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And the Winner Is…

Congrats to Trina Condit as the winner!

Congrats to Trina Condit as the winner!

So last week I ran my FIRST EVER Blog Contest Give Away with Smith & Smith, CPA client, Kate Steadman of FRILL Clothing and Sara Kate Styling.  We were giving away a Sara Kate Styling Tassel Bracelet for taking time to enter the contest, while included one entry for contact information and BONUS entries for “LIKEs” and “FOLLOWS” on our business Facebook pages, Instagram, Blog Feeds, Pinetrest and more!  Thanks to all who entered, there was a total of 30 entrants with 107 entries.  The winner (randomly generated via PromoSimple) is Trina Condit of Raleigh!  Congrats Trina!  We’ll be in touch soon and you’ll love wearing your Mix-n-Match Tassel bracelet!  Stay tuned for the next contest….2 Dozen Custom Designed Koozies by Kustom Koozies!  Coming in early September!

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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Tassel Bracelet Giveaway

Enter to win!!!!!

Enter to win!!!!!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m soooooooo excited about this blog post today as I am doing my FIRST EVER BLOG PRIZE GIVEAWAY!!!!  Whooop-whoop and the prize is AWESOME!!!  I learned a few months back at the FitBlogging’ conference that it was very beneficial to partner up with some other local businesses to run promotions and giveaways through your blog and website.  So I am taking that message to heart and putting it into action!  For my FIRST EVER Beccasblog Giveaway, I’ve teamed up with Kate Steadman, Co-Owner and Lead Designer at Frill Clothing, and Lead Stylist & Blogger at Sara Kate Styling to giveaway a TASSEL BRACELET.  These bracelets are SOOOOO cute and very on-trend for the 2014-2015 year!  I met Kate Steadman a few years ago through ShopLocalRaleigh and she’s been a friend and a client for several years now.  Smith & Smith, CPA LOVES working with local business owners and we always try to shop local for our own business needs & services.  Kate is the designer of the TASSEL BRACELET and at the bottom of this blog you’ll be able to enter up to 7 times!!!  That’s right, 7 chances to win!  And it is easy, all you have to do is like our FB pages, follow on Twitter, Instagram and a few other social media sights.  The contest is going to run through Tuesday August 26th and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, August 27th. I’m doing a trial-run with PromoSimple so give me some feedback on what you think.

SLR Friends at Savvi Formalwear

SLR Friends at Savvi Formalwear

Speaking of ShopLocalRaleigh, I went to their 4th Friday Morning Social today at Savvi Formalwear.  I love the ShopLocalRaleigh socials as it is a fun time to get to know other local business owners & service providers better, plus the events are always fun and a great way to start your Friday!  During the introduction part, we had a chance to answer the question “What is your biggest concern or challenge for the Fall of 2014“.    There were many different answers from getting better organized, to worrying about interest rates for clients and health insurance uncertainties.   Many thanks to Savvi for hosting us, they have LOCAL formal and bridal wear!  Check out this fun picture made in their store this morning with Robert Courts, Kim Davis, myself and Greg Whitt.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet for styling me in the cute black tank with a matching skirt!

Have a great weekend and please enter the contest below!

 

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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The HOT NOW Sign is ON!

HOT NOW from Krispy Kreme with Smith & Smith, CPA

HOT NOW from Krispy Kreme with Smith & Smith, CPA

So the Southern Summer HEAT has decided to make a LATE appearance in the South this year…temps this week in North Carolina have been in the mid-90′s but it FEELS much hotter outside!  Speaking of HOT…we all know that famous HOT NOW sign that is related to the ONE AND ONLYKrispy Kreme DoughnutsYUMMY!    I had the pleasure of hearing Kelley O’Brien speak today at the Triangle American Marketing Association meeting.  Kelley is the Director of Social, Interactive and Digital Marketing at Krispy Kreme Doughuts and shared with Triangle AMA today about her 16+ years in digital marketing and the ways that Krispy Kreme is using it to make them successful.  The most interesting I learned form Kelley was how POPULAR the brand has been and continues to be after 77 years of starting in Winston Salem, NC, plus the HOT NOW app on the phone (so cool, who knew!?!?!?)

