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Vacation is OVER!  Back to Work!

Ahhhhhhhh…that time of year when vacation is over (so long beach week!) and we are back to work!  We had a great time last week at Myrtle Beach with the Smith family…good weather, no shark bites, only a tad bit of sunburn and lots of relaxation!  But now back to the grind….September and October are not too far away…which means deadlines for extended personal and corporate tax returns.  But another blog soon to come on that.  Let’s focus on some new & exciting things for clients of Smith & Smith, CPA!

Smith Family Myrtle Beach

Best of Cary 2017 by The Cary News

Congrats to our friends over at Sushi -Thai of Cary for winning BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT and BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT for the 2017 Best of Cary awards presented by The Cary News.  Sam and his team at Sushi-Thai of Cary have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years now and we TOTALLY understand why they are the winners!  We had a delicious lunch today for the whole office from Sushi-Thai!  Stop by to see them and eat soon, you won’t regret it!

Sushi-Thai of Cary

Avery County Rotary Club in Banner Elk, NC

July came and went really fast!  It’s typically a quite time around the office, a month we use to get caught up on some work and get some planning done for the rest of the year.  I had an opportunity in mid-July to travel to Banner Elk, NC to drop-off and pick-up our oldest son, Trent, from summer camp at Holston Presbytery Camp.  On my trip back up to the NC mountains (my fave by the way), I was invited to speak to the Avery Country Rotary Club by club member, Larry Hazen.   Larry and I met years ago when we attended Rotary PETS before our year as Club President.  This was such a fun opportunity and I loved meeting all of their club members and sharing my personal Rotary Story with them.  I took along a Rotary Flag from my own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and traded flags with their Club President.  So cool!  I love their flag…mountains and a fir tree!  I will present the flag this week to my Club President, Andy Wright.

Avery Country Rotary Club and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Flag Exchange

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team of fashionistas at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for keeping my closet full of the latest trends & beautiful designs.  I shop with them monthly and the pink cold-shoulder top I wrore to the Avery County Rotary meeting is from their store!  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount at check-out!

 

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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Serving with Life Experiences

Today wraps up the end of my year serving Life Experiences as the President for the Board of Directors.  It has been such a fantastic experience and one that I took very seriously.  I have been involved with Life Experiences for many years now and will continue to serve another 3-year term on the Board.   I am so grateful for this special group of people and for all of the friendships I have made along the way.  Thank you to the Board members who served with me this past year and we have another big year ahead of us!   Part of my heart will always be and belong at Life Experiences!

Executive Director at Life Experiences, Mary Madenspacher with Board President, Becca Smith

 

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

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TBJ 40 Under 40 Awards 2017

Today Blake and I had the privilege of attending the TJB 40 Under 40 Awards for the Class of 2017  #40U40Awards

#40U40Awards

Our close friend, Travis Wright Colopy, was one of the honorees this year and his nonprofit company, Fit & Able Productions hosted a table and invited Blake & I to join them to celebrate!   The awards luncheon was held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.

Travis & Anna

It was so much fun to be there to celebrate with Travis & his family, including his girlfriend, Anna Garner, plus his mom & dad, grandparents from Ohio and brother, Glen, who came from Germany!  Each recipient was called to the stage to receive their award and had approximately 1-minute for a thank you speech.

Congrats to the winners!

They shared their “Personal Hashtag# with the crowd and told why it was meaningful to them.   They also had selected a song that would be played when their name was called as they walked to the stage.   I enjoyed hearing all of the fun songs and learning more about each winner through the explanations of their personal hashtags.

Travis in the TBJ

Travis said his personal hashtag was #wedontsayno and his song was Kryptonite by the band 3-Doors Down.  The publication of the Triangle Business Journal that came out today has all 40 recipients listed and goes into greater detail about the reasons they were selected.

Smith & Smith, CPA client in the TBJ

It was nice to see one of our clients from Smith & Smith, CPA listed as a winner, Matthew Leerberg of Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Travis, Anna, Becca & Blake

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her awesome team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me shop for this stunning Cynthia Rowley pink & purple dress!  Lia Sa of Fleur de Lia Alterations had to adjust the hemline for me and she did a fantastic job!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com when you shop there for a special discount for my shoppers!

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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Rotary International Convention with 40,000 Friends

I honestly didn’t even know I had 40,000 friends, but after coming back from the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (got home today), I really kinda feel like I do!  That’s crazy right?  Everyone at the convention was really friendly and even though I didn’t know all 40,000 of their names & where they live & the language they speak, we all shared a common smile and a passion for doing good in the world.  That’s the best part of Rotary after all!

Becca & Blake for Smith & Smith, CPA at Rotary International Convention 2017

It was really nice to have Blake along for the whole event and we had a total of 17 club members & families there from our own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.

Club members of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

The mornings were spent in opening sessions with engaging speakers on the topics of Eradicating Polio, Stopping Human Trafficking, and the role Rotary plays around the world in so many lives.  We heard from Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher and John Cena, plus Jack Nicklaus,  the Mayor of Atlanta and many more!

