Community Banks


Power Breakfast Networking and 5-Years Marketing Partnership Celebration

Triangle Business Journal

TBJ Power Breakfast #tribizpower

I started out very early this morning (as in I left my house before 7am) to attend the Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast.   The breakfast networking event was held downtown Raleigh at the City Club and featured a 4-person panel on Community Banks and their role in our ever changing community.  Panel speakers were: Larry Barbour of North State Bank, Scott Custer of Live Oak Bancshares, Ray Grace who is the NC Commissioner of Bankers and Bob Hatley of Paragon Bank.

Gift from Delta Dental & Program of Guest Speakers

The panel was lead by Jason Christie, Market President & Publisher of the Triangle Business Journal.  The program focused on how community banks are amid an unprecedented consolidation trend in the US and one that has not been witnessed in more then two decades.  The panelist talked about the newly formed banks and how that is impacting loan activity, branch size & locations, and the key factors behind the consolidations.  All of our business clients at Smith & Smith, CPA have banking needs and I knew many of the bankers in the room as a result of networking friendships formed from the Cary Chamber of Commerce.  I found the program to be very informative and beneficial to understand more about the banking industry in North Carolina.

Maggie, Becca and Stephany

The program was sponsored this morning by Delta Dental of North CarolinaElaine Loyack, Director of Community and Public Relations for Delta Dental gave the opening remarks and shared a video about their Smiles for Kids program.  Elaine is a friend and client of ours at Smith & Smith, CPA.  Delta Dental provided a nice gift bag for all attendees that included a new toothbrush and multi-outlet car charger.

Elaine of Delta Dental

I attended the breakfast with my friend Stephany Connelly of AppleOne Employment Services.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Stroud, Alumni Relations and Program Coordinator for Leadership North Carolina, a program in which I have been interested in for many years!  Thank you to Brian Reid of Paragon Bank for taking a picture this morning of me with Stephany and Maggie.


5-Year Marketing Celebration

5 Year Anniversary for MGC and Beccasblog

So August 10th is the 5-year anniversary mark in which I have had a special partnership with Lois Cozart and her retail resale boutique in downtown Apex, My Girlfriend’s Closet.  Yes, friends, that is right…5 years ago Lois sent me that WONDERFULLY unexpected email asking me to partner with her on the most BRILLIANT marketing/promotion plan in the world!!!!  Ever since that day, I have been graced with the opportunity to be dressed by the stylist at My Girlfriend’s Closet for all of my networking & social events.  It has been such a crazy and fun 5 years!  I have worn all kinds of different styles, designers, colors, crazy shoes, beautiful jewelry, unique handbags and more!  It has been so much fun and we have both seen our businesses grow and thrive as a result of this partnership.  Thank you Lois for such a unique opportunity and I look forward to 5 more years!

Lunch at The Provincial

We celebrated together on Monday with lunch at The Provincial in downtown Apex.  This delicious restaurant happens to be a client of Smith & Smith, CPA and the food is crazy delicious!  Next time you are in downtown Apex, stop in to see Lois at MGC (and shop a little too) and then head down to The Provincial for a great meal.  Tell them Becca sent you!  And of course the pink lace dress I am wearing today is from My Girlfriend’s Closet!


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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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