July 2013 Archives

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Congrats to CPA Inauguration Honorees 

 

Alicia at her CPA Inauguration

 Smith & Smith, CPA is very excited to announce that Alicia Angell recently attended the 2013 CPA Inauguration. The event was held on Wednesday, June 19th at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The CPA Inauguration honored those in North Carolina who had completed all of the requirements and had been approved by the CPA Board.  This was something that Alicia had been working towards and was very much looking forward to the whole evening.  We are so proud of her and are pleased that she works at Smith & Smith, CPA. Read more about her special night below.

 

Alicia and her family

Alicia and her family

The front of the program featured a quote by Abraham Lincoln that read “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other”.  There were around 90 honorees at the program on June 19th.  Her husband, John, her mom, dad, and aunt, joined Alicia at the CPA Inauguration.  Alicia and her family had the pleasure of sitting with Myran Jacobs and his wife from Matthews, NC and Shenghao Melody Song of Romeo, Wiggins & Company, LLP, with her husband from Raleigh NC. 

 

Myron Jacobs & wife

Myron Jacobs & wife

She also talked to Elena Baker from Morehead City, NC who works for Frank H. Gainey CPAs.  Congrats to Myran, Shenghao, Elena and Alicia for being CPA honorees also at the event.  The evening began with a welcome reception, followed by dinner & opening remarks by Cynthia Brown, CPA, CEBS 2013-2014 Chair-Elect for the North Carolina Association of CPAs.  Jose R. Rodriguez, CPA and part of the North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners did recognition of the New CPAs. 

 

Shenghao Song & husband

Shenghao Song & husband

The evening concluded with the Administration of the Oath by Beth A. Wood, CPA and North Carolina State Auditor.  After the CPA Inauguration, all of the honorees gathered in the hallway for a group picture that will be published later this year on the front page of the NCACPA Interim Report.  Alicia and her family had a wonderful time at the event and enjoyed the entire evening.  Alicia joined Smith & Smith, CPA in the Fall of 2012 and brings 15 years of experience to the firm in the areas of retail, construction, mortgage, restaurants and landscaping.  Alicia is a NC State University graduate and lives in Cary with her husband and three daughters.  She is a joy to have at Smith & Smith, CPA and we have enjoyed introducing her to clients and customers.                    


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4th of July Happy Anniversary America (and Bob & Sharon)

Happy 32 Years on the 4th of July

Happy 32 Years on the 4th of July!!!

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!  It’s one of the best holidays and nothing sounds like more fun then spending the 4th of July with friends and family, eating good food and watching the fireworks!  I hope you also took a minute to thank the men and women who have served our county to ensure our freedom…without them…there would not be a 4th of July to celebrate.  Smith & Smith, CPA closed the office for a few days and took the holiday off to relax and enjoy the outside summer heat.  Cam & his family headed to Cherry Grove Beach, while Alicia and her family spent some time down at Topsail Island Beach. 

Cam & Brooke and kids

Cam & Brooke and kids

Cam’s family enjoyed time at the beach and took their kayak to visit an island on the inner-coastal waterway.  They watched the Cherry Grove fireworks from their back porch and the kids had a blast, you can tell from the picture that their family loves the beach!  Alicia and her family spent the 4th of July at their neighborhood pool swimming and then went up to Regency/Koka Booth for the fireworks show & orchestra.  Alicia said it was SUPER crowded at Koka Booth, but that the fireworks were great and their family had fun.  They did a day-trip on Sunday down to the beach at Topsail.  Here is a cute picture of their youngest, Ava, catching a wave at the beach! 

Ava catching waves!

Ava catching waves!

 Blake & I headed off to Atlantic City, NJ with Bob & Sharon for a quick-last-minute-trip.  We literally didn’t event book the trip until July 1st!  But we had a really great time, the drive-up wasn’t too bad (mind the crazy traffic outside of Washington DC) and we stayed at Bally’s Resort right on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.  Bob & Sharon celebrated their 32nd Anniversary on the 4th of July!!!  Happy Anniversary!!! and we wish you many more!

