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Community Service with Leadership Cary

Leadership Cary Community Service Day

Leadership Cary Community Service Day

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work the Salvation Army Toy Shop with my Cary-Kildaire Rotary ClubThe Toy Shop is the ‘final stage’ of the Angel Tree Project for the Salvation Army.  Volunteers gather at the large warehouse in Raleigh to help distribute gifts to the parents who have applied to be on the Angel Tree.  This is always such a busy day, filled with excitement (seeing the parents pick out toys for their children) and emotional (seeing the needs of others in our community and the gratitude of the parents).

Toy Shop Salvation Army

Toy Shop Salvation Army

This year I was pleased to work the Toy Shop with Leadership Cary.  Thursday was our Community Service Day, so we met at the Chamber and took a bus to the warehouse in downtown Raleigh.  We were for 5 hours helping parents through the Toy Shop(picking out 2 toys per child), gathering their bags from the donation center and spinning the wheel with hopes of winning a brand new bike!  The bikes in Raleigh are donated by Triangle Spokes Group, this makes the 8th year in a row that this group has partnered with The Salvation Army.  This year the goal was to give away 500 bikes and helmets.

Bikes for Triangle Spokes Group

Bikes for Triangle Spokes Group

The Toy Shop for The Salvation Army takes place over 3 days, the days begin early and go till later in the afternoon, with several hundred families coming through.  Our Leadership Cary group worked in all different parts of the Toy Shop, some filling orders in the back, while others helped to carry bags to cars, and yet more helped with parents as they shopped in the Toy Shop.  The day went fast and I was able to help about 5-7 families an hour.  I got soooooooooo excited when one of my families would win a bike!  Jumping and shouting because you know that is going to make a child so happy for Christmas!   After the we finished our shift of work at the Toy Shop, we boarded the bus and returned to the Cary Chamber.  During lunch we were able to hear several speakers talk who represent many of the nonprofit groups in Cary.  It was a very special day and I enjoyed it so much!  Many thanks to Christie Moser for organizing the whole day and for being the fearless leader for Leadership Cary (hosted by the Cary Chamber of Commerce).

Aware Senior Care

Aware Senior Care

And a shout-out to Smith & Smith, CPA client, Tim Murray.  Tim and his wife, Gina, are making a difference in our community with their business, Aware Senior Care.  They offer companion care, personal care, education & consultation, plus live-in and 24/7 care for their clientsAware Senior Care offers a guarantee with their personal and quality caregiving services.  Their motto is “Guiding Your Way.  Live Well at Home”.   Tim stopped by to see Blake and dropped off one of the care-bags that they are using as part of their marketing materials.

It’s Friday!!!!  Enjoy your 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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Raleigh Dream Events Photo Booth and MORE!

Coppus Christmas Party with Raleigh Dream Events

Coppus Christmas Party with Raleigh Dream Events

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting to attend Christmas parties with Blake. We are fortunate to be invited to several and last Friday night was our first one. Many thanks to Tia and Ethan Coppus for inviting us to their 5th Annual Coppus Christmas Party. We had a blast seeing lots of friends and were thrilled to see one of our Smith & Smith, CPA clients at the party, Raleigh Dream Events. RDE is owned by Katie and Chris Cardo and they have been a client for about a year and they are really taking the Limo, Photo Booth Rental and Uplighting & Monograms industry in the Triangle area by storm!

Great Christmas Time!

Great Christmas Time!

Tia hired them to bring a really fun and interactive Photo Booth to the Christmas party. We had such a blast taking tons and tons of photos! I highly recommend Raleigh Dream Events photo booth for ANY fun event you want to have…all year long too! And the other entertainers were a blast too at the Coppus Christmas Party: My Chef Catering, Gary Mitchell Band, and Danny at the Wine Cellar. Cheers to Christmas parties, good friends and awesome clients!

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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The Gifting Tree Project in Cary!

The Gifting Tree Project

The Gifting Tree Project

Oh such exciting times!  Smith & Smith, CPA is excited to be a participant in the The Gifting Tree Project this year, hosted by The Town of Cary.  This project has been going on for just a few years and it’s a way to ‘dress up’ downtown Cary with Christmas trees for the holiday season.   The Gifting Tree Project invites families, organizations, companies, schools and nonprofits to decorate a Christmas tree in downtown Cary for the month of December.  This year, there is  “TWIST”!!!!!  The winning tree with the most votes (yes, it is online voting) will have a $500 donation made to the nonprofit of their choice.  Thanks to Belle at the Jones House for being the sponsor of the charitable gift for The Gifting Tree Project.   Yesterday afternoon was the ‘decoration time’ so twenty-seven different groups all got creative and artistic and decorated their 6-7′ trees in their own unique ways.  All of the trees require ‘solar’ lights, so some groups had solar spotlights and some trees had solar tree lights (ours has the solar tree lights).

Money Ball

Money Ball

I also spent time over the past few weeks make cutemoney’ themed decorations….I had to get creative with my ornaments as there aren’t a lot of ‘money’ ones out there to choose from.  Thankfully the Dollar Tree has ‘large fake money bills’ so I used those inside of clear glass balls.  I also decorated some ceramic ornaments with our name.  Many thanks to Mary Madenspacher of Life Experiences and Alicia Angel for coming to help me decorate our tree.  It was fun to walk around and see the other trees and get some good ideas for next year.  I’d also like to give a SHOUT-OUT to the Rotary Clubs of Cary…all 5 clubs came together and created a “ROTARY TREE”.   It looks great and I even made a few ornaments for it myself.  Cary Visual Art also has a very fun tree downtown and so does my friend Holly Beerman of Beerman Construction!

Smith & Smith, CPA The Gifting Tree Project

Smith & Smith, CPA The Gifting Tree Project

The Gifting Tree Project will be on display until Tuesday, December 30th.  Voting for the trees takes place online and the winner will receive The People’s Choice Winner Award & $500 to their Charity of Choice.  Voting starts THIS WEEK, Saturday, December 6th and goes through Saturday, December 20th.  You can vote only one time.  You can look at the website now but they won’t have all of the trees listed and photographed and ready for voting until Saturday.  There will also be a panel of judges who will score each tree based on Representation of Organization/Company, Representation of Holiday Spirit, Originality & Creativity, and Overall Presentation.

The Gifting Tree Project sign

The Gifting Tree Project sign

Some people might be wondering why our CPA firm would participate in this project…and as the Director of Marketing, I see many benefits in participation!  First of all, The Gifting Tree Project a “community project” and I’ve always been a big believer in not only doing ‘business’ in your community, but being INVOLVED with all parts of the community, especially artistic and creative ones like this.  Plus ever single tree has a sign beside of it…so think of all the people who will pass by and see our tree and our company name during the month of December!  That’s some good publicity!!!!  We appreciate you votes for Smith & Smith, CPA in The Gifting Tree ProjectThanks Town of Cary!

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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Leadership Cary Economic Development

Leadership Cary Tour of The Umstead Hotel

Leadership Cary Tour of The Umstead Hotel

This year I FINALLY have the pleasure of participating in the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cary!  I’ve been wanting to do this program for years and it has finally worked out to where I can participate and represent Smith & Smith, CPA!  As defined by the Cary Chamber: “Leadership Cary is designed for area businesspeople that will soon be area leaders and helps to ensure that there is a talented pool of leadership for our future.  Participants will learn about the economic, social, cultural and political faces of the community from the leaders of today.”  The program runs from November till April and involves about 2 meetings per month.

Kyle Greer of the Cary Chamber Speaks on Economic Development in Cary

Kyle Greer of the Cary Chamber Speaks on Economic Development in Cary

Yesterday was my first session (I missed the ropes course in November as I as in Maine).  Our session yesterday was on Economic Development and was held at SAS Campus in Cary.   The day involved hearing from local economic leaders such as Joe Milazzo of Regional Transportation Alliance, Skip Hill of Highwoods Properties, Kyle Greer of the Cary Chamber and many more leaders.  We were treated to lunch at The Umstead, oh the food was SOOOOOOOOOOOO good!  We ended the day with a tour of The Umstead, what a fantastic place for Cary to have!  I enjoyed the Leadership Cary Economic Session and learned a lot about Cary, like why companies choose to come here, what makes them stay and what things we need to plan and prepare for in the future for Cary to continue to be an amazing place to live work and play!  Our next Leadership Cary session is December 18th and it is all about Community Service!

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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December 2014 has Arrived!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Well, that was fast!  It’s already December 1st 2014!  Talk about a year that really went by in the blink of an eye!  Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday with your family & friends and took time to rest, relax and reflect on the many blessings in your life.  I know our family had a nice time and enjoyed the holiday break from the office.  But today is December 1st and we are back at it!  That thing called “tax season” is looming right around the corner.  December is a time when many of our tax clients call with questions about their year end taxes.  Let me take a minute to direct you to our website and monthly newsletter.  It has all kinds of helpful tips, such as “Personal Tax Exemptions for 2014″, “Income Tax Rates for 2014″, “Standard Deductions for 2014″ and “Retirement Contributions Limits for 2015″.  Plus some other good articles on “Tips for Newly Married or Divorced Taxpayers” and “Six Tips for Year-End Gifts to Charity”.

Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Cheer!

Take a few minutes to look at the Smith & Smith, CPA newsletter for November and December, I think you’ll find some helpful tax tips!   Our office is also now decorated for the upcoming Holiday season, we welcome you stop by anytime!   We’ll be doing a Food Drive for the months of January-April 2015 so stay tuned for more information about that too!  Lots of things are going on this time of year, stay safe and have fun!  Happy December 1st too!  Let’s end 2014 with friendship, fun and family. 

Stop by to visit!

Stop by to visit!

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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Personal Shopping Through Connections

My Girlfriend's Closet

My Girlfriend’s Closet

Just a personal shout-out to a very good friend of mine, Lois Cozart.  I met Lois several years ago through a women’s networking group in Cary.  We became fast friends and quickly began supporting each other through business and referrals.  About 2-years ago, Lois, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet (downtown Cary and downtown Apex) offered to start dressing me for my networking events & meetings in clothes from her stores.  In return, I would promote her boutiques and encourage ladies to shop there for all of their fashion needs plus jewelry & accessories & gifts!  It has been a wonderful and very unique relationship and I have loved every minute of it!

Personal Shopping Party

Personal Shopping Party

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of teaming up with Lois again and hosted a Personal Shopping Party at her downtown Cary store.  I invited several friends & clients and we had a fabulous time!  Most of the girls had sent a list to Lois and her staff a week before the event, telling them their size range and favorite styles/designers/brands.  When we arrived at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary, each lady had a shopping rack and selection of clothes that had been pulled just for them!  Plus we had the whole store to ourselves!  Talk about personal shopping service!  If you think this sounds like a fun thing for you and your friends (trust me, it is!) just give Lois a call (919-651-1790) and she’ll get you all set-up with your personal shopping party!  Thanks to all the ladies who came out to support and shop!  And thanks to Lois, Lia, Bethany and Brianna for their personal shopping expertise!

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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Cruising for Murder on the High Seas!

murder 3Have you ever been on a cruise ship?  How about a cruise ship with a MURDER!  Well, I HAVE BEEN!  Kind of…so let me explain.  Earlier this week I attended the WBON of Cary Cruising for Murder Fundraising Dinner Event.  The proceeds from this ‘Murder Cruise’ will benefit the WBON Scholarship Fund, which is awarded each year in the Spring to deserving women business owners.  I was invited to attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, Cruising for Murder, by my friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Lisa Cotter, Owner of Doctors Express Urgent Care in Cary.  Lisa is so much fun and she was in-charge of the wine wall fundraising for the evening.

Lisa & Becca

Lisa & Becca

Doctors Express was also the Table Sponsor for murder mystery dinner.   Many of the attendees had parts in the mystery play and a good majority of them were also in costume.  The event was well attended and had delicious food and a nice selection of wines, plus soft-beverages.  Cruising for Murder was held at Bien Venue in Apex.  There was a whole table of auction prizes, sponsored by Carolina Prime Outlets and was appropriately called “Duty Free Shopping”.  I was the lucky winner of several auction items too!  I really enjoyed the live music that was played by Heart Rush, staring Linda Lyons of Lyons Coaching Solutions.  They had the crowd up and dancing several times on the dance floor.

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend's Closet

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend’s Closet

About 1/2 way through the evening there was a MURDER!  The drama unfolded, the clues were given and guesses were made as to “who done it!”  Many thanks to Lisa Cotter for inviting me to attend as her guest and thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for making sure I had a fantastic dress to wear!  Cheers to WBON of Cary and their Scholarship Program!

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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Yummy Eats of ALL Kinds!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Life Experiences Brownies!

Now, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that around here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we like to EAT!  After all, good food brings us together and Thanksgiving IS NEXT WEEK (slight panic….).  So let’s get right to the food talk…yesterday was the November Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  This is a women’s networking group that Smith & Smith, CPA has been proud to sponsor for several years.   As a GOLD SPONSOR, we get a large display table near the entrance and each month I take along guests with me for our RSVP table.  I usually try to include referral partners and clients in the mix and use our display table as a way to highlight clients & groups that we support.  So for the month of November, I decided to take along a delicious plate of brownies made in the bakery of Life Experiences.  I’m happy to be a Board Member for Life Experiences and I honestly believe that they have the BEST brownies on the PLANET!