Becca & Christine at Triangle AMA

Becca & Christine at Triangle AMA

I went to East Carolina University and was blessed (or cursed depending on how you look at it) to have a Krispy Kreme Doughnut store RIGHT ACROSS from campus and I swear, the HOT NOW sign was ALWAYS ON!!!!!  I always enjoy the Triangle AMA meetings and a big thanks for a great meeting and the FREE HOT NOW doughnuts that were brought for all of the 200+ attendees!  They brought along 34 dozen doughnuts!  And there just happened to be several boxes left over so I brought one back to the office to share with the Smith & Smith, CPA crew!  Boy they were happy!  I mean, who doesn’t love a HOT NOW Krispy Kreme Doughnut on a HOT summer day at the end of August!?!?!  Plus, check out my cool seahorse shirt from Smith & Smith, CPA client, Vestique!

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

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Chamber Board to Chamber Ambassador

Today was a bitter sweet day for me…this morning was my final Board Meeting with the Cary Chamber of Commerce.  I’ve had the pleasure the past three years to serve on the Board of Directors and the last two years as Vice Chair for Member Business Services.  It was such a honor to be asked to serve the three year term and it’s gone so fast!

Lunch at Ruckus with Julie and Twila

Lunch at Ruckus with Cary Chamber Ambassador Friends Julie and Twila

I’ve had a wonderful time, made some great business friends and connections and I am really going to miss it!  However, I am now free to return to serving the Cary Chamber as an Ambassador, a repeating beginning for me, as I served before as an Ambassador for about 5 years before my term on the Board.  Both of these groups are SO important to the Cary Chamber and really make it ones of the BEST (and most FUN) Chambers in Wake County!  Once a month the Cary Chamber Ambassadors get together for lunch at a local Chamber member restaurant.  Today we had a group of about 15 for lunch at Ruckus Pizza & Pasta.  It was a ‘toasty’ August day, but we had lunch outside on the patio and I enjoyed sitting with Julie Clark (TrustAtlantic Bank) and Twila Wilt (Jim Wyatt, CPA).  Thanks to Ed Twardy and Tripp Brizendine for setting up the lunch arrangements!  So cheers to Sweet Endings on the Cary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Happy Repeat Beginnings to returning as a Cary Chamber Ambassador!

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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A Lesson in Self-Esteem and Rising Above!

Gina, Sandra and Becca

Gina, Sandra and Becca

Today was the first meeting for the WBON of Cary 2014-2015 Year (Women Business Owner Network).  I’ve been a member of this ladies networking group for many years and the first meeting of the calendar year always set the tone for the rest of the year to come.  After hearing the speaker, Sandra Dubose, I can HONESTLY say that WBON of Cary is going to have a GREAT year!  Sandra Dubose was the 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina (she actually made history for being the 1st BALD beauty queen of NC) and she’s got a way of speaking and engaging the audience that just makes you want to hold on and listen for hours!  She spoke about “Women & Self-Esteem” and how we have to take lessons from life and keeping rising above.

MGC Oh La La

MGC Oh La La

She encouraged us to “Identify with what you want your life to look like” and also to “Own our power” because self-esteem impacts every part of our life.  I really enjoyed hearing her speak about her life stories and the way she has overcome so much.  I even bought her book, “My Crown and Glory, It’s Not About the Hair” and I’m excited to get started with it this week!  WBON of Cary is a local ladies networking group for women business owners and professional working womenSmith & Smith, CPA has been a part of this group for nearly 9 years and we’ve developed many friends, clients, and referral partners.

wbon of cary I am looking forward to the programs, speakers, and events that WBON of Cary has planned for the year!  I enjoyed sitting with Gina Gilliam of Gilliam & Associates Realty, LLC.  Gina is super fun and we were BOTH wearing dresses from My Girlfriend’s Closet (thanks to owner, Lois Cozart).  They have their Cary Chamber Ribbon Cutting for their 3rd STORE, MGC Ooh La La tomorrow evening at 5:00PM, come join us if you can!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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ShopLocalRaleigh Boutique Blowout Lucky Card Winner

Lucky Card Winner!  Contact me if you have this Card in your bag!

Lucky Card Winner!

Last Friday, August 8th, was the ShopLocalRaleigh Boutique Blowout!  The awesome event was held at Cobblestone Hall City Market in downtown Raleigh and featured over 20 locally owned and operated boutiques, crafters, spas and specialty shops all under one roof!  It was a really neat way to highlight local stores, plus they had incredible deals on their end-of-summer merchandise and excess inventory!  Many of the shops & vendors had their items marked as low as $5 and discounts as deep as 75% off!  This was a good opportunity for them to move merchandise and get their stores ready for Fall and Winter items.  The Boutique Blowout Sale started at 5:00PM but VIP members were allowed to get in at 4:30PM for 30 minutes of early shopping time.  VIP attendees also received a reusable shopping tote full of coupons and promotional items from local business owners and sponsors.

Boutique Blowout Sponsor

Boutique Blowout Sponsor

VIP members also go an armband to enjoy a cocktail for the ultimate Sip and Shop experience provided by www.iheartretail.com!  I thought this was a great chance for Smith & Smith, CPA to support the “Shop Local” movement and as a member of ShopLocalRaleigh we were excited to be a Sponsor for the event.  Other sponsors included: Galatea Boutique, Yelp, LiveWorkPlay.com, Midtown Magazine, IHeartRetail.com, Southern Bride & Groom, G105 B939 Country 95x, The Junction Salon Bar, Adara Spa, and Troy Mezze Lounge.

Jennifer and Chris of SLR

Jennifer and Chris of SLR

As a sponsor for the ShopLocalRaleigh Boutique Blowout, I had the opportunity to provide a goody for the tote bags (250 items were needed!)  so I decided to do a treat-bag with candy, gold coins and a LUCKY card from a deck of cards.  I put a label on the front of the goody bag encouraging attendees to check the blog today to see if their card was the LUCKY card.…thus winning a Smith & Smith, CPA tailgate chair and cooler.

Iheartretail.com with Kim

Iheartretail.com with Kim

I drew a card this morning from a full deck of 52 cards and the WINNING LUCKY CARD is the 10 of Hearts!!!  So if your Boutique Blowout Bag had a 10 of Hearts in the goody bag from Smith & Smith, CPA, PLEASE contact me by email (info@smithandsmithcpa.com) or phone (919) 380-0600 and I’ll collect your card and give you your prizes!  Alicia went with me to work our Smith & Smith, CPA booth, we were right near the front entrance and we enjoyed greeting all of the shoppers as they arrived and invited them to take a spin on our winning wheel.

Tia of Bank of NC found lots of deals!

Tia of Bank of NC found lots of deals!

We were offering prizes to those who landed on the Ace, King, Queen and Jack of Spades.  We had a lot of participation and gave away several prizes!  I also had ‘$5 Girlfriend Bucks’ coupons from My Girlfriend’s Closet Consignment Boutique that I gave out to those who stopped to spin wheel.  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for providing me with the ‘Girlfriend Bucks’!   Thanks to everyone who stopped by.  I did a bit of shopping myself (Alicia and I took turns with our booth) and I was able to find some great deals on some presents for the rest of the year!  Plus I enjoyed talking to all of the store owners and getting their feedback from the event (it was all positive).  Our Boutique Blowout sponsorship also included 4 VIP tickets I had invited some of our Smith & Smith, CPA referral partners & clients to attend.  They all had a great time and loaded up on lots of amazing deals!  The attendance was very steady during the opening hours and lasted till doors closes at 9:00PM.

Boutique Blowout Sale ShopLocalRaleigh 2014

Boutique Blowout Sale ShopLocalRaleigh 2014

I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Jennifer and Chris of ShopLocalRaleigh for all of their help and time in putting this event together!  I know they had lots of time & energy put into making this a success for everyone!  If you are not involved with ShopLocalRaleigh or a Shop Local movement in your area, I encourage you to seek out one and get active.  It’s a great way to keep those small businesses growing and thriving!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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Cary Chamber to Jamaica!

Cary Chamber Membership Drive Trip Travel Team 2014

Cary Chamber Membership Drive Trip Travel Team 2014

Every year the Cary Chamber of Commerce holds their Annual Membership Drive, running from mid-February to early June.  During this time, they rely on volunteers of the Cary Chamber membership to help recruit for new members and sponsors for the upcoming chamber year.  It is always a fun and energizing time as small, medium and large businesses from all over the Cary community (and beyond) become members and start sending their employees to the Cary Chamber business networking and social events!  For the past 2 years I’ve had the pleasure of serving the Cary Chamber as the Vice Chair for Member Business Services and leading the Membership Drive.

