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The Gifting Tree for Town of Cary

The Gifting Tree 2016

The Gifting Tree 2016

Happy December!  It is time for the Annual Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project!  Once again, Smith & Smith, CPA is participating in this event and we went downtown Cary last week to decorate our Christmas tree.  I LOVE our location this year, we are right at the corner of Academy and Chatham Street in the heart of downtown Cary!  We are at the traffic light right across from Ashworth Drugs.  Our tree is a little different this year and is decorated with patriotic spirit as a reversed American Flag.  Many thanks to my good friend, Lindsey Dishman, for helping me come up with the idea!  I spray painted the top of the tree white and the bottom of the tree blue (we won’t talk about what my hands looked like once that was done!!).  Then I used red ribbon and bows for the top of the tree (for the stripes on the flag) and huge white snowflake ornaments (bought in Savannah, GA) for the white stars on the flag on the bottom of the tree.  I also have new solar lights on the tree to light it up at dark.  Please take a few minutes to use this LINK to vote for our tree. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cqhnpy9  It is one vote per email, so you only have to vote once!  The winning tree with the MOST votes will get $500 for the charity of their choice!  We will be supporting Life Experiences again this year as our charity of choice!  So please VOTE!

Life Experiences Annual Christmas Party

Matt playing Santa for Life Experiences

Matt playing Santa for Life Experiences

Speaking of Life Experiences, last night was their Annual Christmas Party.  It is always so much fun and an event that my family looks forward to each year.  It is a covered dish dinner party and all of the sweet employees trade names with each other and swap gifts.   One of them gets to dress up as Santa Claus too and passes out all of the gifts.  This year Santa was played by Matt.  He was so happy and you can see the big smile on his face!  Trent and Mark helped to pass out the gifts too.  It is so important to me so see our children involved with helping and loving others.  During the party, Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director, passed the microphone around the room and everyone got a chance to introduce themselves and their families.  It is so sweet to hear them tell how much Life Experiences means to them and sometimes they say really funny things too!   I am so honored to serve at the Board President for Life Experiences this year.  Here is a great photo of our Board Members at the party last night.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me shop for this beautiful sparkly silver sweater!  They have tons of great holiday wear so check them out for your upcoming Christmas & Holiday parties!!!!!!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a discount with your purchase!

Board Members for Life Experiences 2016

Board Members for Life Experiences 2016

 

Thanks for reading!  Please share the link to vote for our tree!  Have a great rest of the week!

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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Mrs. North Carolina, Michele Duncan

Susan, Michele, Becca & Kim at the Cary Chamber Business of Women Luncheon Series

Susan, Michele, Becca & Kim at the Cary Chamber Business of Women Luncheon Series

Today was the November meeting of the Cary Chamber of Commerce Business of Women.  If you have been reading my blog for a few years now, you KNOW this is a monthly luncheon that I almost always try to attend.  The speaker today was the 2016 Mrs. North Carolina….right, as in MRS not MISS or MS or TEEN North Carolina.  The MARRIED one.  Who knew?  Not me!  Her name is Michele Duncan and she gave a really interesting talk.  She is a pastor’s wife and been married to him for 24 years, moved 18 times and lived in 8 states!  She has been Mrs. District of Columbia USA and Mrs. Virginia USA and is now the Mrs. North Carolina.  Busy lady!  She is very passionate about her nonprofit, Choose 2 Change.   The December Business of Women will be held on Thursday December 15th and will feature a speaker from The American Red Cross.  Thanks to Lois Cozart and her awesome team of ladies at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the Kensie Black & White layered dress.  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount!

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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Veterans Day 2016 and More

veteransFirst of all, Happy Veterans Day and a big THANK YOU to those who have served and defended our country.  Today (and everyday) is a day to honor YOU and your service!

 

 

The kids are out of school, so they are here at the office with us today.  One of the many perks of a “family run business“!  Here is a picture of the cousins with Grandpa outside the office.  Thankfully we have a nice grassy field next to our office and they can run and play games together.

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Dorcas Ministries

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Dorcas Ministry 5th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast.  This is such a nice event each year and once again the room was PACKED with supporters from all over Cary!  I am happy to report that through many generous donations at the breakfast they raised over $148,000 for their programs & services!

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet!

Earlier this week I took my good friend, Kim Lavallee, along with me to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Kim took part in their “Personal Style Profile” and found some great items for the Fall & Winter!  I also purchased some really nice items for the upcoming holidays & Christmas parties!  Thanks to Lois and her team for taking such great care of us!  Remember to mention Beccasblog.com when you shop there to take advantage of my special shoppers discount!!!!!

Shopping at MGC!

Shopping at MGC!

Halloween 2016 with Life Experiences

This is a little delayed, but we had our Annual Halloween Parade and Party with Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club on October 31st.  It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun celebrating with our special friends!

