July 2011 Archives

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It was another successful year for our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  This year marked our 25th year for this club event fundraiser (raises funds for scholarships for local students).   This event keeps growing year after year.  The success is due mainly to those local businesses (small, medium and large) who continue to support us each year.  Our event was held again at the beautiful Bond Park in Cary, NC and the weather was hot and humid as expected in June for North Carolina.  Thanks to all who came to eat and supported this great event!  I’m  in charge of the Pig Pickn’ next year (2012) so I’ll be coming to YOU for support!

 

Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f
www.smithandsmithcpa.com

 


 


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Our office was very pleased and HONORED to be recognized this year at the Cary Chamber of Commerce 2011 Excellence Awards.   We were presented the award of “EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR”, which means we are the best place to work in Cary!   Since we are a small family firm, this was a true honor for us!   We were presented with a very nice glass award that was designed and created by Jud Patterson of Kreative Concepts (www.kkllc.com)  Stop by our office to see the award and say hello!  Our door is always open!

 

 

 

 

Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f
www.smithandsmithcpa.com 


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 Second Empire Grand Prix 

 

Earlier this year (Jan-May 2011) I competed once again in the Second Empire Grand
Prix Spring 2011nRace Series
.  It is a series of eight different races, composed of six 5k races, a 10k race and a ½ marathon. Each race is unique and supports a different special cause/charity.  I committed to competing and completing the entire Spring Series this year and I did it! Even in the coldest of mornings and the hottest of afternoons, I still showed up and ran each race!

Second Empire
Becca and Kim

 

 

The ½ marathon was the biggest challenge for me, but I quickly found out that it is more mental than just physical!  Anyway, the race series ended and I placed 2nd in my age category!  Yea!  Just proves that you don’t have to be the fastest, you just have to show up to run and complete the race!  The owners (Kim and Rod) of Second Empire Restaurant, which is located in downtown Raleigh, rewarded all of the top finishers with a really nice lunch at the restaurant this past Saturday.  The food was delicious and it was fun to mix and mingle with the other runners.  They had a nice awards ceremony downstairs in the tavern and each of the winners received a very nice embroidered backpack from Brooks, Co. Here is a picture of me with Kim Reynolds.   Kim and Rod have become dear friends to me over the years.  They are supporters of our Rotary Pig Pickin’ and I love being part of their race series! Here’s to the Fall 2011 Second Empire Grand Prix!  See you at the finish line!

 

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f
www.smithandsmithcpa.com
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CPA Firm In RaleighChoosing a CPA Firm In Raleigh

Are you looking to choose a CPA Firm in Raleigh, NC? Has the time finally come for you to get on board with selecting an account in Raleigh that can meet your needs and represent you well?? Do you find yourself ask around for a good CPA Firm in Raleigh (and Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, etc.) that you can relate to and trust with your personal tax information and small business accounting? Do you know how to even get started with this election process? Well, I’ve found this to be a common question among professionals in the community and think it’s a good time as ever to address this issue.

 

First of all, what is the difference between an account and a CPA? Most people seem to use these two terms interchangeably and it is very important to note the distinct difference. The CPA credentials carry a huge weight in the business and financial world. CPAs are often looked to as the most trusted advisers. There are very strict requirements to enter the field of becoming a CPA and to stay in the profession. Becoming a CPA takes a lifelong commitment of integrity, ethics, intelligence and dedication. Tough college courses are required along with a two of real-world experience, passing a grueling 4-part exam within a period of 18-months along with completing a specific amount of continuing education credits each year and staying up-to date on government/state ever-changing tax laws.

So now that we have cleared the air on that, let’s move on to the original issue, how to choose a CPA. I title this blog that choosing a CPA is not the same as choosing an ice cream flavor and I’ll tell you why. When it comes to choosing an ice cream flavor, you usually have a large selection. Vanilla, chocolate, sherbet, rocky road, and the list can go on and on. You can usually ask to taste a flavor or two on a small spoon and then you find the one you like and that’s what ends up on your cone. Perhaps you end up not liking your flavor choice so next time you get a different one and so on and so on. There’s no relationship with the ice cream. However when choosing a CPA Firm in Raleigh, HOPEFULLY you will realize that it is a relationship that forms and it becomes one that is long lasting. You want to make sure that you connect well with your CPA, ask for an initial meeting so you can get a feel for how their office operates and see if you are comfortable with the way they do things. When you hire the CPA, they will become familiar with your small business finances and with your personal finance if they are preparing your tax return. Below are a few more things you want to consider:

1- Is the individual a CPA?
2- Is the CPA licensed to practice in my state?
3- Which professional organizations does the CPA belong and how active are they in those organization
4- Are you COMFORTABLE with their PERSONALITY and EXPERTISE?
Again, choosing a CPA is a RELATIONSHIP, not just a flavor of ice cream selection. Over the years we have found that clients who hop from CPA year after year just find themselves frustrated and their business accounting and taxes a mess. By having a good long-term relationship with your CPA, you will be able to make informed and consistent choices about your business and personal taxes. Remember as stated before that CPAs are looked at as being the most trusted advisors in the financial and business community. Make sure you find one that you can trust!

At Smith & Smith, CPA, we provide a complimentary consultation to potential new business clients. This meeting usually takes about 30min-1hour and it is an opportunity to meet the potential client and find out more about them and their accounting needs. If you are interested or know of someone who is looking to hire an CPA in the Raleigh area, please have them contact us! We’d love to talk with them and you can COUNT that!

 

Director of Marketing

Smith &  Smith, CPA
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f
www.smithandsmithcpa.com