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Tax Changes and Updates for 2016

new tax yearSo the new year has now rolled around and we have all pretty much gotten settled into our post-holiday routines.   Kids are back to school and we are back at work.  Now is the time to start thinking about your tax materials for your 2015 personal and business tax filings.  There have been several tax changes and updates for 2016.  Please take a minute to visit our January Newsletter and read all about the changes.  There are lots of things to consider, from health savings accounts, to retirement contributions and the standard deduction.  We are here to help and we are accepting new tax clients.

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Tax Class for 2016 and Let’s Party for Christmas!

Tax Class Seminar

Tax Class Seminar

You would probably not think that Tax Classes and Christmas Parties go hand-in-hand, but around here they kind of do.   You see, each year, the CPA’s and accountants in our office have to go through tax classes and earn CPE Credits to keep their license to practice tax.  The guys at Smith & Smith, CPA take a 2-day course in Greensboro that is put on by the Don Farmer Tax Seminar.  Now I know that sounds REALLY exciting and you are jealous that you can’t go!  So all joking aside, it is a really good course, they learn all about the new tax laws and changes and come back with their heads spinning on the new info!  Alicia is also taking her tax classes this week, but she stays close to home and completes her courses in Raleigh.  The guys are out of town in Greensboro for their big seminar.

Life Experiences Christmas Party

Life Experiences with Rotary Friends

Life Experiences with Rotary Friends

Earlier this week we had the Life Experiences Christmas Party.  It really is the BEST party of the year!  I’m proud to serve on the Board at Life Experiences and their Christmas party is a time when all of the clients, staff, Board, and families can come together to share a pot luck meal, meet each other, sing songs, and best of all, open gifts!  They each trade names and bring a special present for each other.  The clients also get a brand new Life Experiences t-shirt, something that they LOVE and truly Cherish.

Full House for the Party

Full House for the Party

Each year, one of the clients gets to dress up as Santa Clause and give out all of the gifts.  Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director for Life Experiences, also takes the microphone around to each one and let’s them say their name, introduce their families and say really whatever they want.  It’s a hoot as you never really know what is going to be said!  We had a great time at the party and I’m so proud to have many of my fellow Rotarians from the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club there with me!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the beautiful black and white polka-dot dress.

Union Bank Christmas Party

Friends of Union Bank

Friends of Union Bank

Union Bank also had their Christmas Party this week.  My good friends, Jessica Register and Julie Clark, work for Union Bank and were kind to invite me to their office party.  Union Bank hosted their 2015 Wake County Christmas Open House at their Cary location, 111 Commonwealth Court, and had a huge crowd of clients, friends, Chamber members, Rotarians, and community leaders in attendance.  Jessica and I have been friends for several years now and have been on the Cary Chamber Membership Drive Rewards Trip together for the past 2 years!

Shop Local!

Shop Local!

Jessica and I both LOVE to shop and we LOVE consignment stores because you can find the best deals without having to pay a ton of $$$$.   Don’t we both look holiday-cute!?!  I’m wearing a black and white stripped sweater (it has some shine to it) from My Girlfriend’s Closet (stores in downtown Cary and downtown Apex).  I could have worn it with a black skirt, but I think the red makes it much more festive and styled for the holidays!  Jessica is wearing a black and white sweater too, her’s has some sequence sewn it, is hard to see in the picture, but in person it was very pretty and had a lot of texture and sparkle.  Jessica got her sweater from Classic Clothiers Consignment Boutique in Cary.  Her shoes (cute wedges) were from My Girlfriend’s Closet.  Why shop at the high dollar stores when you can shop local and get great deals!

Bass Pro Santa Shout-Out

Bass Pro Santa

Bass Pro Santa

And finally, I have to do a Christmas Shout-Out to my work friends…we meet once a month for lunch.  Earlier this week we had our December Christmas Holiday Lunch at Rally Point in Cary.   We have done different Christmas gifts and exchange parties over the years…this year we decided to do a Christmas Wrapping Paper Exchange!   Everyone brought 2 rolls of wrapping paper (or 3 gift bags) and we put them down inside of a black trash bag.  We then drew numbers and took turns grabbing gift wrap out of the bag, OR, you could steal the gift wrap from someone else.  Apparently the Snowman gift wrap is VERY popular among my friends!