Bikini Bus of the Cary Chamber

Bikini Bus of the Cary Chamber

This year we had a successful time of bringing in over 150 new members!  As a reward for those who worked hard and went above and beyond to get at least 10 new members, they were rewarded with an all-expense paid trip for 2 to the lovely island of Jamaica!  So on this past Saturday, 16 people from the Cary Chamber traveled to the Secrets St. James Montego Bay Jamaica resort.  This was the 8th year in a row for Blake and I to attend and we are always proud to go and represent Smith & Smith, CPA as a dedicated Cary Chamber member!  We were in Jamaica for 4 days and enjoyed just relaxing and having ethnic dinners at different restaurants around the resort.  The others who attended the trip included: (the 4 top winners) Tia Coppus of Bank of NC, Leann Schrick of Bank of NC, Jessica Register of Union Bank and Alison Guthrie of Aflac.  Chamber staff on the trip included: VP- Delancy Caroll, Membership Director- Patty McEwen and 2013-2014 Board of Directors Chairman Frank Shell of NewBridge Bank.

Dressed for dinner by MGC!

Dressed for dinner by MGC!

Many thanks to Elaine Smith of E-Destinations for organizing the trip and travel arrangements.  Jessica and I were proud to wear new swimsuits that we had purchased this summer from the Bikini Bus (a new Cary Chamber member!).   Also many thanks to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex (also a Cary Chamber member) for sending me on the trip with several cute dresses to wear for the evening dinners & events while in Jamaica!  Participating in the Cary Chamber Membership Drive each year is an excellent way to network and grow your business by getting out there and meeting the business owners in the Cary Community.  Get involved!  It will make a difference in all you do!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Congrats to the Best of Cary 2014

Congrats to the Winners!

Congrats to the Winners!

So this is really cool…The Cary News and The News and Observer advertising departments recently released the winners for the 2014 Best of Cary AwardsSmith & Smith, CPA was THRILLED to see several of our clients on the WINNING list and even more on the 2nd and 3rd place list!  A BIG Congrats to our two client winners, Sushi-Thai Cary for BEST of Cary ASIAN RESTAURANT AND BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT and to The Flower Cupboard for BEST of Cary FLORIST.  The announcement came in the Sunday, July 27th paper and listed a brief paragraph about each of the winners.  There were 70 category winners and they were selected and voted on by readers in early June.  The topic lists included local restaurants, jewelers, real estate agents, spas, gift shops, doctors, hair stylists and more!

The Flower Cupboard

The Flower Cupboard

This was the 3rd year in a row for The Flower Cupboard to win Best Florist, so a big congrats to Jon Van Denise, the proud owner!  John has been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA for well over 10 years and he certainly has some of the most beautiful flower arrangements in Cary!  Sushi-Thai Cary has been a client for nearly a year and we’ve enjoyed getting to know the owners and working closely with them on several projects.  Plus we LOVE going to eat there for business lunches, but also on the weekend!  Sometimes Blake is there 2-3 times a week!  We celebrated my birthday there earlier this year and it was really fun and very delicious!  I’d also like to give a CONGRATS shout-out to Graceful Expressions Dance Education, another client of Smith & Smith, CPA for getting 3rd Place in the Best Dance Studio Category.

Sushi Thai Cary

Sushi Thai Cary

And finally, CONGRATS to Bradford Wilson of Edward Jones for BEST of Cary FINANCIAL ADVISOR, Brad and his team are solid referral partners for Smith & Smith, CPA and we were so pleased to see them being recognized for their hard work.  All of the winners will be presented with an award plaque that can be proudly displaced in their place of work.  Congrats again to all of the winners for the BEST of CARY 2014 Awards Keep on making Cary and Morrisville a wonderful place to live, work and play!

 

 

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

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Celebrate for Them!

Trevor and Connor

Trevor and Connor

Today is a special day here at Smith & Smith, CPA….it’s Connor’s 5th Birthday (Cam’s son) and it is Trevor’s last day at work as our Summer Intern.  Cam’s family came by the office and brought a cake, so we sang Happy Birthday to Connor and we all had lunch together to celebrate with both Connor and Trevor.  We have had a great summer with Trevor helping us around the office as our summer intern in accounting and marketing.  He’s been a fast learner and has been quick at learning the ‘accounting & tax ropes’.  He’s also been a lot of fun around the office and we are going to miss him!  Hopefully he’ll be back to work with us again soon, maybe next summer and maybe even during his college holiday breaks!?!?!  Cheers to Connor and Trevor!

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

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Let’s Go!  Back to Work!

back-to-work We had a great week of vacation last week and today we were back in the office!  Today was busy answering emails, phone messages and going through a HUGE stack of mail!  Thanks to everyone who we’ve talked today who asked how our vacation was, it’s nice to have clients who care and Smith & Smith, CPA clients are the BEST!   This is the last week of July, the summer is coming to an end soon and kids are starting back to school!

 

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

(919) 380-0919 fax