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Beach Boys Hanging with Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA guys at the beach

Smith & Smith, CPA guys at the beach

 

It has been a GREAT beach week so far!  The weather has brought us storms and rain each afternoon, but nothing that has ruined our week weather-wise.  The kids are having a great time playing together and all of the adults are getting to relax and enjoy the time away from the office.  Just a few more days to go before we are ‘back to the grind’.  Hope your week has been productive and nice too!

 

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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Family Fun at the Orange County Speedway

Orange County Speedway

Orange County Speedway

If you are a small business owner and you live or work in Wake County, then you probably know that there are TONS and TONS of opportunities to network and market your business through referral groups.  One group that Smith & Smith, CPA supports (and has for years) is Triangle BNI.  A man by the name of Steve Hand, owns  Triangle BNI  (client of Smith & Smith, CPA) and is the man who is responsible to many successful business connections and ‘done business deals’in Wake County.  Blake is a member of a BNI Group in Cary called “The Next Level“, and really enjoys not only the great business leads, but also the members and friendships that have developed from the group.

Goody-bag for the kids by Johnson Maserati of Cary

Goody-bag for the kids by Johnson Maserati of Cary

His group is very active not just through their weekly meetings, but also through their community service projects that are done several times a year.  The Next Level BNI group had a Family-Social Event over the weekend at the Orange County Speedway.  Several of their club members went with their families to support club member, Dennis Sargent, Managing Attorney at Law Office of Dennis Jay Sargent Jr, PLLC.  Dennis is ‘Attorney by Day and Race Car Driver by Night‘ and he is GOOD!  Dennis was in the first race of the night, Limited Sportsman, and he placed 3rd in the race!  It was really exciting and everyone in “The Next Level” BNI group went down on the track to congratulate him.  Way to go Dennis!

Congrats to Dennis on winning 3rd Place in his race!

Congrats to Dennis on winning 3rd Place in his race!

Orange County Speedway is located in Northeastern Orange County (about 1 hour drive from Cary) and the track is 3/8ths mile around.  Our family had a great time at the race and they loved watching the race cars and mini trucks during their own races.  My kids also loved the goody-bags that were handed out at the door by Orange County Speedway sponsor, Johnson Maserati of Cary.  The goody-bag had several pieces of candy and cool little trinkets for the kids.  There was a SUPER MOON that night too, so everyone loved watching it come up over the trees, so cool!

 

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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A DELICIOUS Time on the Charleston Culinary Tour

Culinary Tour

Culinary Tour

This past weekend Blake and I slipped down to Charleston, South Carolina with friends Dennis and Dana Sargent.  Dennis is a long-time friend and referral partner of Smith & Smith, CPA and happens to be in the same BNI group as Blake.  Blake and Dennis have become good friends over the years, so they invited us along to Charleston to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.  Best part was that they let ME plan the whole weekend!  We had a great time in this charming southern town and one of the coolest things we did was a Charleston Culinary Tour.  I’ve heard about culinary tours in other towns (like Asheville, NC) but this was our first time experiencing one firsthand.  And I have NOTHING but GOOD things to say about the whole culinary tourCharleston Culinary Tours offers a series of four tours that are held on different days of the week and at different times.

Tour Begins

Tour Begins

They include: Historic Downtown, Upper King Street, Chef’s Showcase at the Farmer’s Market and Mixology Tour.  They cover over 30 different restaurants & bars and each tour is different and unique.  The Charleston Culinary Tour is a great way to experience Charleston history, food and drinks all at once!  We did the Historic Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm.  Our tour included visiting three different restaurants and tasting eight different dishes.

Eli's Table

Eli’s Table

We met up with our tour guide, Glenn Morehead (Managing Partner) and the others at Southend Brewery and Smokehouse.  We had 3 mini-tastings here including she-crab soup, barbeque with coleslaw and beef brisket.  Very good! As we walked from restaurant to restaurants Glenn engaged the group by telling us stories about Charleston and highlighting other restaurants along the way.  Our second stop was Eli’s Table.

Goat Cheese Salad at The Drawing Room

Goat Cheese Salad at The Drawing Room

This restaurant takes pride in having ingredients that are from local farmers and delivered on a daily basis.   The manager came out to greet our table and shared a little bit about their menu and their food culture.  We had watermelon gazpacho (OMG….sooooo good and my first time having this dish!!!) plus some delicious shrimp and grits (again, a first for me!)  On the way to our next stop Glenn took us past a church where we learned the difference between a graveyard and  cemetery, plus more fascinating historical points about Charleston.

