October 2015 Archives

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Ready to Roll & Back in the Saddle

Texas NASA Museum in Houston

Texas NASA Museum in Houston

So my blog has been on a little bit of a break….we were gone to Texas for a 10-day family vacation and it really was an awesome time!   It was our first time to Texas and the first time for our boys to be on an airplane, so lots of fun.  We went to Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin.   Perfect weather and many memories!   I did keep an eye on my work email while we were gone (I mean, can you ever ‘really’ get away from emails anymore???) but I didn’t do any blogging while we were gone.  And this week back to work has gone SO FAST!   So here it is Friday and I wanted to get a blog posted so that my blog didn’t end up in the ‘blog cemetery’!

Governor’s Award for Rotary

Governor's Award

Governor’s Award

One of my goals this year was to earn the Rotary District Governor’s Award.   This is a new award this year, started by our Rotary District Governor, Newman Aguiar.  In order to earn the Governor’s Award, you have to complete three specific things by the end of December 2015.   The three steps are: 1) Bring in a New Member to Rotary 2) Make a donation to the Rotary Foundation and 3) Perform an act of Service in your Rotary Club.   I am pleased to say that I have completed all three tasks and last night I was presented with my Rotary pin for the Governor’s Award!   Many thanks to District Governor Nominee, Donna Peffley, for attending our meeting last night and presenting the award.  I am thrilled!  Donna has a tradition of giving a pineapple to all of the award winners when she presents their pin, hence the pineapples in the picture.   I do love a pineapple, being that I was a Hospitality Management undergrad at East Carolina University many years ago, the pineapple was our symbol, so the gift of the pineapple was very special to me.

Charlie, Donna & Becca

Charlie, Donna & Becca

I am also happy to have Kelly Gates of the Kraft Family YMCA as my new member!   Kelly is super and is going to bring so much energy and opportunities for us to be involved in the community through her work with the YMCA.   Congrats also to my fellow club member, Charlie Hatch (and fellow ECU Pirate!) for earning his Governor’s Award pin last night too.   Charlie and I are the 3rd and 4th members of our club to earn the pin!  I hope we have many more by the end of December!   And a BIG thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the BEAUTIFUL blue Michael Kors dress!  It was a fantastic color and easy to wear!   Check them out for all of your Fall & Winter wardrobes.  They have been doing buy-outs the past few weeks and have tons of gorgeous merchandise in their stores!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Business friends for October

Business friends for October

Have a great weekend!  Shout-out to my awesome girlfriends!

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Winner for Bull Burger Battle in World Food Championships

Congrats to The Corner Tavern!

So HOW exciting is this…one of our clients, The Corner Tavern & Grill of Cary, just won FIRST PLACE in the 2015 Bull Outdoor Regional Best Burger Battle!  This was one of six best burger competitions that is hosted by Bull Outdoor Products around the country and The Corner Tavern won for our region!   They now move to the World Food Championships in November with a chance to win $100,000 grand prize!  The World Food Competition will feature contest in the categories of: Barbecue, Chili, Sandwich, Burger, Dessert, Bacon, Seafood and Recipe.  The theme for this year is FRESH.  Best of luck to The Corner Tavern and stop by to see them and have a burger and tell them CONGRATS and BEST OF LUCK!!

Cary Visual Art Ball 2015

Layout 1The 19th Annual Cary Visual Art Ball is just a month away!  I am proud to volunteer with Cary Visual Art and serve this year as the Co-Chair for the Art Ball.  It’s going to be fantastic and always is a night of glamour, dinner, dancing and of course…ART!  There will be an art sale featuring over 50 artist with prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery, pottery and more!  If you have never been, then this is YOUR year to attend!   Please let me know if you would like me to mail you the Art Ball invite.  They are gorgeous and it will get you excited to attend!

Lunch Meeting with Glass & Clubreth, PLLC Attorneys at Law

Blake and Sam

Blake and Sam

Blake and I had the pleasure of meeting with the attorneys & staff from Glass & Culbreth, PLLC this afternoon.  I know Steve Glass, Managing Partner, of Glass & Culbreth, through the Rotary Clubs in Cary.  We met them for a delicious lunch over at Sushi Thai in Cary, a client of Smith & Smith, CPADevan Culbreth, Partner in their firm, specializes in Elder Law and Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships.  Ashley Palmer works as a Paralegal in the Estate Tax Planning & Estate Tax Returns.  We also enjoyed meeting Mary Tennant, who is the most recent hire with their firm.   We currently share several clients with Glass & Culbreth and we are developing a professional referral relationship with their firm.  It was great to see Sam, owner of Sushi Thai this afternoon too.

It’s almost the weekend!  Hang in there!

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Cary Women’s Giving Network, Time with Wells Fargo and Some Early Halloween Fun!

It has been a busy week and it is only Wednesday!  This last week of October has really gone fast!

Cary Women’s Giving Network

Cary Women's Giving Network

Cary Women’s Giving Network

On Monday I joined the other ladies of the Cary Women’s Giving Network for our monthly gathering.  We had a delicious lunch together at the Matthews House (Bistro Lunch every Monday) and hosted Ellen Fort from the Lucy Daniels Center as our guest speaker.   Ellen is just a few months into her new role with the LDC, so she is still getting her ‘feet wet’ within the organization.  We had about 15 women in attendance for lunch and a few visitors.  The Cary Women’s Giving Network is part of the Cary Community Foundation and as associate with the North Carolina Community Foundation.  It was a nice cool crisp Fall day, so we took a group picture outside in the gardens of the Matthews House.  I love this group and the work we do in our community!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the warm tunic sweater.  It had great Fall colors and my necklace was something that I won at the Life Experiences Auction in September.

Lunch with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

One of the best things about the women’s network that I just mentioned, are the relationships that form within the group.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Pam Keene, Vice President of Business Banking with Wells Fargo, through both the GWGN and other groups over the past 11 years.  Pam and her co-worker, Mike Lynch (SBA Lending for Wells Fargo) hosted lunch for our CPA firm this afternoon.  Part of Pam’s job includes meeting with clients and referral partners to make sure there is a strong relationship and that the lines of communication are open and clear.

Pam & Mike of Wells Fargo with Alicia and Blake of Smith & Smith, CPA

Pam & Mike of Wells Fargo with Alicia and Blake of Smith & Smith, CPA

They brought lunch from City Barbeque into Smith & Smith, CPA and we had a very productive lunch meeting learning more about the products and services of Wells Fargo.   We share several mutual clients with Wells Fargo and having Pam and Mike to use as a resource and a reference is a huge asset for us!  We want to make sure clients needs are taken care of and by having a direct contact, it just makes everything run smooth on both sides!   Our entire office was able to sit-in during the “lunch and learn”.  Thank you to Pam and Mike for reaching out to us and for the delicious lunch!

Woodhaven Fall Festival

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

And now a cute little post-weekend photo!  Halloween started early for the Smith crew last weekend.  We attended the Annual Fall Family Festival at Woodhaven Baptist Church, located just a short distance from our house.  I think this is the 7th or 8th year in a row that we have attended.  The kids love it as they get to dress in their costumes, play in the bounce house, enjoy all kinds of games with prizes and have a blast.   We love it because it is outside and free!   They offer a yummy hotdog dinner and it’s a great family-fun atmosphere.

Family Fun at Woodhaven

Family Fun at Woodhaven

 

They do a trunk-or-treat at the end of the evening and have all kinds of cars & trucks decorated.  It is so fun to see each year!  And while you can’t see them very good in this picture, all of the Smith kids (Trent, Connor, Mark and Bailey) are using the Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween bags that we purchased a few years ago.  They were part of a marketing project and I still have a few left over, so the kids carried them to collect candy and goodies at the event.  They are nice durable bags and have our name & logo along with Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips on the side.   And yes, they got lots of good candy!  Thanks to Woodhaven for hosting this event each year!

tic tocTonight I am off to see the new Tic Toc Escape Room in downtown Raleigh!  ShopLocalRaleigh is hosting a bloggers event there tonight….stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see how it went…and if we escaped!

 

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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Can You Get Out?  Tic Toc Escapes in Raleigh

Tic Toc Escapes

Tic Toc Escapes

Earlier this week had a really cool invite to join the other bloggers from ShopLocalRaleigh for a night of adventure!  We went to the NEW Tic Toc Escapes in Raleigh.  Just so happens that one of the owners, Marylu Lawrence, is a friend of mine!  Marylu and her family are the PROUD local owners of this really cool place! (and they have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years too!)   Escape rooms are a fairly new concept to the Raleigh/Triangle area, but they have been growing on a global basis for a while now.

Owners of Tic Toc

Owners of Tic Toc

So just want is Tic Toc Escapes and what in the world is an escape room (I can hear my mom asking me that question now!)  So as described on their website, an escape room is a real-life, interactive game where players work together to escape themed rooms by discovering clues and solving puzzle challenges before time runs out!   We were a group of 8 and some of us knew each other and some of us didn’t…that played into an interesting part of our escape room experience, but I will get to that later.

ShopLocalRaleigh

ShopLocalRaleigh

We gathered around 6pm at Tic Toc (located near Hayes Barton Diner) and had a very nice and warm greeting by Mary Lou and her family.   They told us about escape rooms, how they work, the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts.  A big part of this is to have fun but to also encourage participants to NOT share the room details or puzzles with other people afterwards.  You want to encourage them to attend and try it on their own.  It’s like telling the end to a great twisted movie to a friend before they can even see it!  DON’T DO THAT! 

Will we escape alive!?!?

Will we escape alive!?!?

I can tell you this part though…our ‘theme’ game was that we were a rock band and were supposed to go on stage in one hour for thousands of our screaming fans…but we realize the door to our room is locked!  We had 1-hour to escape and a giant clock with ticking down the seconds!   I really had a blast and loved the whole escape room experience!   I do think it is best to do the escape room with 2-4 people and with friends/family that you know really well.  I had fun with the other bloggers from ShopLocalRaleigh and I had my good friend, Lisa-Gray, along with me too, but we were at the cap limit of 8 people per room.   There are lots of clues and locks to figure out and if you  have a smaller group, it will be more intense and you can be more involved in the whole process. tic toc So did we get out???? Yes, we did, but we had to ask for several hints along the way and our time ran out, but they gave us extra time because we were on the right track.   I can’t wait to go back and take Blake!  I also want to take my dad to try it out too as he is very good with puzzles!   Thanks to Tic Toc Escapes and Marylu and family for hosting us!   Go try them out!   Tell them you read about them in Beccasblog!  And thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closest in downtown Cary and downtown Apex….she dressed me in the beautiful Kate Spade navy and green stripped top.   They have a fantastic selection of Fall and Winter fashions, shoes and accessories!   Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your total purchase!

Julia Wins the Contest!

Congrats Julia!

Congrats Julia!

I am so very proud of my cousin, Julia Fountain!  We just found out that she won 1st place out of 48 entries for a logo contest in her hometown of Aiken, SC!  Julia’s winning logo will appear on all locally grown and manufacture goods and products.   We are so proud of her and her hard work and achievement!  She was awarded a $250 check and it took her a little less then 3 hours to complete her design.  Julia has always been very talented and does freelance work for companies, so give her a shout if you need logo/graphic design work!  She helped Smith & Smith, CPA with our Tax Season Food Drive logo too!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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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