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

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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Cary Magazine Women of Western Wake 2016

Today was fantastic!  I attended the Women of Western Wake 2016 special recognition luncheon, hosted by Cary Magazine.  They have been giving these awards out since 2005 and I have had the pleasure to attend the luncheon at The Umstead Hotel since 2006!  It’s always fun to see who has been selected and to read about them.  This year I was THRILLED to see my dear friends Alisa Wright Colopy and Nur Onvural, selected at 2 of the 5 recipients.  Congrats ladies!!!  You can read more about them HERE.

Alisa and Becca

Alisa and Becca

 

Ladies on stage with host, Elizabeth Gardner

Ladies on stage with host, Elizabeth Gardner

Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me in the business dressy black dress!  It had small black leather accents on the shoulders, just a touch of edginess! Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

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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Peachy Keen Wears Hope Carnival Fall Fashion Show 2016

Smith & Smith, CPA proud to be a sponsor!

Smith & Smith, CPA proud to be a sponsor!

Last night was the 11th Fashion Show for Peachy Keen!  The theme was A Fall Fashion Carnival benefiting Headbands of Hope for Duke Children’s’ Hospital.  This makes several years in a row now that Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor for the Peachy Keen Spring & Fall Fashion Shows!  It is always a fun night and brings out a huge crowd!  They literally turn the entire store into a Fashion Showcase, complete with a raised fashion runway, door prizes, silent auction, drinks, food and other fun things like a “Braid Bar” and a scavenger hunt!  Check out some of our photos below from the Fall Fashion Show!  #peachywearshopecarnival

 

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Smith & Smith, CPA donated mini-pink flashlights for the VIP Swag Bags

 

Fashion Models at Peachy Keen 2016

Fashion Models at Peachy Keen 2016

 

Andrea, Heather, Becca & Angela at Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show Carnival 2016

Andrea, Heather, Becca & Angela at Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show Carnival 2016

 

My first Headbands of Hope purchase!

My first Headbands of Hope purchase!

 

Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the black & metallic turtleneck sweater for the fashion show!  Save the Date for the Peachy Keep Spring Fashion Show on April 27 2017!

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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Athena of the Triangle Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Athena Leaders Luncheon

Athena Leaders Luncheon

Today was the Inaugural Athena of the Triangle Women’s Leadership Luncheon.  It was held at Prestonwood Country Club and included women leaders from all over the Triangle Community.  I am honored to serve as a Board Member for Athena of the Triangle and helped work the registration table at the luncheon today.   This unique event invited women to engage in dialogue about the key attributes of successful women leaders to further the development and support of established and emerging leaders across the Triangle.  There were many inspiring ideas discussed during the luncheon as the tables were set-up in a way to encourage dynamic conversation among the ladies.  It was exciting to be in the room and see all of this happen!

Carrie and Becca

Carrie and Becca

My friend and fearless leader, Carrie Peele, brought Athena of the Triangle to the area about 3 years ago.  Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to have served on her Governing Board, Board of Directors and Advisory Panel during this time.  A special thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for the black & white Michael Kors dress.  Shop with them and tell them you read beccasblog.com.

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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Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast Candidate Forum

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Table ready for “Speed Dating” with the NC Candidates

The Cary Chamber of Commerce used their September Eye Opener Breakfast as an opportunity to host a candidate forum for those running for office in the NC House and NC Senate.  Candidates were there to represent Districts 16 & 17 (NC Senate) and Districts 11, 36 & 41 (NC House).  The breakfast was held at Prestonwood Country Club and took place from 7:30AM-9:00AM with over 100 people in attendance.  The candidates were asked to introduce themselves from the podium and give a brief 2-mintue overview of their campaign.  Once that was complete, they went from table to table in a “speed dating” style.  I really liked this format as it gave the attendees a much better opportunity to be involved and included in the conversations.  We were encouraged to ask them questions at our tables and hear their direct feedback.  I have been to the Candidate Forum before where each one is asked the same question and given the same amount of time to reply.  I REALLY liked the “speed dating style” much better and I hope the Cary Chamber will continue with this style at the other upcoming candidate forums.  The Cary Chamber will be hosting several other forums in the month of October, check out the dates & times on their website and make plans to attend!

Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

 

I was happy to see and support Duane Hall, long-time friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA at the forum.  Duane is an attorney in Raleigh and represents NC House District 11.

Duane Hall & Becca Smith

Duane Hall & Becca Smith

 

My good friend & referral partner of The Paystubb People, Kim Davis, was also there to support her friend, Chris Shoffner, running for NC House District 41.

Kim Davis & Chri Shoffner

Kim Davis & Chris Shoffner

 

Thanks again to the Cary Chamber for hosting the Candidate Forum Breakfast.  Thank you to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me for the event!  They have a huge selection of fabulous Fall clothing & accessories.  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

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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Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast

NC Governor McCrory at TBJ Power Breakfast

NC Governor McCrory at TBJ Power Breakfast

Last week I attended the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Power Breakfast that featured NC Governor, Pat McCrory.  The event has hosted by Deloitte and held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NC District Attorney, Roy Cooper, had also been invited to attend the Power Breakfast, but had declined to attend.  Governor McCrory was seated on stage in a causal setting and was joined by several TBJ interviewers and reporters.   They took questions from the audience and topics ranged from schools/education, to transportation, health care and the NC Economy.  I ended up sitting with a friend from my Cary Chamber Leadership Cary class and we enjoyed seeing each other and catching up on work/life.  I appreciate the TJB holding events like this where business owners & business leaders in the community can get a chance to interact on a personal level with our elected officials.  I waited after the breakfast meeting to have a chance to greet the Governor and take a photo.  I had met him about 4 years ago when he was in Cary for another meeting.  You can read more about the Power Breakfast meeting here.  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in Cary for helping me select this beautiful off-white Diane Von Furstenberg dress to wear to the breakfast meeting.   My Girlfriends Closet is having their End of Summer Sale right now!  Stop by and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

Donuts by the Dozen

Payroll Companies Keeping our Office Donut HAPPY!

