May 2012 Archives

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High School Career Fair with Green Hope

High School Career Fair

 Last week I had the nice opportunity to participate in a High School Career Fair for Green Hope High School.  The event was held on campus from 8:30am-noon.  There were about 1,600 students that came through to visit, ranging in freshman to seniors and 33 careers that were being represented. The students had to choose one business/service to interview and had to research/ask questions in depth to complete their required worksheet.  I liked this idea as it got the students engaged and encouraged them to interact with the career vendors.  For this High School Career Fair I took my usual tablet-top display items for Smith & Smith, CPA but also included a really unique promotional/marketing item.  I ordered miniature patriotic rubber ducks from Oriental Trading Company and wrote “Smith & Smith, CPA” across the front of the ducks with a sharpie marker (to make it permanent). 
 

Rubber Ducks for Smith & Smith, CPA

I gave those out to the students who stopped by my booth to talk and they were a hit!  The students loved them because they were fun and cute and I loved them because they were unique and I was getting our CPA name in front of the kids on an item that they will more than likely keep for a while.  I’ll be ordering more of those rubber ducks to use at future events.  It just takes a little bit of time in the evenings at home to write “Smith & Smith, CPA” on the front.

GHHS Students

I really enjoyed the high school career fair and I always have fun talking with students and finding out about their future plans.  Especially the seniors, I love about hearing where they are going to school.  I talked to students who are going to attend the following schools: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian, and East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!) I talked with the students about careers in accounting, marketing and how to start their own business.   I also told them about the requirements for becoming a CPA.  My table was right across from the NCACPA booth, so I was able to direct students across the way to speak with the NCACPA representative. 

Oliva Scott of Promotional Partners

I saw my longtime friend, Oliva Scott of Promotional Partners at the high school career fair.  Olivia has strong ties to Green Hope and was featuring her company’s new logo (LOVE IT) and also a really cool new tabletop display that has a banner that runs across the top of the table!  Really cool!!!!  Contact her if you’d like to learn more about this product. 

High School Career Fair

I took pictures of some of the students who stopped by; they sure do look happy don’t they!  It’s great to see students excited about accounting & marketing careers (haha)  I also had some of my cute lipstick Beccasblog.com pens that I ordered from my friend, Tobi Bowen of Your Brand Aide.  They are the COOLEST pens, they look like a real tube of lipstick but it’s actually a pen inside!  Tobi saw them through a vendor and thought of me right off the bat!  I’m very selective with them though and don’t give them out to everyone.

 

NCACPA booth

Smith & Smith, CPA enjoys taking part in local high school career fair events and other community happenings.  It’s important to us to be involved in all aspects of our community.

 

 

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ECU Women’s Roundtable

ECU Women's Roundtable

 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the 2ndAnnual East Carolina University Women’s Roundtable Conference in Greenville, NC.  I went with my best friend and mom, Marsha Fleenor.  We planned to attend this conference months ago and were really excited about the whole weekend, not only being able to spend it together, but also being able to meet some other fantastic women who care about ECU as much as we do!  The WRC (ECU Women’s Roundtable Conference) was better than we ever thought it would be and there is so much to tell, just not sure I can do it only one blog post, but I’ll try! 

Marsha with Dr. David White

 

The WRC was founded in 2003 and stands on the motto of“Encouraging Leadership and Philanthropy” and acknowledges the contribution of women to ECU’s legacy and encourages new levels of commitment by women to the university’s future.  I’d love to tell you more about it, but I’ll let you read more on the home link HERE.  A majority of the weekend was planned and organized by Marcy Romary, Senior Gifts Officer and Director of Women’s Philanthropy for ECU.  We kicked off the conference on Friday afternoon April 20th and adjourned late in the afternoon on Saturday, April 21st.  It was a fun-filled and tightly packed activity weekend, but each part was wonderful and well planned.

