December 2014 Archives

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December 2014 has Arrived!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Well, that was fast!  It’s already December 1st 2014!  Talk about a year that really went by in the blink of an eye!  Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday with your family & friends and took time to rest, relax and reflect on the many blessings in your life.  I know our family had a nice time and enjoyed the holiday break from the office.  But today is December 1st and we are back at it!  That thing called “tax season” is looming right around the corner.  December is a time when many of our tax clients call with questions about their year end taxes.  Let me take a minute to direct you to our website and monthly newsletter.  It has all kinds of helpful tips, such as “Personal Tax Exemptions for 2014”, “Income Tax Rates for 2014”, “Standard Deductions for 2014” and “Retirement Contributions Limits for 2015”.  Plus some other good articles on “Tips for Newly Married or Divorced Taxpayers” and “Six Tips for Year-End Gifts to Charity”.

Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Cheer!

Take a few minutes to look at the Smith & Smith, CPA newsletter for November and December, I think you’ll find some helpful tax tips!   Our office is also now decorated for the upcoming Holiday season, we welcome you stop by anytime!   We’ll be doing a Food Drive for the months of January-April 2015 so stay tuned for more information about that too!  Lots of things are going on this time of year, stay safe and have fun!  Happy December 1st too!  Let’s end 2014 with friendship, fun and family. 

Stop by to visit!

Stop by to visit!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Leadership Cary Economic Development

Leadership Cary Tour of The Umstead Hotel

Leadership Cary Tour of The Umstead Hotel

This year I FINALLY have the pleasure of participating in the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cary!  I’ve been wanting to do this program for years and it has finally worked out to where I can participate and represent Smith & Smith, CPA!  As defined by the Cary Chamber: “Leadership Cary is designed for area businesspeople that will soon be area leaders and helps to ensure that there is a talented pool of leadership for our future.  Participants will learn about the economic, social, cultural and political faces of the community from the leaders of today.”  The program runs from November till April and involves about 2 meetings per month.

Kyle Greer of the Cary Chamber Speaks on Economic Development in Cary

Kyle Greer of the Cary Chamber Speaks on Economic Development in Cary

Yesterday was my first session (I missed the ropes course in November as I as in Maine).  Our session yesterday was on Economic Development and was held at SAS Campus in Cary.   The day involved hearing from local economic leaders such as Joe Milazzo of Regional Transportation Alliance, Skip Hill of Highwoods Properties, Kyle Greer of the Cary Chamber and many more leaders.  We were treated to lunch at The Umstead, oh the food was SOOOOOOOOOOOO good!  We ended the day with a tour of The Umstead, what a fantastic place for Cary to have!  I enjoyed the Leadership Cary Economic Session and learned a lot about Cary, like why companies choose to come here, what makes them stay and what things we need to plan and prepare for in the future for Cary to continue to be an amazing place to live work and play!  Our next Leadership Cary session is December 18th and it is all about Community Service!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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The Gifting Tree Project in Cary!

The Gifting Tree Project

The Gifting Tree Project

Oh such exciting times!  Smith & Smith, CPA is excited to be a participant in the The Gifting Tree Project this year, hosted by The Town of Cary.  This project has been going on for just a few years and it’s a way to ‘dress up’ downtown Cary with Christmas trees for the holiday season.   The Gifting Tree Project invites families, organizations, companies, schools and nonprofits to decorate a Christmas tree in downtown Cary for the month of December.  This year, there is  “TWIST”!!!!!  The winning tree with the most votes (yes, it is online voting) will have a $500 donation made to the nonprofit of their choice.  Thanks to Belle at the Jones House for being the sponsor of the charitable gift for The Gifting Tree Project.   Yesterday afternoon was the ‘decoration time’ so twenty-seven different groups all got creative and artistic and decorated their 6-7′ trees in their own unique ways.  All of the trees require ‘solar’ lights, so some groups had solar spotlights and some trees had solar tree lights (ours has the solar tree lights).

Money Ball

Money Ball

I also spent time over the past few weeks make cutemoney’ themed decorations….I had to get creative with my ornaments as there aren’t a lot of ‘money’ ones out there to choose from.  Thankfully the Dollar Tree has ‘large fake money bills’ so I used those inside of clear glass balls.  I also decorated some ceramic ornaments with our name.  Many thanks to Mary Madenspacher of Life Experiences and Alicia Angel for coming to help me decorate our tree.  It was fun to walk around and see the other trees and get some good ideas for next year.  I’d also like to give a SHOUT-OUT to the Rotary Clubs of Cary…all 5 clubs came together and created a “ROTARY TREE”.   It looks great and I even made a few ornaments for it myself.  Cary Visual Art also has a very fun tree downtown and so does my friend Holly Beerman of Beerman Construction!

Smith & Smith, CPA The Gifting Tree Project

Smith & Smith, CPA The Gifting Tree Project

The Gifting Tree Project will be on display until Tuesday, December 30th.  Voting for the trees takes place online and the winner will receive The People’s Choice Winner Award & $500 to their Charity of Choice.  Voting starts THIS WEEK, Saturday, December 6th and goes through Saturday, December 20th.  You can vote only one time.  You can look at the website now but they won’t have all of the trees listed and photographed and ready for voting until Saturday.  There will also be a panel of judges who will score each tree based on Representation of Organization/Company, Representation of Holiday Spirit, Originality & Creativity, and Overall Presentation.

The Gifting Tree Project sign

The Gifting Tree Project sign

Some people might be wondering why our CPA firm would participate in this project…and as the Director of Marketing, I see many benefits in participation!  First of all, The Gifting Tree Project a “community project” and I’ve always been a big believer in not only doing ‘business’ in your community, but being INVOLVED with all parts of the community, especially artistic and creative ones like this.  Plus ever single tree has a sign beside of it…so think of all the people who will pass by and see our tree and our company name during the month of December!  That’s some good publicity!!!!  We appreciate you votes for Smith & Smith, CPA in The Gifting Tree ProjectThanks Town of Cary!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Raleigh Dream Events Photo Booth and MORE!

Coppus Christmas Party with Raleigh Dream Events

Coppus Christmas Party with Raleigh Dream Events

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting to attend Christmas parties with Blake. We are fortunate to be invited to several and last Friday night was our first one. Many thanks to Tia and Ethan Coppus for inviting us to their 5th Annual Coppus Christmas Party. We had a blast seeing lots of friends and were thrilled to see one of our Smith & Smith, CPA clients at the party, Raleigh Dream Events. RDE is owned by Katie and Chris Cardo and they have been a client for about a year and they are really taking the Limo, Photo Booth Rental and Uplighting & Monograms industry in the Triangle area by storm!

Great Christmas Time!

Great Christmas Time!

Tia hired them to bring a really fun and interactive Photo Booth to the Christmas party. We had such a blast taking tons and tons of photos! I highly recommend Raleigh Dream Events photo booth for ANY fun event you want to have…all year long too! And the other entertainers were a blast too at the Coppus Christmas Party: My Chef Catering, Gary Mitchell Band, and Danny at the Wine Cellar. Cheers to Christmas parties, good friends and awesome clients!

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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

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Community Service with Leadership Cary

Leadership Cary Community Service Day

Leadership Cary Community Service Day

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work the Salvation Army Toy Shop with my Cary-Kildaire Rotary ClubThe Toy Shop is the ‘final stage’ of the Angel Tree Project for the Salvation Army.  Volunteers gather at the large warehouse in Raleigh to help distribute gifts to the parents who have applied to be on the Angel Tree.  This is always such a busy day, filled with excitement (seeing the parents pick out toys for their children) and emotional (seeing the needs of others in our community and the gratitude of the parents).

Toy Shop Salvation Army

Toy Shop Salvation Army

This year I was pleased to work the Toy Shop with Leadership Cary.  Thursday was our Community Service Day, so we met at the Chamber and took a bus to the warehouse in downtown Raleigh.  We were for 5 hours helping parents through the Toy Shop(picking out 2 toys per child), gathering their bags from the donation center and spinning the wheel with hopes of winning a brand new bike!  The bikes in Raleigh are donated by Triangle Spokes Group, this makes the 8th year in a row that this group has partnered with The Salvation Army.  This year the goal was to give away 500 bikes and helmets.

Bikes for Triangle Spokes Group

Bikes for Triangle Spokes Group

The Toy Shop for The Salvation Army takes place over 3 days, the days begin early and go till later in the afternoon, with several hundred families coming through.  Our Leadership Cary group worked in all different parts of the Toy Shop, some filling orders in the back, while others helped to carry bags to cars, and yet more helped with parents as they shopped in the Toy Shop.  The day went fast and I was able to help about 5-7 families an hour.  I got soooooooooo excited when one of my families would win a bike!  Jumping and shouting because you know that is going to make a child so happy for Christmas!   After the we finished our shift of work at the Toy Shop, we boarded the bus and returned to the Cary Chamber.  During lunch we were able to hear several speakers talk who represent many of the nonprofit groups in Cary.  It was a very special day and I enjoyed it so much!  Many thanks to Christie Moser for organizing the whole day and for being the fearless leader for Leadership Cary (hosted by the Cary Chamber of Commerce).

Aware Senior Care

Aware Senior Care

And a shout-out to Smith & Smith, CPA client, Tim Murray.  Tim and his wife, Gina, are making a difference in our community with their business, Aware Senior Care.  They offer companion care, personal care, education & consultation, plus live-in and 24/7 care for their clientsAware Senior Care offers a guarantee with their personal and quality caregiving services.  Their motto is “Guiding Your Way.  Live Well at Home”.   Tim stopped by to see Blake and dropped off one of the care-bags that they are using as part of their marketing materials.

It’s Friday!!!!  Enjoy your 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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas to YOU and Happy New Year 2015

card3Talk about a year that went fast!  And I can only assume that 2015 is going to be on fast-forward too.  Hopefully we can all find some joy, happiness and blessings in the year to come.  Thank you for your continued support and business to Smith & Smith, CPA.  This coming year will make our 20th year in business and we continue to grow each year.  We are looking forward to working with you in 2015 and always have an open door to helping clients and referrals.  card 1The year will start out busy and strong with TAX SEASON for filing those 2014 business and personal tax returns.  Before you know it we’ll look down and it will be April 15th!   Take a look at our End of the Year Newsletter as you will find lots of helpful tips as far as Important Tax Filing Dates, Office Hours for the Holidays and lots of other good information.  I’ve also included some funny Accounting & CPA Christmas humor cartoons for your enjoyment.

May your Christmas be wonderful and your New Year 2015 Blessed and Safe!   Happy Holidays!

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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.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone