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Business of the Week Spotlight by Cary News

I opened the Cary News paper this morning and this is what I found!  Talk about making your day!  Thank you Cary News!!!!!

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Cary News Business Spotlight August 26th 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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Charity Golf Tournament and Cleveland School Rotary Club

Hearts & Hooves Golf

Hearts & Hooves Golf

Yesterday, Blake and I had the pleasure of playing in the 2015 Hearts & Hooves Golf Tournament.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club and brought together these two amazing non-profit organizations.  If you have read my blog before, then you have heard me talk about Corral Riding Academy (the Hooves part).  Blake and I have been involved with Corral for many years now and just love everything about them.  A few years ago my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club did a District Grant Project with Corral and installed their outdoor arena lights so that their classes and horse-therapy could still take place during the Fall/Winter months when it gets dark outside at 5pm.  I wasn’t familiar with Advancing the Heart (the Heart part of the golf tourney) but they were established in 2012 by Dan Matthys and their mission is to advocate and participate in research for cardiac innovation.

Great day to golf!

Great day to golf!

Blake and I were matched up with two other players and had a fantastic day out on the golf course.  It was a toasty hot day, but there was a nice breeze and eventually the sky had several big clouds pass over and gave us some much needed shade!  Our other teammates decided that playing 18-holes wasn’t going to work with their time frame & other plans for the day, so they left around the 11th hole.

Last Hole!

Last Hole!

That was kind of interesting, but Blake and I played on and enjoyed finishing up the tournament together. We joined the other teams for a late afternoon lunch inside of Preston and while we didn’t win (not even coming close!!) we still had a great time and know that we helped raise funds for two worthy organizations.  Thank you to all of the volunteers from both Corral and Advancing the Heart for all of the handwork and time that went into making this a fun golfing event.

Cleveland School Rotary Club

Cleveland School Rotary Club

The 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water is right around the corner too!  I’ve been part of this great event since the beginning and our 5K date is quickly approaching on Sunday, September 27th.  This morning I had the pleasure of attending the Cleveland School Rotary Club and sharing with them all about the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water.  This was my first time visiting this club, but I already knew several of their club members from making friends at the Rotary District 7710 Conference in New Bern earlier this year.  They gave me such a warm welcome this morning and a big THANK YOU to Club President, Julie Barefoot, for inviting me to speak.  Julie is a CPA at John D. Adams & Co, CPA in Garner, NC.   She has a lot of energy and Rotary is blessed to have her!

Hard to believe that this is the LAST week in August!   Make it a great one!  

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

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Memory Cafe of Cary through Rotary

Memory Cafe of Cary with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Friends

Memory Cafe of Cary with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Friends

This week the Memory Cafe of Cary celebrated its 1-Year Anniversary.   This is the joint project among the 5 Rotary Clubs in Cary, NC as a way to honor 50 Years of Rotary in Cary (the 50th Celebration was in August 2014).   The Memory Cafe of Cary is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month  at Bond Park Senior Center and offers a free evening of dinner, entertainment and social interaction with those in our community who have a loved one struggling with Alzheimers disease.  Our attendance has steadily grown over the year and we have really gotten to know and love many of the regular attendees.  The Memory Cafe of Cary is staffed each month by volunteers from the 5 Rotary Clubs, we come together to set-up, serve the meal, interact with the guests and clean-up. It has become a favorite event of mine each month!  We have seen many friendships form between the guests and they even have started to request being able to sit together each month and ask if their friends have arrived yet at check-in.   Check out the video below to watch the live entertainment from our 1-Year Anniversary celebration this week!  They love the music and we are always looking for volunteers to provide the entertainment!

Cary Chamber Rewards Trip 2015

Cary Chamber Rewards Trip 2015

Last week was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Drive Rewards Trip.  This was my 9th year in a row earning a spot on the trip and we had a wonderful time in Cancun, Mexico!  We went to a resort called Secrets Playa Mujeres.  It was beautiful and an all-inclusive resort.  We had 18 traveling in our group and had wonderful weather and a very enjoyable mini-vacation in Mexico!   The trip is awarded each year to those who are the top producers in the Membership Drive.  Many thanks to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and MGC Oh-La-La in downtown Cary, for helping me select some beautiful dresses to take along with me to Mexico!  We have a fancy dinner every night while on the trip and Lois had the perfect selection of dresses in her stores for me to choose from!