STEMM

The first activity on Friday involved hearing about STEMM careers by Dr. Evelyn Brown of the College of Technology and Computer ScienceDr. David White, Dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science made the opening introductions.   I’ve heard several presentations on STEMM before, but this one really dug in deep and talked about ECU’s role in STEMM programs.  STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine and is focused on Elementary to Middle School aged girls.  After the STEMM program we heard from a student panel from the Honors College

Honors College Panel

Wow…the three students we heard from were SOOOO impressive!  We were jealous of the Honors trips that they get to participate in, WOW they sounds like fun and great learning experiences!!!  Their advisors, Dr. Connor and Dr. Baxter (Associate Dean of the Honors College) also participated in the presentation.  The Honors College Students that we heard from were: Hetal Patel from Cary, NC; Kevin Kearney from Wilmington, NC and Karina Dierfol from Bervard, NC.    After the Honors College panel, we did a walking tour of campus led by none other than the ECU Ambassadors

Campus tour with ECU Ambassadors

 

I was a proud ECU Ambassador for all four years of my undergraduate degree at ECU and totally loved the experience!   Our tour guides did a fabulous job of showing us all around campus and pointed out some new things.  Some of the ladies in our group hadn’t been back to campus in years and they were excited to see all of the new buildings, changes and upgrades.  It was fun to hear the stories of “When I was at ECU we (fill-in-the-blank)”.   At the end of the walking tour, we had a nice snack and shopping adventure at the ECU Student Store on campus. 

Dinner at the Croatan

I got a nice new PINK ECU hat (thanks MOM!!) and  cool new t-shirts for my little boys.  We then heard presentations from the College of Education about how they work to 1) Prepare Educators, 2) Attract Educators, 3) Assess Educators, and 4) Teach Educators.  This was a fascinating part to me because I was never in the teaching department and they showed how technology now lets them work remotely with teachers all over the world because of online learning and web-based courses.  We then had a nice break before dinner.   For dinner, this was a treat!  We met with the other ladies at the Croatan on campus. 

Titanic Dinner Menu

The Croatan was one of my favorite hangouts during my years at ECU and it has been totally torn-down and rebuilt!  I was shocked at the change!  It now has a Chili’s restaurant upstairs (ECU students have it made….let me tell you).   Our dinner at the Coratan was a tribute to the Titanic anniversary.  The chef prepared a menu that was entitled “The Last Dinner of the Titanic”  It was a true experience!  During dessert, we heard from three women of the East Carolina University School of Music Voice Faculty.  Their voices were lovely and very unique!  So that concludes Friday.  Whew!  Now to Saturday! 

ECU Boat

We woke up BRIGHT and EARLY and joined the group for breakfast at the Chancellor’s House at 7:45am.  It’s always a treat to be invited to meet with the Chancellor, let alone to their house for a meal.  They had a beautiful breakfast buffet set-up for us in their dining room and tables beautifully set all over the lower level.  After breakfast, we were divided up into two groups of our choice for afternoon tours.  The first tour was going to be touring the Athletics Facilities and the second tour was going to the Underwater Archaeology Lab.  This was a really hard decision for my mom and I to make…we wanted to do both!  But decided on the Archaeology Lab and WOW…it was soooooooooooooo cool!

Archaeology Lab Tour

  We were taken to see the treasure from Blackbeard’s shipwreck!!!!  I had NO IDEA that we were going to get to see all that we did.  I’ll break it down to you like this: not just anybody can go to this site and see the stuff that they’ve pulled off the bottom of the ocean, right off the coast of North Carolina!  They are excavating it from the ocean floor and then taking it here in Greenville where it is being documented, cleaned and preserved.  Each piece can take YEARS to get ready before it can ever go to a museum!  That was really one of the coolest experiences and I’m so glad I got to share it with my mom! I made lots of good pictures and could honestly spend a week there watching them work and seeing what all they are doing.  It’s like this:  they find a big rock/chuck of ‘dirt’ off the wreck site, bring it back to the lab, run it through the x-ray and can tell what’s inside of that ‘rock’! 

With my buddy, Blackbeard the Pirate!

One example had a cannon ball, goblet and fork!  But to me it looked just like a rock!  They also had the cannons and anchor in the lab.  Really cool stuff!  After that, we met back up with the other group (they had a nice tour of the Athletic Facility) and heard from Dr. David Loy in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies on a presentation called “Scentsible” Solutions for Health.  It was about aromatherapy and the way it is being used to help patients.  We also heard from Dr. Lucas Carr, Associate Professor with Department of Kinseiology on some really cool athletic equipment for office space (whoever knew you could do an exercise bike while at your desk!). 

