February 2013 Archives

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Awesome Client Feedback Can Really Make Your Friday Great!

 

 

Bob received a very nice email today from one of our clients and I had to share it!

“Good Morning Bob-

Thank you for taking time out of your BUSY schedule to go over our business financials with us.  I appreciate all you do for us and our company and we LOVE your whole family.  Many blessings to you and your wife.”

 

We LOVE getting that kind of feedback from our clients! 

 

Hope you have a great weekend and just a reminder that our office is open all weekend (from now till April 15th) should you need a weekend appointment for your 2012 tax filings.  Just call the office for weekend hours 919-380-0600

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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Catching up January in February!

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NC Art Museum

I am running a bit behind with these events, but I’ve got a good excuse!  It’s ‘tax season’ and life around the office is busy!  You believe me, right?  If not, come by and you’ll see for yourself!  Phones are ringing and lots of clients are in and out.  We like it that way though.  Anyway, a few weeks ago I went to the January NAWBO meeting with my good friend, Sarah Thacker.  The meeting/luncheon was held at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. This was my first chance to go to the museum since they remodeled a few years ago.  It is so amazing and wonderful inside!  After lunch and the NAWBO meeting (Sharon Hill is such a great President for NAWBO), we were divided up into small groups and toured the museum.  The museum guides took us around and showed us pieces of artwork that dealt with famous and powerful women in history. I loved every minute of it!

 

Carla, Doc and Becca

Carla, Doc and Becca

Earlier that morning, I had attended the Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast at Prestonwood Country Club. The Mayor of Cary, Harold Weinbrecht, was the guest speaker.  He talked about the 2012 year for the Town of Cary and all that had been accomplished.  I was pleased to see Doc Thorne (President of the Heart of Cary Association) and Carla Liberatore (The Liberatore Stroud Group) at the breakfast.  Carla is also the President of the Cary Community Foundation and represents the Cary Women’s Giving Network. I’m looking forward to working with Carla and the other wonderful people who are involved with the Cary Community Foundation.  Blake and I are proud members of the Society of 2112.

 

Personalized Smith Family Calendar

Personalized Smith Family Calendar

One of my favorite presents came in the mail last week!  Thank you so much to my longtime friend, Bonnie Kunath of AXA Advisors for my personalized 2013 calendar!  Bonnie sent me one last year and I really loved it!  It had my name “Becca” included on the picture theme for every single month!  This year the calendar has “Smith Family” include on each month.  Thanks for thinking of me Bonnie!  Really love this gift!  And thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of Apex for the red Banana Republic coat and the black sweater zipper dressMy Girlfriend’s Closet is having their Winter Clearance Sale this weekend!  Stop by for some great deals and great fashions!

 

 

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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Mardi Gras for 2013

Blake and Becca at Mardi Gras

Blake and Becca at Mardi Gras

Blake and I had a great time last night attending the 3rd Annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Fundraiser party, hosted by Cary MacGregor Rotary Club.  We went to the first one a few years ago, but unfortunately had to miss the party last year.  So it was really fun to be back at the party for this year!  The event draws a crowd of 300+ and is held over in Regency Park in Cary.  The evening included a live Mardi Gras band playing outside to greet guests as they arrived, great food from local restaurants scattered all around the venue (I seriously think I had about 5 plates of food!), adult beverages, raffle baskets of fantastic goodies, and a live auction.  Blake and I purchased some raffle tickets, but had no luck on being winners.  That’s okay though, it’s for a great cause and we love supporting Life Experiences!

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Mary & Becca

 

 

Here is a picture of me with Mary Madenspacher, the Executive Director for Life Experiences (we are both in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club together). Victoria Kelly Photography was there with a cool photo booth (based off of an app for her IPad!).  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for picking out the great purple sequenced/shinny dress for me to wear for the Mardi Gras party!  It was a festive dress for the party!  Lois has the BEST clothing/accessories in town!

 

 

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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Carrie & David Celebrate at the Capital City Club in Raleigh!

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Friends with Carrie (in red) to celebrate at the Capital City Club

Sunday night was a fantastic night of celebration for one of our clients.  Carrie Peele, owner of Blue Diamond Limo, married David Franks, of The Band of Oz, earlier this month and had a huge party last night to celebrate at the Capital City Club in downtown Raleigh.  Carrie has been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years and we are so happy for her and David!  Bob, Sharon, Blake and I attended the Capital City Club for the party and we had a fabulous time!  Carrie really knows how to host a party!

David & Carrie as Cyndi sings Happy Birthday

David & Carrie as Cyndi sings Happy Birthday

There was a cocktail hour from 5pm-6pm, followed by a nice dinner buffet and dancing in the grand ballroom of the Capital City Club.  Carrie looked fantastic in a blue sparkly suit for the cocktail hour and then changed into an amazing red dress for the rest of the party.  The Band of Oz was there to play great music all night long.  David even sang a song just for Carrie!  The party also celebrated David’s 60th birthday and Cyndi Chastain was there to serenade David with the “Happy Birthday Song”.

 

 

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

There were so many wonderful friends at the party; it was like a mini-reunion of the monthly Triangle Ladies Power Lunch!  Both Shelli Dallacqua and Linda Sellers took turns on the microphone honoring Carrie for years of friendship & memories.  Then Carrie spoke for a few minutes too, thanking everyone for attending and sharing her love for family and friends.

Gigi's Cupcake Tower

Gigi’s Cupcake Tower

There was a huge cupcake tower by Gigi’s Cupcakes of Brier Creek.  It was so pretty and it had two cupcakes at the tiptop, one for Carrie and one for David with a birthday candle!  The cupcake tower had six different levels, with each level having a unique cupcake flavor.  My favorite cupcakes were the “wedding” and “carrot cake” ones!  Yummy!  I can’t decide if I like cupcakes better or wedding cake!  As long as they have one, I’m happy! And check out the view from the Capital City Club behind the cupcake tower!

Band of Oz

Band of Oz

Carrie and David really are loved by so many! It was wonderful to see them surrounded by so many people. They stood together with their arms around each other as a slideshow played on the big screen to celebrate David’s birthday. Carrie has two daughters, Meredith and Courtney. Courtney was able to attend the party with her boyfriend but Meredith lives in California and is expecting her first baby, so she wasn’t able to attend the party.

 

Sharon & Bob

Sharon & Bob

One of my favorite parts of the evening was the photobooth called BlueBox, owned by David B.  David was there to greet guests as they moved into the dining room and he had all kinds of cool and crazy costumes for people to dress-up in for the photobooth.  Then he printed off the pictures and you were able sign a page in the book for Carrie and David.  Thanks so much Carrie for including Smith & Smith, CPA on your special day with David at the Capital City Club!  We are so happy for you and appreciate all that you do for our community!

 

Love my hubby..and my MGC dress!

Love my hubby..and my MGC dress!

Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of Apex & Cary for my fantastic dress!  The color really stood out last night among the sea of black dress (you can wear other colors than black to a cocktail party!Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet, always picks out great things for me!  My good friend, Christine Engelbrecht was also wearing a dress that she got from MGC too!

Can’t believe that it is already the end of February next week!  2013 sure is going by fast!  This will be a busy week with lots of tax clients coming in to get their 2012 taxes filed.  I also have a busy week with the the Cary Chamber of Commerce Membership Drive kicking off on Wednesday!  I also have a WBON Board meeting, Cary Chamber Board of Directors, Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, WomenNC.org “Local to Global” dinner on Thursday night, The Women’s Network Grants Awards Luncheon for the Cary Community Foundation on Thursday, providing lunch to The Corral Riding Academy on Saturday and the Diamante, Inc. Dominican Republic Dinner Party on Saturday night!  Whew!

 

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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Sweet Treats for Valentines!

Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day…ahhh…my favorite holiday.  But also kinda sad because I know a lot of people who don’t like Valentine’s Day and some who even refuse to celebrate it!  That’s okay though…to each their own holiday.  I had a wonderful Valentine’s week and some great events happened that week.

WBON ladies with Megan Huber

WBON ladies with Megan Huber

First of all, WBON of Cary held their February meeting at Prestonwood Country Club and had over 50 ladies in attendance!  Our speaker was Megan Huber and she did a great job talking to the ladies about “Getting Back to the Basics of Business”…in other words, what is it about your business that you love and enjoy?  Make sure you are doing those things daily!  Since the WBON meeting was held on the 13th, I contacted one of my clients, The Flower Cupboard, and ordered fresh roses for everyone that had RSVP’d for the luncheon.  They were a wonderful token of love to give to the ladies as they left.  Thanks to Jon Van Denise, owner of The Flower Cupboard, for helping me with the roses.  They were simply beautiful and we loved the pastel colors, a nice change from the typical red.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet too for the super cute Juicy Couture heart sweater dress that I wore to WBON, it was a great fit and very easy to wear on such a busy day!

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

On Valentine’s Day I was in charge of the program that night for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  I had some issues booking speakers, I was trying to go with the theme of “love and passion” but with some bad luck, I had three different speakers book and then cancel.  So on Wednesday night, I was racking my brain on an excellent speaker who I could call last minute…and I thought about the perfect person!      Dr. Kevin Snyder!

Kevin & CG

Kevin & CG

I met Kevin in the Fall of 2012 when he first visited our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and then again when he was a dynamic speaker for WBON of Cary.  I called Kevin and he graciously agreed to speak on Valentine’s night to our club.  Sometimes things really do work out and I’m actually glad that the other speakers canceled and Kevin was able to speak b/c he was soooooo great!  Kevin talked with our club about PASSION and having the drive to reach your dreams.

Kyle, Kevin and Susan

Kyle, Kevin and Susan

 

 

He shared his super cool story about his dream from the age of 11 to be on the Price is Right and shake hands with Bob Barker.  I had heard him talk before, but it was great to hear again!  At the end CG Caldwell, our Sergeant of Arms, presented Kevin with a book for him to sign that will be donated to Hope Elementary School in downtown Raleigh.  Kevin also stuck around after the meeting to talk with members and expressed an interest in joining our club! He would make a great member!  Here is a nice picture of Kevin with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members Kyle Smith and Susan Pruskin.  Thanks again so much Kevin!  We’d love to have you as a member!

MGC dressed for Valentine's Day!

MGC dressed for Valentine’s Day!

 

 

So Valentine’s Day 2013 went just wonderful!  I was surprised with a nice bouquet of flowers from Blake & our boys earlier in the week and we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop in Crabtree Mall and then dinner at Carolina Ale House in Crossroads later over the weekend.  Thanks again to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the cute black & white polka-dot dress that I wore on Valentine’s Day!  I added a cute red cardigan and red platform pumps to spice it up!

 

 

 

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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Chamber, Ladies Lunch and MORE Chamber!

TLPL In February

TLPL In February

Yesterday was a wonderful day!  Busy from morning till evening, but a very nice day.  I started the morning bright and early with the Cary Chamber Board of Directors meeting. NC Congressman, George Holding, joined us and took time to tell the group about his plan & experience so far.  From there I went to North Raleigh for the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch. One of my regular monthly favorite events for sure!  Linda Craft was the guest speaker and did a nice job sharing her life journey with crowd. Here is a picture of Triangle Ladies Lunch Host & Founder, Carrie Peele Franks, with her new husband, David Franks, along with Bernadette from Pretty In Pink and Linda Craft (on the end in red).

Kim and Tayloire

Kim and Tayloire

It was a very active group at the TLPL and the shopping/vendor hour was bustling with lots of new faces!  I was pleased to have Tayloire Queen join me again by sharing half of my booth space.  Tayloire has been a friend/client for many years and was offering adorable Easter Baskets as her highlighted product.  Check out this cute picture of Tayloire with my friend, Kim Davis.  Kim won the pink sarong that is wrapped around her; it was a door prize that Tayloire was giving away.  Cute picture ladies!

FanFeet Owner Rebecca & sister, Rachel

FanFeet Owner Rebecca & sister, Rachel

WBON of Cary was proud to have a booth too, we were telling ladies about the March 13th WBON Charity Fashion Show and the $6,000 WBON Scholarship.  It was also awesome to see Rebecca Lakey back at the luncheon, owner of FanFeet.  She was my guest at the January luncheon and liked the event so much that she even hosted a vendor booth this time.  Her sister, Rachel, was in town visiting and attended the luncheon with her.  Her shoes were a big hit and lots of women were stopping by to check them out.

Becca ECU heels

Becca ECU heels

 

I’m holding up two of my favorite pairs…Go ECU PIRATES! I am the proud owner now of the ECU Pirate, Madita Heel, from FanFeet. I posted the picture on my facebook page and had lots of comments.  Several people wanted to know if Rebecca had any flat shoes in her line and she let me know that she has a kitten heel coming out in the Fall, but no flats yet.  Maybe soon though!  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Apex & Cary for the lovely silk By Milly New York collection dress that I wore.  I had lots of compliments on it all day long!  MGC is the best place to shop!

 

Good picture ladies!

Good picture ladies!

It was nice to see Shelli Dallacqua and her team from Shelten Media there, along with Lynn Shaw of TravelHost Magazine.  And thanks again to my lovely group of ladies at our Smith & Smith, CPA hosted table: Eleni Steadman, Tayloire Queen, Kim Davis, Rebecca Lakey, Rachel White, Karen Albright and Vivienne Carosso.  See you next month ladies!

Cary Chamber Membership Drive..BONANZA!

Cary Chamber Membership Drive..BONANZA!

 

 

I ended the afternoon with the Cary Chamber Membership Drive Kick-Off Party…named….BONANZA! I’m too young to remember the show, but I’ve done my research and I’m up to par!  We had a huge crowd and we are going to reach our goals of $250,000 and 200 new members!  Loved the props of the pony-stick horses, the bandannas and the videos.  More to come!  Here is Cary Chamber President Howard Johnson and Governmental Affairs Chair Steve Zaytoun in costume!

 

 

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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Giving, Loving and Supporting Our Community

Carla, Becca and Dr. Brolin

Carla, Becca and Dr. Brolin

All too often we get so wrapped-up in just work, work, work.  We get all consumed about our families, our kids, who-is-supposed-to-go-where-when-and-what-time…we forget to pause and think about others in life who are struggling or not as fortunate as us.  So Thursday was a very nice day of honoring those in our community who are working hard to improve the lives of many in our area.  Carla Liberatore, Vice President of The Liberatore Stroud Group, invited me to attend the Cary Women’s Giving Network Grant Awards Luncheon.  The CWGN is a member of the North Carolina Community Foundation and is an organization of local women operating together to bring resources to the needy in the community.

Corral Riding Academy was awarded a grant

Corral Riding Academy was awarded a grant

The group was formed in 2011 and this awards luncheon marked their very first year in awarding grants to non-profits serving Cary, under the direction of its full membership.  The luncheon was held at the beautiful Matthew’s House (a client of Smith & Smith, CPA) in downtown Cary.  The three grants awarded totaled $15,000 and were presented to The Corral Riding Academy, The Carying Place and Dorcas Ministries.  I love all three of these non-profits and it was honestly hard to hold back tears as each one took the podium and told about their organization and how the money would be used (okay, you know me, I’m a crybaby, so I didn’t hold back the tears).

The Matthew's House

The Matthew’s House

It was wonderful to see so many of my fellow Cary women there at the luncheon, many of whom I respect and look-up to as role models (that would be you Judy Fourie, Sheila Ogle, Michelle Muir, Deidre Jersey, Cathy Burns and Liza Weidel).  Thank you so much Carla for inviting me and I look forward to working with the Cary Community Foundation this year!   And congrats to all the grant award winners and kudos for the work you do in our community.

 

Becac, Beth, Susan and Shirin

Becac, Beth, Susan and Shirin

 

For the evening hours, I ventured over to the NC State University Club for the WomenNC.org Local to Global’ dinner.  I attended this event last year, and had a very nice time.  WBON of Cary is a proud sponsor, so Susan Pruskin (WBON Treasure) and I were there to represent WBON.  We had a nice booth in the lobby and our candy-buffet drew lots of attention.  We were able to talk with attendees about our upcoming March Charity Fashion Show & Fundraiser (that will benefit The Carying Place this year).  WomenNC.org Founder & Executive Director, Beth Dehghan, is the owner of Village Cleaners, a good friend of mine,  and also a client of Smith & Smith, CPA.

WBON Supporting WomenNC.org

WBON Supporting WomenNC.org

The program this year featured 5 students (Yolanda, Brian, Marzia, Molly and Elisabeth) and they each took a turn at the podium talking about their program study and presenting their research.  They will travel to New York in March to attend the United Nations 57th Annual “Commission on the Status of Women”, where they will present their research to people from 200+ countries and over 400 NGO’s.  Thank you Beth for inviting us to participate!  We were also happy to have Shirin Mashhoon attend; she’s in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club with Susan and me.  Again, wonderful work done by WomenNC.org to bring awareness of women’s human rights, equality and opportunity to the forefront and for their work engaging local young-adult college leaders.

And thanks as always to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Apex & Cary for the lovely royal blue BCGBMaxazria dress!  It was a great fit for all of the box lifting with the WBON booth and for moving from event to event on Thursday.

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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 Networking with People Builders

Happy Monday!  Hope the weekend was good to you.  The half-rainy-half-sunny weekend actually worked out nice for me.

