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Serving with Life Experiences

Today wraps up the end of my year serving Life Experiences as the President for the Board of Directors.  It has been such a fantastic experience and one that I took very seriously.  I have been involved with Life Experiences for many years now and will continue to serve another 3-year term on the Board.   I am so grateful for this special group of people and for all of the friendships I have made along the way.  Thank you to the Board members who served with me this past year and we have another big year ahead of us!   Part of my heart will always be and belong at Life Experiences!

Executive Director at Life Experiences, Mary Madenspacher with Board President, Becca Smith

 

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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TBJ 40 Under 40 Awards 2017

Today Blake and I had the privilege of attending the TJB 40 Under 40 Awards for the Class of 2017  #40U40Awards

#40U40Awards

Our close friend, Travis Wright Colopy, was one of the honorees this year and his nonprofit company, Fit & Able Productions hosted a table and invited Blake & I to join them to celebrate!   The awards luncheon was held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.

Travis & Anna

It was so much fun to be there to celebrate with Travis & his family, including his girlfriend, Anna Garner, plus his mom & dad, grandparents from Ohio and brother, Glen, who came from Germany!  Each recipient was called to the stage to receive their award and had approximately 1-minute for a thank you speech.

Congrats to the winners!

They shared their “Personal Hashtag# with the crowd and told why it was meaningful to them.   They also had selected a song that would be played when their name was called as they walked to the stage.   I enjoyed hearing all of the fun songs and learning more about each winner through the explanations of their personal hashtags.

Travis in the TBJ

Travis said his personal hashtag was #wedontsayno and his song was Kryptonite by the band 3-Doors Down.  The publication of the Triangle Business Journal that came out today has all 40 recipients listed and goes into greater detail about the reasons they were selected.

Smith & Smith, CPA client in the TBJ

It was nice to see one of our clients from Smith & Smith, CPA listed as a winner, Matthew Leerberg of Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Travis, Anna, Becca & Blake

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her awesome team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me shop for this stunning Cynthia Rowley pink & purple dress!  Lia Sa of Fleur de Lia Alterations had to adjust the hemline for me and she did a fantastic job!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com when you shop there for a special discount for my shoppers!

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 International Convention with 40,000 Friends

I honestly didn’t even know I had 40,000 friends, but after coming back from the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (got home today), I really kinda feel like I do!  That’s crazy right?  Everyone at the convention was really friendly and even though I didn’t know all 40,000 of their names & where they live & the language they speak, we all shared a common smile and a passion for doing good in the world.  That’s the best part of Rotary after all!

Becca & Blake for Smith & Smith, CPA at Rotary International Convention 2017

It was really nice to have Blake along for the whole event and we had a total of 17 club members & families there from our own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.

Club members of Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

The mornings were spent in opening sessions with engaging speakers on the topics of Eradicating Polio, Stopping Human Trafficking, and the role Rotary plays around the world in so many lives.  We heard from Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher and John Cena, plus Jack Nicklaus,  the Mayor of Atlanta and many more!

Lots of Rotary people!

Some of my favorite parts included the Google EndPolioNow Virtual Reality three-minute film called ONE SMALL ACT #ENDPOLIO, that was offered to the largest crowd ever at one gathering spot!  Pretty cool!

One Small Act with Google

 

Virtual Reality with Google and Rotary

I also really liked the Hall of Friendship, a HUGE vendor/booth area that featured Rotary Clubs, Rotary Projects, Merchandisers and Vendors all with resources for Rotary!  Being that this was my FIRST Rotary International Convention, I had heard great things about the Hall of Friendship, but seeing it & experiencing it for myself was just really a great opportunity.  I also loved the presentation of the Country Flags during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday…over 125 countries and some that I am ashamed to say I had never even heard of, let alone know where they are located!

Country Flags

Tour at SweetWater Brewery

During the afternoon breaks and evenings, we had dinner with friends at some really delicious restaurants, as Atlanta does have quite the restaurant scene!  We also took time to tour SweetWater Brewery and went to a comedy show at the Laughing Skull.