ECU Women’s Roundtable Murphy Center Lunch

For lunch, we headed over to the Murphy Center where the College of Business did a presentation on a professional leadership course that is offered to students.  It takes them through all of the skills that they need to know in order to be successful in the professional world (mock interviews, business dinner, professional dress, etc.)  Again, we had such a wonderful time and met some really remarkable women. That concludes our weekend with the ECU Women’s Roundtable!  We are looking forward to next year!

 

 

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Suffer No More!!!!  Acne Treatment for Adult Women

 I had the pleasure earlier this week in stopping by to see one of our clients, Carmen Popa, the proud owner of Luminosity Acne SkincareSmith & Smith, CPA knows the Popa family really well, as nearly everyone in their family is small business owner!  Silvia (mom) is the owner of Silvia Hair Designs, Stelian (dad) is the owner of Raleigh Wrought Iron & Designs (he was recently featured in Cary Living Magazine in the ‘Modern Man’ article) and Dragos (brother) helps with the business websites and works in the HVAC industry.  

Luminosity, acne treatment for adult women

Carmen has done a fabulous job in growing her small business and I was excited to get to visit with her at her studio office.  My first thought of acne is initially teens and young adults and I was thinking that this was going to be Carmen’s main target market.  However, I was surprised to find out that she actually has a small nice market in providing acne treatment for adult women.  She has several before and after photos on her website of how her acne treatment for adult women really does work and provides amazing results!  She even has some clients who drive over 3-hours (one way) for her services.  As a licensed esthetician, Carmen is very educated in her field, but best of all, she is a caring person. 

Carmen knows that often times her clients are in last-ditch-efforts…they’ve tried it all and are close to giving up.  They come to her and quickly find that the years they have spent at a dermatologist office and the money on products for treatment are no longer necessary.  Carmen’s acne treatment for women (and men, kids, teens, etc.) can be completed over a period of 3-month period and the results are amazing.  Carmen says the best part about her job is that she turns her client’s hopelessness into relief and overwhelming joy.  If you know someone that suffers from acne or is looking for acne treatment for adult women, please point them in Carmen’s direction.  Everyone has a right to clear skin!

 

Triangle Pilates

I had to share this picture with you too.  After the WBON-Cary meeting this week, I stopped by to see another good fried, Patty Geiger, owner of Triangle Pilates.  I had a HUGE bouquet of balloons left over that we had used for the meeting and I wanted to give them to a local female business owner who could use them on their outdoor-triangle-top-sign.  Triangle Pilates was PERFECT for this!  Hope they brought some joy before the rain got to them! 

 

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Cary Chamber Excellence Awards Luncheon

Cary Chamber Excellence Awards

It’s a challenge for me sometimes to get Bob and Blake out of the office together at the same time.  Even to attend a community event (and one that has FOOD) but occasionally, I am successful.  This week I was very proud to attend the 2012 Cary Chamber Excellence Awards with BOTH Bob and Blake!  Cam was taking a CPA exam, so we left Sharon at the office to hold-down-the-fort (she did a great job by the way, but was VERY happy to see us return in the afternoon).  As you remember, Smith & Smith, CPA was the winner of the Cary Chamber Excellence Awards in 2011 for Employer of the Year (we were Robert G. (Bob) Smith, CPA at the time, but it was still us!) 

Smith & Smith, CPA table guests

 

This year we were pleased to participate in the Cary Chamber Excellence Awards as a Table Sponsor and invited a very nice group of family, referral partners and friends to join us at our table.  Our guests included: Jenn Rossi of MediScribe, Tracey Fillingame (WakeMed), John Caron, David Hellinger and Chad Griffith (all from LPL Financial), Autumn LaBarca of HealthSource and Chad Harris of Farm Bureau InsuranceMayor Harold Weinbrecht was present at the awards and made some opening comments about Cary’s continued recognition in the United States as a great place to live, work and play.  Howard Johnson (President of the Cary Chamber) and Tom Huff (Chair for the Cary Chamber) welcomed the crowd and recognized the sponsors.  I was honored to be included in the afternoon program and as a member of the Board of Directors, was given the opportunity to present the Judges Critique.

