June 2014 Archives

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How Fresh is Your Meal? Check out Fresh Healthy Cafe!

Hope you had a great weekend!  It is already June 9th an the Summertime in North Carolina is in FULL SWING!

Fresh Healthy Cafe COMING SOON!

Fresh Healthy Cafe COMING SOON!

I’m so excited to tell you about a new restaurant opening in the Triangle area!  Coming soon to The Streets of Southpoint Mall is Fresh Healthy Cafe (and they are clients of Smith & Smith, CPA).  I had the pleasure today of meeting with the wonderful family that is bringing this franchise to North Carolina, the Maltrotti Family!  Rosemarie and Stephen came by our office to chat with me about social media and marketing ideas.  They definitely know that it is important to have a marketing presence online and we had a great time discussing some ideas and options for Fresh Healthy Cafe.  For me that is the best part of Beccasblog.com…that I can use it to help promote our clients and talk about the awesome things going on in their businesses.   Fresh Healthy Cafe will be open sometime later this summer in August/September and they are hoping to use local produce from farmers in NC.  I can’t wait to try them out!

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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Pig Pickin’ in the Park…BEST YET!

Smith Family

Smith Family

This past Saturday, June 7th, was the 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  The event was held at Bond Park Senior Center in Cary and was an evening event from 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM.  This is our club’s ‘signature’ event and one that takes LOTS and LOTS of planning, preparation, time and energy.  But it is ALL worth it!  It’s a fundraiser for the James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Humanitarian Fund.  Meaning that ALL of the monies raised from this event go to our college scholarships and humanitarian/community work in the area and around the globe!

Alicia and Family

Alicia and Family

The weather was PERFECT for Saturday, we had a HUGE crowd of over 700 people, delicious food from White Swan BBQ (Eastern Style), plus games out on the courtyard, classic car out front, fire truck (thank you Town of Cary),  a BIKINI BUS, a clown and live bluegrass band!  Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud Hog Wild Sponsor for this event for many years and Blake & I are happy to support as Whole Hog Sponsors.  We invite our entire family to attend and have tickets left over to share with friends.  Thanks to all of our sponsors, we had a record year with nearly 170 sponsors!!!!!

Top Sponsors!

Top Sponsors!

Our club members work very hard to make this event happen and it would never take place without their dedication, plus the dedication of their families!  We love ALL of our Rotary Families!!!!   One of the best parts of the whole event was seeing so many of our NEW members getting involved and helping with the Pig Pickin‘.  They were all smiles as they served food on the food line, poured drinks and worked the take-out outside in the hot summer sun!  The 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park was our BIGGEST event year EVER and we are so grateful and look forward to putting all of the funds raised to good use!  See you for the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!

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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Music for TAP and Flags for Rotary

Happy Friday!  Not only is it Friday…but it is Friday the 13th AND a FULL MOON!  How often does that happen?

Posters for TAP Unlimited

Posters for TAP Unlimited

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having a delicious lunch with my friend, Maura Silverman at Dorry’s Downtown Deli in beautiful downtown Cary.  Maura is the Founder and Executive Director for TAP Unlimited, Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited.  I met Maura a few years ago through a mutual friend who has Aphasia and our paths have crossed several other times through various networking groups.  Maura is very passionate about helping people with Aphasia and educating their family and friends on ways to effectively communicate with them.  TAP Unlimited has their “signature event” coming up in a few weeks on Saturday, June 27th, at Cypress Manor.  The evening event will feature a special evening of life music by The Jason Adamo Band, cocktail hour, a performance by the TAP Choral Group, Silent Auction, Balloon Pop and Wine Wall!  Tickets can be purchased online HERE and all proceeds from this event will help benefit TAP patients throughout the Triangle area.  Sounds like such a fun evening and I hope you can make plans to attend!  And our lunch at Dory’s was very good too (fresh food and made to order)!  Thanks to Dorry’s for being a sponsor of our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park this past weekend too! Dorry's Downtown Deli and Catering on Urbanspoon

Chris Heaney with Becca Smith

Chris Heaney with Becca Smith

My year as Club President of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club is coming to an end very soon…been such a fantastic year!  Last night I had the pleasure of trading Rotary club flags with Chris Heaney from the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club in Florida (a breakfast club with over 100 club members!!!).  Chris is a Captain in the US Navy and works in the Navy Recruiting Region East.  He was visiting the Raleigh area for a special Navy installation service and took time to visit our club for dinner and a make-up.  I’ve had the opportunity to trade Rotary Flags several times this year and it has been a highlight for me for sure!  Chris was very nice and said he enjoyed hearing about the success of our signature event, Pig Pickin’ in the Park, as his club does a similar fundraising event.  Thanks for stopping by Chris and for the open invitation to visit the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club!

Thanks so much to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends Closet for styling me in this colorful summer blouse!  MGC has tons of great items for your summer wardrobe and all of the shoes, jewelry and accessories you need to match!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

Have a GREAT weekend and a VERY Happy Father’s Day to my daddy, Michael Fleenor, to my father-in-law, Bob Smith, to my husband, Blake Smith and Grandfathers, William Lawhorne, Jack Smith, and Ray Snyder.

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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A Sunny Day on the Golf Course

Member Guest Hole Sponsor

Member Guest Hole Sponsor

Last Monday, June 9th, Blake and Cam had the privilege of playing in the Cary Chamber of Commerce Member Guest Golf Tournament.  This is the 4th or 5th year in a row for Smith & Smith, CPAto support the event and be a “Hole Sponsor”.   This year Blake and Cam invited Dennis Sargent and Jordan Nail to join them on the course.  The golf tournament was held at Prestonwood Country Club and there was 156 golfers playingParagon Bank was the main sponsor and the weather was perfect, sunny and hot!  The golfers were treated with swag-bags and a boxed lunch, plus a beverage cart, sponsored by Pepsi,  that made several rounds on the course that day, stopping to keep the players hydrated.

Smith & Smith, CPA with friends

Smith & Smith, CPA with friends

The course featured several ‘challenge holes‘ with a Hole-in-One sponsored by Hendrick Cary Auto Mall with a BRAND NEW car up for grabs if a golfer was lucky to get a hole-in-one!  After the tournament there was a huge table of food by The Butchers Market and Rey’s Restaurant, plus tons of prizes.  The Cary Chamber relies on their awesome Ambassadors to help volunteer for this event, working the check-in station, driving the beverage cart and sitting at the hole-in-one.  It is always such a pleasure to be involved with the Cary Chamber, they go above and beyond to support our local business community!

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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Welcome to the Office!

This smiling group of guys was waiting on me when I arrived at the office today!  Don’t they look nice in their ‘matching’ blue shirts!?!?!

The MEN of Smith & Smith, CPA

The MEN of Smith & Smith, CPA

 

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 DELICIOUS Time on the Charleston Culinary Tour

Culinary Tour

Culinary Tour

This past weekend Blake and I slipped down to Charleston, South Carolina with friends Dennis and Dana Sargent.  Dennis is a long-time friend and referral partner of Smith & Smith, CPA and happens to be in the same BNI group as Blake.  Blake and Dennis have become good friends over the years, so they invited us along to Charleston to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.  Best part was that they let ME plan the whole weekend!  We had a great time in this charming southern town and one of the coolest things we did was a Charleston Culinary Tour.  I’ve heard about culinary tours in other towns (like Asheville, NC) but this was our first time experiencing one firsthand.  And I have NOTHING but GOOD things to say about the whole culinary tourCharleston Culinary Tours offers a series of four tours that are held on different days of the week and at different times.

Tour Begins

Tour Begins

They include: Historic Downtown, Upper King Street, Chef’s Showcase at the Farmer’s Market and Mixology Tour.  They cover over 30 different restaurants & bars and each tour is different and unique.  The Charleston Culinary Tour is a great way to experience Charleston history, food and drinks all at once!  We did the Historic Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm.  Our tour included visiting three different restaurants and tasting eight different dishes.

Eli's Table

Eli’s Table

We met up with our tour guide, Glenn Morehead (Managing Partner) and the others at Southend Brewery and Smokehouse.  We had 3 mini-tastings here including she-crab soup, barbeque with coleslaw and beef brisket.  Very good! As we walked from restaurant to restaurants Glenn engaged the group by telling us stories about Charleston and highlighting other restaurants along the way.  Our second stop was Eli’s Table.

Goat Cheese Salad at The Drawing Room

Goat Cheese Salad at The Drawing Room

This restaurant takes pride in having ingredients that are from local farmers and delivered on a daily basis.   The manager came out to greet our table and shared a little bit about their menu and their food culture.  We had watermelon gazpacho (OMG….sooooo good and my first time having this dish!!!) plus some delicious shrimp and grits (again, a first for me!)  On the way to our next stop Glenn took us past a church where we learned the difference between a graveyard and  cemetery, plus more fascinating historical points about Charleston.

Cake Pop Dessert

Cake Pop Dessert

Glenn pointed out how important a head chef is to a restaurant in Charleston, as there are over 800 restaurants in the Charleston/Mount Pleasant area and more than 1,000 bars! WOW!  Our last stop was at The Vendue The Drawing Room, and the Head Chef, Jon, came out to our table and talked about our dishes.  I think this was my FAVORITE place as the salad, fish and dessert were all just so delicious and again, foods/dishes that I have never had before!

Dinner with friends at Burwells

Dinner with friends at Burwells

The salad had goat cheese, the fish had been caught fresh that morning and the dessert was cake pops without the stick!   Yummy yummy!   The culinary tour ended after dessert around 4:30pm and we slipped upstairs to the rooftop to see check out the view.   I knew we were going to have fun on the Charleston Culinary Tour, but it really went on to surpass my expectations!   Thanks to Glenn for a great tour and a fantastic experience! Glenn was able to help recommend other places for dinner during our visit and upon his recommendation we went to Burwell’s StoneFireGrill on Saturday night and it too was wonderful! My college girlfriend, Lindsey, and her boyfriend, Tim, joined us for dinner too.   We ordered the hot-lava rocks where we cooked our own appetizer steaks and our main entrees were also very good.  Blake said it was one of the best steaks he’s ever had.  Lindsey and I shared the hamburger (based on good reviews on YELP) and they were correct!

The Black Fedora with the CLOWN

The Black Fedora with the CLOWN

After dinner at Burwell’s we went on the Dark Side of Charleston Tour with Bulldog tours.  The tour was good and indeed lives up to the name of dark’ and for ‘adults only’.  The rest of our weekend included other great places to eat, a visit to The USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter, plus a fantastic evening at The Black Fedora, a local Comedy Murder Mystery Theater.  We had the best time at The Black Fedora and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone going to Charleston who wants something fun and totally different!  So for an easy 4 1/2 hour drive down I95, you can have a totally wonderful weekend exploring Charleston!  Only thing is that you need MORE then just a 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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Triangle Ladies Networking Luncheon

Ladies Networking Luncheon with Beth Wood

Ladies Networking Luncheon with Beth Wood

Today was the Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon, one of the BEST ladies networking events in the Triangle area!  It was so much fun to see everyone as the luncheon has moved to QUARTERLY for the 2014 year so the last time we had a meeting was in March!   Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a GOLD Sponsor for this ladies networking luncheon, and part of being a GOLD sponsor means we get 4 guest seats, a VIP lunch table, a vendor table in a prime location, mention on the website & emails, plus a shout-out from the podium by Carrie Peele (Founder of TLPL and Blue Diamond Limo).   Trevor and Alicia went with me from our office and Susan Pruskin of Susan Pruskin Consulting and Maura Silverman of TAP Unlimited were also our guests today.

Maura and Becca

Maura and Becca

Maura’s signature event with TAP Unlimited is this Friday night and she was very excited to share the news with other ladies at the networking luncheon.  We had our vendor table set-up with the Las Vegas Jackpot Machine (thanks to Beth Donnor of Diversified Planning for letting us borrow it) and as ladies stopped by our table they got to play around or two on the slot machine as we encouraged them to “Not Gamble with Accounting & Taxes”.   The ladies networking luncheon speaker was Billie Redmond, CEO for TradeMark Properties.  Billie shared her story of being a top leader in the predominately male world of commercial real estate.  Her company is 30 years old and has been very successful over the years.  She talked about keeping things in perspective and about a book she read a few years ago and changed her outlook on life and business.  I enjoyed hearing her speak.   I was happy to have Trevor there with me to experience a different type of marketing & networking event.  Trevor is our Summer Intern from Appalachian State and is planning to major in Accounting and Marketing.

WBON of Cary

WBON of Cary

I had the pleasure of introducing him to Beth Wood, CPA and North Carolina State Auditor after the meeting. WBON of Cary was also there as a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 year and were busy promoting their upcoming Summer Social on July 15th at Patrick Jane’s Pizza in Cary (beside of Trader Joes).  They had a very creative table and marketing technique today!   I look forward to the next Triangle Ladies Networking Luncheon that will be held on September 9th with the Founder of Dress for Success, Pat Nathan, as the guest speaker!  Thank you so much to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex, for dressing me for the ladies networking luncheon in the Hana Cap-Sleeve Colorblock White & Yellow Kate Spade dress.  I had SO many compliments on the bright yellow and encouraged them all to check out the summer dresses, shoes and fabulous accessories 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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Fit Bloggin’ and Learning

Sponsor Swag

Sponsor Swag

Wow!  So I am attending Fit Bloggin’ 2014 Conference in Savannah, Georgia and LEARNING SO many new cool things about bloggin’, videos, Google+ and MORE!!!  This is a great opportunity to hear about all the new technology and bring it back to MY blog to help promote our awesome Smith & Smith, CPA clients!!!  Very cool vendors and sponsors here too!  Check out all of the cool sponsor swag that came with my registration bag!  We were HOOKED-UP with lots of cool goodies!

RunDisney

RunDisney

Lunch was hosted and sponsored by RunDisney.  And yes….guess who was here!!?!  Mickey Mouse himself!  The RunDisney lunch sponsor spoke on the importance of using different social media platforms to get your message across.  One example was their upcoming Star Wars Marathon Race in January 2015.  RunDisney used several different social media platforms over a series of a few hours to announce the race (Twitter, Instagram video, Facebook post) and the race sold out within a few hours!   All very good info to know and use!  Thanks to Sarah Canney of www.runfargirl.com and her friend Jes D’Avanza from Runladylike.com for letting me join in with them on the RunDisney Mickey Mouse picture!

More coming soon from Fit Bloggin’ 2014!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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Cary, NC 27511

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