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Rotary Pig Pickin’ & Joining the AENC

Last Saturday, June 3rd 2017, was my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club’s 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  It was a HUGE success, with perfect weather, over 800 people fed delicious BBQ, a record number of sponsorships and the MOST we have ever made on our major fundraising event!  Our final numbers are still pending, but it looks like we are pushing close to $50,000!!!!  This fundraiser supports our college student scholarships as well as our local & global humanitarian projects.  Many thanks to ALL of our great sponsors, especially the ones who sponsored on my behalf: Sharon Lewis Homes, Gilliam & Associates Realty, Second Empire Restaurant, Chick-fil-A Waverly Place, Nirvelli Day Spa, Fit & Able, David Hellinger LPL Financial, Dennis Sargent Law, Randy Walker of Walker Design Build, Elizabeth Asbill of Edward Jones, Jerry Kozel of JTK Mediation, 5Star Awards, Riccobene Family Dentistry, Swift Creek Animal Hospital, Owen Robinson of Keller Williams Realty, Smith Family Dental Solutions, Rally Point Bar & Grill and the Matthews House in Cary.

AENC Membership!

AENC Affiliate Roundtable

Last week I officially joined the AENC, Association Executives of North Carolina.  I have been to several of their events in the past with Rotary and with my good friend, Christine Johnson, who is a member of AENC through her job with FirstPoint Resources.  It is a group I have been interested in for a while and I’m so excited to finally be a member!  I used the remaining funds from my WBON of Cary Scholarship to join!  This morning I attended the Affiliate Roundtable discussion with the topic: “How Do I Get in the Door?”  It was very informative, I took 4 pages of notes from the speakers: Aubie Knight, Linda Stinson and Jim Booth.  I can’t wait for the next event!

Jim Booth shares Best Practices

 

Blake & I are off to Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention!!  It’s our first time going, so we don’t really know what all to expect, but we know it is going to be FUN and AMAZING!  I will be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube

 

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First Responders Lunch Morrisville Chamber

Lindsey, Nancy & Becca

I had the pleasure of attending the First Responders Thank You Lunch, hosted by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.  I was invited to attend by my friend, Nancy Seymour, who hosted a table with Atlantic Tire & Service.  Nancy and I have been friends for several years and our common bond is our love for dogs!   The luncheon was held at Noah’s Event Place in Morrisville and featured a very nice buffet lunch.  The purpose of the First Responders Thank You Lunch was to allow the business community to honor those hardworking individuals who put their lives on the line for others every single day.  First Responders in attendance were from the following groups: Morrisville Police Department, Morrisville Fire Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sherrif’s Office.

Morrisville Police Department

The luncheon was also a fundraiser for the 200 Club of Wake County, an organization that provides immediate financial help for the families of police officers, sheriff deputies, fireman, EMS squad members and North Carolina State Highway Patrol serving in Wake County who lost their life in the line of duty.   Atlantic Tire & Service was the Award Sponsor for the luncheon, so Nancy was asked to introduce the Morrisville Police Chief, Patrice Andrews.  Chief Andrews gave out an award to a police officer on her staff who is one of their K9 officers.   I really enjoyed the luncheon and seeing so many men and women from the police, fire & EMS all in one room made you feel very thankful and appreciative for the work they do for our community.   Other guests at our table for the luncheon included Lindsey Chester, Judy Fourie and Lana Callaway.

 

Event Sponsor

Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for the light blue silk chiffon dress I wore to the luncheon.  Be sure to tell them you read Beccasblog.com when you shop there!  Always a special discount for my referral shoppers!

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RDU Impact on the Region

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at the RDU General Aviation Building in Raleigh called: “RDU: It’s Impact on the Region”.  The program was sponsored by First Citizens Bank and I was a guest of Liz Cantino.  The guest speaker was Mike Landguth, President & CEO for RDU Airport Authority.

Liz and Becca

 

His program was very informative about how many passengers go through RDU each year, the financial impact it has on our region, new & current flights/destinations, and what the future holds for RDU.  I really enjoyed the program and appreciate Liz inviting me to attend!  We have many clients at Smith & Smith, CPA who bank with First Citizens and I am so excited for Liz to now be on their team!  She recently joined their bank about 30 days ago and is in the role as Vice President in Business Banking.  She is in the Cary office off of Kildaire Farm Road, so right down the street from my office!  Congrats Liz!

Change in Plans

Yesterday afternoon I had a change in plans for a luncheon I was planning to attend.  Since I was already over in the Raleigh area, I called my good friend, Christine Johnson, and met her for lunch as an early Birthday celebration (today is her actual birthday).  We had a wonderful lunch at the new Seasons 52 at Crabtree Mall.  Oddly enough, Seasons 52 is part of the Darden Family Restaurant group, which also owns Red Lobster, where I used to work and where I met my husband, Blake!  I LOVE how they celebrate your birthday there…with a HUGE Birthday cake ‘tree’, plus a card and photo!  I’ll be back there for sure to eat and celebrate!  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet Boutique in downtown Apex for helping me find this Diane Von Furstenberg dress!  It was a great dress for the hot summer heat yesterday.  Shop their store for great deals on awesome summer dresses and accessories.  Tell them you read Beccablog.com for a special discount at the register!

Happy Birthday Christine!

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Updating our Photo on Facebook

Yes, yes, it was TIME!  It was actually WELL PAST time for us to update our Facebook page photo for our profile and title cover picture.  As I have stated before, it is kinda like herding cats around here to get our office people together for a photo.  BUT…I managed to do it successfully today!  Mainly because we have been nominated for the Cary Chamber Excellence Awards and they had requested a photo of our office for the luncheon next week (fingers crossed and stay tuned for results!).   So that is the REAL reason why I was able to get our office to agree to a quick photo today.  I think we are looking pretty good!  And check out our new Facebook profile cover too!

