January 2014 Archives

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Healthy Cooking and Healthy Shopping!

So did you have a good New Year 2014?  I hope you did.  Blake & I rang in the New Year with friends at the Carolina Hurricanes hockey game, it was a FANTASTIC game, came down to the very end and the Canes won! YEA! 

Louis with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Louis with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Speaking of winning, Blake has really been a winner in the weight-loss area.  He has lost nearly 50 pounds and is still going!  He started in September 2013 and has been working with Louis Vitiello.  Louis is an Integrative Health Coach and Blake met Louis through his BNI group.  Blake hired Louis after having a free consultation with him and the results have been wonderful!  I had Louis come and speak at our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting last week, held at Tom Yum Thai (MacGregor Country Club is closed for 2 weeks in January).

Raw Pad Thai

Raw Pad Thai

Louis did a fantastic job talking about our Rotary Club, he shared his personal story of loosing over 200 lbs himself…all as a result of a 4-letter word…FEAR.  I found his story to be very inspiring, not only to those who want to loose weight, but also to those who are seeking to live a healthier lifestyle and overcome the FEAR in their lives.  Louis also worked with Blake over the holiday season on some good healthy cooking options.  Louis does this service with his clients and it was one of the many reasons that Blake hired him; he really does invest in your whole life, not just the part about loosing weight.  Check out this Raw Pad Thai that Louis taught Blake to make!  He cooked this dish (picture of my plate) for my family during Christmas!  Yes, it taste just as delicious as it looks!  Stay tuned to see how much more weight Blake looses as a result of working with Louis and I’ll share some more food along the way too.

Juicy Couture shoes at My Girlfriend's Closet

Juicy Couture shoes at My Girlfriend’s Closet

Do you have any money left over from the holidays?? Well, hopefully you do and I know JUST THE PLACE where you should spend it!  My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex has a HUGE supply of BRAND NEW Juicy Couture Shoes!  They are selling them for ¼ of the original price and have a nice selection of these lovely shoes, however, they are only in size 6 ½ and 9 ½.  So if that is your size, then you are in luck!  Go check them out and tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase! 

Here’s to a fantastic 2014 for ALL of us!

Our Smith & Smith, CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are excited about 2014.  We are taking on new clients and we’d love to work with YOU!  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!  Thank you to all of our amazing referral partners and community supporters!  Here’s to a GREAT 2014!

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Corporate Games, First Year Teachers and Women’s Giving

Alisa & Becca

Alisa & Becca

In late 2013 we started hearing this buzz about the Corporate Games of Cary…it was being talked about at the Cary Chamber Business Expo and also at other Cary Chamber events.  Last week I had the opportunity to learn more about it.  Fit & Able Productions, Inc. is producing the event along with several other community businesses and sponsors.  The owners of Fit & Able, Alisa & Travis Wright Colopy (mother and son team) hosted a Lunch & Learn last week at the Cary Chamber called “Regifting Your Fitness”.  During the luncheon Alisa talked about the importance of being physically fit and healthy and how the Corporate Games of Cary were going to serve as a yearlong mini-Olympics for Cary businesses, families and friends. I’m looking forward to having Smith & Smith, CPA participate!

Cary Chamber Education Committee

Cary Chamber Education Committee

The Cary Chamber also hosted the monthly Education Committee Meeting last week.  I used to be a regular attendee on this committee but then had a conflict each month with another group, so I’ve missed being able to attend the Education Committee.  Last week lunch was sponsored by Huntington Learning Center and we had food from Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza Bar.  During the meeting we created an assembly line to assemble the First Year Teacher Awards for Western Wake County teachers.  These awards (an apple etched inside of a glass tower) are given each year on behalf of the Cary Chamber and the Education Committee to FIRST YEAR teachers…not first year in their school, but FIRST YEAR ever!

First Year Teacher Awards

First Year Teacher Awards

We know that teaching is a tough, challenging but rewarding profession and this is our small way of encouraging them and saying thank you.  Kuddos to Allison Wrenn, Director of Finance & Education for the Cary Chamber on having all of the gift bag items so organized and ready to be assembled.  It went really well!  We then divided up all of the awards/gifts (there were over 80 bags!!!) and delivered them to all of the schools.  I took the gifts to Farmington Woods Elementary school, very close to our office.  Congrats to all of those teachers!

