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COMING SOON!  Great Harvest Bread Co. Serving LUNCH!

Cam with Amy from Great Harvest Bread Co Cary

I just love a friendship that is rewarding and special…one of those friendships where you are really close in the beginning and then life gets busy and you stay friends but don’t talk or see each other as often…but when you DO see each other, you just pick right back up where you left off and catch up on life together.  My friendship with Paige Williams has been like that in the 12+ years I have been in Cary!  I met Paige when her family was FIRST opening Great Harvest Bread Co. of Cary nearly 10 years ago!  We were in the Women Business Owners Network of Cary and the Cary Chamber together and I loved watching her bakery grow and grow!  So now GHB Co of Cary has some even more EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!  Starting on Monday, Feb 27th, they sill start serving sandwiches, soups and salads!!!!!!!! SO YUMMY!!!!

Let’s Eat Lunch!!!!

Their new location will be 1240 NW Maynard Road (right down from their current location, which will become a gluten free bakery).   Today we had a nice sneak-peek of the salads and sandwiches when Amy (long-time GHB employee) stopped by our Smith & Smith, CPA office with a whole catered lunch!  Talk about being SPOILED by a friendship!!!!!!  Paige had called me with the news just yesterday and said they wanted to treat us to lunch!  WHO SAYS NO TO THAT!?!?!?!!   We have been so excited all morning and just completely enjoyed every single bite!  The menu looks fantastic and I know they are going to have much success!   Thanks for lunch GHB!  Go see them on Monday, Feb 27th!

 

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Cary, NC 27511

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Scholarship Program for WBON of Cary 2014-2015

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the WBON of Cary monthly May luncheon.  I was thrilled to hear my good friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Steve Hand, speak on none other then NETWORKING!!!!!!  Steve is the MASTER of Networking in this area and is the proud owner of Business Network International (BNI) for a good majority of the state of North Carolina.  I have learned so much from Steve over the years about networking etiquette, the Do’s and Don’ts and so much more.   Steve gave an excellent presentation and covered such topics like “You need to build deeper relationships and put systems in place in order to generate and predict your referrals, Join a networking group and work it hard, get your target market identified and work from there.”  He also said that having people who like, care and respect you is NOT ENOUGH for them when it comes to sending referrals.  You have to make sure they KNOW what you do and HOW to refer to you.

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

He covered a 5-Step Referral Process and took a few questions at the end.   Steve is a dynamic speaker and kept the group of women engaged through his entire talk by asking different people to help read questions and using real-life example.  Great job Steve!   Yesterday was also the day that the WBON of Cary awarded their 2014-2015 Scholarship Fund Recipients.  Each year WBON of Cary gives 2-3 scholarships to women business owners and professional working women in the Cary Community.   I had applied this year and was THRILLED to have been awarded one of the scholarships!!!!   Such an exciting surprise!  WBON of Cary had been a large part of my networking and marketing focus over the past 10 years and to receive this scholarship is such an honor!

Congrats to Lois!!

Congrats to Lois!!

The scholarship is to be used for any type of educational training, classes, certifications, and to improve skills and knowledge in your focused area of business.  You have two years to use the scholarship. I plan to attend another marketing & blog conference and use that knowledge to further develop my blog into some new and exciting areas…so stay tuned!!!!!  The other scholarship was awarded to my dear friend, Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet!!!!!!!   Lois and I were thrilled for each other!  I’ve been working with Lois for about 3-years now in a clothing-marketing relationship.

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

I am proud to wear clothing from My Girlfriend’s Closet and Lois and her team do a FANTASTIC job pulling together outfits and accessories for all of my networking and marketing events.   In return I promote and market her stores everywhere I go!    I know Lois has bee working hard for this scholarship too and to receive it with her is simply perfect.  Congrats LOIS!!!  And yes, my yellow top is from the racks of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary!   Thank you to WBON of Cary for the Scholarship Opportunity, to Lisa Cotter of Doctor’s Express of Cary for her leadership with the Scholarship Committee.

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

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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Cruising for Murder on the High Seas!

murder 3Have you ever been on a cruise ship?  How about a cruise ship with a MURDER!  Well, I HAVE BEEN!  Kind of…so let me explain.  Earlier this week I attended the WBON of Cary Cruising for Murder Fundraising Dinner Event.  The proceeds from this ‘Murder Cruise’ will benefit the WBON Scholarship Fund, which is awarded each year in the Spring to deserving women business owners.  I was invited to attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, Cruising for Murder, by my friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Lisa Cotter, Owner of Doctors Express Urgent Care in Cary.  Lisa is so much fun and she was in-charge of the wine wall fundraising for the evening.

Lisa & Becca

Lisa & Becca

Doctors Express was also the Table Sponsor for murder mystery dinner.   Many of the attendees had parts in the mystery play and a good majority of them were also in costume.  The event was well attended and had delicious food and a nice selection of wines, plus soft-beverages.  Cruising for Murder was held at Bien Venue in Apex.  There was a whole table of auction prizes, sponsored by Carolina Prime Outlets and was appropriately called “Duty Free Shopping”.  I was the lucky winner of several auction items too!  I really enjoyed the live music that was played by Heart Rush, staring Linda Lyons of Lyons Coaching Solutions.  They had the crowd up and dancing several times on the dance floor.

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend's Closet

Fabulous ladies of My Girlfriend’s Closet

About 1/2 way through the evening there was a MURDER!  The drama unfolded, the clues were given and guesses were made as to “who done it!”  Many thanks to Lisa Cotter for inviting me to attend as her guest and thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for making sure I had a fantastic dress to wear!  Cheers to WBON of Cary and their Scholarship Program!

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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Auto Expense and Women’s Networking Groups

Holly & Becca with WBON of Cary

Holly & Becca with WBON of Cary

Yesterday I attended the WBON of Cary Fall Mega Women’s Networking event, held at Bien Venue in Apex, NC.  For several years now WBON (Women Business Owners Network) has been doing a contest during the Mega Networking events for the most original, funniest, and best overall 30-second commercials.  This is an engaging way to get everyone to be creative and to think ‘out of the box’ with their personal business introductions.  There were some really great ones this time and several of the ladies had even brought props, some rapped songs, and some just made us laugh so hard!  I try to mix up my message each time (after all, how exciting are taxes & accounting?) so this time I bought a pink steering wheel cover and ‘drove’ around the room while talking about the oh-so-popular-tax-client-question of “auto use & miles & car expenses” on taxes.  Believe it or not that earned me the MOST ORIGINAL award in the 30-Second Contest!  Check out this picture of my friend Holly Beerman, we met at the Spring Mega Women’s Networking and have become fast friends!

mgc ohlala 2   Holly and her husband, Luke, own Beerman Construction and Holly also keeps a blog!  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet and Oh La La, also a member of WBON of Cary, for dressing me in the White House Black Market dress, it was so comfortable and got tons of compliments!  Be sure to visit Lois and her amazing staff at their THREE, yes i said THREE, stores in Apex & Cary!  Tell them you read about them in Beccasblog.com and get 10% of your purchase!

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 Lesson in Self-Esteem and Rising Above!

Gina, Sandra and Becca

Gina, Sandra and Becca

Today was the first meeting for the WBON of Cary 2014-2015 Year (Women Business Owner Network).  I’ve been a member of this ladies networking group for many years and the first meeting of the calendar year always set the tone for the rest of the year to come.  After hearing the speaker, Sandra Dubose, I can HONESTLY say that WBON of Cary is going to have a GREAT year!  Sandra Dubose was the 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina (she actually made history for being the 1st BALD beauty queen of NC) and she’s got a way of speaking and engaging the audience that just makes you want to hold on and listen for hours!  She spoke about “Women & Self-Esteem” and how we have to take lessons from life and keeping rising above.

MGC Oh La La

MGC Oh La La

She encouraged us to “Identify with what you want your life to look like” and also to “Own our power” because self-esteem impacts every part of our life.  I really enjoyed hearing her speak about her life stories and the way she has overcome so much.  I even bought her book, “My Crown and Glory, It’s Not About the Hair” and I’m excited to get started with it this week!  WBON of Cary is a local ladies networking group for women business owners and professional working womenSmith & Smith, CPA has been a part of this group for nearly 9 years and we’ve developed many friends, clients, and referral partners.

wbon of cary I am looking forward to the programs, speakers, and events that WBON of Cary has planned for the year!  I enjoyed sitting with Gina Gilliam of Gilliam & Associates Realty, LLC.  Gina is super fun and we were BOTH wearing dresses from My Girlfriend’s Closet (thanks to owner, Lois Cozart).  They have their Cary Chamber Ribbon Cutting for their 3rd STORE, MGC Ooh La La tomorrow evening at 5:00PM, come join us if you can!

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A Shoe Auction & Feast of Fashion Fit for Cinderella

I don’t get to be out of the office very often during this time of the year, Tax Season!  I’m at the office as much as I can to help with clients coming in and out and helping manage the phones and emails.  

The Magic of Shoes with WBON Friends

The Magic of Shoes with WBON Friends

But today was an exception and I was out of the office for several hours to help with the Annual WBON of Cary Charity Fashion Show.  This year the event was called “The Magic of Shoes…A Shoe Auction & Feast of Fashion Fit for Cinderella”.  The event was held at Bien Venue in Apex, NC (same place as the WBON Murder Mystery last year) except this time it was a luncheon event.  The fashion event had over 50 pairs of shoes that were up for silent raffle and some lovely jewelry too! 

Benefiting A Note in the Pocket

Benefiting A Note in the Pocket

I bought a roll of 25 tickets and ended up winning 3 pairs of shoes (two of them from My Girlfriend’s Closet).  YEA ME!   All of the proceeds from this event went to benefit the charity called A Note in the Pocket.  This worthy organization provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.  I first met A Note in the Pocket several years ago through the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch.  Belk of Cary Towne Center provided all of the fabulous fashions for the fashion show! 

I won 3 pairs of shoes!

I won 3 pairs of shoes!

Thanks so much to Marissa Basla, Manager of Belk at Cary Towne Center, for allowing Belk to be involved.  I met Marissa back in the fall through a mutual friend and WBON was very lucky to get to work with Belk this year!   All of the models for the fashion show had a great time picking out their outfits and Belk was VERY easy to work with and their items were perfect for women (and men) of all shoes, sizes, personal taste, and budgets!  I was in charge getting the clothing too and from the store and also helped with the ‘back of the house’ part of the fashion show (thanks also to Dr. Heather Sefried of Nirvelli Day Spa and Katherine Green for also helping in the back with all the models and flow of the show).  We were so happy to have Marissa attend the event too! 

wbon of caryJewelry for the models was provided by Park Lane, shoes by My Girlfriend’s Closet, and bags by Miche.  We also had several other women involved with WBON who helped to do hair and make-up for all of the models.  One of the biggest raffle items for the afternoon was a 2-hour magic show provided by The Amazing Magic of Wayne Anderson! I think it was a very successful event and everyone had a great time!  I also hope we raised lots of money for A Note in the Pocket!  And I must give kudos to Catherine Katz and Elisa Roels who helped to organize the whole show…from start to finish they both did an excellent job!!!!  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the striped sweater, red jewelry and hot red high heels by Steve Madden!  They are having a big sale to make room for all of their beautiful spring & summer outfits!  Stop by to see them and mention Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase! 

Tax season is in full swing!  We are accepting new clients and the phones & emails are very busy with inquires for service and appointments are coming in strong.  Thank you so much!  We love working with all of our clients and we appreciate your business!  Thank you for referring to Smith & Smith, CPA!  

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ShopLocalRaleigh Contest for a Moped!

Kate of Frill won!

Kate of Frill won!

Last Tuesday was a really fun event for ShopLocalRaleigh.  They hosted their #WheresWalter Instagram party at Lucky B’s in downtown Raleigh.  This contest had been going on since mid-November and it included finding a Christmas-themed Sir Walter cut-out that was hidden all over Wake County in many ShopLocalRaleigh member stores & offices.  We even had one in our Smith & Smith, CPA office.  The party at Lucky B’s included food & drinks, plus a ton of door prizes and the grand prize…a customized ShopLocalRaleigh moped!!!  I was able to get 5 entries for the contest from tagging Sir Walter around the area, but atlas…it wasn’t enough!

Becca, Jennifer and Jen

Becca, Jennifer and Jen

One of our clients, Kate Steadman, Owner & Lead Designer at Frill (a custom clothing company with charity in mind) ended up being the grand prize winner and took the ShopLocalRaleigh moped home!  Congrats Kate!  She was really excited and had over 35 entries in the contest!  I had a fun time at the party and enjoyed meeting some new ShopLocalRaleigh members and friends.   I had a chance to go by Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry during the contest and get a picture for the contest of Sir Walter there.  Jen Hankin, Director of Communications at Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry also came to the party at Lucky B’s.  Thanks to Jennifer Martin, Executive Director at ShopLocalRaleigh for all of her hard work and hours on the contest, prizes and social.  It was fun, like all ShopLocalRaleigh events, and I look forward to the next one!  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for this fabulous purple Kate Spade coat!  It’s in super great condition and is ready for a new owner!  Contact My Girlfriend’s Closet about making this coat YOURS!  It sure would make a fantastic Christmas present for someone…maybe you????

WBON ladies

WBON ladies

WBON of Cary had their December meeting last week at Prestonwood Country Club.  This is the last WBON meeting for the 2013 year.  There was lots of holiday spirit at the meeting and we played a fun mixer game before the meeting that qualified you for the door prizes.  Congrats to WBON sponsor and Smith & Smith, CPA client, Christine Hall, owner of CMH College Consulting for her business success.  So far all of her students who have applied for colleges have heard back with positive news and her student clients are also really starting to rack in the scholarship money!!!  That is excellent!  Great work Christine!  Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for this lovely black & white Elie Tahari dress.  Right off the rack at their downtown Cary store!  Great place to shop for holiday gifts!

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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Miss America for TLPL

Becca, Susan and Bridgette at TLPL

Becca, Susan and Bridgette at TLPL

I will always remember Wednesday, November 20th as being a really crazy day!  Not crazy in a bad way, but just crazy in all ways that it could be!  I started the day out with the Cary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting at 8am and by 8pm I was DEAD…literally, but also came back to life.  So keep reading.  It gets good.  The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch hosted their FINAL luncheon for the 2013 year.  Years ago the TLPL decided that December was just TOO BUSY to try to squeeze in a networking lunch, so in November, we meet, network and call it QUITS for the rest of the year!  I was pleased to have one of our Smith & Smith, CPA clients, Bridgette Bordonaro, Owner of Beautimous Beads, a bead boutique & jewelry store in downtown Cary, with me as my expo guest.

Bridgette of Beautimous Beads in downtown Cary

Bridgette of Beautimous Beads in downtown Cary

  I gave Bridgette our Smith & Smith, CPA expo table for her to use for her jewelry and other goodies.  Her items looked so lovely and caught the attention of many ladies as they arrived.  I also had Alicia with me from the office and our dear friend & referral partner, Susan Pruskin.   The speaker was Susan Gravely, Chairman and CEO for Vietri!   If you don’t know Vietri, well…you should!  It is “Irresistibly Italian” Tablewear & Entertaining, Home Décor, Garden, Gifts & Occasions pottery that is ALL hand painted and hand made right from Italy!  Susan shared her story of growing up in a family with many guests from around the world in their home (her father was in tobacco trade) and she started the company with her mom and her sister years ago as a result of trip to Italy.  Her story was so heartwarming and inspiriting!  Several ladies at my table own Vietri pieces and were emotional during her story!  Great way to close out the TLPL year! 