Upcycle at MGC

Upcycle at MGC

Speaking of MGC, tonight is their Upcycle Your Wardrobe Event!   Stop by their Apex store from 4pm-7pm and bring in your Fall items in return for store credit, PLUS 20% off your ENTIRE purchase!   What a great deal!   They are looking for the following items in the list below.  Stop by to see them and tell them that you read Beccasblog.com!

-dark wash jeans

-3/4 and long sleeve trendy tops

-light weight sweaters and jackets

-designer handbags

-boots/fall shoes

-autumn dresses

We ask that the items are in pristine condition, clean, no holes or missing buttons, and current styles. Each person may bring up to 15 items.

Kim & Becca

Kim & Becca

Last week I also had a chance to have lunch with my dear friend from ShopLocalRaleigh, Kim Davis.   Kim and I have been friends for several years and are always bouncing ideas off each other when it comes to marketing and networking.  We have a new idea in place for a marketing round-table and it is something that we could both really benefit from.  The idea is still a work in progress but stay tuned!  We had lunch at the Red Monkey Tavern at Crabtree Valley Mall.  Thanks again to Lois from My Girlfriend Closet for dressing me in the casual blush colored tank from Ann Taylor!

It’s almost Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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

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Taking a New Job and Questions about Moving My 401(K)

The US Economy continues to improve and many people are taking new jobs and making major changes in their lives.  Has this happened to you lately?  Have you taken a new job and now have questions about moving your 401(K)?  Figuring out what to do with the money in our 401(K) is a common question and it is one that could cost you thousands of dollars if you make the wrong move!

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There are many things to consider when it comes to moving your 401(K), such as:  the amount in your account, your age, your tax bracket, state & local taxes depending on where you live, was there a minimum period of work time required by your previous employer, plus some other issues.   The full article and suggestions to moving your 401(K) can be found in our August 2015 Newsletter.

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

 

 

 

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Celebrating 20 Years in Business with Smith & Smith, CPA

The Smith & Smith, CPA family

The Smith & Smith, CPA family

Well….we MADE IT!!  Yesterday was the 20th Anniversary for Smith & Smith, CPA!  That means, 20 years ago, Robert G. (Bob) Smith, started a CPA firm here in Cary, NC.  And over the years it has changed locations several times to accommodate growth, changed names to reflect the growth and accomplishments and also added staff (most of whom are family).  We have also grown the business in both areas of our small businesses for monthly accounting work and tax returns for annual filings.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

Bob started 20 years ago after he left the health care industry and ventured over into private accounting and tax.  He started in a very small, one-room office and had just part-time employees for the first 9 years.  I was his first full-time employee hire in 2004 and we are now in a 2,300 sqft office with 6 full-time employees!  It’s one thing to really like your job, but it’s another thing to really like your job AND like the people you work with, especially when they are family!   Alicia Angell was hired in 2012 as our first non-family hire, but we’ve grown to love her like family and always enjoy seeing her girls when they come by the office.  There are 7 ‘office kids’ here at Smith & Smith, CPA and they range from age 20 with the oldest (Avery) to age 4 with the youngest (Bailey).

Last night we had a big 20th ANNIVERSARY Celebration dinner at our house.  Everyone came and we had a great time looking back on old memories, making crazy office jokes, talking about our favorite work memories and giving Bob a quiz on ALL THINGS Smith & Smith, CPA.  He did really well at the quiz!

Office Kids of Smith & Smith CPA

Office Kids of Smith & Smith CPA

We ended the celebration with a homemade 20th Anniversary Cake and sang ‘HAPPY ANNIVERSARY’ to Bob (set to the tune of Happy Birthday) and let him blow out the 20th Anniversary Candles…well, you have to watch the video to see who ACTUALLY blew out the candles.  Click to watch the video below!

 

Blake, Bob and Cam of Smith & Smith CPA

Blake, Bob and Cam of Smith & Smith CPA

We’d like to say THANK YOU to all of our clients, friends, families and referral partners who have supported us through the years.  Cary is a WONDERFUL place to work and do business and we are so happy to be part of this community.   We are always open to new clients and appreciate your referrals.  Thank you again to Bob Smith for providing Smith & Smith, CPA as a safe and wonderful place to work.  We are providing for 4 families from this office and look forward to 20 more years in business serving our clients and our community!

Cheers to 20 Years in Business for Smith & Smith, CPA!

Silly times with some awesome people!

Silly times with some awesome people!

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

 

 

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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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

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!

New member social July

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511