Blake & Becca with Legends in Concert, Katy Perry

Blake & Becca with Legends in Concert, Katy Perry

We went to see The Legends in Concert show that night at Bally’s and really enjoyed the performances by the likes of Katy Perry, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Britney Spears and the KING himselfElvis Presley. Each performer sang about 4 or 5 songs and even came off the stage to engage the crowd. All of the performances were SOOOOO good, but I’ll have to admit, Katy Perry was my favorite!  After the show you could pose for pictures with the casts and of course my first pick was with Katy Perry. She even told me that she liked my shoes (I won them at the WBON Fashion for your SOLE Charity Show in March!)   Following the show, we stepped out on the Boardwalk and enjoyed the fireworks.  So now it is Monday after the 4th of July and we are all back at work and fully refreshed from a few days vacation.  Make it a great week!

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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Hats, Dresses and FUN at the Great Gatsby Garden Party!

Great Gatsby Garden Party

Great Gatsby Garden Party

Over the weekend I attended a Great Gatsby Garden Party.  My good friend, Deborah Meehan, hosted the party at her lovely home in Cary.  Deborah started a group called the Wild, Wacky, Wonderful Women of the World and she hosts several parties & events throughout the year to get all of these crazy girls together.  I met Deborah a few years ago when she spoke at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch and I’ve enjoyed her friendship ever since.  She networks well in the Triangle area and it is always fun to see her!  I attended her Christmas/Holiday party in early January with my sweet friend, Christine Johnson, and we had a blast then too. For the Great Gatsby Garden Party, I took along my long-time friend, Heather Swanner. 

Outdoor party

Outdoor party

The party was held outside under a large tent and thank goodness for the big fan Deborah had outside, as it was HOT, HUMID and MUGGY!  But that is the summer here in North Carolina (and the SOUTH!)  Everyone was asked to bring food and drinks to share and summer attire with HATS was encouraged.  I mean seriously, when do I EVER get to wear a big fun HAT?!?  So I was all over this party!I had picked up a cute sunhat over the weekend while we were in Atlantic City and the big blue flower on it matched perfectly with my one-shoulder peplum dress and fancy necklace from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex & downtown Cary! 

Linda, Renee and Becca

Linda, Renee and Becca

It was so fun to see everyone dressed up and looking nice (well, as nice as you can in the summer humidity!!!)   Some of the ladies had on fun flapper dresses (Gatsby attire) and crazy cute headpieces with feathers and sparkles galore!  A fantastic friend of mine, Linda Lyons, provided music for the evening with lots of great singing, dancing and classy entrainment!  She was so fun to watch and her voice is amazing!  I saw lots of other friends there and it looked like everyone was having a great time!  Thanks so much to Deborah for the invite and for hosting such fun parties.  I saw The Great Gatsby movie earlier this year and Deborah’s Great Gatsby Garden Party was simply “Gatsby-style” all the way!

 

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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CPA Certificate is Here!

Congrats to Alicia Angell for receiving her State Board of Certified Public Account Examiners certificate in the mail today!!!  Next step is to get her a nice matted frame and to hang it in her office.  So proud of you Alicia!

Congrats Alicia!

Congrats Alicia!

Have a Great Weekend!!!!

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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Rocking the Boat with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Becca & Mary with ROTO

Becca & Mary with ROTO

I was recently installed as the new President for the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  We didn’t have a meeting in early July due to the 4th of July holiday, so my first ‘official’ meeting as Club President was last week on July 11th.  Our guest speaker had to reschedule, so instead of finding a new speaker, I just took the opportunity to speak to the club about my goals and hopes for the upcoming year.  My Sergeant at Arms, Mary Madenspacher, also took time to introduce “ROTO” to our club.  ROTO is the “Monkey on your Back”…also known as your REMINDER to bring a guest to a meeting! ROTO will pass around from member to member and the only way to pass him along, is to bring a guest with you!  Hopefully ROTO will help us increase visitors at our meetings and will lead to more members too. 

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members & Owen from Cary-MacGregor Rotary

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members & Owen from Cary-MacGregor Rotary

I also brought the life jacket along too and mentioned that it will be at the meeting each week for anyone who is with me on “rocking the boat” this year.  Another new idea called “Project Weekly” was introduced.  Project Weekly is a challenge for our Cary-Kildaire Club members to wear a Rotary shirt each week.  The theme for Rotary International is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”.  I think with Project Weekly we will be more ENGAGED with Rotary each week and we’ll be more likely to tell others and invite them to our meetings & events.  If any member can wear their shirt each week and capture that event on camera, they will receive a really cool prize/gift at the end of the 11-month challenge. 

STARS meeting

STARS meeting

I have already received photos of two members getting an early start on Project Weekly!  The challenge doesn’t officially start until August 3rd (when our new Rotary polo shirts will arrive).  I’m looking forward to the challenge myself!  I think it is going to be a great year and I’m very blessed to be part of such a wonderful club and to be able to call myself a Rotarian.  Please let me know if you ever want to join our club for dinner, we meet on Thursday evenings from 6:15pm-7:15pm at MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, NC. 

 

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 Chamber Planning Conference

Planning Conference

Planning Conference

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the Cary Chamber of Commerce Planning Conference.  This was my 3rd year in a row attending the conference down in lovely Pinehurst, NC.  The Planning Conference is a time for leaders in the community to spend time together determining the direction for the coming Chamber year in order to create the 2013-2014 Business Plan.  I always enjoy the Planning Conference as I get to meet and network with many of our local leaders, politicians and volunteers.  This year we stayed at The Carolina Pinehurst Resort, such a beautiful property!!!  The agenda on Wednesday included listening to different seminars, speakers and topics that featured everything from a Wake County Update by Wake County Commissioners to a Roundtable Discussion on Imagine Cary. 

Coming to Pinehurst in 2014

Coming to Pinehurst in 2014

We gathered for an evening social and then had dinner with Keynote Speaker, Don Padgett, II, President of Pinehurst.  He talked about he US Open 2014 Men’s & Women’s Tournaments that will be held at Pinehurst.  Thursday was a spent working in small groups in breakout work sessions with the different Vice Chairs, followed by an afternoon golf game.  I’m pleased to serve the Cary Chamber again this year as Vice Chair for Member Business Services.  I had a wonderful time at the Planning Conference, enjoyed spending time with friends and would like to say “GREAT JOB” to the 2012-2013 Cary Chamber Chair, Kathy Burns.  She did a fantastic job leading the Cary Chamber this past year and I admire her for all of her leadership!  As always, I look forward to the Planning Conference next year!  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet for great dresses to wear at the Planning Conference!  My Girlfriend’s Closet is having a BIG SUMMER SALE this weekend, go check them out and tell them you read about them in Beccasblog.com!

 

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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Back in Town from Vacation

Guess What?!?

Guess What?!?

Well HELLO!  I hear you saying “Welcome Back” to me!  That’s right, last week was our Smith Family Beach Week and five of us from the office (Smith & Smith, CPA) were gone last week for vacation.  A big THANK YOU to Alicia for keeping the office up and running while we were out-of-town.  Alicia and her family will take their vacation week at the beach in mid-August.  More to come later about our week away and pictures will be included, but wanted to let you know that WE ARE BACK!  We look forward to seeing everyone!

 

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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Beach Time Here We Come!

Smith Family Vacation 2013

Smith Family Vacation 2013

Last week was the annual Smith Family Beach Vacation week.  That’s right, all of us Smith people here at Smith & Smith, CPA packed up (everything including the kitchen sink) and headed down to North Myrtle Beach for a week of sun, sand and summer-fun (and some relaxin’ too…).  Alicia stayed at the office and kept up with the daily office duties & client customer service.  She will head down to Topsail, NC in mid-August with her family for their vacation week.  We had a wonderful vacation week, the weather was perfect, NO RAIN (can you believe that?!?!) and the full moon added some huge waves and interesting tides. 

Bob & Sharon at the theme park

Bob & Sharon at the theme park

The kids all had a blast playing together and running up and down the beach. One of the highlights of the week for me was getting to take Trent down on the pier at night and seeing a baby shark as well as a hammerhead shark!  It was really neat, especially since Trent had played the role of a hammerhead shark earlier this year in his kindergarten play.  We also had fun visiting with the great-grandparents, going to dinner, playing putt-putt, riding amusement park rides, playing video games at the arcade, walks on the beach, running in the mornings and of course…just relaxing on the beach! 

Kelsea, Aunt Becca & Campbell

Kelsea, Aunt Becca & Campbell

After the beach weekended on Saturday, we took a detour on the way home to Greenville, SC to visit with my sister, Karen, and her family.  My nieces, Campbell and Kelsea, were celebrating their baptisms at church, so we were there to witness and add our support.  We also did an early 6-year birthday party for Kelsea at Chuck-E-Cheese…always a fun experience!  Hard to believe that the summer will be wrapping up soon!  Enjoy the pool and summer sun while you can!

 

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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