The Famous Rotary Pin Man

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me pack a comfy & flexible wardrobe for the trip!  Comfort really was the key for this trip as most of the event were casual and relaxed in nature.

So it’s back to work as usual, but I have lot of wonderful memories (and photos) to help me remember how much fun we had representing Smith & Smith, CPA at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta 2017.  We have already made plans to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention in TORONTO, Canada!  Can you find me hiding in the Toronto photo?

Can you find Becca hiding in the photo?!?!

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 Pig Pickin’ & Joining the AENC

Last Saturday, June 3rd 2017, was my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club’s 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  It was a HUGE success, with perfect weather, over 800 people fed delicious BBQ, a record number of sponsorships and the MOST we have ever made on our major fundraising event!  Our final numbers are still pending, but it looks like we are pushing close to $50,000!!!!  This fundraiser supports our college student scholarships as well as our local & global humanitarian projects.  Many thanks to ALL of our great sponsors, especially the ones who sponsored on my behalf: Sharon Lewis Homes, Gilliam & Associates Realty, Second Empire Restaurant, Chick-fil-A Waverly Place, Nirvelli Day Spa, Fit & Able, David Hellinger LPL Financial, Dennis Sargent Law, Randy Walker of Walker Design Build, Elizabeth Asbill of Edward Jones, Jerry Kozel of JTK Mediation, 5Star Awards, Riccobene Family Dentistry, Swift Creek Animal Hospital, Owen Robinson of Keller Williams Realty, Smith Family Dental Solutions, Rally Point Bar & Grill and the Matthews House in Cary.

AENC Membership!

AENC Affiliate Roundtable

Last week I officially joined the AENC, Association Executives of North Carolina.  I have been to several of their events in the past with Rotary and with my good friend, Christine Johnson, who is a member of AENC through her job with FirstPoint Resources.  It is a group I have been interested in for a while and I’m so excited to finally be a member!  I used the remaining funds from my WBON of Cary Scholarship to join!  This morning I attended the Affiliate Roundtable discussion with the topic: “How Do I Get in the Door?”  It was very informative, I took 4 pages of notes from the speakers: Aubie Knight, Linda Stinson and Jim Booth.  I can’t wait for the next event!

Jim Booth shares Best Practices

 

Blake & I are off to Atlanta for the 2017 Rotary International Convention!!  It’s our first time going, so we don’t really know what all to expect, but we know it is going to be FUN and AMAZING!  I will be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube

 

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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First Responders Lunch Morrisville Chamber

Lindsey, Nancy & Becca

I had the pleasure of attending the First Responders Thank You Lunch, hosted by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.  I was invited to attend by my friend, Nancy Seymour, who hosted a table with Atlantic Tire & Service.  Nancy and I have been friends for several years and our common bond is our love for dogs!   The luncheon was held at Noah’s Event Place in Morrisville and featured a very nice buffet lunch.  The purpose of the First Responders Thank You Lunch was to allow the business community to honor those hardworking individuals who put their lives on the line for others every single day.  First Responders in attendance were from the following groups: Morrisville Police Department, Morrisville Fire Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sherrif’s Office.

Morrisville Police Department

The luncheon was also a fundraiser for the 200 Club of Wake County, an organization that provides immediate financial help for the families of police officers, sheriff deputies, fireman, EMS squad members and North Carolina State Highway Patrol serving in Wake County who lost their life in the line of duty.   Atlantic Tire & Service was the Award Sponsor for the luncheon, so Nancy was asked to introduce the Morrisville Police Chief, Patrice Andrews.  Chief Andrews gave out an award to a police officer on her staff who is one of their K9 officers.   I really enjoyed the luncheon and seeing so many men and women from the police, fire & EMS all in one room made you feel very thankful and appreciative for the work they do for our community.   Other guests at our table for the luncheon included Lindsey Chester, Judy Fourie and Lana Callaway.

 

Event Sponsor

Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for the light blue silk chiffon dress I wore to the luncheon.  Be sure to tell them you read Beccasblog.com when you shop there!  Always a special discount for my referral shoppers!

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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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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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

 

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