Chad, Bob and John

  All of the 2012 Nominees were announced and were asked to stand as their business picture/logo was shown on the large screens at the front.  In total, SEVEN different awards were presented.  The categories of winners were as follows (the winning company is listed after the award name):  Innovation Award (Parkway SleepHealth Centers), Community Service (Great Harvest Bread of Cary), Green Plus (The Umstead Hotel & Spa), Employer of the Year (Carolina Restoration Services)  Entrepreneurial Award in Education (Davis Drive Middle School), Charitable Partners Award (Thrift N’ Gift) and the 2012 Small Business of the Year (MMi Publications).

Parkway SleepHealth "GREAT POSE"!!!!!!!

  In the years past, I’ve had the honor of helping judge the Entrepreneurial Award in Education (sponsored for 13-years in a row now by Huntington Learning Center , owner, Mike Gallagher).  The winner of the award this year, Davis Drive Middle School, was recognized for their effort to stop bullying with their STAND UP program.  Nice job Davis Drive Middle!  I personally know many of the winners and have had the opportunity to use their services/products, so it was really exciting to hear them be recognized with an award.  I know our award from last year opened many doors for us and it will do the same for each of these winners.  Congrats to them all!  And also congrats to the other nominees for the work & efforts they are making in our community on a daily basis. 

2012 Small Business of the Year winner!!!!!

Do you know a Cary Chamber member who is working hard to make our community better and better and better?!?!  Be sure to nominate them next year for the 2013 Cary Chamber of Commerce  Excellence Awards!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

 

 

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Cary Innovation Center GRAND OPENING!!!!

Shelli, Beth and Sheila at the Cary Innovation Center

    Welcome to the Cary Innovation Center!

This is the ‘brain child’ of Sheila Ogle, a wonderful lady and a major part of the success of downtown Cary!  The CIC is all about ONE MAIN THING…can you guess???  ENTREPRENEURSHIP!!!  It’s a place that was designed for helping entrepreneurs create, launch and operate their business by providing professional mentoring and business education programs.  The programs will provide the opportunity for clients to be successful in both economic growth and jobs.  The Cary Innovation Center had their OPEN HOUSE/GRAND OPENING last week and I was pleased to be invited to attend. 

Welcome CIC!

 

There were several distinguished guests there, Beth Wood, NC State Auditor, and several members of the Cary Town Council and local government officials.  My good friend and fellow Triangle Ladies Power Lunch member, Shelli Dallacqua, owner of Shelten Media, is one of the current residents of the Cary Innovation Center. Know of a local entrepreneur with a BIG IDEA looking to get started? Send them to the CIC and let their growth begin!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals! 

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Cary Amtrak Station hosts National Train Day

Cary Amtrak Station

 This past weekend was an exciting and new event in downtown Cary, National Train Day!  The Heart of Cary Association partnered with Amtrak and the Town of Cary to host this FIRST TIME event at the Downtown Cary Railroad Station. (held at the beautiful new Cary Amtrak Station)  We were hoping to get there a little early because The North Carolina Railroad Company was handing out Train Whistles for the first 200-children, however, we didn’t make it in time and from what I heard…the 200 whistles were given out in less than 5-minutes!  Amtrak was handing out cute paper train Conductor Hats to all of the kids, Trent wore his but Mark didn’t care for it.  Go figure!  The Cary Town Band was present and they preformed selections from their Planes, Trains & Automobiles repertoire as the Amtrak Carolinian train #80 arrived (we got there JUST IN TIME to see the train pull into the Cary Amtrak station).

Train Arriving

  There was plenty of food vendors and tables around, selling everything from coffee to burgers.  Keith Bliss spoke on behalf of the Heart of Cary Association and several other dignitaries were introduced.  We saw lots of friends and our kids had a fun time walking around and seeing the festivities at the Cary Amtrak Station.  Next year they need to include a microphone and a few more things for the kids to do (bounce house, kid-play area, clown, etc.)  There was a Princes and Pirate kid face paint area, but we skipped that since Trent was having a baseball game later that day.  It was really cool to see the inside of the Cary Amtrak station, first time I had been inside since the remodeling had been completed.  They were giving away a trip for one lucky family-of-4 for a trip ANYWHERE that Amtrak travels on the East Coast…I haven’t gotten a winning call/email yet, so guessing that we didn’t win.  Bummer! 

Keith Bliss & Heart of Cary Assoc.

Blake and I did a Amtrak trip years ago and had a nice time.  We also traveled by train for several trips during my years at ECU and for a relaxing time…the Amtrak is the way to go!  Inside of the Cary Amtrak Station there was a cool train display by The Carolina Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).  The boys really enjoyed looking at the different train models.  The Cary Creative Center had a booth set-up where kids could make their own train-related items; they had a train made out of cracker boxes (as the railroad cars) and water bottle caps (as the wheels).

Cary Creative Center

 

 

After the festivities we took advantages of being out on such a nice day, so we walked around downtown Cary.  It is amazing the things you see when you are walking (compared to the things you DON’T get to see because you are driving).  We waved through the door to our client, Bridgette Bordonaro, owner of Beautimous Beads.  We started to go in and say hello, but figured Mark would be a hazard inside.  She has such beautiful stuff, love her store!   We spent sometime looking around inside of Ashworth Drugs and my father-in-law got my mother-in-law a lovely Mother’s Day card as well as a cute little furry creature that makes squeaky noises.  Cute. 

Lunch at Havana Grill

We then walked about ¼ of a mile to a delicious restaurant, Havana Grill!  It is a Cuban restaurant and has been open for about 5 ½ years.  I’ve never been but had heard it was a good place to eat.  It was very appealing to us because of the great outdoor eating area and it had room for the kids to play.  The Havana Grill is known for their Authentic Cuban Cuisine and the owner, Robert (I think is his name) was very friendly, took our order (it is a pay & seat yourself) and brought our food out to us.  They have Family Karaoke Night every Friday (hmmm…wonder if they would let me butcher some Bon Jovi over karaoke???), Zumba classes and also “Dance Under the Stars” on Saturday nights with Salsa, Disco, and more (my parents would LOVE that). 

Awesome outdoor patio at Havana Grill

Their outdoor patio is amazing; our boys had so much fun playing out there.  It was packed inside and out by the time we were leaving.  We’ll be back soon to eat!  Oh yeah, we had the Cuban hamburgers and they were very tasty and very different!  Never been? You gotta go!  And check out the Cary Amtrak Station while you are in downtown Cary too!    Havana Grill on Urbanspoon

 

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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Honor a Teacher

Honor a Teacher Awards

A few years ago Smith & Smith, CPA was asked to participate as a sponsor in the Cary Chamber Honor a Teacher Awards Ceremony.  The sponsorship included a $1,000 commitment to a local school of the business choice.  Teachers from that school would be nominated by staff/parents and members of the Cary Chamber Education Committee would interview the top finalist.  A winner would be selected and would receive a nice crystal plaque and a check for $1,000, with NO STIPULATION on how to use the money. 

 

 Smith & Smith, CPA has several family members who have served as educators, so we felt like this would be a wonderful opportunity for our firm to give back and be involved in our local education system.  In 2011 we sponsored Alston Ridge Elementary School.  This year we had the pleasure of sponsoring Green Hope High School. I asked my mother-in-law (and former teacher for 17-years), Sharon Smith, and my sister-in-law, (former Physical Education and Softball Coach), Brooke Smith, to help me with the interviews. We met with our nominees in mid-April and had a wonderful time getting to know all of them!  Our nominees were: Cora Conde, Christopher Gaw, Erin Hussey, Melissa Poppe, Tracey Weigold and Al Ellis.  We asked each teacher the same questions and spent about 15 minutes with each one.  After much debate, it was a unanimous decision that Christopher Gaw was our winner. Gaw (as he likes to be called) had the entire package and really connected well with us during his interview. 

