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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!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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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

 

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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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

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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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!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

 

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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!!!!

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

 

 

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Meet Lindsay at Smith & Smith, CPA

Hello Lindsay!

We are so pleased to introduce Lindsay Schilleman as our newest employee at Smith & Smith, CPA!  Today is actually her FIRST day on the job!  Lindsay is a MBA Student at NC State (GO WolfPack) and she will graduate this May.  She has passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam and will be working towards getting her CPA license completed.  She enjoys being outdoors and loves to play sports like softball and volleyball.  She will be helping us during tax season, so please stop by to tell her Hello!

 

Bahama Mama!

Beach Cover-Up

I had the recent pleasure to do a short 3-day cruise to the Bahamas with some girl-friends.  We left on Friday out of Miami and went to Coca Cay and then to Nassau.  We had beautiful weather and super fun time!  I already had my summer clothes packed away, so I reached out to Lois and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary for a few pieces to take along on the trip.  I selected this great light-weight swimsuit cover up and it made our day at Nassau easy-and-breezy!  I also took along a dress for the causal evening dinner.  My Girlfriend’s Closet will be having their Spring Clothing Exchange on Tuesday, February 7th at the downtown Apex store location from 10:30am-5:30pm (no appointment needed).  And remember when you shop there to tell them that you read Beccablog.com for a special shopper discount!

 

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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Join me on Twitter @beccacarync

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

 

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The Gifting Tree for Town of Cary

The Gifting Tree 2016

The Gifting Tree 2016

Happy December!  It is time for the Annual Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project!  Once again, Smith & Smith, CPA is participating in this event and we went downtown Cary last week to decorate our Christmas tree.  I LOVE our location this year, we are right at the corner of Academy and Chatham Street in the heart of downtown Cary!  We are at the traffic light right across from Ashworth Drugs.  Our tree is a little different this year and is decorated with patriotic spirit as a reversed American Flag.  Many thanks to my good friend, Lindsey Dishman, for helping me come up with the idea!  I spray painted the top of the tree white and the bottom of the tree blue (we won’t talk about what my hands looked like once that was done!!).  Then I used red ribbon and bows for the top of the tree (for the stripes on the flag) and huge white snowflake ornaments (bought in Savannah, GA) for the white stars on the flag on the bottom of the tree.  I also have new solar lights on the tree to light it up at dark.  Please take a few minutes to use this LINK to vote for our tree. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cqhnpy9  It is one vote per email, so you only have to vote once!  The winning tree with the MOST votes will get $500 for the charity of their choice!  We will be supporting Life Experiences again this year as our charity of choice!  So please VOTE!

Life Experiences Annual Christmas Party

Matt playing Santa for Life Experiences

Matt playing Santa for Life Experiences

Speaking of Life Experiences, last night was their Annual Christmas Party.  It is always so much fun and an event that my family looks forward to each year.  It is a covered dish dinner party and all of the sweet employees trade names with each other and swap gifts.   One of them gets to dress up as Santa Claus too and passes out all of the gifts.  This year Santa was played by Matt.  He was so happy and you can see the big smile on his face!  Trent and Mark helped to pass out the gifts too.  It is so important to me so see our children involved with helping and loving others.  During the party, Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director, passed the microphone around the room and everyone got a chance to introduce themselves and their families.  It is so sweet to hear them tell how much Life Experiences means to them and sometimes they say really funny things too!   I am so honored to serve at the Board President for Life Experiences this year.  Here is a great photo of our Board Members at the party last night.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me shop for this beautiful sparkly silver sweater!  They have tons of great holiday wear so check them out for your upcoming Christmas & Holiday parties!!!!!!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a discount with your purchase!

Board Members for Life Experiences 2016

Board Members for Life Experiences 2016

 

Thanks for reading!  Please share the link to vote for our tree!  Have a great rest of the week!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Veterans Day 2016 and More

veteransFirst of all, Happy Veterans Day and a big THANK YOU to those who have served and defended our country.  Today (and everyday) is a day to honor YOU and your service!

 

 

The kids are out of school, so they are here at the office with us today.  One of the many perks of a “family run business“!  Here is a picture of the cousins with Grandpa outside the office.  Thankfully we have a nice grassy field next to our office and they can run and play games together.

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Dorcas Ministries

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Dorcas Ministry 5th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast.  This is such a nice event each year and once again the room was PACKED with supporters from all over Cary!  I am happy to report that through many generous donations at the breakfast they raised over $148,000 for their programs & services!

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Dorcas Thanksgiving Breakfast with Jessica from Fidelity Bank

Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet!

Earlier this week I took my good friend, Kim Lavallee, along with me to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Kim took part in their “Personal Style Profile” and found some great items for the Fall & Winter!  I also purchased some really nice items for the upcoming holidays & Christmas parties!  Thanks to Lois and her team for taking such great care of us!  Remember to mention Beccasblog.com when you shop there to take advantage of my special shoppers discount!!!!!

Shopping at MGC!

Shopping at MGC!

Halloween 2016 with Life Experiences

This is a little delayed, but we had our Annual Halloween Parade and Party with Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club on October 31st.  It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun celebrating with our special friends!

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

Life Experiences and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Halloween 2016

Have a great weekend!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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Peachy Keen Wears Hope Carnival Fall Fashion Show 2016

Smith & Smith, CPA proud to be a sponsor!

Smith & Smith, CPA proud to be a sponsor!

Last night was the 11th Fashion Show for Peachy Keen!  The theme was A Fall Fashion Carnival benefiting Headbands of Hope for Duke Children’s’ Hospital.  This makes several years in a row now that Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor for the Peachy Keen Spring & Fall Fashion Shows!  It is always a fun night and brings out a huge crowd!  They literally turn the entire store into a Fashion Showcase, complete with a raised fashion runway, door prizes, silent auction, drinks, food and other fun things like a “Braid Bar” and a scavenger hunt!  Check out some of our photos below from the Fall Fashion Show!  #peachywearshopecarnival

 

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Smith & Smith, CPA donated mini-pink flashlights for the VIP Swag Bags

 

Fashion Models at Peachy Keen 2016

Fashion Models at Peachy Keen 2016

 

Andrea, Heather, Becca & Angela at Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show Carnival 2016

Andrea, Heather, Becca & Angela at Peachy Keen Fall Fashion Show Carnival 2016

 

My first Headbands of Hope purchase!

My first Headbands of Hope purchase!

 

Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the black & metallic turtleneck sweater for the fashion show!  Save the Date for the Peachy Keep Spring Fashion Show on April 27 2017!

Have a great weekend!!!!!!

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax