October 2011 Archives

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Working Mom…Home or Office, We are the SAME & it is a WILD ride! 

Women@Work Carolina Parent

I’m a working mom and I’m really proud of it.  Love what I do, Love who I work for, love my clients, all around…just love my job.  But being a working mom at an office is not for everyone.  You can be a working mom from home too, and believe me, I KNOW that taking care of kids during the day is just as much a job as any other!  I’ve also been to thousands of networking events and heard tons and tons of speakers on all different topics.  But the Carolina Parent event that I attended this week certainly ranks up there at the TOP for being one of the BEST and one of the most entertaining and memory-making speakers that I have EVER heard!  I was kinda late on finding out about this event, it was hosted by Carolina Parent and my friend/client, Lizette Watko of GAMETRUCK, told me she was going to be a sponsor, so I checked out the event and signed up too. Thanks again Lizette!  

Coffee & Connections Expo

Carolina Parent is a fabulous magazine that covers all of North Carolina and is published 12 times a year.  I pick my copy up each month at the preschool where my children attend, Executive Park Learning Center (check them out!!! great place, 5-Star rating, amazing teachers, etc.)  The event was called Women@Work and targeted working moms (both in and out of the home).  During the event they honored the 2011 N.C. Family-Friendly 50 Companies (ones that help parents balance work and parenting).  The first part of the event was from 8am-9am and was Coffee & Connections, sponsored by the AICPA.  I had reserved a nice booth space for this part of the event and so glad that I did!  The investment was well worth it as I met some fantastic women and I’m confident that I will be getting several new clients as a result.  One of my target markets for our CPA practice includes new families that have moved to the area and are looking for a local CPA in Cary to help them file their personal tax returns.  I know I talked to at least 10 working moms who said they were searching for a CPA to use for their taxes.  SCORE!  I also had lots of nice compliments on my booth and my new neon colored nail files that I had ordered specifically for this event from Timeless Promotionals, a member of a local networking group.  

Robin Hutchison & Becca Smith

I was thrilled to meet Robin Hutchison, the Marketing Director for Carolina Parent.  She had been very helpful to me over the phone and via email when it came to answering my questions about the event.  She even stopped by my booth to say hello!  Some of the other wonderful working moms that I met include: Nancy Brown of TIAA-CREF, Judy Batten of Partnership for Children, Liz Sprague Holt of Open Lotus Yoga & Dance, Rebecca Clendenin of Communities in Schools, and Mary Beth Grealey of Au Pair USA.  I made a new ‘blogging-friend’ in Odile Fredericks.  She is the Web Editor for Carolina Parent and keeps their social media/blog updated.  We had a fun discussion on the joys of blogging, you can find her blog by clicking HERE

Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson & Becca

The guest speaker for this event truly stands out to me as one of the best ever.  She had me laughing, crying, singing and smiling ridiculously big!  Her name is Kelly Swanson and her tagline is “One Southern Accent, A Thousand Characters”.  She is the author of the Book and The One Woman Show, “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale”.  Her message is powerful and her take on life is outrageously funny.  Some of her comments that really stuck with me include the following (I wrote a TON of quotes down): “True joy comes when you step outside of your comfort zone”, “being a mom is the most challenging job on earth but also the most rewarding”, “sometimes there are potholes along the Yellow-Brick-Road”, and “look in the mirror and love who you see”.  Most of her message was centered on a quote from her son, “Sometimes you just have to trust in the cape”.  Kelly’s message was to all women: working moms in the house and working moms in the office.  I am not sure how there was a dry-eye in the house when she finished!  I was thrilled to get to meet her and I love this picture of us.  Thanks Kelly, you really made my day yesterday!

For a working mom by The Flower Cupboard

 Congrats to those companies who made the “NC 50-Family Friendly Companies”, a full list can be found HERE.    This is an event that I will look forward to every year from now!  Here is a lovely picture of the flowers that our CPA practice donated as a door prize, made by The Flower Cupboard in downtown Cary. 

 

 We are currently taking on new small business clients who are seeking help from a CPA for their small business accounting needs.  We are also busy during this time of the year by helping individuals who filed a personal tax return extension get those completed by the deadline of October 15th.  Let us know if we can help!  We offer a free consultation to potential business clients and individuals. 

 

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
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GO Pirates and Tee-Up for the Education Golf Tournament

Smith and Fleenor

ECU Alumni Tailgate

What goes together better than PIRATE football and an education golf tournament?!?  We got a taste of both in the last few days!  Even though Blake and I met at ECU, it is hard for many to believe that we NEVER went to an ECU Pirate Football game together!  That changed this past weekend when we attended the ECU vs UNC game in good ole’ G’vegas (that’s Greenville, NC for those of you not from that area).  This was our chance to witness our first ECU football game together!  We spent the weekend with my parents and since both my mom and dad are also ECU Alumni, we all went to the ECU Alumni Tailgate, which was fabulous by the way!  It is so much fun to walk around and see all of the tailgate people set-up, with their big screen TV’s, fire pits, flags, canopies, recliner chairs, grills, corn hole, etc….it really is a spectacular sight to see!  The ECU Alumni tailgate food was so delicious!  The weather was perfect and we were so proud to be there.  We had a nice time talking with other alumni and the ECU Ambassadors had a really cool kid area set-up inside the arena.  It was a nice place for our boys to go play for a bit while we waited for the food service line to move along.  Our boys made pirate hats, played pirate beanbag toss and visited the pirate chest for a prize!  I was an ECU Ambassador too during my years at ECU and I met some great people and built some wonderful memories as an Ambassador.  It’s nice to see them still hard and work and involved with Alumni events.  And even though the Pirates didn’t pull off a win against UNC, Blake and I still enjoyed the game and had great seats!  Thanks to our good friend, Steve, for helping us with tickets at the very last minute.  We also visited the BRAND NEW Carolina Ale House in Greenville over the weekend and of course made a short visit to one of our favorite places, Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3’s).  

Robert G. (Bob) Smith, CPA Shirts

Two of our CPA shirts

Back to work on Monday really meant ‘over to the golf course’ for us to represent at the Cary Chamber of Commerce Education Golf Tournament.  For the second year in a row, our CPA firm was the proud T-Shirt Sponsor for this tournament.  With the sponsorship comes golf-for-one, so Blake was the player for our firm.  I showed up early to help work the registration and mulligan sales.  This education golf tournament is very important because the money raised through this event goes towards funding all of the projects and events that the Cary Chamber Education Committee holds during the year (First-Year-Teacher gifts, Vice-Principal Luncheon, Teacher of the Month, etc.)  Blake played on a team with three other guys; Bruce Foster-owner of Mr. Handyman, Nathan K Davidson of Davidson & Sons and Casey Grant (friend of Nathan).  The tournament was held at the lovely and enchanting MacGregor Downs Country Club.  The event’s Sponsors included: Presenting SponsorBlueCrossBlueShield of NC; Hole In One SponsorMercedes-Benz of Cary; Beverage SponsorPepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC and the T-Shirt SponsorRobert G. (Bob) Smith, CPA.  During registration I had the privilege of working with some of the other Education Committee members: Ann StengelMathnasium Cary Park, Laurel NicolosiCary Tutor.com and Carrie CassidyThe Umstead Hotel & Spa

Have you been to an ECU football game?  Maybe they’ll pull out a WIN this week.  How about an Education Golf Tournament…have you ever played in one? 

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
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Financial Planning Week

Small Business Planning

Small Business Seminar

A good friend of mine, Remy Heskett, of Waddell & Reed asked me to participate in an event she was hosting for Financial Planning Week (October 3rd-7th).  Now I know that EVERYONE had Financial Planning Week marked off on their calendars so I am sure you all participated in the fun!  Remy and I met through a local networking group and have developed a strong business relationship.  Remy also invited Sarah Thacker of Thacker Law Firm, LLC to participate in the event.  Remy hosted the Small Business Seminar at a restaurant called 18 Seaboard in downtown Raleigh.  This was my first time at 18 Seaboard and I was very impressed with the chic atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff, I will certainly go back there for dinner soon.  Remy was holding this seminar to educate her clients and local small business owners on the issues that involve tax laws and tax complications that small business owners often face. 