Cary Women's Giving Network

Cary Women’s Giving Network

And a very-late-mention of the Cary Women’s Giving Network…we had a post-holiday social on December 27th that was hosted by Virginia Anthony & Sheila Ogle at Sheila’s house in downtown Cary.   I am so proud to be part of this wonderful group of women and love the work that we do in the community.  It was a very nice event and I’m looking forward to a fun and busy year with the Women’s Giving Network in 2014.  Would love to have you join us if interested!   It’s about local women operating together to bring resources to the needy in our community.       

 Thanks as always to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Cary and downtown Apex for dressing me with such style! I got this fur vest there for Christmas and the yellow silk embezzled top was a selection by Lois.  Both stores still have tons of great winter items…be sure to ask about their fleece leggings and mention Beccasblog.com for a 10% discount. 

Our Smith & Smith, CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are excited about 2014.  We are taking on new clients and we’d love to work with YOU!  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!  Thank you to all of our amazing referral partners and community supporters!  Here’s to a GREAT 2014!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Athena Powerlink…Women-Owned!

Last year in 2013 Bob had the opportunity to get involved with the Athena Powerlink of the Triangle. 

Athena Powerlink of the Triangle

Athena Powerlink of the Triangle

The group was headed up by longtime friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Carrie Peele, owner of Blue Diamond Limo in Raleigh, NC.  Bob was invited to be part of the Governors Board for the Athena Powerlink of the Triangle.  Athena Powerlink is an advisory program that is designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses.  Athena was formed in 1999 and serves as a ‘link’ by connecting a women business owner with a volunteer panel of adviser from the local community.   The panel and business owner work together for one year to meet specific objectives of the business owner.  Bob’s main role with the Governors Board was to help select a candidate from the group of applicants who would be the first woman for the Athena Powerlink of the Triangle.  

Lisa with Becca

Lisa with Becca

After much debate and discussion, the group decided on Lisa Howell, owner of Spoken-4 Communications in Durham, NC.  Lisa leads a team of dynamic & innovative speech-language and occupational therapy professionals who reach out to meet the needs of the “communication impaired” and/or developmentally delayed children and their families in our community.  I had the opportunity to meet Lisa last week at the Athena Powerlink of the Triangle social at Carrie’s house.  Alicia and I will serve as Advisers on the panel board in the areas of accounting & marketing.  Congrats to Lisa and her team!!! Smith & Smith, CPA is looking forward to working with you and the other Athena Powerlink of the Triangle advisers this year!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet, a high-end consignment store for women located in downtown Cary and downtown Apex, for the beautiful tunic that I wore to the social!  Lois styled it for me with a pair of their fleece lined leggings…oh my gosh so warm and comfortable!  Stop by their stores and tell them you read Beccablog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Our Smith & Smith, CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are excited about 2014.  We are taking on new clients and we’d love to work with YOU!  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!  Thank you to all of our amazing referral partners and community supporters!  Here’s to a GREAT 2014!

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Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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ShopLocalRaleigh 4th Friday Social

Happy COLD Friday!!!  January is going by fast, only one more Friday left in January 2014.  Today was the 4th Friday Social for ShopLocalRaleigh.  

4th Friday ShopLocalRaleigh Social

4th Friday ShopLocalRaleigh Social

We all gathered this morning at Joint Venture Jewelry & Peachy Keen in Cary, NC.  The 4th Friday Social is a monthly event that is offered by ShopLocalRaleigh to all members and guests.  Each month it rotates around to different locations in the Triangle Area.  The event is from 8:30am-10:00am and involves some FRESH coffee, light refreshments and lots of great networking.

Mica, Laura, Becca and Robin

Mica, Laura, Becca and Robin

  I arrived shortly after 9:00am this morning…having to get two boys to two different schools and then drive across town was a time crunch for me, but I made it work and got there in time for the large circle networking.  The large circle networking is everyone’s favorite part; we form a large circle and then go around one at a time to meet each other.  Jennifer Martin, the Executive Director for ShopLocalRaleigh, always gives us a question or topic to discuss during our introductions.

 

Donna, Karly and Kim

Donna, Karly and Kim

This morning she asked us to identify an issue or concern that we are seeking help with as small business owners.  We had lots of new first time visitors at the social this morning, which is always great, as we want ShopLocalRaleigh to keep growing and growing and growing!  I had a nice conversation with Gary Chvatal, owner of Flicko’s Video Workshops in Cary; it was his first time at a ShopLocalRaleigh event.  The more people we can get to shop local and spend local, the better off we will all be as small business owners.

 

Yummy Cupcake!

Yummy Cupcake!

I enjoyed meeting some of the new members/visitors and really liked the cupcakes that were made by Laura McMillan, Baker & Decorator of Confectionate Cakes.  Jen Hankin, Director of Communication for Peachy Keen & Joint Venture Jewelry, spoke to the group about their Dinner & Diamonds Facebook Contest.  The contest features submitted photos from Facebook followers who are defining “What is Love”, they are then asked to get their friends to vote (you can vote daily) for their photos.  What’s a stake you ask…wellll…. winner with the MOST votes gets Diamond Stud Earrings from Joint Venture Jewelry and Dinner for TWO ($150 value) at Oro Restaurant in Raleigh!  Blake and I have submitted a picture, so I would REALLY appreciate your votes!  You can vote once a day between NOW and Feb 11th.   They are also giving away prizes for Cutest Couple and Best Definition of “What is Love”. 

"What is Love" for Dinner & Diamonds

“What is Love” for Dinner & Diamonds

They will award the winners at their Valentine’s Day Panic Party on Wednesday, February 12th.  Great idea and being a member of ShopLocalRaleigh gives JVJ and PK a fantastic opportunity to promote and grow not only the contest…but also their business!  Join us for the NEXT 4th Friday ShopLocalRaleigh social at Ray Price Harley-Davidson in downtown Raleigh (February 28th).  I got a super cute shoulder bag at Peachy Keen during the social, one that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and I can’t wait to carry it! 

Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Cary and downtown Apex for styling me on this COLD Friday morning in the colorful BCBG Maxazria wrap dress and the Stella & Stevie San Francisco leopard faux-fur jacket (wearing in the contest picture).  They are having their WINTER Clearance Sale right now!  Stop by to see them! 

 Tax season is in full swing!  We are accepting new clients and the phones & emails are very busy with inquires for service and appointments are coming in strong.  Thank you so much!  We love working with all of our clients and we appreciate your business!  Thank you for referring to Smith & Smith, CPA!  

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Shop Talk with the N&O and Snowy Carolina

Alicia and Becca at Shop Talk for the N&O

Alicia and Becca at Shop Talk for the N&O

Yesterday evening Alicia and I attended a very nice event that was held at the Cary Chamber called Shop Talk Social.  The event was strictly for small business owners and was sponsored by The News & Observer and BCBS.  Several of the writers and editors of the N&O were at the event and took time to mix and mingle with all of the guests.  We are a big fan of the Shop Talk section of the N&O that runs every Tuesday, Blake has been quoted in there several times.  Thanks to the Cary Chamber for hosting and to the N&O, BCBS and all of the participants!  What a fun networking social!

Snow 2014

Snow 2014

Hope you enjoyed all of the snow this week!  It was a pretty crazy snowstorm for us in North Carolina.  Our schools have been closed since Tuesday, so this has hardly felt like a ‘normal’ workweek!  I had a nice time staying home on Wednesday with our boys and playing out in the snow with neighbors and friends.  Here is a cute picture of us in the snow…getting ready to head out in search of a hill to sleigh ride down with our discs.  Have a fun and safe weekend!

  Tax Time Filing is here!!!!!!!!!

Tax season is in full swing!  We are accepting new clients and the phones & emails are very busy with inquires for service and appointments are coming in strong.  Thank you so much!  We love working with all of our clients and we appreciate your business!  Thank you for referring to Smith & Smith, CPA!  

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax