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Gale Adcock Women Mean Business Breakfast

Women Mean Business

Travis, Gale, Becca and Stephany

This morning I had the pleasure of attending an event for my good friend, NC House Representative, Gale Adcock.  I was a guest of Travis Wright Colopy of Fit & Able Productions who was a presenting sponsor.  The event was called “Women Mean Business Breakfast” was held at SoHo Consignments in Raleigh (a nice change of pace for most of the networking events I attend).   Gale has been representing North Carolina in the State House for several years now and will be running for re-election in 2018.  I see Gale often around town and she is always so very friendly and takes time to stop and make people feel important.  She invited NC State Auditor, Beth Wood to speak at the business breakfast and Beth shared her personal story of going from a small NC farm town to being an elected official.   I hold both of these women in such high regard and appreciate all they do for our communities in North Carolina.  It was nice to see lots of friends and other networking partners at the breakfast.

State Auditor Beth Wood

Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for styling me for this event in the black lace animal print dress.  Shop MGC and tell them you read Beccasblog.com for a special shopping discount!

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Triangle Ladies Networking Luncheon

Ladies Networking Luncheon with Beth Wood

Ladies Networking Luncheon with Beth Wood

Today was the Triangle Ladies Power Luncheon, one of the BEST ladies networking events in the Triangle area!  It was so much fun to see everyone as the luncheon has moved to QUARTERLY for the 2014 year so the last time we had a meeting was in March!   Smith & Smith, CPA is proud to be a GOLD Sponsor for this ladies networking luncheon, and part of being a GOLD sponsor means we get 4 guest seats, a VIP lunch table, a vendor table in a prime location, mention on the website & emails, plus a shout-out from the podium by Carrie Peele (Founder of TLPL and Blue Diamond Limo).   Trevor and Alicia went with me from our office and Susan Pruskin of Susan Pruskin Consulting and Maura Silverman of TAP Unlimited were also our guests today.

Maura and Becca

Maura and Becca

Maura’s signature event with TAP Unlimited is this Friday night and she was very excited to share the news with other ladies at the networking luncheon.  We had our vendor table set-up with the Las Vegas Jackpot Machine (thanks to Beth Donnor of Diversified Planning for letting us borrow it) and as ladies stopped by our table they got to play around or two on the slot machine as we encouraged them to “Not Gamble with Accounting & Taxes”.   The ladies networking luncheon speaker was Billie Redmond, CEO for TradeMark Properties.  Billie shared her story of being a top leader in the predominately male world of commercial real estate.  Her company is 30 years old and has been very successful over the years.  She talked about keeping things in perspective and about a book she read a few years ago and changed her outlook on life and business.  I enjoyed hearing her speak.   I was happy to have Trevor there with me to experience a different type of marketing & networking event.  Trevor is our Summer Intern from Appalachian State and is planning to major in Accounting and Marketing.

WBON of Cary

WBON of Cary

I had the pleasure of introducing him to Beth Wood, CPA and North Carolina State Auditor after the meeting. WBON of Cary was also there as a Silver Sponsor for the 2014 year and were busy promoting their upcoming Summer Social on July 15th at Patrick Jane’s Pizza in Cary (beside of Trader Joes).  They had a very creative table and marketing technique today!   I look forward to the next Triangle Ladies Networking Luncheon that will be held on September 9th with the Founder of Dress for Success, Pat Nathan, as the guest speaker!  Thank you so much to Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex, for dressing me for the ladies networking luncheon in the Hana Cap-Sleeve Colorblock White & Yellow Kate Spade dress.  I had SO many compliments on the bright yellow and encouraged them all to check out the summer dresses, shoes and fabulous accessories at MGC!!

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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Cary Chamber Celebrates Another Strong Year!

Shelli & Kevin

 Last night was a fantastic night of honor, awards and recognition for the Cary Chamber.  It was the 2012 Annual Banquet, held at the lovely Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC.  The evening kicked off at 6pm with a social (some people were so ready to get the evening going that they showed up at 5:30pm!!) and was followed by dinner at 7pm, then the keynote speaker (Bob IngramFormer Chairman & CEO of GlaxoWellcome), and the awards presentation.  This is such a fabulous evening and we had a great time seeing friends and business colleagues.  Shelli Dallacqua (Shelten Media) and her hubby, Kevin, were walking in the same time as us, they were also waiting for Beth Wood to arrive.  Shelli looked lovely in purple, which must have been the ‘color of the night’ as my other good friend, Susan Pruskin (Susan Pruskin Consulting) was wearing purple too (and her hubby Steve, but he wasn’t in purple, haha).

Susan & Steve

  Events like this really depend on great sponsors, so as a member of the Cary Chamber Board of Directors, I’d like to extend my personal thanks to those companies who helped sponsor the evening: Presenting SponsorWakeMed Cary Hospital, Gold SponsorsRex UNC Health Care and Hendrick Cary Auto Mall and Town of Cary, Silver SponsorsProgress Energy and Siemens, Speaker Sponsors: AT&T and Back Home ProductionsTable Sponsors: Atlantic Tire & Service, BB&T, BlueCross/Blue Shield of NC, Capital Associates, Carolina Hurricanes, First Citizens Bank, Highwoods Properties, Paragon Commercial Bank, Preston Development, SAS, The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Wells Fargo Bank and Withers & Ravenel. 

Ambassador of the Year...Autumn!

 

The highlight for me of the whole evening is always the awards ceremony!  The Cary Chamber presents three different awards during the evening: Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.  The Ambassador of the Year is voted on by all of the Ambassadors (so it’s real honor to receive) and the winner this year was Autumn LaBarca!!!!!  Congrats Autumn!!!   Autumn is the Director of Public Relations for Capital Financial Advisory Group, LLC.

Howard Johnson, Cary Chamber Citizen of the Year 2012

The Business of the Year award was presented to Hendrick Cary Auto MallThe Citizen of the Year award was a very special and heart filled award this year…it was given to the Cary Chamber President himself, Howard Johnson!  Only the Executive Board (4 people) knew it was going to Howard and he was totally shocked!  Howard has been with the Cary Chamber since 1986 and has been a solid figurehead in our community for many years.  Howard’s son even sent a text message video of him congratulating his dad and they showed it on the screen.   

Blake & Becca Cary Chamber Banquet 2012

 

Tom Huff (Chair 2011-2012) ended the night with a recap of the events from the previous year and then welcomed the new incoming Chair, Kathy Burns, to the stage.  I am very much looking forward to Kathy’s leadership this upcoming year!  It was such a wonderful night and we are so blessed to live, work and play in Cary!  No better place to be!  The Cary Chamber is ramping up for a very busy Fall calendar, don’t miss out on all of their educational and networking events!  And I’ve love to give a very special shout-out to My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for styling me in this totally fabulous dress!  It was a huge hit; I had tons and tons of compliments on it!  I owe it all to Lois and her staff for helping me select such a lovely piece!  You can find this dress at the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex!

 

 

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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Cary Innovation Center GRAND OPENING!!!!

Shelli, Beth and Sheila at the Cary Innovation Center

    Welcome to the Cary Innovation Center!

This is the ‘brain child’ of Sheila Ogle, a wonderful lady and a major part of the success of downtown Cary!  The CIC is all about ONE MAIN THING…can you guess???  ENTREPRENEURSHIP!!!  It’s a place that was designed for helping entrepreneurs create, launch and operate their business by providing professional mentoring and business education programs.  The programs will provide the opportunity for clients to be successful in both economic growth and jobs.  The Cary Innovation Center had their OPEN HOUSE/GRAND OPENING last week and I was pleased to be invited to attend. 

Welcome CIC!

 

There were several distinguished guests there, Beth Wood, NC State Auditor, and several members of the Cary Town Council and local government officials.  My good friend and fellow Triangle Ladies Power Lunch member, Shelli Dallacqua, owner of Shelten Media, is one of the current residents of the Cary Innovation Center. Know of a local entrepreneur with a BIG IDEA looking to get started? Send them to the CIC and let their growth begin!

 

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Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor for ladies luncheon in Raleigh, NC

Ladies Lunch at North Ridge Country Club

The March meeting of the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon, hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo, drew a nice crowd of excited and energetic ladies!  With the warmer temperatures outside, there was certainly a buzz about spring felt in the air (and all that yucky-yuck yellow pollen too!!)  There were several new vendors around the room this month, including Hand & Stone Massage of RaleighDena Morris of Dena’s Jewelry Box also had her own 8-foot table this month, FULL of her beautiful handmade necklace pendants and earrings.  Dena has attended the ladies luncheon for three months now and has made new friends and sees the VALUE of this monthly event!  As always I try to make good use of my sponsorship table space and invited two clients to share my table. 

Dena's Jewelry Box & Guests

My guests for the ladies luncheon this month were  Duff’s Design & Landscaping (Rhonda) and Install-Rite/Handy Man Service (Henry Miller) and Thacker Law Firm (Sarah Thacker).  I met several wonderful new friends at the ladies luncheon: Donna Parkinson of 9 Lyvz Catering, Barb Fields of Pretty In Pink Foundation, and Myra Ray of MyrayGraphix.  Myra is going to be the new goodie-bag sponsor for ladies luncheon.  The goodie-bags are always a favorite and all of the vendors/sponsors are invited to include a treat in the bags each month.  I was happy to see my sweet friend, Rita Sellers, Publisher, for Coffee News.  Coffee News is one of the best and most creative marketing tools in the area!  I’m sure you’ve seen one before; they are all over town in different restaurant & doctor office lobbies.  Rita was the lucky winner of the door prize from Smith & Smith, CPA (a decorative Easter Bunny set with a fresh loaf of xtreme cinnamon swirl bread right from the oven of Great Harvest Bread in Cary). Door Prizes are a HUGE part of the ladies luncheon!!!

Jennifer, Linda & Shelli at the ladies lunch

 Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography was busy running around the room snapping photos of the event, but I was lucky enough to pin Jennifer down long enough to get a cute picture of HER with Linda Sellers, of Blue Diamond Limo and Shelli Mayfield, of Shelten Media.   We are all so excited as Shelli is getting married this weekend to her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua, at the lovely Matthew’s House  in downtown Cary this coming weekend! Shelli’s company has really taken off and she’s become a HUGE part of the success for many women in our area.  Shelli recognized the importance of social media and helps her clients with all of their online marketing, blogging, tweets, Facebook, Google+, Youtube videos, etc.  She’s a real whiz at that stuff!  She’s also happy to announce her new business location at the Cary Innovation Center in downtown Cary!  The CIC is BRAND NEW and is a place for entrepreneurs to host their businesses headquarters and work with other master-minds on marketing, branding, advertising, business strategies, etc.   

Sarah Thacker, Beth Wood, Carrie Peele, Sharon Roe, Julia West and Kathleen Volandt

 The speaker for the ladies luncheon this month was none other than Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor.  Beth is a close friend of Carrie’s and she took the microphone to share with us her journey from a small town farm on the coast of North Carolina all the way to the state auditor’s office in Raleigh, NC.  Beth’s story was very encouraging and she shared with us the challenges she faced with her first election to office in 2008.  Her talk included a funny story about being a ‘work horse versus a show horse’.  Beth talked about her duties as State Auditor and even shared some examples of how her team has identified wasteful spending and the process of it being brought before the General Assembly. Beth will face re-election this coming Fall.

'She-Ro' of breast cancer with Carrie Peele

 

One of the most moving parts of the entire ladies luncheon was when the honored breast cancer ‘SHE-RO’ (that stands for a female hero) spoke on stage.  Each month the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon hosts a table for a breast cancer survivor and she/he (we did have a guy one month) gets escorted in the pink limo along with their friends and family to the luncheon and sits at a special RSVP table with a pink table cloth.   Carrie invited the SHE-RO on stage to share her story and by the time she was done there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!  We’d like to thank the charity of choice for the ladies luncheon, Pretty In Pink Foundation, for all of the work, encouragement and support that their organization offers to breast cancer survivors in our community.  Hope to see YOU at the April ladies luncheon!

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