Financial Planning Week

Waddell & Reed Folder

Remy was well prepared for the event with a nice and easy to follow slideshow and Waddell & Reed folders/handouts for each attendee.  Remy, Sarah, and I each took turns talking to the group and educating them on our area of business expertise (financial planning, small business accounting/tax, and tax/health law), followed by a Q&A session, and then had a small group discussion.  I really appreciate Remy asking me to be involved with the seminar for Financial Planning Week by representing our CPA firm.

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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Cary Chamber Party TIME!!!!! 

Cary Chamber

Cary Chamber

 The Cary Chamber has so many great events during the year, I feel silly because I swear each one is my ‘favorite’ but how can you have that many favorite events?!?!  Not sure, but the Cary Chamber does it every time!  The Annual Membership Party was held at the lovely Cary Chamber grounds and the weather could not have been any better!  This is an event that the Membership looks forward to each year as it’s a PARTY like only the Cary Chamber throws a PARTY!  Food, beverages, door prizes, networking, entertainment, music, not sure what else they could add other than a waterslide (maybe???)  The Cary Chamber Ambassadors work hard to collect tons of door prizes for this “MEMBER ONLY” event and they never disappoint!  Different restaurants/catering facilities are invited to participate in the event by providing food samples and we always love running around tasting all of the delicious different treats! 

Debi for Jimmy V's Steakhouse & Tavern

I enjoyed talking with Debi Dulany, who was representing Jimmy V’s Steak House & Tavern in Macgregor Village of Cary.  Jimmy V’s is a well-known restaurant in this area and I’ve been there several times for different events and the food is always outstanding!  They cater to all types of clients and can accommodate all dietary needs.  Debi said to contact Helen Burrell for booking events and to act fast as their holiday calendar fills up nearly a year in advance! 

 

Heather Swanner with Greg & Linda Tarsa

I had a nice chat with Greg Tarsa, owner of College Nannies & Tutors of Cary.  I met Greg nearly a year ago after he first opened his business. He visited my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club as a guest and our paths have crossed often since then through a variety of networking events.  Greg and his wife Linda are actively growing their name and brand in the area.  I snapped a picture of Greg & Linda Tarsa along with Heather Swanner of Heather Swanner Photography.  I was thrilled to see my friend Cecilia Gabrielof Hopewell Academy there tonight!  I met Cecilia years ago and she’s even been my guest speaker at Rotary. The story of Hopewell Academy is amazing and I invite you to read it HERE.  Cecilia invited me to join them at the school one morning at 8:30am for the Pledge of Allegiance, I will take her up on that offer soon! 

Cary Chamber Friends

After talking to Cecilia, I had a wonderful catch-up-chat with my long-time friend, Mica Parekh, of IWP Photography (and also known as “Tesh’s wife”).  I love this picture of Mica with Laurel Nicolosi, Lena of Rouge et Noir and Lena’s friend all in front of the recognizable large Cary ‘C’ in the background!   I also enjoyed seeing two of my commercial broker friends, Gary Becker of KW Commercial and Baxter Walker of Colliers International.  My good friends, Greg Havenstein of Hotel Group Travel and Jud Patterson of Kreative Concepts were also there talking up the crowd.   Thank you Cary Chamber for another excellent Membership Party!

 Are you a small business owner in the Triangle area and NOT a member of the Cary Chamber?  Well I invite you to consider membership!  It is one of the best ways to get involved and a very easy but effective way to spend your marketing dollars.  Our CPA Firm has been a Cary Chamber member since 2005 and I could spend all day telling you how many doors and opportunities it has brought our way!  Best of all, we LOVE doing business with Cary Chamber members!  If you know of a Cary Chamber member looking for a CPA firm to represent them, please send them our way!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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Accounting Service in Raleigh

So perhaps the time has finally come for you to seek out the help of a professional.  Are  you tried of spending your weekends updating your QuickBooks, are you sick of keeping track of each and every receipt and do you find yourself thinking “there has got to be a better way of doing this” when it comes to handling your small business accounting?  Then yes, the time has come for you to hire a professional, and by that I mean an accounting service in Raleigh or a local CPA firm.  It is never easy to just hand over your personal information or business financials, that it why it is extremely important to make sure you select a CPA that fits well with you personally and professionally.  The CPA firm has to be one that you trust and feel secure.  They should provide an accounting service that handles your small business financials and taxes in the proper way.

Accounting Service in Raleigh

How do you begin finding a CPA or an accounting service in Raleigh or in the surrounding local area?  The best way to start is by asking around to family and friends and other local small business owners.  Find out who they use and if they are happy with their service.   You can also check with your local Chamber of Commerce to see if there is a CPA firm that is involved and active in the community that they could recommend.  Another way is to search on Google or Yahoo for a “local CPA and small business accounting firm“.  Some people still rely on the good ole’ phonebook and Yellow Pages for their search.  Do whatever works best for you.

Once you find a CPA firm, give them a call and see if they are taking new clients and if they work with local small businesses.  Some CPA and accounting firms in Raleigh provide services for small businesses and some just provide personal tax preparation services, while others offer audit and financial planning.  Ask if they are available to meet and see if your needs can be fulfilled with the services they provide.  Understand that you may or may not be charged a professional fee for this meeting.  Just based on my knowledge, the fee could be free or run $100+/hour or more, so just be prepared.   It is also a good idea to meet with several CPA firms, that way you can compare and pick the one that works best for you.

Here is a video of Bob talking about our CPA service and what we offer to clients.

 

 

 

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Director of Marketing

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

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Horse & Buddy Therapeutic Riding

Horse & Buddy Logo

Horse & Buddy Logo

There is a local organization here that is really making strides around town.  I’m talking about the non-profit corporation called Horse & BuddyHorse & Buddy is a therapeutic riding program for people with disabilities and special needs.  Horse & Buddy is located here in Wake County, NC and enhances their client’s lives through therapeutic horseback riding programs. 

"Wild Print" friends at Horse & Buddy Auction

I’ve known about the Horse & Buddy therapeutic program for several years as one of my best friends, Lorrie, takes her son, Seth, there to ride.  Seth has cerebral palsy and the therapeutic riding is excellent for him.  Lorrie and I recently attend a Wine Tasting Auction Fundraiser for the Horse & Buddy program that was hosted by the Cary Juniors Woman’s Club.  The event was held in downtown Apex at the lovely Halle Cultural Arts Center.  This was my first time at the Halle Cultural Arts Center and the building is lovely!  The Apex Chamber hosts lots of events there, but I’ve never been able to attend.  The building is located right in the heart of downtown Apex and serves as an art gallery downstairs with small meeting rooms and has a large upstairs that is perfect for an event of this type.  My friend Autumn LaBarca, Director of Marketing for Doctors Express in Cary invited me to the event and she’s a very active member of the Cary Juniors Woman’s Club.  I’m so glad she asked me to attend as I had a wonderful time! 

Sip…A Wine Store with April & baby Jack

The food was delicious, provided by Cary Dinner Fairy (Chef Jenny & Chef Leanne), and the wine was provided by Sip…a Wine Store.  The owner of Sip, April, was there with her brand new baby boy, Jack!  What a trooper!  And she really puts the ‘work’ into the title of a ‘working mom’!  All of the wines were delicious and Lorrie and I had a fabulous time sipping different wines, trying the tasty treats (the chocolates were soooooo good) and bidding on auction items.  A beverage tea station was provided by A Southern Belle and The Yankee Tea Room (I’m almost postive that the blood in my body is 100% sweet tea).  I’ve become quite addicted to local charity auctions over the years and I love seeing which local stores/services are supporting different non-profit auctions through their donations.  I really liked how the silent auction items were bundled in packages…meaning that there were several gifts included in each item.  For example, there was a “Gossip Girl” auction set that included a lovely pair of earrings from Moon&Lola, a turquoise multi-layered beaded necklace by Fedora and a haircut from SalonKroma.  Lorrie and I were busy watching over several of our bids all night long.   I think at one point we were bidding on seven different items!!!  We ended up being BIG winners at the end of the night and just told ourselves that it was for charity so it was all okay. 