Smith & Smith, CPA at Killing for the Crown

Smith & Smith, CPA at Killing for the Crown

Now, about my death…WBON of Cary hosted their FIRST Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser last night…Killing for the Crown.  This event was held in lieu of a Silent Auction.  This was a FIRST for many of us and overall, it went really well.  Our theme was the Miss America Pre-Pageant party and all of the Pageant State Representatives had some serious issues (and closet secrets that they didn’t want to have exposed!)  Smith & Smith, CPA was proud to be a Table Sponsor and our whole office went, including Cam’s wife, Brooke and Alicia with her mom, Linda.

Daddy Big Bucks and Miss Tina Texas

Daddy Big Bucks and Miss Tina Texas

  The event was held at Bien Venue in Apex (a cool place) and the food was delicious, along with a cash bar and yummy desserts!  Blake played the role of Daddy Big Bucks, a wealthy Oil Tycoon and father to Miss Tina Texas and Miss Natalie New Mexico.  Turns out that I was the role of Miss Tina Texas (who just so happened to be HATED…really envied, by the other State Contestants because I was a “Sure Win, and a “favorite among the judges”).   My good friend, Heather Seifried, was Miss Natalie New Mexico and my half-sister.  Several other WBON ladies had major roles and the night unfolded with me being murdered…with poisonous breath mints…by Miss…well, I hate to give it away, but it was another State Contestant!  Our office had a fun time and Blake played the BEST Daddy Big Bucks ever!   Congrats to WBON of Cary for pulling off this fun and UNIQUE event!  It’s nice to be alive again today…and to be loved.  I’m not so sure I liked playing a character that was hated by many…..Thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for dressing me for both events!  The orange dress won lots of comments at the TLPL luncheon!  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

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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It’s a Mix & Match Friday

Becca and Ashley

Becca and Ashley

Happy Friday!  This blog post is gonna be crazy and kinda all over the place…a sort of mix & match from events this week.  So let’s get going!  On Monday, I met with a new friend, Ashley Culpepper, over at Orange Leaf frozen yogurt in Cary.  Ashley is an Account Executive with Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM and got my contact info through a co-worker who had attended a WBON meeting earlier this year.  I really enjoyed talking with Ashley and finding out more about her and her position with the radio station.  Turns out that we have a very similar target market and client base.  I’m looking forward to doing some client referrals with Ashley in the coming months.

Skirt party

Skirt party

Monday evening I went to my friend Susan Pruskin’s house for a SKIRT PARTY!  That’s right, a SKIRT PARTY!!  We met a really nice lady named Melani at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch in September and we just went CRAZY over her skirts!  They come in all different sizes and colors/patterns.  She had full length maxi, A-line and pencil skirts.  Susan offered to have a skirt party at her house, so we invited a few friends to come over and have some delicious food, social time and skirt shopping time!  It was really fun, so thank you Susan for hosting!  I got a lovely long maxi and wore it on Tuesday night to our WBON Board Meeting…and two of my other friends from the skirt party also had their new maxi skirts on!  Here is a picture of me with Lisa Cotter and Elisa Roles wearing our new skirts!

Cam with Pumpkin candy

Cam with Pumpkin candy

With Halloween a few weeks away…our office has been getting into the season with some yummy Halloween treats!  Thanks to our friends and referral partner, Amy Gretenstein over at PrimePay Payroll for stopping by the office this week with a jack-o-lantern full of some really delicious Halloween candy!  Here is a picture of Cam holding the pumpkin, as he gets ready to pick out his favorite chocolate bars!  Thanks for thinking of us Amy and for stopping by to say hello!  We put the candy out in the front lobby to share with everyone who comes through…but you better come by soon as I’m not sure how long it will last!

Becca & Alicia

Becca & Alicia

This week on Wednesday was the October Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon.  The event was held at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh and my guests this month at the Smith & Smtih, CPA table were: Alicia Angell, Tia Coppus (Bank of NC) and Heidi Harris (Allen Tate Realtors).  Alicia went early with me to help work the Smith & Smith, CPA booth and we also had fun networking and meeting new friends.  This was our first event too with our new Smith & Smith, CPA tailgate chairs and coolers with the logo on them!  They were a  big hit!  

Tia with Marla and other friends

Tia with Marla and other friends

The breast cancer survivor this time, the She-Ro, was actually a mom and her two daughters, Marla and Becky.  Their story was probably the most moving and emotional that I have ever heard!  My friend Tia knew the sisters and she was so excited to be there for their special highlight.  Becky writes a blog called Becky vs. Cancer.  It is a scream to read as she takes a very comical and in-your-face approach to hear cancer.   The speaker on Wednesday was Nanette Geiger and she shared with the group her CSI plan to action.

It’s the weekend!!  Whoo-hooo!  I’m off to the lovely mountains of Banner Elk & Boone for a girls-weekend with some friends.  Thanks to my awesome hubby, Blake, for taking care of the boys while I’m gone.  Love you Blake!   

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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WBON Mega Networking Time!

Winners!

Winners!

Earlier this week on Wednesday, WBON of Cary held their Annual Fall Mega Networking Event.  This year the event was held at the beautiful Matthews House in downtown Cary.   The Matthews House is a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, so I always enjoy going there for events!  Sheila Ogle, owner of The Matthews House, was very gracious to have WBON there for our Mega Networking and she even joined us for lunch.  The room was full of ladies and we enjoyed lunch and open networking before the meeting. 

WBON Friends

WBON Friends

President Christine started the meeting, welcomed all of the new guests, and invited all of the new members up front to introduce them to the group.  Lots of new members this month, YEA!  There was a really funny announcement made about the Murder & Mayhem event that is going to be held on November 20th called “Killing for the Crown”.  This will be the WBON Scholarship Fundraiser this year (instead of an auction as done in the years past).  It sounds like it is going to be lots of fun and I can’t wait to go! 

Full room at The Matthews House

Full room at The Matthews House

The whole focus for the Mega Networking event it to get to meet and talk to as many ladies possible in the room.  WBON has done this many different ways over the years.  This year, we decided to give everyone a chance to stand and speak for 30 seconds.  That’s right…just 30!  And it goes fast, so you need to be prepared and ready to go!  We added a twist to make it more fun and had three WBON members serve as judges for the “Most Creative, Most Unique and Most Memorable”.  Fun stuff right!?!  I prepared mine the day before and even took a short trip over to Party City to pick up a few supplies for my 30-seconds about Smith & Smith, CPA. 

 

Lock it up!

Lock it up!

I could tell a few other of my friends had also prepared in advance as they also had some cool props!  I loved hearing all of the ladies speak and tell their stories.  Some were really funny, a few ladies were nervous, but that is expected if you are not used to speaking to a crowd.  But it is all for fun and for the sake of new business connections and support!  In the end, Cindy Prince won for Most Unique; Dr. Heather Sefried won for Most Creative; and yours truly, Becca Smith, won for Most Memorable!  YEA!  I took a big gold crown and called myself the “Queen of Numbers”…I had a large wand with a $ on the end and set of handcuffs warning ladies to keep up with their numbers so they can stay out of jail.  Funny, unique, a little crazy and yes…Memorable!  I got one of the new WBON logo coffee mugs as a prize.  Kudos to all of the other winners and to the WBON Board for their hard work with this event.  Well Done!
And thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet, for dressing me in this lovely and really unique dress by Boston Proper!

Hey…It is the Weekend!!!  Personal Tax Extensions are due TUESDAY, October 15th!  Hope you are filed…otherwise, get it DONE this weekend!

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