Large crowd of nearly 400

We were impressed with his teaching philosophy and encouraged at how the events of Columbine led him into a teaching career.  Gaw says he has an “Indiana Jones” style of teaching and believes heavily in cooperative learning.  Some of his strengths in teaching include: relating well with kids, using stories from his corporate background (he is a lateral entry teacher), and teaching ethics to his students.  Gaw is a CTE Computer Programming teacher at Green Hope High School and works in the Career & Technical Education department.  He is a proud alumnus for both NCSU and Campbell University.  He also has a strong relationship with NetApp, a company for which Smith & Smith, CPA has a strong presence among many of their employees.  The Honor a Teacher Awards Ceremony as held on May 14th 2012 at Koka Booth Amphitheater.  Despite the rainy day, there was a crowd of nearly 400 people as 26 awards were presented.  I was pleased to have Bob join me for the Honor a Teacher Awards Presentation.  The winning teachers weren’t announced until that evening, so nearly all of the nominees were there from each school.  I was so pleased to see all of the teachers from Green Hope present.  I wish I’d had $1,000 check for each of them as they were all so wonderful.  Gaw was very surprised and very humble.  We wish him the best of luck and look forward to an ongoing relationship with him and Green Hope High School.  Thank you to the Cary Chamber for this wonderful Honor a Teacher opportunity.

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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One of my favorite things about life is that you never know whom you are going to meet or where you are going to meet them!  Goes back to my motto in life…”Always be willing to make a friend”

Lotus Survial Foundation with Angela & Becca

Last week as I was leaving the Cary Chamber Excellence Awards ceremony with Autumn LaBarca, we passed by a lady wearing a lovely black and pink dress.  I commented to her on how nice she looked and she stopped to say thank you and then handed each one of us an adorable miniature hot-pink pocket mirror!  How kind!  Turns out that her name is Angela Caraway and she was there at the awards ceremony representing the Lotus Survival Foundation.  They were one of the nine non-profit organizations that were nominated for the Charitable Partners Award.  Angela was very nice and even though they didn’t win this year, she said they were still honored to have been a nominee.  Angela is a volunteer for the Lotus Survival Foundation and actually owns her own company too, The Caraway Management Group.  It was nice to meet Angela and I’m hoping to have a volunteer from the Lotus Survival Foundation come as a speaker one week at my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club!

Rhonda and Theresa help their clients $AVE Money!

 I also had the pleasure of seeing one of my sweet friends and a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Theresa Lobdell, owner of Equity Savor Plus Realty.  Theresa was walking out with Rhonda Faucette, Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.  The two of them have teamed up together and are working with homeowners and sellers on offering them different workshops about home mortgages.  There are many options right now and Theresa and Rhonda both want the best for their clients.  They believe in having their clients educated on all of their home options and their workshops are FREE and really empower their clients with many tools.  You can reach out to either one of them to find out more (Theresa Lobdell HERE and Rhonda Faucette HERE).  Equity Savor Plus Realty was the 2011 Cary Chamber Excellence Awards winner for Innovation!

 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 awesome ladies of the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch gathered together last week for the May 2012 luncheon.  It was a gorgeous day outside, though the chance of more rain and storms was looming. 

Jane and Becca with LIPSTICK

We gladly welcomed the very energetic speaker to the stage, Jane Hight McMurry, author of “Navigating the Lipstick Jungle!” (and several other books, but this was the main topic of her talk).  Jane started out her talk with her giving her background of being from a small town, Henderson, North Carolina and how her mother sent her off to Oxford to study (her mother had never even been there herself, but had high hopes for Jane).  She had a really cool and fun interactive slideshow presentation and one of her favorite slides was one that said: “As women, we need to get what we want and deserve.  In order to do this, we need to: 1) Think like a man 2) Act like a lady 3) Look like a girl and 4) Work like a horse”.  She talked about her daughters and the lessons she has tried to teach them in life.  A few other quotes she said that were worth remembering to me: “A man is NOT a financial plan” and “Do not only do what is expected but, do MORE!”. 

Deborah and Kim

 Jane talked about there being more than one-way to do things and that “People are like crayons; different colors but we all have to live in the same box”. I really enjoyed hearing Jane speak and she loved my Beccasblog.com lipstick pens!  She wanted to have several over on her table where she was selling books because the lipstick pen went so well with her lipstick jungle book! 

