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Women of Western Wake & Lifetime Achievement Award

Today I had the pleasure of attending an event that I go to EVERY SINGLE YEARThe Women of Western Wake, presented by Cary Magazine.

This event is held at the end of October at the gorgeous Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary.   This year marked the 10th year for the awards luncheon and I was honored to sit at a table with my friends in the Cary Women’s Giving Network.   We decided to all go in together and sponsor a table so we could have the opportunity to tell other ladies about our group!  Over the years, many of the ladies in our Cary Women’s Giving Network have been featured as the award winners for The Women of Western Wake and this year was no different.  But it was a VERY SPECIAL year as our very own, Sheila Ogle, was selected as the FIRST EVER Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in honor of the 10 Year Anniversary!

Cary Women’s Giving Network

Needless to say, Sheila was totally shocked!   This recognition is very much deserved for Sheila and it was a gorgeous huge swirly and heavy award!   We all laughed as the award colors looked perfect with her dress and shoes (see picture below!)

Award and her shoes!

The 2017 Women of Western Wake are as follows: Nicole Dozier, Leigh Duque, Gayle Greene, Fara Palumbo and Miss Vatinet.  Congrats to them all!  Enjoy the photos from today’s luncheon.

Becca Smith & Carrie Peele

 

Jennifer, Sheila & Alisa

 

Sold Out Crowd

 

Becca & Liz

 

Panel of Winners

Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me select the long-sleeve black & blue dress for today’s event.  They have a Fall/Winter Buy-Out coming up soon on November 9th 2017.  Check out their website to find info on the buy-out & more details.

 

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Cary, NC 27511

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Cary Magazine Women of Western Wake 2016

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

Alisa and Becca

Alisa and Becca

 

Ladies on stage with host, Elizabeth Gardner

Ladies on stage with host, Elizabeth Gardner

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

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers 2016

Blake & Becca at Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

Blake & Becca at Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

Last night, Cary Magazine hosted their 2nd Annual Movers & Shakers party for the Class of 2016.  I am so honored to have been included among the winners this year!  The winners were nominated by peers and selected based on their community service, business involvement and leadership roles.   The June/July 2016 Issue of Cary Magazine featured an article about the Movers & Shakers this year and listed out their achievements and success.  I really enjoyed reading the article and am proud to say I know many of these people as close friends, fellow Rotarians, and business partners.   The party last night was held at the new Bond Brothers Brewery in downtown Cary and featured appetizers by Catering by Design and really delicious pie from Slice.  Thanks to 5Star Awards for the beautiful glass engraved awards.

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Here are some pictures from the Movers & Shakers Class of 2016 event last night to share.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for selecting the chartreuse yellow sundress for me to wear to the party!  They has also paired up the white dress & accessories for the magazine photo (see below) that was shot in late April at the Page Walker Center in downtown Cary.

Rotarians honored in the Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

Rotarians honored in the Movers & Shakers Class of 2016

 

Congrats to my friends Lashonza Brown and Jennifer Martin

Congrats to my friends Lashonza Brown and Jennifer Martin

 

Thank you to Mary and Lorrie for coming last night!

Thank you to Mary and Lorrie for coming last night!

 

Food by Catering by Design

Food by Catering by Design

 

Movers & Shakers Photo from Jonathan Fredin

Movers & Shakers Photo from Jonathan Fredin

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, NC 27511

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Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

Earlier this morning I was out at a work meeting and just so happened to pick-up a copy of the November/December 2014 Cary Magazine.  I LOVE looking at the local magazines each month, flipping through the pages, reading the articles and most of all…looking for photos of people I know personally (because let’s be honest, it is VERY COOL to see your picture in a magazine!)

Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

Charity Spotlight for Life Experiences in Cary Magazine

So I was DELIGHTED to see my beautiful friend (and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member), Mary Madenspacher, CEO of Life Experiences there in the pages!  Life Experiences was highlighted in the issues’ story titled “Charity Spotlight: 4 Easy Ways to be a Neighbor”.  The Cary Magazine Charity Spotlight talks about the upcoming auction and golf tournament (Nov 9th & 10th) that is the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year for Life Experiences!  This is the 27th year for the event and it’s always SO MUCH FUN!  More information can be found on the website, I hope you can make plans to join us!   I’m also so proud to be a Board Member for Life Experiences on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA.  Congrats to Mary and her amazing staff at Life Experiences for being in the Charity Spotlight for Cary Magazine!

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, NC 27511

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Shopping is Good for the Soul…and the Economy!

Caroline and Morgan of Vestique

Caroline and Morgan of Vestique

As a woman living in the Triangle area, you can’t deny the fact that there are some really great places to shop around here!  And yes, I totally love it, and yes, I have some of my favorites.  Earlier this week I went by Vestique, a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, to see the owners, Caroline and Morgan.  They celebrated their 3rd Year Anniversary with their store and were hosting a CELEBRATION!  I first learned about Vestique a few years ago when the New & Observer ran a story in the paper about them…two friends from college, with a passion for fashion, starting with just trunk shows at other local stores, then moving to an online store and now, just three short years later, they have four stores (Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, SC and Columbia, SC).  Talk about successful! 

3 Year Celebration Event

3 Year Celebration Event

We are so proud to have them as clients at Smith & Smith, CPA and Blake really enjoys working with Caroline and Morgan on their growing fashion retail business.  These two girls certainly know how to mix fabulous fashion with affordable style!  The celebration event was PACKED; just take a look at the crowded store in the picture!  I even picked up a few goodies for myself while I was there.  We love supporting our clients by shopping at their stores and using their services.  You can shop at Vestique online (at anytime) or go by one of their stores.  Be sure you get added to their mailing list as they are always running lots of great deals! Congrats to them both! 

Peachy Keen Casino Fashion Show

Peachy Keen Casino Fashion Show

Another fun ‘fashion boutique chic’ event was last night.  Peachy Keen hosted their Annual Fall Fashion Show with a ‘Casino’ style theme…let the chips fall where they may!  This was a great opportunity to get my girlfriends together for an evening out.  We had about 12 girlfriends that met at Peachy Keen around 6pm for their social/cocktail hour, followed by an introduction and the fashion show.  Peachy Keen is owned by a local family and they certainly know how to celebrate with vintage style! 

Tia, Becca & An

Tia, Becca & An

I really enjoyed all of the delicious food during the cocktail hour (yummy foods from The Meat House, The Big Easy, Sitti and Trader Joe’s) and also all of the games and activities they had going on before the fashion show.  My friend Tia was really serious about the Black Jack table!  There were several sponsors for the event including friends of mine from Nivelli Day Spa, ShopLocalRaleigh, StudioVIBE, and Order in the House.  There was also live entertainment provided by Cole Roe (really good singer and guitarist).  Several of the girls in our group were lucky jackpot prize winners too, congrats to my friend Jamie on winning the AWESOME bag of goodies from Trader Joes!  We really enjoyed the fashion show down the built-in-runway in the store! 

Fashion Runway

Fashion Runway

After the show, we did some shopping and mingling.  Several of my friends bought some great items!  I was happy to have one of my college best friends in town, Lindsey Dishman, so she could go along with us.  She’s on her way to Virginia Beach for a work meeting, so Blake and I always enjoy being her ‘pit stop’ for the night.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for the lovely black Karen Kane top I wore to the fashion show. 

Lindsey in town!

Lindsey in town!

I wore it with a pair of cheetah print leggings and black boots, just for a fun twist!  My Girlfriend’s Closet was voted “Best Place to Shop for Women’s Clothing” in the 2013 Cary Magazine Maggy Awards and I would have to agree with that!  Thank to Lois and her team for keeping me styled great for all of my networking events. 

No plans for the weekend?  Add Vestique, My Girlfriend’s Closet and Peachy Keen to your weekend list, you will be ‘fashionably’ happy that you did!

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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Business Icons for 2012 in Cary Magazine
 

Business Icons 2012

Earlier this year we found out some very exciting news from the staff of Cary MagazineBob Smith, CPA, part owner of Smith & Smith, CPA had been named one of the Western Wake Business Icons for 2012!!!!  Bob was to be featured in the March/April edition of Cary Magazine.  They scheduled an interview time to come by and talk with Bob about his career path and the steps he had taken to create & build a successful family CPA practice.  They also sent a professional photographer to the office to take pictures. 

 
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Bob Smith, CPA Business Icons 2012

This was a huge honor for Bob to be named as one of the Western Wake Business Icons (and for Smith & Smith, CPA as a whole!!!)   We were excited to see the article come out in the magazine (also available online) and we loved how Bob was labeled ‘FAMILY MAN’ because he truly is a FAMILY MAN.  The other Western Wake Business Icons were Dean Ogan of Rocky Top Hospitality and Kelly Shatat of Moon and Lola.  Click HERE to read the article.  I love how the intro to the article starts  Family, fashion and food aren’t distractions from work for the 2012 Business Icons — they are work.  These Triangle business owners started solo, growing their ventures from idea through expansion by doing what they love.” 

Family Man

 
 
 
  A big THANK YOU to Cary Magazine for selecting Bob as one of the Western Wake Business Icons for 2012.  We have received numberous phone calls & emails from our clients and friends who have seen the article.  I also had the article professionally matted and framed to display proudly in our office.  Congrats Bob, you are our FAMILY MAN and will always be one of the best business icons to us! 

 

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 Women of Western Wake & We Build People

I recently attended the Cary Magazine’s 4th annual Women of Western Wake Luncheon that was held at the lovely Umstead Hotel on the SAS Campus in Cary, NC. 

Women of Western Wake Winners Panel

This was my second year attending and it has quickly become an event that I look forward to each year.  I attended the luncheon as a guest of my good friend and fellow YMCA We Build People Campaign colleague, Linda Shirley of BB&T.  The luncheon was very nice and honored five women who live & work in Western Wake and who have made major impacts in our community through their careers, companies, volunteer hours and personal lives.   The honorees this year included: Dr. Kerry Chandler, Director of Breast Imaging Services at Wake Radiology, Phyllis Eller-Moffett, founder of Quality Staffing Specialist, Debra Goldman, District 9 Representative for Wake County Public School System, Monica Smiley, Editor & Publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, and Bianca Strzalkowski, 2011 Military Spouse of the YearAngela Hampton of ABC 11 led an open & candid discussion panel with the honorees.  I enjoyed hearing each of the ladies talk about their passions in life and sharing their secrets of how they manage the life-work-balance in each of their busy lives.  My favorite honoree was Bianca Stzalkowski as I was able to really connect with her comments and I felt like she was a very genuine and relatable woman.  I enjoyed seeing another good friend at the luncheon, Christina Hayward, a local Arbonne representative

Christina & Becca

Christina is really growing her business/brand by attending lots of networking functions and making new friends/connections.  I’m starting to see Christina everywhere!  I was also happy to see past Women of Western Wake Honoree (2007), Diane Hillsgrove, Branch Executive Director of the Cary YMCA and fellow Cary Chamber Board of Directors Chair, Diane Rupprecht, attorney at Ellis & Winters LLP at the luncheon.  Cheers to Cary Magazine for another successful event honoring the outstanding women of Western Wake.

 Now back to the We Build People Campaign (WBPC).   This is my 2nd year participating in the campaign and I’m really trying hard this year to bring in some good donations.  The WBPC is through the YMCA and ALL of the money raised benefits underprivileged children and families right here in our very own area. 

Becca, Diane Rupprecht & Diane Hillsgrove

Over the past year I’ve been able to witness these families on a very personal level as I helped to deliver meals to them during Thanksgiving and I went to tour the summer camp, Camp High Hopes, during the summer while camp was in session.  I spent my childhood summers at camp myself, so I know first-hand the importance of summer camp friends, lessons, guidance and memories that last a lifetime!  So I’m working with Diane Hillsgrove to help raise funds through the WBPC to send these wonderful but needy kids in our community to camp and to help provide them with services throughout the year.  Financial gifts of all sizes are welcomed!  Blake and I have already contributed to sending a child to camp for one fun-filled week that includes learning life skills and character development.  The gift is only $169.  I’d love to have more gifts just like that!  Are you willing to donate/help?  Please contact me and let me know!  It’s easy and it is making a difference in our community.   

There are many great things going on in Western Wake!  I hope you are taking advantage of some of these great opportunities.  I look forward to hearing from you about donating to the We Build People Campaign and I know I’ll be seeing many of you at upcoming Chamber & networking events.   Keep in mind that our CPA firm is growing and currently taking on new clients.  We’ve changed our firm name to Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C. as Blake recently received his CPA license!  We are expanding into the office next door and we are hiring more staff.  We also have a BRAND NEW website coming soon, so stay tuned!  Even with lots of great growth and changes taking place, we are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511
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