CPA in Cary

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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

(919) 380-0919 fax

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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.

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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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Cary Magazine Women of Western Wake 2016

Today was fantastic!  I attended the Women of Western Wake 2016 special recognition luncheon, hosted by Cary Magazine.  They have been giving these awards out since 2005 and I have had the pleasure to attend the luncheon at The Umstead Hotel since 2006!  It’s always fun to see who has been selected and to read about them.  This year I was THRILLED to see my dear friends Alisa Wright Colopy and Nur Onvural, selected at 2 of the 5 recipients.  Congrats ladies!!!  You can read more about them HERE.

Alisa and Becca

Alisa and Becca

 

Ladies on stage with host, Elizabeth Gardner

Ladies on stage with host, Elizabeth Gardner

Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me in the business dressy black dress!  It had small black leather accents on the shoulders, just a touch of edginess! Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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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Athena of the Triangle Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Athena Leaders Luncheon

Athena Leaders Luncheon

Today was the Inaugural Athena of the Triangle Women’s Leadership Luncheon.  It was held at Prestonwood Country Club and included women leaders from all over the Triangle Community.  I am honored to serve as a Board Member for Athena of the Triangle and helped work the registration table at the luncheon today.   This unique event invited women to engage in dialogue about the key attributes of successful women leaders to further the development and support of established and emerging leaders across the Triangle.  There were many inspiring ideas discussed during the luncheon as the tables were set-up in a way to encourage dynamic conversation among the ladies.  It was exciting to be in the room and see all of this happen!

Carrie and Becca

Carrie and Becca

My friend and fearless leader, Carrie Peele, brought Athena of the Triangle to the area about 3 years ago.  Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to have served on her Governing Board, Board of Directors and Advisory Panel during this time.  A special thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for the black & white Michael Kors dress.  Shop with them and tell them you read beccasblog.com.

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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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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Cary Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast Candidate Forum

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Table ready for “Speed Dating” with the NC Candidates

The Cary Chamber of Commerce used their September Eye Opener Breakfast as an opportunity to host a candidate forum for those running for office in the NC House and NC Senate.  Candidates were there to represent Districts 16 & 17 (NC Senate) and Districts 11, 36 & 41 (NC House).  The breakfast was held at Prestonwood Country Club and took place from 7:30AM-9:00AM with over 100 people in attendance.  The candidates were asked to introduce themselves from the podium and give a brief 2-mintue overview of their campaign.  Once that was complete, they went from table to table in a “speed dating” style.  I really liked this format as it gave the attendees a much better opportunity to be involved and included in the conversations.  We were encouraged to ask them questions at our tables and hear their direct feedback.  I have been to the Candidate Forum before where each one is asked the same question and given the same amount of time to reply.  I REALLY liked the “speed dating style” much better and I hope the Cary Chamber will continue with this style at the other upcoming candidate forums.  The Cary Chamber will be hosting several other forums in the month of October, check out the dates & times on their website and make plans to attend!

Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

 

I was happy to see and support Duane Hall, long-time friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA at the forum.  Duane is an attorney in Raleigh and represents NC House District 11.

Duane Hall & Becca Smith

Duane Hall & Becca Smith

 

My good friend & referral partner of The Paystubb People, Kim Davis, was also there to support her friend, Chris Shoffner, running for NC House District 41.

Kim Davis & Chri Shoffner

Kim Davis & Chris Shoffner

 

Thanks again to the Cary Chamber for hosting the Candidate Forum Breakfast.  Thank you to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me for the event!  They have a huge selection of fabulous Fall clothing & accessories.  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

 “LIKE” us on Facebook HERE

 Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE 

 

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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Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast

NC Governor McCrory at TBJ Power Breakfast

NC Governor McCrory at TBJ Power Breakfast

Last week I attended the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) Power Breakfast that featured NC Governor, Pat McCrory.  The event has hosted by Deloitte and held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary NC District Attorney, Roy Cooper, had also been invited to attend the Power Breakfast, but had declined to attend.  Governor McCrory was seated on stage in a causal setting and was joined by several TBJ interviewers and reporters.   They took questions from the audience and topics ranged from schools/education, to transportation, health care and the NC Economy.  I ended up sitting with a friend from my Cary Chamber Leadership Cary class and we enjoyed seeing each other and catching up on work/life.  I appreciate the TJB holding events like this where business owners & business leaders in the community can get a chance to interact on a personal level with our elected officials.  I waited after the breakfast meeting to have a chance to greet the Governor and take a photo.  I had met him about 4 years ago when he was in Cary for another meeting.  You can read more about the Power Breakfast meeting here.  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in Cary for helping me select this beautiful off-white Diane Von Furstenberg dress to wear to the breakfast meeting.   My Girlfriends Closet is having their End of Summer Sale right now!  Stop by and tell them you read Beccasblog.com!

Donuts by the Dozen

Payroll Companies Keeping our Office Donut HAPPY!

Payroll Companies Keeping our Office Donut HAPPY!

You would have thought it was National Donut Day around our office yesterday!  We had two different payroll companies stop by with two different kinds of donut boxes!  Thank you to our referral partners for keeping us happy and full of sugar!

 

Life Experiences Auction is Coming SOON!!!!!!!!

Gift Basket by LeapFrog Landcare and Smith & Smith, CPA

Gift Basket by LeapFrog Landcare and Smith & Smith, CPA

I am so honored to serve as the Board President for Life Experiences for the 2016-2017 year.  Next weekend (Sept 11th-12th) is our 29th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Auction & Golf TournamentSmith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a Grand Patron Sponsor and will patriciate in both the auction on Sunday night and the golf on Monday.  We have teamed up this year again with one of our clients, LeapFrog Landcare to offer a beautiful and unique ‘basket’ for the silent auction.  Greg Harris, owner of LeapFrog, donated a $100 gift card for yard care and Smith & Smith, CPA donated a 100ft water hose, extended water sprayer, and a water hose storage box to make a combined great Fall outdoor basket.  Blake and I are also donating a Dinner & Movie Basket that has gift cards, candy and mini-bottles!  Purchase your tickets today to join us!

Dinner & Movie Basket

Dinner & Movie Basket

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day 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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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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Boosterthon Sponsorship with West Lake Elementary School

Here at Smith & Smith, CPA we are always looking for fun and unique ways to support our community. We especially love the opportunities to support the schools in which our “CPA kids” attend. By “CPA kids” I of course mean the 7 kids that belong to our amazing office staff.  Earlier this year we agreed to sponsor the NEW Boosterthon for West Lake Elementary School. This is where Cam & Brooke’s kids attend school and they love it!   The Booterthon is a way for the kids to get involved with raising funds for the PTA and have FUN doing it AND even get in some good exercise along the way!

Boosterthon at West Lake Elementary School

Boosterthon at West Lake Elementary School

Congrats to West Lake Elementary School for having a successful Boosterthon and we LOVE seeing Smith & Smith, CPA on the back of the shirts!

Bailey and Connor of West Lake Elementary

Bailey and Connor of West Lake Elementary

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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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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Family (Office) Vacation to Myrtle Beach 2016

Bob & Sharon with the grandkids in the ocean

Bob & Sharon with the grandkids in the ocean

Last week we were able to slip away and take a vacation from the office…also known as the Smith Family Annual Beach Trip.  This is something that we all look forward to each year.   Our location in the Myrtle Beach area has changed off and on over the years, but for the past 4 years we have stayed in the North Myrtle/Cherry Grove area.   It is very nice, clean and a little slower pace then the action packed (and traffic jammed) part of Myrtle Beach.  Taking a vacation from the office is not always an easy thing to do…especially when you are the owners.  In the weeks leading up to going to the beach, we all work really hard to make sure that all clients are taken care of and all tax/filing obligations are met and on time.   The last thing we want to do on vacation from the office is leave a client high and dry in an emergency tax situation.  A lot of clients and other friends who own their companies are surprised that we can all find the time to be away for a week together, but that is something that Bob has always taken pride in…taking his family to the beach for a week in July.  We had a great time, it was fantastic weather ALL WEEK and we even went over to the WonderWorks House at Broadway on the Beach (also known as the “upside down house”).  It was pretty cool and provided a fun afternoon of activities for us to do inside with the kids & family.   Can you spot all of the Smith & Smith, CPA employees in this picture made of our faces?

Can you spot each Smith & Smith, CPA employee?

Can you spot each Smith & Smith, CPA employee?

Thank you to all of our clients who understand how important this vacation from the office is for our family each year.  We are blessed to have so many wonderful clients and friends who support us in many ways!  May you enjoy the final weeks of summer and have some vacation time too…especially away from your office/work!

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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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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