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Frill Shark Tank Guest Speaker at Cary Chamber

Frill Clothing owners, Sharon and Kate, speak to Business of Women

Frill Clothing owners, Sharon and Kate, speak to Business of Women

Last Thursday was the FINAL luncheon meeting in the Cary Chamber of Commerce Business of Women Luncheon Series.  This annual event runs from September to May and features a monthly ladies lunch meeting at Prestonwood Country Club along with a guest speaker, door prizes and networking!  I rarely miss this event and always enjoy meeting new Cary Chamber members as well as seeing friends & referral partners, plus the delicious food!!!!  For the final Business of Women in the 2014-2015 year, the Cary Chamber invited local celebrities and female entrepreneurs, Kate and Sharon, owners of Frill Clothing to come and share their business story.

Friends at the Cary Chamber Business of Women

Friends at the Cary Chamber Business of Women

Frill was recently featured on the popular television show, Shark Tank, where they received a deal with two of the shark investors.  The Cary Chamber thought it would be a great idea to invite them to speak and share their experience with other professional working women and other female entrepreneurs.   Sharon and Kate shared their story from the beginning of how they met in grade school, kept in touch over the years, tossed the idea back and forth about going into business together, how they got their idea and discovered an unmet need in the niche market of the Sorority world on college campuses (not only in USA, but also in other countries) and the rest is history!

Pam (Wells Fargo) and Debbie (Anthony Delauney Ameriprise Financial)

Pam (Wells Fargo) and Debbie (Anthony Delauney Ameriprise Financial)

The girls were very candid about their experiences from their college internships, all the way to working with local seamstress & picking designs, to some challenges they have faced along the way, plus changes they have made and obstacles they have overcome.  I really enjoyed hearing the ladies speak and their story is very inspiring!  Sharon mentioned several times that it just takes determination and a willingness to succeed, no matter what the cause!   Thanks so much to the Cary Chamber for hosting Sharon and Kate and for closing out the Business of Women Luncheon Series with such a fun presentation!    Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to represent Frill Clothing as their CPA and we know they have years of success ahead of them!  I look forward to the Business of Women starting again in September 2015!

 

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Local to the Table!  Farm to Table with Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary

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Dinner at Lucky 32

Last night was such a fun time!  Our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had a very nice dinner event with a Farm to Table Dinner and Presentation at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary.   The General Manger, Shane Garrity, is a member of our club and worked with me on plans to put the evening event together.  We had a limited number of seats, 24, and it filled up right away!   Guest arrived around 5:30pm and we started our program promptly at 5:45pm.

Perfect time!

Perfect time!

Shane was our host and told us the story of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, about they started, their mission about supporting local farmers and giving back to the community.  They also reach out to those in the community who are often overlooked and underprivileged.  We heard about the other restaurants & hotels who are part of the Lucky 32 family, which are all located in Greensboro, NC.  Shane also introduce their Head Chef, who just so happens to be self-taught in culinary!  He also took time to share different points about the food, farms, and other interesting facts about Lucky 32.

Foggy Ridge Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider

Our first course was an appetizer of Voodoo Pig Bread, paired with Foggy Ridge Cider.  Sooooooo good!   The cider is from a farm in Virgina and the Voodoo Pig Bread is a favorite at Lucky 32!  The Voodoo Sauce is made & bottled local and sells at the restaurant and also at local grocery stores.   Other vendors for this course include Goat Lady Diary and Heritage Farm.   Our next course was the main entree and was Cornmeal Catfish, Collard Greens, Old Mill of Guilford Creamy Grits paired with Red Oak Beer.  Those who picked the vegetarian option had the famous Lucky 32 Black Bean cakes with sour cream sauce and kale greens.   Talking points for this course included Carolina Classics Catfish Farm, Collard Greens from Southern Living, Old Mill of Guilford and Red Oak Brewery.  Our final course was homemade season ice cream (cherry chocolate-chip flavor) and fresh coffee!

Catfish!

Catfish!

 

Voodoo Pig Bread

Voodoo Pig Bread

 

Coffee and Ice Cream

Coffee and Ice Cream

Shane talked about the coffee from Counter Culture Coffee in Durham and how they roast the beans AFTER they have received the order and that Lucky 32 uses their Blend #46 but that their sister restaurants use a different blend.  The coffee was really good and the cream too!  Shane and Chef opened the conversation up to questions and talked more about their vendors, the level of quality and trust that they expect and the little things that make them different from other restaurants in town. Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Heading home from Lucky 23

Heading home from Lucky 23

It was such a fun night and a BIG thank you to Shane and Chef and the wonderful waitstaff for taking such great care of our event!  I know everyone had a fabulous time!  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for selecting the coral maxi dress for me to wear!  Her stores, located in downtown Cary and downtown Apex are BUSTING at the doors with all kinds of beautiful summer dresses, tops, skirts and accessories!  Shop there and tell them Becca sent you to get 10% off your total 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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Scholarship Program for WBON of Cary 2014-2015

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the WBON of Cary monthly May luncheon.  I was thrilled to hear my good friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Steve Hand, speak on none other then NETWORKING!!!!!!  Steve is the MASTER of Networking in this area and is the proud owner of Business Network International (BNI) for a good majority of the state of North Carolina.  I have learned so much from Steve over the years about networking etiquette, the Do’s and Don’ts and so much more.   Steve gave an excellent presentation and covered such topics like “You need to build deeper relationships and put systems in place in order to generate and predict your referrals, Join a networking group and work it hard, get your target market identified and work from there.”  He also said that having people who like, care and respect you is NOT ENOUGH for them when it comes to sending referrals.  You have to make sure they KNOW what you do and HOW to refer to you.

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

He covered a 5-Step Referral Process and took a few questions at the end.   Steve is a dynamic speaker and kept the group of women engaged through his entire talk by asking different people to help read questions and using real-life example.  Great job Steve!   Yesterday was also the day that the WBON of Cary awarded their 2014-2015 Scholarship Fund Recipients.  Each year WBON of Cary gives 2-3 scholarships to women business owners and professional working women in the Cary Community.   I had applied this year and was THRILLED to have been awarded one of the scholarships!!!!   Such an exciting surprise!  WBON of Cary had been a large part of my networking and marketing focus over the past 10 years and to receive this scholarship is such an honor!

Congrats to Lois!!

Congrats to Lois!!

The scholarship is to be used for any type of educational training, classes, certifications, and to improve skills and knowledge in your focused area of business.  You have two years to use the scholarship. I plan to attend another marketing & blog conference and use that knowledge to further develop my blog into some new and exciting areas…so stay tuned!!!!!  The other scholarship was awarded to my dear friend, Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet!!!!!!!   Lois and I were thrilled for each other!  I’ve been working with Lois for about 3-years now in a clothing-marketing relationship.

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

I am proud to wear clothing from My Girlfriend’s Closet and Lois and her team do a FANTASTIC job pulling together outfits and accessories for all of my networking and marketing events.   In return I promote and market her stores everywhere I go!    I know Lois has bee working hard for this scholarship too and to receive it with her is simply perfect.  Congrats LOIS!!!  And yes, my yellow top is from the racks of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary!   Thank you to WBON of Cary for the Scholarship Opportunity, to Lisa Cotter of Doctor’s Express of Cary for her leadership with the Scholarship Committee.

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

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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Food Drive During Tax Season 2015

Our FIRST Food Drive during Tax Season was a HUGE success!   Thank you to all of our clients, friends, networking groups, referral partners and family members who contributed to our 2015 Tax Season Food Drive!   We collected 400 pounds of food!!!!!!    Thank you also to LifeTime Learning Academy, owned by clients of Smith & Smith, CPA, for helping as a Collection & Drop-Off spot for the food drive!  We hope to DOUBLE that next year to 800lbs of food!!

Tax Season Food Drive of 400 lbs of food

Tax Season Food Drive of 400 lbs of food

Have a GREAT WEEKEND!

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Best Night of Baseball EVER…with The Miracle League of the Triangle

Leadership Cary at The Miracle League of the Triangle

Leadership Cary at The Miracle League of the Triangle

Last night was our Community Service Project with our Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.   We were signed-up to be Volunteer Baseball Buddies for The Miracle League of the Triangle.  The Vision of The Miracle League is “Everyone deserves to experience joy and community through baseball” and operate with their Mission “The create positive life experiences for children and adults with specials needs and for their families through baseball.”  The Miracle League opened their field in Cary, NC on September 16 2006 and had their first season on the Andy’s Foundation Ball Field with more than 100 payers and 200 volunteers from around the Triangle area.   There are now two fields (one in North Raleigh) and they serve over 400 players on 30 teams.

My baseball buddy, Andrew

My baseball buddy, Andrew

I’ve been familiar with The Miracle League for a while now as my good friend, Seth Walter, has played baseball with them for several years.    I had a chance to go see him play late last year and LOVED watching him smile and celebrate as he hit the ball and ran the bases!  When you play baseball on the field, there are NO OUTS, NO STRIKES, everyone gets a chance to hit the ball-regardless of their ability, and everyone WINS!   It’s such a positive and encouraging atmosphere.  Last night with my first chance to serve as a “baseball buddy”.  We had about 20 members of our Leadership Cary group there to help volunteer and it was SO MUCH FUN!  There were two games played, each games last about 1 hour 15 mins.   Once you arrive and get signed-in and watch a Volunteer Orientation Video, you are then paired up with a baseball player for the game, you are their baseball buddy!  You stay with them through the whole game, you help them at bat, run the bases with them, and assist in the field.   It’s soooooooo much fun and very rewarding to be out there helping.  The players abilities range but their smiles are all the same!  They LOVE IT!

Baseball Field

Baseball Field

My baseball player was Andrew.  He has autism and was non-verbal but we had a great time playing baseball together.  He was really good at throwing the ball and had a good arm at the bat too!   His mom and dad were there to watch him play.   He really liked the bright yellow baseball that we were throwing together during warm-up.   I enjoyed being his buddy and here are a few pictures from last night to share.   Thanks again to Christie Moser of the Cary Chamber and program facilitator for Leadership Cary, for selecting this as our Community Service Project!

I think it was a fantastic night!

Home Run with Andrew!

Home Run with Andrew!

 

Tia with her buddy, Tony

Tia with her buddy, Tony

 

Players are ready!

Players are ready!

 

Everyone wins!

Everyone wins!

 

Becca and Andrew

Becca and Andrew

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Finally a GRADUATE of Leadership Cary!

Leadership Cary Graduate

Leadership Cary Graduate

This morning was an exciting time for me!  I graduated from Leadership Cary!   The program is hosted by The Cary Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Cary and involves a 6-month leadership course with monthly meetings, events, classes, seminars, group building challenges, community service, field trips, socials and a group project.   I’ve enjoyed Leadership Cary so much and it has been a goal of mine for many years to participate on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA.  In the past 6-months I have had the opportunity to meet community leaders from WakeMed Cary, Rex Healthcare, SAS, The Umstead Hotel, Durham Underground, Cary Visual Art, The PNC Arena, PLUS political representatives from Wake County Commissioners, Wake County School Board, NC House of Representatives, NC Senate, Town of Cary and Town Council.  I’ve made long lasting friendships, developed some business connections and even found a NEW member for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!  Many thanks to the Leadership Cary Sponsors, the Cary Chamber and Christie Moser for making all of the arrangements and events possible.  I truly walk away from this experience having gained so much more then I thought I would!  Here is a photo from graduation this morning with my graduation award and a group picture of The Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for styling me in the stripped Saturday/Sunday dress.  Shop at either store and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015

Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015

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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Life Experience Annual Poker Run

2015 Ride for Jason Poker Run

2015 Ride for Jason Poker Run

Last Saturday was a GORGEOUS day!   It was the Annual Ride for Jason and Friends Poker Run, benefiting Life Experiences.   The event is sponsored by Ray Price Harley Davidson and raises funds for Life Experiences in Cary.   As you probably know by now, I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Life Experiences and this was the first year for Smith & Smith, CPA to be a FULL HOUSE SPONSOR for the event.   I took Mark and Trent along with me and we volunteered at Cold Stone Creamery in Apex, which was the 4th stop along the Poker Run.  Do you know how a Poker Run works?