Lots of Rotary people!

Some of my favorite parts included the Google EndPolioNow Virtual Reality three-minute film called ONE SMALL ACT #ENDPOLIO, that was offered to the largest crowd ever at one gathering spot!  Pretty cool!

One Small Act with Google

 

Virtual Reality with Google and Rotary

I also really liked the Hall of Friendship, a HUGE vendor/booth area that featured Rotary Clubs, Rotary Projects, Merchandisers and Vendors all with resources for Rotary!  Being that this was my FIRST Rotary International Convention, I had heard great things about the Hall of Friendship, but seeing it & experiencing it for myself was just really a great opportunity.  I also loved the presentation of the Country Flags during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday…over 125 countries and some that I am ashamed to say I had never even heard of, let alone know where they are located!

Country Flags

Tour at SweetWater Brewery

During the afternoon breaks and evenings, we had dinner with friends at some really delicious restaurants, as Atlanta does have quite the restaurant scene!  We also took time to tour SweetWater Brewery and went to a comedy show at the Laughing Skull.

The Famous Rotary Pin Man

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me pack a comfy & flexible wardrobe for the trip!  Comfort really was the key for this trip as most of the event were casual and relaxed in nature.

So it’s back to work as usual, but I have lot of wonderful memories (and photos) to help me remember how much fun we had representing Smith & Smith, CPA at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta 2017.  We have already made plans to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention in TORONTO, Canada!  Can you find me hiding in the Toronto photo?

Can you find Becca hiding in the photo?!?!

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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Valentine’s Day Daddy-Daughter Dance

Last night was the Annual Valentine’s Day Daddy-Daughter Dance at Chick-Fil-A Waverly Place in Cary.  Our Smith & Smith, CPA firm was proud to help sponsor this event by having a Valentine’s Day Craft for the families to make together.  The evening featured a reserved seated table for dinner at Chick-fil-a, followed by a limo ride over to the shopping center at Waverly Place and a map of all of the featured activities (face painting, photos, raffle prizes, etc.)  It was such a fun evening and they were very busy all night long with over 150 RSVP!  Our craft was a hand-print cutout and a tree with fingerprint heart apples!  It was a big hit with the little girls and they loved making one for their dad!  A big THANK YOU to Chick-fil-a Waverly Place for letting our firm be involved!  Here are some photos of the evening to share!

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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Rotary Chili Lunch, Office Pup Harvey & MORE

Let’s Eat

Well Hello FRIDAY!  And not just Friday but the LAST Friday in January!  And it is a pretty cold Friday, even with temperatures in the 70s earlier this week we are barely topping out at 50 degrees today.  So a totally perfect day for The Cary Rotary Club Chili Lunch & DinnerSmith & Smith, CPA has been a sponsor of this event for several years now.  The food is really good, the friendships are great and the cause is even better!  I want over to pick up our lunches today and brought them back to the office.  The food was YUM-YUM-YUMMY!!!!  Nothing hits the spot like some hot chili on a cold day!  Cheers to The Cary Rotary Club for a successful and worthy fundraiser!  The funds they raised today will go towards projects in our community and around the world.  Rotary really does amazing work!

 

 

Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast

Cary Chamber Eye Opener

On Wednesday morning I went to the Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast at Prestonwood Country Club.  It was the Annual State of the Town Address by our Cary Town Mayor.  I enjoy this breakfast each year as it is always nice to hear what has been done in Cary in the past year and the plans for future events.  It was a record crowd this year with over 200 in attendance!  I had the pleasure of sitting with several friends of mine in the Cary Women’s Giving Network.

Cookies Everywhere!

Speaking of the Cary Chamber, their Annual Auction & Reverse Car Raffle is coming up at the end of February.  Our Smith & Smith, CPA office usually donates a few gift baskets, so I am sticking with our theme over the past few years and doing 2 baskets of girl scout cookies!  The boxes are taking over our office so I need to get them in the baskets and wrapped quickly so we don’t eat them!  We did some remodeling in our office a few weeks ago and now have some nice storage shelves in the back office…I am trying so hard to keep all of the cookies back there and out of any sight of hungry eyes!  Stay tuned to see how they look all wrapped up for the auction!  And check out my cute dress in the photo from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex!

 

New Office Pup!

Harvey Smith

And now for a very special introduction…I want you to meet Harvey, our new puppy!  She is hanging out at the office with us today and being a very good girl (mainly just sleeping).  She is brand new, about 10 weeks old, and we got her last night from Paws in the City.  Our family had a dog, Griffin, for many years (10 1/2 to be exact) before she passed away from lymphoma.  So we are THRILLED to have Harvey in our life now!  She is named after Steve Harvey, the game show host on Family Feud.  Check out Paws in City when you have time and ask for Pam, she is the one who helped us get Harvey  🙂

Have a fantastic last weekend of January 2017!!!!

 

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

(919) 380-0919 fax

 

 

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Meet Lindsay at Smith & Smith, CPA

Hello Lindsay!

We are so pleased to introduce Lindsay Schilleman as our newest employee at Smith & Smith, CPA!  Today is actually her FIRST day on the job!  Lindsay is a MBA Student at NC State (GO WolfPack) and she will graduate this May.  She has passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam and will be working towards getting her CPA license completed.  She enjoys being outdoors and loves to play sports like softball and volleyball.  She will be helping us during tax season, so please stop by to tell her Hello!

 

Bahama Mama!

Beach Cover-Up

I had the recent pleasure to do a short 3-day cruise to the Bahamas with some girl-friends.  We left on Friday out of Miami and went to Coca Cay and then to Nassau.  We had beautiful weather and super fun time!  I already had my summer clothes packed away, so I reached out to Lois and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary for a few pieces to take along on the trip.  I selected this great light-weight swimsuit cover up and it made our day at Nassau easy-and-breezy!  I also took along a dress for the causal evening dinner.  My Girlfriend’s Closet will be having their Spring Clothing Exchange on Tuesday, February 7th at the downtown Apex store location from 10:30am-5:30pm (no appointment needed).  And remember when you shop there to tell them that you read Beccablog.com for a special shopper discount!

 

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

(919) 380-0919 fax

 

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Mrs. North Carolina, Michele Duncan

Susan, Michele, Becca & Kim at the Cary Chamber Business of Women Luncheon Series

Susan, Michele, Becca & Kim at the Cary Chamber Business of Women Luncheon Series

Today was the November meeting of the Cary Chamber of Commerce Business of Women.  If you have been reading my blog for a few years now, you KNOW this is a monthly luncheon that I almost always try to attend.  The speaker today was the 2016 Mrs. North Carolina….right, as in MRS not MISS or MS or TEEN North Carolina.  The MARRIED one.  Who knew?  Not me!  Her name is Michele Duncan and she gave a really interesting talk.  She is a pastor’s wife and been married to him for 24 years, moved 18 times and lived in 8 states!  She has been Mrs. District of Columbia USA and Mrs. Virginia USA and is now the Mrs. North Carolina.  Busy lady!  She is very passionate about her nonprofit, Choose 2 Change.   The December Business of Women will be held on Thursday December 15th and will feature a speaker from The American Red Cross.  Thanks to Lois Cozart and her awesome team of ladies at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the Kensie Black & White layered dress.  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount!

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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Veterans Day 2016 and More

veteransFirst of all, Happy Veterans Day and a big THANK YOU to those who have served and defended our country.  Today (and everyday) is a day to honor YOU and your service!

 

 

The kids are out of school, so they are here at the office with us today.  One of the many perks of a “family run business“!  Here is a picture of the cousins with Grandpa outside the office.  Thankfully we have a nice grassy field next to our office and they can run and play games together.

veterans-day-2016

Dorcas Ministries

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Dorcas Ministry 5th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast.  This is such a nice event each year and once again the room was PACKED with supporters from all over Cary!  I am happy to report that through many generous donations at the breakfast they raised over $148,000 for their programs & services!

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet!

Earlier this week I took my good friend, Kim Lavallee, along with me to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Kim took part in their “Personal Style Profile” and found some great items for the Fall & Winter!  I also purchased some really nice items for the upcoming holidays & Christmas parties!  Thanks to Lois and her team for taking such great care of us!  Remember to mention Beccasblog.com when you shop there to take advantage of my special shoppers discount!!!!!

Shopping at MGC!

Shopping at MGC!

Halloween 2016 with Life Experiences

This is a little delayed, but we had our Annual Halloween Parade and Party with Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club on October 31st.  It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun celebrating with our special friends!

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

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Peachy Keen Wears Hope Carnival Fall Fashion Show 2016

Smith & Smith, CPA proud to be a sponsor!

Smith & Smith, CPA proud to be a sponsor!

Last night was the 11th Fashion Show for Peachy Keen!  The theme was A Fall Fashion Carnival benefiting Headbands of Hope for Duke Children’s’ Hospital.  This makes several years in a row now that Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor for the Peachy Keen Spring & Fall Fashion Shows!  It is always a fun night and brings out a huge crowd!  They literally turn the entire store into a Fashion Showcase, complete with a raised fashion runway, door prizes, silent auction, drinks, food and other fun things like a “Braid Bar” and a scavenger hunt!  Check out some of our photos below from the Fall Fashion Show!  #peachywearshopecarnival

 

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Smith & Smith, CPA donated mini-pink flashlights for the VIP Swag Bags

 

Fashion Models at Peachy Keen 2016

Fashion Models at Peachy Keen 2016

 

Andrea, Heather, Becca & Angela at Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show Carnival 2016

Andrea, Heather, Becca & Angela at Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show Carnival 2016

 

My first Headbands of Hope purchase!

My first Headbands of Hope purchase!

 

Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the black & metallic turtleneck sweater for the fashion show!  Save the Date for the Peachy Keep Spring Fashion Show on April 27 2017!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax