to a Business Facebook page, a blog, Instagram account, SOMETHING!  Social media is time consuming but it needs to be done!  If you don’t have the time & skills to do it yourself, then HIRE it out!  There are TONS of companies who can help you mange your social media presence.

Don't let Starting a Business be scary!

Don’t let Starting a Business be scary!

All of this helpful material for Starting a Business can be found in our June newsletter, click here to view & sign-up for our monthly newsletter!  Helping businesses grow, expand and become successful is what we do here at Smith & Smith, CPA.  Give us a call today and we are happy to help!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

 

 

 

 

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School is Out and Summer is HERE!

Connor, Ava, Addison and Bailey spending time at Smith & Smith, CPA

Connor, Ava, Addison and Bailey spending time at Smith & Smith, CPA

 

Well….that is kinda true, at least for 2 families here at Smith & Smith, CPA.   Trent and Mark are in Year-Round School so they won’t be done until June 30th.  But the other Smith & Smith, CPA kiddos are out and ready to hit the beach, pool and summer camp!  Just take a look at these 4 cuties who were here in the office today!  Ahhhhh…the days of summertime as a kid!  ENJOY you all!

Wishing You a HAPPY EARLY WEEKEND!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park

20150606_194142Well, we pulled that one off as a huge SUCCESS!  Last Saturday, June 6th, was the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park for the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  And it has proven to be our BIGGEST event yet!  Final numbers are still rolling in, but it looks like we served 950 meals in the 2 1/2 hour time frame!   That is amazing!

Smith & Smith, CPA and family

Smith & Smith, CPA and family

The weather was perfect and we had lot of new walk-in traffic too.  The bluegrass band sounded great, the Silent Auction Table was very busy and the bids were flying left and right, the Bake Sale Table was stacked FULL of delicious treats and goodies, plus several of our scholarship students came along with their families.  We had over 50 new sponsors this year and many of the came to enjoy the Pig Pickin’.

Smith family

Smith family

The Eastern North Carolina BBQ, provided by White Swan BBQ, was a HUGE hit and everyone got a nice selection of chicken, BBQ, stew, coleslaw, potato salad, plus lemonade and tea.  Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor for the Pig Pickin’ in the Park for many years as a Hog Wild Sponsor.  Blake and I have also been supporting the Pig Pickin’ in the Park for the past 3 years as a Whole Hog Sponsors.   All of the money raised from our event goes back into the community through college scholarships and local & global humanitarian projects.   I had a blast at the Pig Pickin in the Park and always appreciate the support of my family.   We had a fun time eating together and the kids played outside on the courtyard.   Thanks to all of our sponsors, friends and family for making the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park a year for the record books!

mgc-ohlala-2Don’t forget about the My Girlfriend’s Closet sale this weekend…just a few MORE DAYS!  The excitement is building as MGC-Cary, 100 Parkthrough Location, prepares for their BIG MOVE just up the street to Ashworth Village!  You are going to LOVE THE DEALS YOU WILL SCORE as you help them have less to move by shopping their HUGE MOVING SALE this Friday 11:00-5:00 PM & Saturday 11:00-4:00 PM and Sunday 1:00-4:00 PM!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Aware Senior Care Ribbon Cutting & MORE

Aware Senior Care of Cary

Aware Senior Care of Cary

Who is ready for the weekend?  We have had so much rain this week that we are HOPING the weekend brings some SUNSHINE our way!  Congrats to Aware Senior Care of Cary for having their Ribbon Cutting Celebration this week with the Cary Chamber.   Aware Senior Care is a client of Smith & Smith, CPA and we are so happy to see them growing and thriving in the Cary Community…just like we knew they would! Congrats to owners, Tim and Gina, and to their extended family who was there to help them celebrate!

Pig Flyer 1This weekend my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club will host our 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  It’s gonna be HUGE this year!  We are pushing $40,000 raised and planning for a large crowd of 900-1,000 people!  It’s Saturday at Bond Park Senior Center in Cary.  Thanks to CaryCitizen.com for running a GREAT story on our event this week!  Check it out HERE.  Come join us tomorrow for great Eastern NC Style BBQ (from White Swan), Live Bluegrass Band, Silent Auction, Clown & Face Painting and MORE!  All of the money raised from this event supports our James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Humanitarian Fund projects during the year.  Bring your family and friends and come join us!

11227508_885635094834083_5159670861007905701_nAnd some EXCITING NEWS from one of my FAVORITE places to shop…My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary will be combing their two stores in Cary to the Oh La La MGC Location as part of their 10 year Celebration!  The last day of the MGC store in downtown Cary will be next weekend (June 12th).  They will be running a HUGE SALES June 12-14!  That is the time to go and RACK UP on lots of great summer items and accessories!  After next weekend you can continue to get the BEST fashions in down at Oh La La and MGC in downtown Apex.

Have a great weekend!!!!!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone