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Reverse Car Raffle…Cary Chamber Throws a FIAT FIESTA in 2012

Cary Chamber Friends

Wow…still trying to figure out where in the world this week has gone!  Here it is nearly Firday afternoon and I haven’t had a chance to blog all week!  It is crazy-busy around here with tax season going full-force, but a GOOD crazy-busy.  Just crazy. And busy. Stop by and say hello, you will see what I mean!

     We did slip out last Thursday night to attend the Cary Chamber of Commerce  2012 reverse Car raffle and Auction…theme was “A Fiat Fiesta” as the car up for grabs in  the reverse car raffle was a 2012 Ford Fiat 500C.  Cute little car and a convertible at that!  Sponsors for the event were Hendrick Cary Auto Mall, Prestonwood Country Club, Trisure and Jim K. Wyatt, CPA.

Chamber Staff

  The event was held in the grand ballroom at Preston and it was a packed house, as always!  We had a nice crowd from our office and a handful of other friends that we had invited.  With your purchase of a $100 car raffle ticket you could get in 2 people to the event, plus Smith & Smith, CPA had donated several auction items, so that gave us a couple more tickets into the event.  The Master of Ceremonies was Steve Zaytoun and Reverse Car Raffle Coordinator was Steve Denning.  They sold about 355 of the 500 available reverse Car raffle tickets, so your odds of winning were pretty good.  We had about 5 tickets in the pot among our group of friends.  We had one ticket get down to the final 13 and another ticket to the final 8, but sadly, no car winner among our group. 

Reverse Car Raffle Friends

The way the game works is the last ticket drawn wins the car…that or you get your ticket bought out by another ticket holder or by the dealership.  Not sure of exactly what happened in the end results (I was too busy already walking around and collecting my silent auction winning items) but there was $5,000 and some trading/bargaining involved in the end. The Cary Chamber Ambassadors had worked hard for MONTHS to collect over 400 items for the silent auction. Talk about a lot of great items up for grabs!  There were bidding tables all around the room and the items were divided into the following categories: Eats & Treats, Relax in Comfort & Health/Fitness, Entertainment & The Sporting Life, Business Bonuses, Super Services, Not for Kids Only, Treasures, and Et. Al.

Canes Game Live Auction Package

  I walked away at the end of the night with about 10 silent auction wins (Blake says it’s not a ‘win’ because we paid for them, but I regard them as a win).  I ‘won’ everything from a large bouquet of flowers to local boutique gift cards.  This event is the major fundraiser for the Cary Chamber and all proceeds go to supporting the chambers continued success and programs throughout the year.  If you missed Cary Chamber reverse Car raffle & Auction, such a shame, but hope you can join us next year!

 Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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Cary, NC 27511
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Xtreme Beginnings

Last Friday I was pleased to participate in the Xtreme Beginnings Wake County Career Fair.  The main question posed to the high school students for this event was ‘Where do we go from here?’ 

Students from Wakefield HS

Our CPA firm has been an active participate in Wake County Schools for several years and got involved years ago through our membership with the Cary Chamber and their Education Committee.  Elizabeth Cotton, CDC (Career Development Coordinator) for Panther Creek High, invited me to participate in the Xtreme Beginnings Career fair this year, so I took her up on the opportunity.  I’ve helped with the Xtreme Beginnings event in years past doing the mock interviews, but this was my first time having a booth in the Career Expo & Higher Education room.  The room was full of close to 70 different business and career opportunities for the students to visit and explore.  Some of the businesses represented included the following:  Happy Tooth, Raleigh Police Dept, NC DOT, Gregory Poole, Sheraton, CFNC, US Navy, US Marines, Johnson & Wales and many more! 

There were approximately 800 high school students from all over Wake County at this event.  I had several students stop by my booth and I talked to them about entrepreneurship (Bob started our CPA firm in 1995), careers in accounting (CPA for small business or public accounting, auditor, etc.), and also about marketing (my position for our CPA firm).

Smith & Smith, CPA Xtreme Beginnings

I talked with them about what my specific career involves, the post-secondary education required, the job-security of our field, and other relevant career information.  All of the students who attended Xtreme Beginnings were so nice and asked good questions, I was impressed!  I had a nice time meeting Kevin Taylor, CDC for Green Hope High School.  Kevin and I talked about innovative marketing ideas, many of which I have implemented here for Smith & Smith, CPA.  Kevin invited us to participate in the Green Hope Career Fair in late April and we have gladly accepted his invitation.  Overall I was very pleased with the Xtreme Beginnings Wake County Career Fair and I look forward to participating on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA next year and at future school events.

 Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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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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Charity Fundraiser with WBON of Cary for The CORRAL Riding Academy

I have some VERY exciting news to share with you!  Last week the ladies of WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) held their Annual Fashion Show and Charity Fundraiser event at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

Friends at the Charity Fundraiser for The CORRAL

  Our fashion sponsors were Kohl’s of Cary, Swagger Gifts of Cary and My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown historic Apex.  Our charity of choice (nominated by one of our members and voted on by the WBON Board) was The CORRAL Riding Academy.  Here is the EXCITING NEWS…we raised $1,070 for The CORRAL at our charity fundraiser and that was done strictly through raffle tickets sales in just a short 2-hour time frame!  We sold raffle tickets for $10 and had a very nice assortment of prizes ranging from a Miche Bag & covers (thank you Dare Robertson) to a $100 gift card to the Angus Barn, a 3-hour limo ride by Blue Diamond Limo, a clutch by Sweet Diesel Designs, gifts from Sarah Miller (a long-time volunteer for The CORRAL), a shopping spree at Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield, Diva for the Day at Nirvelli Day Spa and SOOOOO MUCH MORE!  It was so wonderful to see all of the prizes that were brought in by WBON ladies and fellow supporters for our raffle drawing and charity fundraiser!   

Ladies from The CORRAL

We changed the format of the charity fundraiser this year just a bit.  In the years past we’ve done a 50/50 raffle with the money raised, being that ½ of the money from raffle ticket sales would go to the charity and the other ½ would go to a lucky winner.  We did away with the 50/50 this year and decided that it was best to give ALL of the proceeds to the charity and I stand behind that decision 100%!  We were minutes away from starting the raffle drawing and had sold 91 tickets (our goal was to sell 100).  So we challenged the ladies to help us reach our goal and sold another 16 tickets in less then 2 minutes, putting us to a total of 107 tickets sold!  It was so incredible to be able to tell the ladies from The CORRAL that we would be presenting them with a check for $1,070 from our charity fundraiser fashion show event!Joy Currey, Founder/Executive Director, Jennifer Hyatt, Program Director and Becca Bishopric, Program Manager were all in attendance from The CORRAL and were very gracious for the support of the WBON ladies.  Joy spoke for about 10-minutes and shared a very heartwarming video during her presentation. 

Charity Fundraiser with my mom, Marsha

 I was very excited for this event because I had a special guest attend, my MOTHER!  Marsha Fleenor, my mom from Greenville, NC drove up for the day to attend the charity fundraiser and I was so pleased & honored to have her there!  She’s always been a huge supporter (and my biggest cheerleader) so it was great to have her there to witness the great things that the ladies of WBON are doing in our community.  The fashion show part of this charity fundraiser was a HUGE success as the models were our very own WBON ladies.  They had each visited their assigned location (either Kohl’s or Swagger) in the weeks prior and selected their outfits to model.  We coordinated with Lois Cozart (owner of MGC in Apex) for the accessories for the Swagger outfits.  It was important for WBON to include both Swagger (owner is Mandy Becker) and My Girlfriend’s Closet as both of these stores, owners & employees have been major supporters & members of WBON for many years. We apprecite their help for this fashion show!

Around 75 ladies attended

 I took the clothes back to Swagger after the show and I was pleased to hear that THREE ladies had already been to Swagger to look for items that were modeled in the fashion show just hours before!  The only guy in the audience was Steve Hill, General Manager of Kohl’s in Cary.  Steve was joined at the luncheon by Marina Rad, Manager, of Kohl’s.   I can’t say enough good things about our experience in working with Kohl’s for the past two years for our charity fundraiser!  Kohl’s does a lot for our community and is constantly giving back through their many charities & scholarships.   Many thanks to all who attended the WBON Annual Fashion Show and Charity Fundraiser, especially to those of you who purchased a raffle ticket (or two or more!!!)

 Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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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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Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor for ladies luncheon in Raleigh, NC

Ladies Lunch at North Ridge Country Club

The March meeting of the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon, hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo, drew a nice crowd of excited and energetic ladies!  With the warmer temperatures outside, there was certainly a buzz about spring felt in the air (and all that yucky-yuck yellow pollen too!!)  There were several new vendors around the room this month, including Hand & Stone Massage of RaleighDena Morris of Dena’s Jewelry Box also had her own 8-foot table this month, FULL of her beautiful handmade necklace pendants and earrings.  Dena has attended the ladies luncheon for three months now and has made new friends and sees the VALUE of this monthly event!  As always I try to make good use of my sponsorship table space and invited two clients to share my table. 

Dena's Jewelry Box & Guests

My guests for the ladies luncheon this month were  Duff’s Design & Landscaping (Rhonda) and Install-Rite/Handy Man Service (Henry Miller) and Thacker Law Firm (Sarah Thacker).  I met several wonderful new friends at the ladies luncheon: Donna Parkinson of 9 Lyvz Catering, Barb Fields of Pretty In Pink Foundation, and Myra Ray of MyrayGraphix.  Myra is going to be the new goodie-bag sponsor for ladies luncheon.  The goodie-bags are always a favorite and all of the vendors/sponsors are invited to include a treat in the bags each month.  I was happy to see my sweet friend, Rita Sellers, Publisher, for Coffee News.  Coffee News is one of the best and most creative marketing tools in the area!  I’m sure you’ve seen one before; they are all over town in different restaurant & doctor office lobbies.  Rita was the lucky winner of the door prize from Smith & Smith, CPA (a decorative Easter Bunny set with a fresh loaf of xtreme cinnamon swirl bread right from the oven of Great Harvest Bread in Cary). Door Prizes are a HUGE part of the ladies luncheon!!!

Jennifer, Linda & Shelli at the ladies lunch

 Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography was busy running around the room snapping photos of the event, but I was lucky enough to pin Jennifer down long enough to get a cute picture of HER with Linda Sellers, of Blue Diamond Limo and Shelli Mayfield, of Shelten Media.   We are all so excited as Shelli is getting married this weekend to her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua, at the lovely Matthew’s House  in downtown Cary this coming weekend! Shelli’s company has really taken off and she’s become a HUGE part of the success for many women in our area.  Shelli recognized the importance of social media and helps her clients with all of their online marketing, blogging, tweets, Facebook, Google+, Youtube videos, etc.  She’s a real whiz at that stuff!  She’s also happy to announce her new business location at the Cary Innovation Center in downtown Cary!  The CIC is BRAND NEW and is a place for entrepreneurs to host their businesses headquarters and work with other master-minds on marketing, branding, advertising, business strategies, etc.   

Sarah Thacker, Beth Wood, Carrie Peele, Sharon Roe, Julia West and Kathleen Volandt

 The speaker for the ladies luncheon this month was none other than Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor.  Beth is a close friend of Carrie’s and she took the microphone to share with us her journey from a small town farm on the coast of North Carolina all the way to the state auditor’s office in Raleigh, NC.  Beth’s story was very encouraging and she shared with us the challenges she faced with her first election to office in 2008.  Her talk included a funny story about being a ‘work horse versus a show horse’.  Beth talked about her duties as State Auditor and even shared some examples of how her team has identified wasteful spending and the process of it being brought before the General Assembly. Beth will face re-election this coming Fall.

'She-Ro' of breast cancer with Carrie Peele

 

One of the most moving parts of the entire ladies luncheon was when the honored breast cancer ‘SHE-RO’ (that stands for a female hero) spoke on stage.  Each month the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon hosts a table for a breast cancer survivor and she/he (we did have a guy one month) gets escorted in the pink limo along with their friends and family to the luncheon and sits at a special RSVP table with a pink table cloth.   Carrie invited the SHE-RO on stage to share her story and by the time she was done there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!  We’d like to thank the charity of choice for the ladies luncheon, Pretty In Pink Foundation, for all of the work, encouragement and support that their organization offers to breast cancer survivors in our community.  Hope to see YOU at the April ladies luncheon!

Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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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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Hunger Games with Dakota Hood and More!

This past weekend was very exciting!  We were invited to a private screening of the new blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games

Hunger Games with Dakota Hood

One of our client’s daughters, Dakota Hood, was featured in the movie!  Dakota was cast in the role as Tribute Girl from District 10.  Dakota’s mom and dad (Rock and Lisa Hood) had been by the office a few weeks earlier and were so excited to share the news with us of Dakota being part of the Hunger Games!  We’ve known the Hood family for many years and both of their kids, Dalton (older brother) and Dakota are sooooooooooooooo talented!  Dalton has been all over and around New York in Broadway and theater plays.  Dakota has a killer singing voice and has been in a fair share of theatrical productions too.  So on Sunday, March 25th, 2012, all of us from Smith & Smith, CPA ventured to north Raleigh to see the Hunger Games with Dakota Hood!  The theater was packed and we were all given cool lanyards with Dakota’s picture as District 10 Tribute on the front as our movie pass.  Sharon and I had both previously read the first book (it’s a trilogy) and I had filled Blake in on the plot earlier in the week.  The movie was really good, certainly not for children, and I thought it was true to the book.  Dakota was so happy to have so many friends and family members there to support her and cheer her on!  Every time she came on the screen the theater would erupt with applause and cheers!  I got her to autograph a few things after the show.  Now I can say I have the autograph of Dakota Hood from the Hunger Games!!  This is just the beginning of many more great things to come for Dakota!  And a BIG THANK YOU to Rock and Lisa Hood for inviting us to attend!  We do love this family!

Shelli and Kevin Dallacqua

 I also had the pleasure of attending a BEAUTIFUL wedding at the lovely Matthew’s House in downtown Cary.  My friend Shelli Mayfield married her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua.  This was my first wedding at the Matthew’s House (though I’ve attended numerous events there over the years) and it was so beautiful and eloquently decorated.  I know Shelli had wanted to have the wedding outside, but the weekend was full of thunderstorms and rain, so they moved the ceremony to the indoor banquet room.  Shelli was a very beautiful bride and Kevin was a handsome groom! 

Friends at the wedding

Many friends from the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch were present at the wedding.  I spoke with several ladies during the cocktail hour that was held on the breezeway in-between the historic house and the banquet room.  I love how they had a signature frame for guests to sign as they arrived as they make the best keepsakes!  A nice buffet dinner and dance followed the cocktail hour and wedding ceremony.  So congrats again to Shelli and Kevin!

 So despite the rain and yucky thunderstorms from both Saturday and Sunday, it was a fun weekend getting to see the Hunger Games with Dakota Hood and to witness the marriage of two friends!

We are down to our final few weeks (about 21 days) to get your 2011 taxes filed, or an extension put in!  Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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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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When are my Taxes Due for 2012?

 

When are my taxes due?

 So here we are at the END of March 2012…April is knocking.  Around our office that means ONE THING…the FINAL COUNT DOWN to tax filing day is quickly approaching!  That leads to another point…many people are asking…when are my taxes due???  As of today (March 30th), you have 18 more days to either file your return or file for an extension.  18 more days you ask…don’t you mean 16 more days?  Nope, I am serious, taxes are due APRIL 17th this year, instead of the usually April 15th.  Wondering why your taxes are due on this unusual day?  It’s due to a combination of the calendar, a holiday and tax law.

Taxes Due April 17 2012

For the 3rd time in 7 years the answer to “when are my taxes due” will NOT be on April 15th (which has become part of US culture that many of us simply call it “tax day”).  I even have a cousin born on April 15th and we’ve called her a ‘tax day baby’ for years!  I found a really great blog article from a real estate company in Maine and I’ve pulled most of my information from their article.  You can see their full article by clicking HERE.  So your taxes due on April 17th basically breaks down like this:  April 15th is a SUNDAY on the calendar this year and thus all federal offices are closed on Sundays.  So the tax due date rolls over to the next available business day, which is Monday, April 16th, however, April 16th happens to be a holiday in the District of Columbia called Emancipation Day (founded in the year 2005).  You can click on Emancipation Day to find out more about this holiday but it basically honors President Abraham Lincoln for the signing of the Compensation Emancipation Act.   So all of the offices in Washington, D.C. will be closed, including the IRS.  Therefore, we roll to the NEXT DAY…April 17th!  Not a weekend and not a holiday.  Whew!   That is the answer to the infamous question of the hour…when are my taxes due

  

Taxes Due

So now that you have only 18 more days before your taxes are due…you have two options!  Either get your 2011 taxes filed, or an extension put in!  Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

 

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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