"Flaunt Yourself" Bidding Item

Plus we did rack up on some nice items!  One set that we won was called “Flaunt Yourself” and included an extraordinary pair of ankle boots from Flaunt Boutique in downtown Apex, a Miche Bag with two covers and a hair salon appointment with Headcase Studios.  I also bid & won a one-of-a-kind apron and gift card to The Cary Café.  The maker of the apron, Julie Majkowski, was at the event and is such a sweet lady!  She introduced herself to me later and told me that she was the maker of the apron.  Her company is called “Make It Your Own Boutique” and she does all kinds of cool & creative arts & fashions.

The Rusty Bucket in Apex, NC

  Another local favorite store who donated an auction item is The Rusty Bucket.  I love going in The Rusty Bucket as it makes me feel like I’m shopping on King Street in Boone, NC!  The music & entertainment for the evening was provided by a guy duo known as Carolina Island Boys.  

Lorrie with Carolina Island Boys

The Carolina Island Boys (Terry Dean and Bob Walker) were great at covering all styles of music and kept the event lively. They sang everything from Jimmy Buffett to James Taylor, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and many more!  They also had a silent auction item of “2 hours of music at your choice event” and guess who won that!?!  Yes, Lorrie and I schemed that since Seth is a die-hard-music-fan that the Carolina  Island Boys would be great to have play at Seth’s 16th birthday in February!  So we did our bidding and our winning and now we’ll be planning a wonderful 16th birthday party for Seth-man!   The Carolina Island boys play at local restaurants, wineries, coffee houses, private parties and corproate events.  You can listen to some of their music on YouTube and also click HERE for more.  Seth is going to love them!

Horse & Buddy

Horse & Buddy (Becca, Holly, Janet, Karen & Lorrie)

I enjoyed seeing Jill Swartz of Preston Flowers at the event.  It had been awhile since we’d seen each other, so it was good to catch-up.  Jill and I met years ago at the Cary Chamber Business of Women luncheon.  I also enjoyed sitting with some of the fine ladies from Horse & Buddy, Janet Mason (Executive Director), Karen Burdick (Barn Assistant) and Holly Confroy (Program Director).  These ladies, along with the rest of the staff at Horse & Buddy really do give their all for making sure that their riders have a great experience.  The Horse & Buddy program is so popular that they have a waiting list of riders hoping to get their turn!  If you are looking for a local non-profit to help financially or with volunteer hours, I strongly encourage you to look at Horse & Buddy, especially if you have a love for animals!  

Becca & Autumn

Becca & Autumn

Thank you again Autumn for inviting me to this spectacular event!  I had a fantastic time and all of the ladies I met from the Cary Junior Woman’s Club were so nice and inviting. I know first hand that an event of this size and nature takes lots of planning, organizing and of course, ‘man-hours’ of hard work.  The ladies of the Cary Juniors Woman’s Club pulled the event off with such grace and charm.  I really did have a wonderful evening and I plan on attending for the years to come!  I’m also looking forward to pursing membership with this group, I’m hoping to attend a meeting with Autumn soon and find out more.

Our CPA firm is currently taking on new clients, both small business owners and individuals.  We do not charge a fee when meeting with a potential new client and our initial meeting usually lasts 30 min-1hour.  We welcome referrals from our current clients as well as from our awesome local referral partners.  Please contact me to setup a meeting; I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Director of Marketing

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

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 Women’s Networking Group Goes MEGA

Women's Networking Group

 The WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) held their annual MEGA-Networking event this week and the response was excellent!  A women’s networking group is a powerful tool and when you pull so many women together for the purpose of doing business and building friendships…you better lookout!  We packed our meeting room at Prestonwood Country Club and we were so pleased to have a large attendance of over 50 women!  Our lunch sponsor was Cindy Prince of Starkey Mortgage and she started off strong with an entertaining rap-song about mortgages!  Did you know that rap songs and mortgages go together!?!  Well, in our women’s networking group they do! 

WBON friends

Our Mega-Networking event is all about getting the women to meet and network with as many other women as possible, in the given amount of time.  It’s an art that we have slowly perfected over time and I think we have it running very well.  I’d like to give a special thanks to former WBON member, Shelly Lammon of Business Lab, Inc. for her help and expertise in generating the master-mind behind our Mega-Networking system.  Thanks to everyone who attended our women’s networking group event today, we look forward to seeing you next month at our ANNUAL HOLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION!  We are still accepting auction items so please donate!

I have a long list of friends and clients that have developed as a result of being an active member of WBON.  I’m always looking to help WBON members & guests who are seeking a CPA for their business/personal needs.  Please let me know if our CPA firm can ever be of help to you.

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f

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 Women Business Owners

I’d like to use this Friday blog to highlight some friends who are local women business owners and tell you about their upcoming events and great successes!

Keep It Thimble

Looking for something fun and ‘crafty’ to do this weekend?  A friend/client, Heather Chandler of Keep It Thimble, is co-hosting a Fall Festival & Porch Sale in the Barn this Saturday & Sunday (October 14th & 15th  from 8am-5pm).  Keep It Thimble is great website/blog source for crafters who are interested in sewing, quilting, wood appliqué and needlework.  Heather is a very friendly person and is willing to help anyone learn a new craft.

Little Herb House

The Porch Sale in the Barn looks absolutely wonderful and I am going to try to make it over there myself this weekend.  I love things like that!  The Porch Sale is being held at the Little Herb House , 5800 Holland Church Road Raleigh, NC.  There will be some fun kid activities as well, so bring the little kiddos along too!

Another fantastic friend, Tobi Bowen, of Everything.Made.Special Events & Marketing, is gearing up BIG TIME for her Speaking of Women’s Health event that is going to be held on Wednesday October 26th 2011 at the Raleigh Convention Center from 4pm-9:30pm.  See the awesome video below and check out her amazing speaker list!  Tobi has reached out far to gather local women business owners and speakers…she’s bringing us all TOGETHER for this fantastic event.  Do Not Miss It.  Get your tickets now!  For the invitation & tickets click HERE

CLICK HERE – Video Invite for Speaking of Women’s Health- Raleigh

 

Heater Center Ribbon Cutting & Cary Citizen

Another special event took place yesterday afternoon, it a ribbon cutting hosted by the Cary Chamber for several wonderful women business owners in downtown Cary!  The Historic Heater Center is a newly restored house that was originally built in 1918.  Since being restored in the early 2000’s the Heater Center now serves as a very charming small business office center.  The current tenants include:  Heather Swanner Photography, Rouge et Noir, NextStep Massage & Yoga, Blue Sky Pilates, Maria Shell Invitations & More, Seven Generations Wellness and Just NeemIt was a pleasure being able to attend the ribbon cutting and Lindsey Chester of Cary Citizen was there to help cover the story.  I took a picture of Lindsey taking a picture of the ribbon cutting ladies.  I’m a behind-behind the scenes highly-amateur photographer, but hey, my little red Kodak camera does what I need it to do!

Have a great weekend help support local women business owners by shopping at their stores, using their services and attending their events.  Our CPA practice represents many women busienss owners and we are always looking for more.  Please let us know if you hear of a women business owner looking for CPA representation.

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

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What’s Cookin’ at the Cooking School

 

The Chef's Academy
Jayson & Mandy Boyers, Leslie Hale & CK-R Club Members

The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club was pleased to have Jayson Boyers of  The Chef’s Academy join us as a speaker in October 2011.  Jayson is the National Division President of The Chef’s Academy and played a major role in getting The Chef’s Academy to North Carolina.  Jayson was a guest of Mike Thompson and brought along his wife, Mandy Boyers (works in the Human Resources Department at Meredith College) and Leslie Hale, Student Services Coordinator for The Chef’s Academy.  Jayson talked to our club about the history of The Chef’s Academy (two locations, Indianapolis, IN and Morrisville, NC) and highlighted several accomplishments of recent graduates.  The Chef’s Academy has brought an excellent program to our part of the state (to the entire South-Eastern part of the US for that matter) and as Jayson said, “As our culinary program in Morrisville grows and becomes successful here, then you’ll soon hear of people traveling from all over to eat & dine in The Triangle area”.  Click HERE for the information about The Chef’s Academy decision in choosing Morrisville, NC for their second location.