Smith & Smith, CPA May 2017

 

 

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Friday Tax Lunch and Cary Central Casino Night

WOW!  It is the FINAL Friday in March!  So hard to believe!  And now we are just a little under 3 weeks until Tax Day, April 18th.  Can I get a Whoo-Hoo!!?!!

Lunch with Sage Payroll

A HUGE thank you to all of our friends & clients & referral partners who have been stopping by with sweet visits, kind offers and generous food supplies!  It really makes our day bright!  Thanks so much to JJ Mahon of Sage Payroll for stopping by on Thursday with a bag of goodies (and a cool water bottle) and then coming back on Friday with FREE TAX LUNCH for the whole office, compliments of HotPoint Deli in Cary.  Thanks so much JJ!  Check out our office enjoying the yummy lunch!

JJ Mahon of Sage with Becca of Smith & Smith, CPA

 

Alicia working hard and enjoying lunch

 

Lindsay shows some personality while working on tax returns

Cary Central Rotary Club Taste of Cary

Last Saturday, March 24th, was the Cary Central Rotary Club “Taste of Cary” and Casino Night.  Blake and I attended this event along with some other members of my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and really had a good time.  We tasted lots of good food from local Cary restaurants, bid on some cool auction items, visited with friends and played the casino tables.  This was a fundraiser for the Cary Central Rotary Club Foundation.  I hope they did well and raised lots of money!  Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the 3/4-sleeve silk wrap dress from the downtown Apex store.  They have their spring merchandise out so it is time to STOCK UP ladies!   Tell them Becca sent you to shop and get my special shopper discount on your purchase!

Cary Central Rotary Casino Night

 

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Tax Season at Smith & Smith, CPA

I always laugh when people come in the office during this time of year and want to know if “we are busy”…..I mean, yea, we are SUPER BUSY!  But such is expected when you are nearly 1-month away from Tax Day 2017 (which is April 18th this year).  It has been a good tax season so far, in which we are very thankful.  We love our clients and appreciate their business & referrals.  Here are some photos from around the office this week.

Blake with one of his favorite clients, Sharon Lewis, Realtor in Cary.

 

Becca gather tax documents and taking phone calls

 

Alicia working on small business clients

 

Everyone hang in there!  Tax Season 2017 at Smith & Smith, CPA is steady, strong and yes…BUSY!!!!!

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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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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!

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February 2017 Business Events and Parties

Megan and Blake

I can’t help but get a LITTLE BIT excited when I look at my calendar for the month of February!  Not only is it my birthday month (YEA!!!) but it also has a ton of other fun, fun, and MORE fun things to happen!   One event that we look forward to each year is the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Auction & Reverse Car Raffle.  This will be held at Prestonwood Country Club on Wednesday, Feb 22nd.  It is always a super fun party, lots of friends and business clients, tons of good things up for auction and a chance to drive away in a BRAND new Car (is this the year for me…mabye!?!?!?)  One of my favorite tax clients and friend who works at the Cary Chamber, Megan Kervin, came by the office today to pick-up her taxes and took our Smith & Smith, CPA donations of 2 gift baskets for the Cary Chamber Auction. I kept it simple and YUMMY again this year with two big baskets of girl scout cookies from my friend’s GS troop.  We can’t wait for the party!

Art Ball 20!

Another event that we are deeply rooted in that is coming up on Saturday, February 11th, is the 20th Annual Art Ball for Cary Visual Art.  I have the honor of serving as Co-Chair again this year with local modern Cary Artist, Dan Campbell.  We are breaking the mold and taking the event out of Cary this year (Gasp! I know!!) and having it at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  The evening begins at 6:30pm and will include the following: Champagne reception, delicious culinary works of art by the chefs of Iris Cafe, dancing to live music by the Johnny White and The Elite Band, artwork by local artist, exclusive after-hours access to the Contemporary American Art Wing of the NCMA, short film to celebrate 20 years of CVA and complimentary valet parking!  I am so excited I can’t hardly wait!  I have my dress ready and picked up my jewelry, shoes and clutch today from My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex and we are getting Blake fitted for his tux this afternoon.   I am very happy to have Smith & Smith, CPA involved again this year as a CVA Bronze Sponsor Sustainer.  My brother-in-law and his wife will attend the Ball with us too.  There are a few tickets left, so be sure to purchase today!  And shop in downtown Apex and downtown Cary at My Girlfriend’s Closet for a huge selection of gorgeous gowns, shoes, and accessories!

Mardi Gras with Cary MacGregor Rotary Club

Coming up at the end of the month on Friday, February 24th is Mardi Gras Kick-Off Fundraiser with the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club.  We have been going to this big party for about 6-7 years now and always have a blast!  They have changed the venue this year so I am excited to see how it all works out!  I am very happy to see that Life Experiences is one of the two beneficiaries for the event that night.  Blake and I are sponsors for the event under our Smith & Smith, CPA name so we have 15 tickets to share around with family and friends.  Stay tuned to see how it goes!

Harvey at the office

 

I will also get to see my parents & grandmother in a few weeks and celebrate a special friend’s 40th birthday! And don’t forget the day of L.O.V.E. with Valentine’s Day!!!!! Let’s go February!  I am READY!  And Happy 1-Week Birthday in the Smith Family to little Harvey!  Hard to believe we have already had her for 1-week!  Things are going well and she is learning about us as we learn about her.  She has been to the office off-and-on over the past week and had a chance to meet LOTS and LOTS of new friends!  She will meet a lot more people this weekend on Super Bowl Sunday!

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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!!!!

 

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