Cake Pop Dessert

Cake Pop Dessert

Glenn pointed out how important a head chef is to a restaurant in Charleston, as there are over 800 restaurants in the Charleston/Mount Pleasant area and more than 1,000 bars! WOW!  Our last stop was at The Vendue The Drawing Room, and the Head Chef, Jon, came out to our table and talked about our dishes.  I think this was my FAVORITE place as the salad, fish and dessert were all just so delicious and again, foods/dishes that I have never had before!

Dinner with friends at Burwells

Dinner with friends at Burwells

The salad had goat cheese, the fish had been caught fresh that morning and the dessert was cake pops without the stick!   Yummy yummy!   The culinary tour ended after dessert around 4:30pm and we slipped upstairs to the rooftop to see check out the view.   I knew we were going to have fun on the Charleston Culinary Tour, but it really went on to surpass my expectations!   Thanks to Glenn for a great tour and a fantastic experience! Glenn was able to help recommend other places for dinner during our visit and upon his recommendation we went to Burwell’s StoneFireGrill on Saturday night and it too was wonderful! My college girlfriend, Lindsey, and her boyfriend, Tim, joined us for dinner too.   We ordered the hot-lava rocks where we cooked our own appetizer steaks and our main entrees were also very good.  Blake said it was one of the best steaks he’s ever had.  Lindsey and I shared the hamburger (based on good reviews on YELP) and they were correct!

The Black Fedora with the CLOWN

The Black Fedora with the CLOWN

After dinner at Burwell’s we went on the Dark Side of Charleston Tour with Bulldog tours.  The tour was good and indeed lives up to the name of dark’ and for ‘adults only’.  The rest of our weekend included other great places to eat, a visit to The USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter, plus a fantastic evening at The Black Fedora, a local Comedy Murder Mystery Theater.  We had the best time at The Black Fedora and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone going to Charleston who wants something fun and totally different!  So for an easy 4 1/2 hour drive down I95, you can have a totally wonderful weekend exploring Charleston!  Only thing is that you need MORE then just a 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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Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

Smith & Smith, CPA Christmas Tree 2013

Smith & Smith, CPA Christmas Tree 2013

So December is here!  No, I’m not joking, it’s for REAL!  The LAST MONTH of 2013 has arrived!  Ready or not…it’s here!  I spent today getting our office all sparkly clean (ever heard of Winter-Cleaning…very similar to Spring-Cleaning!) and I also pulled the December holiday decorations out of storage and got them all put up.  Our office is looking right on track ready for Christmas!  I put up two small trees in the front foyer, along with a few fun items and best of all…a Christmas candy basket (full of chocolate goodies!)  I also hung our outdoor wreath outside on the mailbox…it was looking a little ‘worn out’, so I went to Michael’s to get a few new wreath accessories and a new bow.  It looks much better and full of life once again!  Smith & Smith, CPA is also participating the ShopLocalRaleigh “Where is Sir Walter?Holiday Shopping Contest!  This is an Instagram Contest that includes great prizes and a chance to win a customized scooter!

Can you find Sir Walter?

Can you find Sir Walter?

 

Sir Walter cut-outs have been hidden all over Wake County in different ShopLocalRaleigh businesses and websites.   All you have to do in order to participate is find Sir Walter, snap a picture and post that picture with the hashtag #whereswalter and you get 1 entry to win with every picture posted!  The final drawing & celebration party is going to be held on December 11th at Lucky B’s.  VERY COOL!  Can you find Sir Walter in our holiday decor??  Stop by our office and get started with Sir Walter and ShopLocalRaleigh today!

More holiday office pictures below!

Smaller Christmas Tree

Smaller Christmas Tree

 

Welcome to Smith & Smith, CPA!

Welcome to Smith & Smith, CPA!

 

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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Helping Out, Even in the Smallest Ways!

Farm Day at Corral

Farm Day at Corral

Our CPA firm participated in the CPA Day of Service a few months ago and had a great time working for ½ the day out at The Corral Riding Academy.  This was Alicia’s first time on the farm and she really liked being at Corral and learning about their mission within the community.  Her middle-daughter, Avery, wanted to learn more about The Corral and was really interested in getting involved too.  So last week, Alicia and her two youngest daughters, along with some neighbors & other people in the community volunteered at Corral for their Farm Day. 