Theresa, Leslie, Elizabeth and Becca at People Builders

Theresa, Leslie, Elizabeth and Becca at People Builders

I did a lot of thinking over the weekend about a luncheon event that I attended on Friday afternoon.  My dear friend, Elizabeth Laurino, recruiter for The Wellington Group, invited me to join her with a group called People Builders, Inc. at their Final Friday Forum.  The event was held in North Raleigh at the Crystal Palace (delicious Asian cuisine, owned by Ray Chow, member of People Builders).  Elizabeth had invited me several times before, so I was glad to finally have a Friday available to attend this unique networking meeting.

 

People Builders at Crystal Palace

people builders at Crystal Palace

People Builders is all about “Creating Opportunities without Obligation”, which means that they believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.  People Builders works with families in the community that need that boost of support to get their lives back together, whether it be a bag or two of groceries or some financial support.  What a great group!  I was pleased to see several other networking friends there, including Theresa Carter owner of RTP Travel Agent and Leslie Flowers, owner of Leslie Flowers Enterprises.

Becky Sansbury

Becky Sansbury

The speaker was a delightful woman named Beck Sansbury.  Becky was a chaplain with Hospice of Wake County for 14 years and now works with individuals and organizations who have experienced a tragedy, and she helps them recover and move forward.  Her speech was so inspiring as she shared lots of stories about people overcoming the odds and gave lots of examples of dealing with crisis and pushing forward with resilience.  I thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and she ended by standing tall on step stool with the encouraging words of “keep going, keep climbing, one step at a time”.

 

Elizabeth & Becca

Elizabeth & Becca

 

 

It was so good to see Elizabeth!  We both live very busy lives and I was thrilled to be able to attend People Builders with her, as I know it is something she is really passionate about.  Elizabeth helped get me involved with WBON many years ago, so I have her to thank for plugging me into that wonderful organization.

 

Leslie gives a door prize

Leslie gives a door prize

The meeting concluded with attendee introductions, door prizes, 50/50 cash drawing and dessert.  I had to slip out early to get back to the office, but I did stay long enough for the door prize drawing.  I was the lucky winner of a seat at a wine tasting hosted by The Wine Feed, so that will be a fun adventure for Blake and I to enjoy after tax season.

Theresa wins!

Theresa wins!

 

Leslie gave away a seat at one of her upcoming training seminars and Theresa was the lucky winner of a book, also donated by Leslie Flowers.  Other sponsors for the event & door prizes included: Steviemack Designs, YellowWood Group, Crystal Palace, Hibachi Xpress, The Tailored Look, The Wellington Group, Chris Wellington The Recruiting Guy, The Wine Feed and Heather Swanner Photography.  Thanks again Elizabeth for inviting me to join you at People Builders, I look forward to returning again soon!  Many thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Apex and Cary for the lovely RED Valentino Ruffle sweater. Best clothes ever can be found at MGC!

 

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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A Weekend of Volunteering and Culture with Diamante

Lunch at The Corral Riding Academy

Lunch at The Corral Riding Academy

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to do some community service work as well as attend a fundraiser dinner for a client called Diamante, Inc.  A few months ago I had signed up to take lunch to the girls at The Corral Riding Academy.  I was secretly hoping for a nice sunny day where we could eat lunch outside on the farm and the boys could swing in the tree swing and enjoy seeing the horses.  But no, it was a yucky rainy and cold day!  That was okay though, we still enjoyed picking up sandwich supplies from the grocery store and we took lunch to the girls at The Corral Riding Academy who were spending the day doing chores around the farm, along with lesson studies.  We still had a great time and here is a picture of Trent & Mark enjoying lunch in the kitchen with some of the girls.

Diamante dinner

Diamante dinner

After watching the NSCU vs UNC game on Saturday afternoon (come on Wolfpack!!) Blake and I went to the home of Eric and Lizette Wakto.  They are the owners of GameTruck and have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years.  Lizette is originally from the Dominican Republic and was hosting a dinner party to support funds for an organization called Diamante, Inc. The event was called “Sabor Cultura A Gastro Cultural Dinner Experience”…a tour of the art, culture, and gastronomical riches of the Dominican Republic.

Diamante party with Lizette & Eric Watko

Diamante party with Lizette & Eric Watko

The mission of the Diamante is to preserve, develop and promote the culture, heritage and artistic expressions of the diverse Latino/Hispanic population in North Carolina.  The Diamante group hosts different events during the year; Ritmo Latino Festival, Latino Diamante Awards, Star of Hope, Tree of Hope and the Sabor Cultura. The Diamante group is very similar to the AsianFocus group that Smith & Smith, CPA has worked with earlier this year.

Diamante poster

Diamante poster

It’s so cool to see lots of neat cultural groups like that in this area.  Blake and I had a great time at the Diamante dinner party.  It started with drinks & appetizers, then some musical entertainment (thanks Lizette), followed by dinner and dessert.  All true to the Dominican Republic culture!  It was fun to try new foods (delicious) and to make new friends (always!).  Thanks again to the Watko’s for inviting us to attend the Sabor Y Cultura Diamante Dominican Republic party!!

 

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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Best Night of the Year for the Cary Chamber

Cary Chamber Auction 2013

Cary Chamber Auction 2013

Last night was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Silent & Live Auction with the Reverse Car Raffle.  Hands-down…one of our most favorite events of the year!  It’s a chance to see tons of Cary Chamber friends, have fun networking & eating at Prestonwood Country Club, spend some money bidding on awesome auction items and try to win a chance of getting a new car!  This year Hendrick Dodge of Cary donated the car and it was a 2013 Dodge Dart (really cool sports car).

Cary Chamber Friends

Cary Chamber Friends

There were about 350 people at the event last night (maybe more, the room was packed) and the Cary Chamber Ambassadors had worked hard to gather over 200 silent auction items.  There was sooooooooo much cool stuff to bid on and I only wish I had arrived earlier to bid more (Blake would disagree with that though).  We had a great time enjoying the food, drinks and seeing lots of friends.  We always invite all of Blake’s brothers and their wives to come along with us. This was also Alicia’s first time going with us too (she works with us at Smith & Smith, CPA) and she brought her mom along, and both of them had a fabulous time too!

Smith & Smith, CPA team

Smith & Smith, CPA team

This auction serves as the Cary Chamber’s main fundraiser during the year.  The Chamber uses the funds towards different programs, seminars and events that they offer all throughout the year.  The Ambassadors play a major role by helping to solicit, collect and pick-up all of the many auction items. I was an Ambassador for several years, so I know firsthand all of the hard work that they put into this.  The Cary Chamber Board of Directors also work hard to help sell many of the $100 tickets for the Reverse Car Raffle.

More Cary Chamber friends

More Cary Chamber friends

The car drawing this year got down to the final five ticket holders and then Hendrick ended up making each of them a cash-deal for $2,250 to buy back their tickets.  So everyone walked away a winner in the end.  Our families did a TON of bidding, though I only took home two things (a jewelry certificate and a lovely scarf).  Next year I will have to work harder at a ‘divide and conquer’ bidding strategy!  It was great to see our friends, Ben Bell and Allee Johnson.  They came with us last year to the event and had a blast, so we invited them back again.  They are engaged and getting married later this year.  Ben and I met years ago when I was working at Holston Presbytery Camp & Retreat Center in Banner Elk, NC.

Cam & Brooke bid and won a nice new floor rug!

Cam & Brooke bid and won a nice new floor rug!

So many thanks to ALL who came last night to the event.  Thanks to all of the businesses that donated auction items, thanks to the Ambassadors for their hard work, thanks to the Cary Chamber Staff and Board of Directors for all pulling together to make this event a huge success!  We live in such a great area and the Cary Chamber really steps up to support to community and our businesses.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends’ Closet for the amazingly beautiful white drapery one-shoulder dress from MM Couture.  It fit like a glove and I had lots of nice compliments on it.  It was great to see Lois and her daughter, Ashley, at the auction.  Ashley runs the downtown Cary My Girlfriend’s Closet store.

Busy Tax Season!

Busy Tax Season!

Tax season sure is busy!  We’ve been very successful this year with picking up new individual tax return clients.  I spent a lot of time last year working on our online SEO and website keywords and it sure has paid off!  I try my best to track where all of our new clients are coming from (who referred them, etc.) and about 50% or more of our new clients this year have come from Internet searchesYEA!  Here I am leaving Blake’s office with a whole stack of completed tax returns.  We are trying to get them completed, filed and back out to everyone as quickly as possible!  Thanks (again) to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the bright yellow 100% cashmere cardigan sweater by Pure Collection and the Final Touch silk halter dress.  Excellent combo to get you ready for SPRING!!!!

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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