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

TLPL girls at Smith & Smith, CPA table

So I took a huge platter, plus a ton of catering & bakery menus with me to hand out.  They were a HIT with the ladies and many thanks to Carrie Peele, Founder of The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, for letting me make an announcement about Life Experiences from the podium.  I encouraged everyone to consider Life Experiences for any of their catering and baking needs during the holidays.  Many thanks to the sweet friends at my table, Alicia, Heather, Shelli, Marla and Amy for helping with the brownies too!

Blake, Tony & Cam

Blake, Tony & Cam

Last week one of our Financial Advisor referral partners, Tony Delauney, of Ameriprise Financial Services, stopped by the office to bring by lunch…yummy sub sandwiches!  Tony has been a solid referral partner to Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and is preparing to get more involved in the Cary-area market.  We enjoyed having Tony over for lunch as he shared his plans and goals for the 2015 year and wants to include Smith & Smith, CPA in some financial talks.  Sounds like a good game plan to us!  As you can see, Tony left our office all decked out in Smith & Smith, CPA gear too.  Nice lookin’ cooler and tailgate chair you got there!

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

Papa Spuds with Lewis Farm Winter Berries

And finally a DELICIOUS strawberry SHOUT-OUT to our client, Papa Spuds!  The farm to fork delivery service, owned by Rob Meyer, works hard to bring fresh food grown right here in North Carolina to your doorstep.   Since 2008 they have been expanding their network of local growers and food artisans and are proud to offer over 200 food products a week!  Thanks to Rob for stopping by our office and bringing these delicious WINTER BERRIES, from Lewis Nursery and Farms in Rocky Point, NC.  The winter berries are grown in a solar tunnel and are available November thru April.  Thanks Rob!  Consider Papa Spuds for fresh produce right here in North Carolina!

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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Loving Your Job…and the People You Work With!

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

Do you love our job?  How about the people you work with?  I know many people could answer this YES on some days and then NO on other days.  Hey, that’s part of life and work right?  Here at Smith & Smith, CPA, we are happy to say that 99% of the time, we LOVE where we work and we LOVE the people we work with!  That is because we are family (or at least long-time family friends) and enjoy being together!  I’m happy to share two pictures with you that were made at our outdoor photo shoot yesterday.  It’s hard getting everyone out of this office for a picture, but they all smiled so nicely and the pictures turned out great!  You can plan on seeing this picture lots of places over the next year!

Loving those you work with!

Loving those you work with!

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 Experiences Auction in 2014

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

Last night, Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the 27th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Life Experiences Auction.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club and had the BIGGEST crowd to date!   If you have read my blogs before, then you know about Life Experiences and that is has a very strong place in my heart!  The entire ballroom was full last night and they even had to add about 5 more tables for people to sit!  That shows you just how hard the entire Auction Committee and Board of Directors had worked to make the event great.  It takes lots of time, planning and volunteers to pull off an event of this size.  But it is such an important event to Life Experiences as it is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

It is actually a two-day event with the auction held on Sunday evening and a golf tournament held today (Monday) also at Prestonwood Country Club (they have a gorgeous day for golf today!).  The Rotary Clubs of Apex and Cary were very strong supporters and also provided many of the volunteers who helped work the auction tables last night.  I was happy to help serve on the Auction Committee on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and part of my responsibilities included helping collect auction items.  Many thanks to my dear friend, Cynthia Dishman, of Lucy & Bee, for making a donation.  Cynthia is a professional seamstress and hand-makes many amazing items.  She generously donated one of her 18″ doll outfits and shoes.  It was simply beautiful and I borrowed the American Girl Doll, Saige, from Alicia’s daughter, Ava, to use as a model for the outfit.  It made for a very unique auction item.  Thank you to both Cynthia and Ava!  I also had a nights stay at Gunther Lodge at Holston Camp in Banner Elk, NC donated by Craig Bell, Camp Director for Holston Camp.  Each year during the first weekend in December, Holston Camp hosts a Christmas Family weekend.  The winner of this item gets to attend that weekend with their family and participate in all the festivities.  Once the silent auction part ended, there was a LIVE AUCTION that featured over 25 fabulous prizes and trips!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

According to my calculations, over $15,000 alone was raised during the live auction! How exciting!  Many thanks to all of the wonderful sponsors, committee members, volunteers, attendees, bidders and most of all to Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director at Life Experiences, for making last night a huge success!  Hope the golfers have fun today and make plans to attend next year! Blake and I had a fantastic time seeing friends and clients and enjoy this event every year.   Many thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the Calvin Klein black sequence cocktail dress last night!  MGC in downtown Cary and downtown Apex has a HUGE selection of Fall & Winter fashions, shoes and accessories!  Stop by to shop, mention Becca’s Blog and get 10% off your purchase Shop Local!

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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