Addison painting at The Corral

Avery painting at The Corral

Farm Days are offered as a way for volunteers to help serve at The Corral.  They are held very 6-8 weeks and are posted on the website with a sign-up sheet.  Volunteers get a tour of the farm and work alongside other volunteers on various projects and other overall farm improvements.  I’ve done a few Farm Days myself and they are tons of fun!  Alicia, Avery and Ava helped work on the barns, do pasture maintenance and other small projects.  The day really does go fast when you are there to help with Farm Day, but you feel so awesome at the end of the day and like you really made a difference!   Here are some cute pictures to share of Alicia and her girls working at The Corral.  They picked a perfect November day to work with nice weather and warm temperatures!   What a perfect way to serve your community, by serving others!  Kudos to Alicia and her girls! 

Becca & Susan with Blanket Bundles

Becca & Susan with Blanket Bundles

Here is another picture to share…Susan Pruskin and I are in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club together and meet-up on Saturday morning at Cary Towne Mall to drop-off about 10 blanket bundles that our club had collected and wrapped.  This was a very easy project and it was an honor for our club to participate in this worthy project.  The Blanket Bundles were collected by a local radio station and then delivered to The Raleigh Rescue Mission.  It’s Thanksgiving week…what are you thankful for?

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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Congrats to MGC and CFF of the Triangle

Bethany, Becca and Lois

Bethany, Becca and Lois

Ahhhh…HELLO FRIDAY!  It’s cold outside, but I like it!  And the weekend is gonna be GREAT!  Whoo-hoo!  I’m a bit behind with some blogs, so I’m hoping to get caught up next week.  Yesterday was a very busy Thursday.  Blake and I went to the My Girlfriend’s Closet Boutique EXPANSION Grand Opening Party yesterday after work at 5pm in downtown Apex.  They recently added a HUGE addition to the back of the boutique and it is just perfect!   The space really opens up and add lots of room for some MORE IMPORTANT accessories…SHOES!!!!  I told Blake that was what I wanted for Christmas!  Sorry to say though…it’s not looking to good for me, but a girl can dream right??? 

A girl can dream!

A girl can dream!

I adore Lois, Ashley and Bethany, plus the rest of the MGC staff at BOTH stores!  They really care about helping women LOOK and FEEL good, not just about selling clothes and stuff in the store.  I’ve had a wonderful marketing relationship with MGC over the past year and I love being part of the MGC family.  The Apex Chamber of Commerce was there at the Expansion Party and did a very nice Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  Congrats to Lois and all of MGC for being a huge part of retail in both downtown Apex and downtown Cary.  My Karen Kane top came from the store and was a perfect fit for a busy day!  Check out Bethany dressing her baby-bump super cute too!  Looking good, not much longer before her baby arrives! 

CFF with Bank of NC

CFF with Bank of NC

After the MGC ribbon cutting, Blake and I headed over to the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill for a fundraising event called Top of the Triangle, honoring the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of the Triangle.  Tia Coppus from Bank of NC, invited us to be guests and attend the dinner and ceremony program.  Bank of NC was a proud Table Sponsor for this worthy event.  This was our first time to the UNC Planetarium and our first opportunity to support the CFF of the Triangle.  We had a wonderful time, congrats to those who supported the event and we were very touched by the whole evening.  After the program we attended a STAR SHOW in the Planetarium, it was really neat!  Thanks Tia for the invite!  Happy weekend everyone!

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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Networking & Shopping with my Mom!

Marsha & Becca

Marsha & Becca

Last week my sweet mother, Marsha, stopped by Cary for a few days, she was on her way to Tennessee to see my grandmother.  We made plans earlier this year to attend the 29th Annual A Shopping SPREE in downtown Raleigh. This event is hosted by the Junior League of Raleigh and draws vendors from all over the country!   The 4-day shopping/networking event is held at the Raleigh Convention Center and costs only $10 for the shopping pass.  I was so excited to go with my mom as we have several clients from Smith & Smith, CPA who sell & participate in the show.  We got there around 11:30am and had a wonderful time together talking, networking and shopping (I was proud to be sporting my red Smith & Smith, CPA polo).  I loved the BIG bags that they give you when you arrive and TRUST ME…mine was nearly full in just a few short hours! 

 

Seton & Becca

Seton & Becca

I was so happy to see Seton McGlennon, owner of Seton’s Specialties, with her awesome booth at the Shopping Spree.  I met Seton a few years ago at the Cary Lazy Daze Festival and we’ve been friends ever since!  She’s been a very generous donor for different auctions over the years and is also a valued client at Smith & Smith, CPA.  Seton is a very talented artist and does amazing work!  Check out her website!  She’s been featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things and also designed & created 2000 ornaments as the national Christmas gifts given by President and Mrs. Bush in 2004 and again in 2006!  Great to see you Seton!  I also was happy to see another one of my favorite vendors, Susan from Cuddle Corn!  I met Susan last year at this event and totally fell in love with her product!  I was happy to see her again this year as I purchased two more of her Cuddle Corn wraps (great for heating & cooling pads). 

Susan & Becca

Susan & Becca

 

 

This year she had special ones made from a very nice pink fabric (in honor of October Breast Cancer month) and donated a $1 from each pink Cuddle Corn sale back to breast cancer research (my mom also bought one too).  It was such a fantastic afternoon!  Always so happy to be out in the community seeing our clients in action and supporting local talent!  Thanks to Meg Moraites of the Junior League of Raleigh for helping me with my ticket! 

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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WBON Mega Networking Time!

Winners!

Winners!

Earlier this week on Wednesday, WBON of Cary held their Annual Fall Mega Networking Event.  This year the event was held at the beautiful Matthews House in downtown Cary.   The Matthews House is a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, so I always enjoy going there for events!  Sheila Ogle, owner of The Matthews House, was very gracious to have WBON there for our Mega Networking and she even joined us for lunch.  The room was full of ladies and we enjoyed lunch and open networking before the meeting. 

WBON Friends

WBON Friends

President Christine started the meeting, welcomed all of the new guests, and invited all of the new members up front to introduce them to the group.  Lots of new members this month, YEA!  There was a really funny announcement made about the Murder & Mayhem event that is going to be held on November 20th called “Killing for the Crown”.  This will be the WBON Scholarship Fundraiser this year (instead of an auction as done in the years past).  It sounds like it is going to be lots of fun and I can’t wait to go! 

Full room at The Matthews House

Full room at The Matthews House

The whole focus for the Mega Networking event it to get to meet and talk to as many ladies possible in the room.  WBON has done this many different ways over the years.  This year, we decided to give everyone a chance to stand and speak for 30 seconds.  That’s right…just 30!  And it goes fast, so you need to be prepared and ready to go!  We added a twist to make it more fun and had three WBON members serve as judges for the “Most Creative, Most Unique and Most Memorable”.  Fun stuff right!?!  I prepared mine the day before and even took a short trip over to Party City to pick up a few supplies for my 30-seconds about Smith & Smith, CPA. 

 

Lock it up!

Lock it up!

I could tell a few other of my friends had also prepared in advance as they also had some cool props!  I loved hearing all of the ladies speak and tell their stories.  Some were really funny, a few ladies were nervous, but that is expected if you are not used to speaking to a crowd.  But it is all for fun and for the sake of new business connections and support!  In the end, Cindy Prince won for Most Unique; Dr. Heather Sefried won for Most Creative; and yours truly, Becca Smith, won for Most Memorable!  YEA!  I took a big gold crown and called myself the “Queen of Numbers”…I had a large wand with a $ on the end and set of handcuffs warning ladies to keep up with their numbers so they can stay out of jail.  Funny, unique, a little crazy and yes…Memorable!  I got one of the new WBON logo coffee mugs as a prize.  Kudos to all of the other winners and to the WBON Board for their hard work with this event.  Well Done!
And thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet, for dressing me in this lovely and really unique dress by Boston Proper!

Hey…It is the Weekend!!!  Personal Tax Extensions are due TUESDAY, October 15th!  Hope you are filed…otherwise, get it DONE this 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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Fall is Here! 

Fall is Here!

Fall is Here!

Good-bye Summer and Hello FALL!  YEA!!!  My favorite time of year!  Just looking ahead at the month of October and all of the great networking events, social activities, and holiday events…I’ve got goose bumps head-to-toe!  The weather is starting to get cooler too, so it is perfect for football, the NC State Fair and  more!  Our office is staying busy getting into the “Fall Season” and here are a few fun things to share about what we already have going on.

  

Pumpkin Painting

Pumpkin Painting

So let’s kick this blog off with a little bit of Halloween fun! Cam and his family recently picked out pumpkins at a local pumpkin patch and then decorated the pumpkins at home with paint.  What is better to wear then your Smith & Smith, CPA shirt for some family pumpkin painting!?! The t-shirts are from the Cary Chamber Education Golf Tournament in 2012 where Smith & Smith, CPA was the proud official Volunteer T-Shirt Sponsor.  The color is perfect for painting pumpkins (especially if you get kinda messy and get it on your shirt!)   Looks like Connor and Bailey had a fun time and their pumpkins look great!  Our CPA firm enjoys the opportunity to sponsor local community events, my favorite ones to support are the ones that include t-shirts with our names on them!

Fall wedding

Fall wedding

Fall season also means LOTS of weddings!  We’ve had our share of attending weddings here lately, Cam and Brooke went to two weddings in September, Blake & I went to one in Banner Elk, (also in September) and Alicia and her family recently attended a family wedding.  Her cousin, Josh, got married and had their wedding reception at the NC State Faculty Club in Raleigh.  Here is a cute picture of Alicia and her oldest daughter, Avery, attending the wedding together.  The NC State Faculty Club is a great location for events, we typically attend a good amount of networking events there each year.  Plus it is where Alicia went to school, Go PACK!  

Disney

Disney

Blake and I recently returned from our ‘anniversary’ week of vacation.  We took the boys (Trent is tracked out right now from school) down to the Florida Gulf Coast and spent 5 days at St. Pete Beach and then 3-days in Orlando at SeaWorld, Magic Kingdom Disney and Blizzard Beach water park.  It was our best family vacation yet!  Perfect weather and great memories! Here is a picture of us in the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disney.  The boys had a blast and Blake & I really enjoyed the time away together too.  Coming back to work today has been an adjustment for sure! Bob and Sharon are leaving soon for a 10-day cruise!  Oh the Fall…good things are happening!  I’ll be out and around town for the whole month of October, hope to see you!

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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The 26th Annual Life Experiences Auction & Golf Tournament

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members

Sunday evening was an event that I look forward to every year.  It was the 26th Annual Harrry H. Montogomery Auction & Golf Tournament for Life Experiences.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary with the “Evening of Experiences” as the theme.  The golf tournament was held today, Monday, August 19th, despite the rainy day weather.  I have attended this event for several years now as my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club is a major sponsor. 

 

Blake, Becca, Tia & Ethan

Blake, Becca, Tia & Ethan

There are seven other Rotary Clubs that also support this event.  My good friend and fellow Cary-Kildaire Rotary club member, Mary Madenspacher, is the Executive Director for Life Experiences, so it is always fun to be there to support her & her team on this big night!  Blake went with me this year and we met up with friends, LeaAnn Schrick, Tia & Ethan Coppus, and Susan & Steve Pruskin. 

 

Red, White & Blue (backwards)

Red, White & Blue (backwards)

Check out the RED, WHITE and BLUE picture of Susan, Blake & me together!!! We also saw lots of other friends and I was happy to see that our Cary-Kildaire Rotary club had several members also at the auction.  We had a great time enjoying dinner and also placing several bids on the amazing silent auction items that were spread all over the ballroom.  I tend to be a little aggressive (okay, crazy) when it comes to bidding at silent auctions and well, we were the ‘winner’ of many great items last night!  I was able to get a week of track-out-camp for Trent, along with some neat hair products and tons of great food & restaurant gift cards! YEA!!!!!   We even participated in the LIVE Auction bidding; there were 21 live auction items! Everything from vacation to football tickets!

 

Mary with Life Experiences & clients

Mary with Life Experiences & clients

The program booklet was a really cool fold-out booklet, that was designed & put together by Alphagraphics (Ed LeClair is also a member of Cary-Kildaire Rotary).  Blake and I had a great time sitting at a table with the Bank of NC friends (thanks Tia & LeaAnn).  Life Experiences is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of satisfying work experiences for adults with various disabilities.  If you have read my blog before, then you know I am a huge supporter/cheerleader for Life Experiences and the work that they do.

 

Our donation baskets

Our donation baskets

Life Experiences operates 5 small businesses that include a bakery with the BEST BROWNIES EVER!  I am always happy to support and be involved with Life Experiences.  Our CPA firm, Smith & Smith, CPA donated a ‘Back-to-School’ gift basket that was full of many of the essentials that kids need when starting back to school.  Blake & I also donated a “Dog-Lovers” basket that included all kinds of cool treats, toys and accessories for any special dog.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support such a fun evening! 

 

Great crowd for the "Evening of Experiences"

Great crowd for the “Evening of Experiences”

I also want to thank Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for donating a really cool “Shopping Experience” for the silent auction that included a “Styling Party” and wine!  Awesome!  Lois helped me pick out the white BCBG Maxazria strapless layered taffeta cocktail dress that I wore last night from her store and had many compliments!  The jewelry I was wearing was also from her store (located in downtown Apex & downtown Cary).  Stop by her stores and tell her you read about her amazing fashions in Beccasblog.

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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