 

Bikers of all kinds are invited to participate, they pay an entry fee, much like you do for a 5k road race.

Trent and Mark with the bikes

Trent and Mark with the bikes

2015 Sponsors

2015 Sponsors

All of the bikers & riders start together and go from stop to stop (they are predetermined stops) and they get to draw a playing card at each stop.   Each card is recorded on their playing sheet and at the final 5th stop, the rider with the BEST Poker Hand WINS!   There are lots of celebrations along the way, with a nice BBQ lunch served at Life Experiences around noon, plus tons of prizes and give-aways!   The weather on April 11th was simply perfect with full sun and temperatures in the low 70s.  Several of the clients from Life Experiences were riding in the Poker Run and the event is named after Jason, who is a long-time client of Life Experiences.  My boys had a great time and enjoyed seeing all of the bikes arrive and leave.   Money raised from this event goes to benefit Life Experiences and all of the programs they have for adults with disabilities.   I’m looking forward to the Ride for Jason Poker Run in 2016!  Have a great SUNNY week!

 

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April 15th 2015…TAX DAY!

The day is here!   Happy TAX DAY April 15th 2015!   And also HAPPY 29th Birthday to my cousin Julia Fountain!

Branden Quinn with PayChex

Branden Quinn with PayChex

Did you get your taxes done on time?  Did you get a refund?  Did you have to make a payment?   So many questions!   The office is very busy today, but we happy to help and it has been a great Tax Season 2015!  Thank you to all of our friends & clients who have been so wonderful by supporting our Inaugural Food Drive and for those who have brought in yummy treats, drinks, and meals.  It has ALL been greatly appreciated!  The WINNER of the DAY…the TAX DAY HERO is Branden Quinn of PayCheck Payroll Services….I submitted an entry for their NCAA Bracket Contest and just so happened to be the WINNER of a FREE OFFICE LUNCHLUCKY ME!  Branden was willing to make a Jersey Mike’s Lunch Delivery to us on TAX DAY!  Thanks so much Branden!   It’s a crazy day so having lunch delivered was a HUGE bonus!

 

And some tax HUMOR for you April 15th Day!

 

Tax Humor

Tax Humor

 

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Final Friday and Next Week is April 15th!

Cheers to the weekend!  The FINAL Friday (and the final weekend) before April 15th!   Funny cartoon below.  Make it a great weekend!

IRS MAN

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Tax Survival Kits from Friends and Referral Partners are the BEST!

Kim Davis of The Paystub Payroll

Kim Davis of The Paystub Payroll

It’s time for me to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of our awesome clients, friends and referral partners!  With TAX DAY April 15th looming just around the corner, Smith & Smith, CPA has CERTAINLY been blessed this year with many gifts and treats in Tax Season Survival Kits!!   Thank you to EVERYONE who has been so generous with candy, donuts, cupcakes, sweet treats, baskets of goodies and adult beverages!  It’s been helpful at getting us through some of these long hours and crazy days!  We appreciate the kindness and our waistlines are healthy!  It was fun to see my friend & referral partner, Kim Davis of The Paystub People today.  She brought buy cute Tax Season Survival Kits with snacks, sticky pads and TYLENOL!   Thanks Kim!   Everyone send us HAPPY THOUGHTS over the next 9 days till April 15th.

Egg Coloring was a BLAST!

Egg Coloring was a BLAST!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!  I was traveling to Eastern Tennessee and had a great time seeing & visiting with my grandmothers.   I got to color eggs with my boys as well as attend an outdoor cookout & egg hunt at a local park.  The weather was beautiful but a little on the cool side.   Celebrating Easter is one of my personal favorite holidays!   Now we can wear WHITE shoes, WHITE pants and WHITE dresses!   Well, I might be the only person who still follows that “white after Easter” rule……

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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