Payroll Companies Keeping our Office Donut HAPPY!

You would have thought it was National Donut Day around our office yesterday!  We had two different payroll companies stop by with two different kinds of donut boxes!  Thank you to our referral partners for keeping us happy and full of sugar!

 

Life Experiences Auction is Coming SOON!!!!!!!!

Gift Basket by LeapFrog Landcare and Smith & Smith, CPA

Gift Basket by LeapFrog Landcare and Smith & Smith, CPA

I am so honored to serve as the Board President for Life Experiences for the 2016-2017 year.  Next weekend (Sept 11th-12th) is our 29th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Auction & Golf TournamentSmith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a Grand Patron Sponsor and will patriciate in both the auction on Sunday night and the golf on Monday.  We have teamed up this year again with one of our clients, LeapFrog Landcare to offer a beautiful and unique ‘basket’ for the silent auction.  Greg Harris, owner of LeapFrog, donated a $100 gift card for yard care and Smith & Smith, CPA donated a 100ft water hose, extended water sprayer, and a water hose storage box to make a combined great Fall outdoor basket.  Blake and I are also donating a Dinner & Movie Basket that has gift cards, candy and mini-bottles!  Purchase your tickets today to join us!

Dinner & Movie Basket

Dinner & Movie Basket

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day 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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Boosterthon Sponsorship with West Lake Elementary School

Here at Smith & Smith, CPA we are always looking for fun and unique ways to support our community. We especially love the opportunities to support the schools in which our “CPA kids” attend. By “CPA kids” I of course mean the 7 kids that belong to our amazing office staff.  Earlier this year we agreed to sponsor the NEW Boosterthon for West Lake Elementary School. This is where Cam & Brooke’s kids attend school and they love it!   The Booterthon is a way for the kids to get involved with raising funds for the PTA and have FUN doing it AND even get in some good exercise along the way!

Boosterthon at West Lake Elementary School

Boosterthon at West Lake Elementary School

Congrats to West Lake Elementary School for having a successful Boosterthon and we LOVE seeing Smith & Smith, CPA on the back of the shirts!

Bailey and Connor of West Lake Elementary

Bailey and Connor of West Lake Elementary

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.

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Cary, NC 27511

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Game Day Chair & Cary Chamber to Mexico

Smith & Smith, CPA Game Day Chair

The summer is nearly over and we are about half-way through August…which means the Fall sports season is coming soon.  When you head out to the games this Fall, be sure to take along your AWESOME Smith & Smith, CPA folding chair!  We have been giving these out as prizes at events over the past 3 years, so if my estimate is correct, there should be about 75 of these chairs out and about in the Wake County area.  If you spot a chair on the field, take a picture and send it in!  Here is Alicia Angell, CPA at Smith & Smith, CPA, rocking her cool chair on the YMCA soccer field this past week.  It’s hard to miss the pretty bright green chair!

Smith & Smith, CPA on the game field

Smith & Smith, CPA on the game field

Cary Chamber Membership to Mexico!

For the 11th year in a row, I have had the pleasure of competing in the Annual Membership Drive for the Cary Chamber of Commerce.  This year marked my 10th year in a row of being a top producer and thus earning an all expense paid vacation to a tropical location.  Hard to believe it has been 10 years!  It has been a wonderful experience as I have met many new fantastic Cary Chamber members, developed lots of new contacts and as a direct result, brought on new clients to Smith & Smith, CPA.  We recently got back from a fantastic 4-day trip to the Riveria Maya in Cancun, Mexico.  Our group of 12 enjoyed a nice stay at Secrets Capri.  Thank you to the Cary Chamber for rewarding the Top Five with the vacation package.

Cary Chamber Membership Drive Trip 2016

Cary Chamber Membership Drive Trip 2016

Being a member of the Cary Chamber is a top priority in our marketing plan and we enjoy all that our membership provides.  Thank you also to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex & downtown Cary for providing me with a great selection of dresses for the fancy dinners in Mexico!  Next week on Thursday, August 18th, MGC is having their Fall Clothing Exchange!  Pull out those Fall clothes and take them to MGC to trade-in for a new, fun and stylish wardrobe!  The event is 3pm-6pm at the Apex location.  Call the store for more details or click HERE.  Be sure to tell them Becca sent you!

MGC Fall Clothing Exchange

MGC Fall Clothing Exchange

 

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.

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Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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