Ground Breaking in NC

I was very interested in Jayson’ presentation as I have an older sister who attended culinary school (in Asheville, NC) and many years ago both of us  toured the hospitality/culinary campus of Johnson & Wales University, in Charleston, SC.  Jayson is a fellow Rotarian with membership in The Rotary Club of Raleigh.  We enjoyed his program and our club is very eager to tour the campus…and taste the food!

 

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

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Ready…Set…DESTRUCT!

WBON and BPW ready to rock!

It’s time to grab a hammer, put on some work gloves and protective eye goggles, and get to it!  Or that is at least what the ladies of WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) and BPW of Raleigh (Business Professional Women) did on a sunny Saturday afternoon!  Dr. Heather Sefried of Nirvelli Day Spa (Community Outreach for WBON) organized a full afternoon of work for us through the Habitat for Humanity Deconstruction Program.  We arrived at the worksite ready to go. 

Get those nails out!

This was my first time doing deconstruction with Habitat for Humanity, so it was a real eye-opener for me.  My HfH experiences date back to my days in Greenville, NC where we helped to build new houses, so I was used to swinging a hammer or painting rooms.  I had NO idea about this whole other side of HfH.  So here is the jest of the Deconstruction part.  People/families can donate their home to be torn down by HfH, and HfH gets to take all of the supplies and sell them at market.  Then the money from the sale goes towards buying supplies for the new homes that are built for needy families.  It’s a great process and the whole idea of it makes me admire the HfH program even more! 

Heather and Heather with the nail kicker

  Plus the families get a tax deduction for donating their home and it creates service project opportunities for people/groups in our community.  Click HERE to find out more about donating a home for deconstruction.  Not all of the materials/supplies from the deconstruction can be use though.  They have work crews (like us) come in and help to prep, clean and organize the materials so they are ready to go to market to be sold.  Our job on Saturday was to de-nail (is that a word??) and clean up the wood plank boards from this huge house.  So we arrive at the site ready to rock and roll!  First things first though, a safety talk by Ben, the guy in charge of the work site.  Ben talks us through safety issues on the job site and what to do and what NOT TO DO if we get stuck by a nail (YIKES) or step on a nail (DOUBLE YIKES). 

Fun on the job

We were joining in work with a large group of students from NCSU who had been there working since 8:30am (Ohhhh to be in college and have free & open Saturdays like that…)  We worked in teams of 2 & 3 carrying giant heavy boards from the lumber yard out back, into the cement brick basement (what was left of it) and set the boards on the work-horses and then went about blasting the nails out backwards with a really cool tool called a nail kicker.  This was my first time using a nail kicker and that tool has some POWER!  I was a little nervous at first, but got the hang of it pretty quickly.  I must say I was very impressed with our ladies and the work we did.  It is fun to see each other in different environment like that…usually we are all dressed up at meetings together, so to hangout on a dirty & dusty worksite was a fun experience for us! 

Andrea works the power saw

Of course one of our gals was a pro, Andrea Superak, has an extensive background in construction, so she knew her way around the power tools very well!  Andrea even found herself later on in the day being very handy with some kind of crazy power saw!  She handled it with grace though and didn’t cut off any fingers or toes.   The afternoon flew by (and it was hot too!) and soon it was time to pack up and call it a day.  We helped to pick up the tools, sweep up the nails, and clean up the site. 

A job well done!

I am very proud of WBON of Cary and BPW of Raleigh for working on this community service project together!  So we picked up trash off of the side of the busy interstate between Cary & Raleigh back in the Spring 2011, now we’ve helped to deconstruct a large house for Habitat for Humanity…what is next for us!!?!  We are open for ideas!  Hope you can join us for the next community project.

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