Katelyn McKay

 I had a nice table of ladies and my guests this month including: Beth Donner of Diversified Planning, Nur Onvural of SilverCrest Homes and Tayloire Queen of Initials, Inc.  I had the pleasure of meeting Katelyn McKay, the 13-year old granddaughter of Ms. Linda (one of the two famous “Lindas” of TLPL).  Katelyn has her own photography business called Katelyn McKay Photography!!!  How cool!!!!  She’s super sweet and very good at what she does.  I loved getting to meet her and hear her story of how she got started.  Her tagline on her business card reads “A smile happens in a flash…its memory last’s a lifetime!” I also got to see a friend that I hadn’t seen in over a year, Rachel Lyons!  Rachel and I met YEARS ago and she now works with the wonderful team at Forrester & Associates Insurance Agency

Carrie, Marina, Nur and Tobi

The best part of the meeting was seeing one of the new vendors, Gigi’s Cupcakes of Brier Creek!  Owner, Marina Lee, was there and she’s super sweet (hence the company she is with!)  Marina and her husband, Maury Cole, work with their team to make these fabulous and delicious cupcakes!  Marina gave me a whole box to bring back to the office to share…do you think they made it back!?!?  Guess we’ll never know!  Thanks Marina!

 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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I was finally able to attend the Cary Chamber Business of Women Luncheon this month.  I had missed the past two months because of other commitments.  I was so pleased to see that my friend, Eileen Stevie, President of Stevie Organizing Services, Inc. was going to be the speaker!  Her topic was interesting too…’Don’t be a Squirrel…Nature’s Guide to Getting Organized’.

Eileen of S.O.S.

 Eileen’s presentation was very entertaining (she had lots of nature pictures included in her slides) and she told us that we’d have to wait till the END of the presentation to find out the meeting behind her program title.   Here are some really helpful tips that Eileen gave out:  “Excuses…we have to cut through them and just organize!”, “Everything that you bring into your life needs energy, money, care and SPACE!”, “Give stuff a HOME!  A drawer for the scissors, a shelf for the books, a basket for the mail, etc.”.  She said that there are four main types of clutter 1) Paper 2) Stuff 3) Time and 4) Mental and that you need to set goals and work towards reaching those goals (example; clean out the closet by Friday).  She gave some cool examples of ways that people get organized; one lady uses ziplock bags clipped to skirt hangers to organize paper & mail. She suggested getting a ‘clutter buddy’, someone who can help hold you accountable but can also keep you encouraged and will be supportive.  Eileen said that clutter comes with a ‘clutter back guarantee’, that it will come back if you don’t keep it under control!  There was a helpful handout on the tables that give tips on getting rid of junk mail (I need to check some of those out!).  And you are wondering about the squirrel topic now right??  Well…Eileen said not NOT be a like a squirrel, at how they run across the street but then zig-zag back and forth because they can’t make up their mind on which way to go and then SPLAT!…they become road kill.  Don’t be a squirrel…make a decision and stick to it!  Thanks Eileen, your presentation was excellent!

 

Crawfish Fesitval

Over the weekend we had the best time attending the 12th Annual Raleigh Crawfish Festival (informally referred to as “Crawfest”) with friends, Brian & Collean Killius.  The Killius family has been going for many years, but Blake and I had really no idea what to expect.  WOW…it was really, really, really fun!  The event was held in Raleigh on some personal property that had a huge open yard and massive trees all over (it was so pretty).  The weather was perfect, the crowd of people (500+ maybe) was all so friendly, and there was 500lbs of fresh live crawfish (straight from Louisiana) and tons of beverages for all. 

 

Our kids had a wonderful time playing with the other kids, Trent just jumped right in with other kids playing soccer and Mark went crazy running all around and played with Carley on some of the riding toys.  There were several live bands playing (The Meteor Men w/ Driver & Collision Course) and the weather was perfect!

Crawfish time!

  They had a big giant cooler full of the crawfish and Trent along with several of the other kids were running back and forth taking the crawfish out with cups of water (Trent kept calling his a lobster, guess to a kid they do kinda look like lobsters!)  When the sun went down they lit a huge bonfire.  Such a fun event, we look forward to many more!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals! 

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Cary, NC 27511
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(919) 380-0919 f