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas

After lunch, we went over to Bass Pro Shop in Cary and had our group picture made with Santa Clause.  I mean, how much fun is that !?!?!   I love Bass Pro Shop, even though I don’t hunt and I only fish with my parents.   They have all kinds of cool things in their store!  Plus I got to ride a 4-wheeler out front (well, not really, but I did pretend).  And one final THANKS to My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in this gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer Blayney Ruffle Dress.  The weather has been SO WARM this week,  I knew this colorful dress would be perfect!   Shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet and mention Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your Total Purchase!

ALSO, please remember to VOTE for our Smith & Smith, CPA tree as part of the Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project!!!  Voting goes until Saturday December 19th!  Winners gets $500 to the Charity of their Choice and ours would go to Life Experiences!

 

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Vote for the Gifting Tree in Downtown Cary

Vote for our Tree!

Vote for our Tree!

For a second year in a row, Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to participate in the Gifting Tree Project as part of the downtown Cary Holiday CelebrationThe Gifting Tree Proejct is hosted by Town of Cary and sponsored by The Mayton Inn (the brand new boutique hotel in downtown Cary that will open in 2016).  The Gifting Tree Project invites community members, non-profits, service clubs/groups and small businesses to decorate a Christmas Tree on the Town Hall Campus.   The trees can be decorated in anyway you like and with any theme idea, however, there are just a few rules including no food decorations and that your ornaments need to be weather-resistant (the trees are outside and in the loop around the campus).  The community is invited to cast a vote online for their favorite tree and the winner of the The People’s Choice with the most votes will have a donation of $500 made to the non-profit of their choice.

Rotary Tree

Rotary Tree

I went downtown last week to decorate our tree.  There is some really good competition this year with 24 trees in the race!  As part of the Board of Directors for Life Experiences, if our Smith & Smith, CPA tree wins, we will have the donation of $500 made to them! YEA!  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that happen!  Please take time to VOTE.  You can only vote ONCE per email address, so vote carefully!  I do have to give a shout-out to a few of the other trees in the Gifting Tree Project.  Check out the tree that was sponsored by the 5 Rotary Clubs in CaryThe Rotary Clubs of Cary Christmas Tree!  All 5 clubs worked together to make the ornaments and decorate the tree.  It reflects all of the great work and good projects that we do in the world.

Super Cute Tree

Super Cute Tree

Also take a look at the tree from My Girlfriend’s Closet.   I LOVE their creativity and all of the ribbon and tulle on the tree.  They also added the arms from one of the store mannequins holding their sign.  So creative!   So please take time over the next 2 weeks to VOTE online for the Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project. The voting period is December 5th through December 19th.  And remember, it is ONE vote per email address, so multiple votes from the same email will not count.  Please consider Smith & Smith, CPA as your top vote and let’s get that $500 to Life Experiences!  It will make a big impact for them!

 

 

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Where to View Christmas Lights in Cary and the 19th Annual Art Ball

Smith & Smith, CPA at the 19th Annual Art Ball

Smith & Smith, CPA at the 19th Annual Art Ball

WOW!  I’ve kinda taken a short break from my blog, but honestly I didn’t mean too!  The end of November was really crazy with the 19th Annual Art Ball for Cary Visual Art taking up a LOT of my time.  I was happy to serve Cary Visual Art as the Co-Chair for the event this year.  Smith & Smith, CPA is a proud Sustaining Sponsor for Cary Visual Art.  Blake, Cam, Brooke and I were in attendance and had a great time representing our CPA firm and our commitment to keeping art alive and thriving in the Cary Community.  It was a SUPER fun night, lots of glam, dancing, art and food! image thank you Thanks again to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet and her staff for helping me with the final touches on my Art Ball gown & accessories!  There were SO many gorgeous dresses that night!  I also loved seeing Blake all dressed up in his tux.  We ‘unofficially’ dubbed ourselves as the King and Queen of the Art Ball!  So enough on that…Back to my lack of blogging   We had Thanksgiving and were out of the office for most of that week.  Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday too and you have recovered from all of the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, plus any family you had in town!   So that is my lame excuse for not blogging much in November.   But I’m BACK and ready to blog up a storm in December!

Christmas Lights in Cary

View Christmas Lights in Cary

View Christmas Lights in Cary

So this time of year, you always hear people talking about the BEST places to view Christmas lights in Cary.  Which house has the most, who has theirs set to music, which neighborhood is best, etc.  I found a really great website that talks about viewing Christmas lights in Cary and other surrounding areas.   It is called Fun4RaleighKids.com and they have ALL KINDS of great holiday & Christmas events and sights listed.  When you click on the Holiday Lights image at the top, you will then get to select the area in which you want to view Christmas Lights.  Pretty cool!  There are several listed in our area, so Blake and I will have to take the boys out soon to view the Christmas lights in Cary!  A family favorite every year!

 

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A Full Week of Business Events in Cary, NC

It has certainly been a full and busy week!  I have a full list of events and activities to recap and I want to start with something that really had an impact on my life!

Joe Dittmar – Survivor of 9-11

Joe Dittmar, Survivor of 9-11

Joe Dittmar, Survivor of 9-11

Last night, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had the pleasure of hosting Joe Dittmar as our guest speaker.  Joe was in a business meeting on the 105 Floor of Tower Two of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.   Joe was the last one of the room of 54 insurance executive to leave the room and was one of seven in their meeting to survive that day by making it out of the tower alive.  Joe shared his personal story with us last night and presented it in a way to encourage us to always remember and never forget the lives that were lost that day.  I’ve been in Rotary for over 8-years and this has to be one of our most memorable programs.  Joe doesn’t charge a fee to speak and travels around the country shearing his story.  If you ever get the opportunity to hear him speak, don’t pass it up!

Leadership Cary 2015-2016

Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016

Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016

Last year I had the pleasure of being a participate in the Cary Chamber Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.  It was a fantastic experience, I got to meet so many influential people in Cary, see lots of behind-the-scenes places and further develop my leadership skills.  This year I was asked to be a Co-Chair for the Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016.  The first session was earlier this week, held at Bond Park.  It was the Ropes Course and Team Building Day.  I had a great time meeting all of the participants and watching them experience the day together.  The course will meeting twice a month and will go until graduation in April of 2016.

Morrisville KNOW Luncheon

KNOW Luncheon (Erika, Molly, Marlynn, Debra and Skip Hill

KNOW Luncheon (Erika, Molly, Marlynn, Debra and Skip Hill

Thank you to Nancy Seymour, Director of Marketing for Atlantic Tire for inviting me to be her guest at the KNOW Luncheon on Thursday.  KNOW stands for Knowledgeable Network of Women and is a luncheon series hosted quarterly by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.   The November luncheon featured a Panel Discussion on the topic of: Business is a Team Sport – Learn How to Win.  The panelist included: Erikc Braun, Director of Human Resources for Golden Corral, Marlynn JonesAssistant Director of Athletics for Compliance of North Carolina Central University, and Molly Sapienza, Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships for PNC Financial Services.   The panel was led in discussion by Debra Morgan, news Anchor for WRAL.  I really enjoyed the panel discussion and their comments on leadership and personal experiences in the business world.

WBON of Cary Mega Networking

Lia, Lois and Heidi

Lia, Lois and Heidi

On Wednesday, WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) hosted their Annual Fall Mega Networking Event at Prestonwood Country Club.  This is a great networking event every year.   All of the women in the room get a few minutes to share about their companies and how they work with their clients.  They always hold a contest for the most creative, most unique and most memorable.   Here is a cute pic of Lois Cozart (My Girlfriend’s Closet), Lia Sa (Fleur de Lia Alterations) and Heidi Simpson (Heidi Approved).   These three ladies will be holding an event together next Tuesday, November 17th at the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Call the store for details!

Kate Spade Sweater Dress Frenzy!

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade at MGC

The Fall weather has been great this week, so it is time to bust open those Fall & Winter storage boxes and bring our your cooler weather wardrobe!   And speaking of My Girlfriend’s Closet, I had a great selection of Kate Spade sweater dresses from their stores to wear this week!  Lois has her stores up-to-date and stocked with the latest Fall trends and fashions (Such as: Logs of BLING, Lady Loafers, chic black boots, fringe and of course Plaid Plaid Plaid! ) Both of these dresses are NOW available in their stores for purchase and are very flattering on any shape.  The sweater fabric is thick and warm, just perfect for cool Fall days!

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade is a well known brand and a top favorite for many ladies. Kate Spade has handbags, clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories stationary, tabletop and gifts!!!!!   You can find several Kate Spades pieces in the windows of My Girlfriend’s Closet, along with other designer brands such as Trina Turk, Coach, BCBG and Lily Pulitzer.  I wore the cream and navy stripped dress to the WBON of Cary Mega Networking event on Wednesday and the black and pink leopard print dress to the KNOW Luncheon on Thursday.  I had many compliments on both dresses.  As always, when you shop at MGC, make sure you tell them that you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

It’s been a LONG week!  So happy weekend!

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C.A.R.T. Fund Week and Shopping for Art Ball Dresses!

C.A.R.T. Fund

CART Week event

CART Week event

Earlier this week my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club was happy to co-host with the Cary Central Rotary Club, a special event in honor of C.A.R.T. Week for the C.A.R.T. Fund.  Just what is the C.A.R.T. Fund you ask?  Well, it stands for Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust.  This was a program started by a Rotarian in SC back in 1995.   He had a family member who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and he wanted to raise funds for innovative research.  cartfund_bucket_logo_lg2So they started putting out BLUE buckets on the tables at their weekly Rotary meeting and asking members to put in their coins and loose change.  The idea of the CART buckets began to spread to other Rotary Clubs and is now being done in over 700 clubs in over 8 different states!  All, meaning 100% of the money donated goes to research and development to find a cure for Alzheimer disease.   So our two clubs teamed up to bring in a guest speaker to talk about the status of the cure for Alzheimer and what you can do to protect yourself.   We also had a speaker who updated us on the CART Fund status and grants that are being given out to research institutions.  Together our two clubs were able to raise $1,400 for the C.A.R.T. Fund!  Thank you to everyone who came and participated!

Art Ball Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex, NC

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

In the photo above, I’m wearing a very warm and comfortable sweater dress by Ralph Lauren.  I got the dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  It’s hard to believe that is has been 3 years already that I have been dressing and marketing for MGC!  I started working with Lois and her team of fantastic girls in August of 2012.  Here we are now in 2015 and I love promoting their store, all their fantastic dresses, sweaters, shoes, accessories and so much more!

Lia at work

Lia at work

Thank you for reading my blog and shopping at their stores in Cary and Apex!   I’ve always been a big fan of helping others in business and taking time to promote each other.  So the Cary Visual Art 19th Annual Art Ball is right around the corner…just 2 weeks from today!   I purchased a dress over the weekend and took it to Lia to get it hemmed.  Lia is a seamstress and her company is called Fleur de Lia Alterations.  She is located in the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  She is great to work with and does fantastic work on any kind of alterations, she’s a master seamstress after all!  If you are looking for a gown to wear to the Art Ball, you should check out the MGC stores in Apex and Cary!  They have a great selection, just see the pictures below!!!!!  I will post a blog next week about great accessories you can get there for your Art Ball (or any upcoming Holiday Dress too!)

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

 

A Great selection

A Great selection

 

All Sizes and Styles

All Sizes and Styles

 Have a great weekend!

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November Newsletter with Tax Tips

Well, November is here!  It looks like 2015 is going to slip right on by in the blink of an eye!  Time always seems to go so fast once we get to November.   It has been super gloomy and rainy around here lately, so here is a cheerful picture!  This is how pretty our street looked last week, love all of the fall colors!

Fall Tree

Executive Circle, Cary, NC

Check out our November Newsletter when you get time.  It is full of all kinds of helpful tips, such as Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals and Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses.  Plus What Employers Need to Know about the ACA and Checking Your Withholding.  Great stuff!

Have a fantastic First week of November!

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Can You Get Out?  Tic Toc Escapes in Raleigh

Tic Toc Escapes

Tic Toc Escapes

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

Owners of Tic Toc

Owners of Tic Toc

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

ShopLocalRaleigh

ShopLocalRaleigh

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

Will we escape alive!?!?

Will we escape alive!?!?

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

Julia Wins the Contest!

Congrats Julia!

Congrats Julia!

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

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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

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

Cary Women’s Giving Network

Cary Women's Giving Network

Cary Women’s Giving Network

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

Lunch with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

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

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

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

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

Woodhaven Fall Festival

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

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

Family Fun at Woodhaven

Family Fun at Woodhaven

 

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

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

 

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Winner for Bull Burger Battle in World Food Championships

Congrats to The Corner Tavern!

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

Cary Visual Art Ball 2015

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

Lunch Meeting with Glass & Clubreth, PLLC Attorneys at Law

Blake and Sam

Blake and Sam

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

It’s almost the weekend!  Hang in there!

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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax