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Wow…this has been a crazy week…hence the name of my blog!  Clients and Corona

Thanks David!!!!!

 

I’ll start with the Corona first…one of our tax clients, David Laxton, was awesome and brought us a case of Corona as a reward/gift for a crazy tax season!  He also included the limes!  Thanks David!  We’ll enjoy those (after office hours of course!)  So after tax season ends my calendar/schedule pretty much EXPLODES with meetings and events and this week has been good, but exhausting!  I’ve been in and out and in and out and out and in of the office so much that I have lost count!   But I’ve taken advantage of the time out and stopped by to say ‘HI’ and chat with several of our clients.  I was at a meeting with my new friend, Ann Close, owner of Close HR Connections (CHRC) and stopped by afterwards to visit with Joule Salon

Joule Salon

Owners Lou and Lisa Rivoli, have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and we totally adore them!   I don’t get to see Lisa much, so I poked my head into her salon and snapped a picture of her in action with her adorable staff and clients.  Joule Salon has really cool & hip salon-style and her business cards read ‘hair, beauty, fashion and coaching’.   They are located at 4242 NW Cary Parkway (same shopping center as the Mellow Mushroom).  Go check them out!  They do amazing work for their clients!  Perhaps last week you might have noticed that we did a cool facebook marketing promotion with one of our clients, Vestique.

Carmen & Teddy

  I stopped by their store last week to purchase the gift card we gave away during the facebook promotion.  Vestique is located in downtown Raleigh and happen to be in the same business complex as another client, Carmen Ritz State Farm Agency.  I stopped by to say hello to Carmen and her very friendly staff!  Carmen is always so much fun (and really good at her insurance stuff too) Her adorable dog, Teddy, was there and greeted me with lots of hugs and kisses. 

He is such a cute dog!

 I also had lunch this week with Sharon Moe of North State Bank, went to the Eye Opener Breakfast for the Cary Chamber on Wednesday morning where I sat with my friends Chuck & Anne Cook of Koko Fitness and my newest Cary Chamber member friend, Shelli Dallacqua (Shelten Media).  On Wednesday night, Blake and I attend the Cary Chamber Elected Officials Reception (held at the Matthew’s House in downtown Cary).

Priscilla and Becca

  I was invited by my beautiful friend, Priscilla Bullock of First Citizens Bank to be a guest at her sponsor table for the TCREW Awards on Thursday afternoon. Thank you Priscilla, had a great time with you at lunch and glad we missed the monsoon of rain that afternoon!  This morning was the Career Fair at Green Hope High School…a blog on that event coming next week.  Still have to get up my blog about the East Carolina University Women’s Round Table too…that one will take 2 days of blogging.  

Eric at Verizon

Last but not least, I’ve finally launched myself into the ‘technically world’ with a smart-phone and a tablet, thanks to Verizon!  I spent two days and nearly 5-hours this week working with the great team at the Verizon store in Cary Towne CenterEric Rainey was my main Verizon guy, Veronica was also very helpful too.  Now I have to find time to figure out both pices of technology!  Eric was great help at getting me set-up…but I’ve got some exploring to do!  Want to know something cool?  All three of my technology guys are named Eric….(Eric Green-my blog/social media guy, Erik Johnson with our CPA website company and now Eric Rainey with Verizon)!!!!

 

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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Triangle Ladies Lunch

Last week at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch we heard from the very dynamic speaker, Denise Bennett.  Denise is the Vice President of Business Sales and Strategy at Wells Fargo in Raleigh, NC and is also President at DS Bennett Business Strategies.  She is also the author of “A Chosen Seed: from Mustard Seed to Abundance”, her latest book that offers 101 years of wisdom for abundant living (celebrating her grandmother’s insightful teachings).   I thoroughly enjoyed hearing her speak, she started with a story a birthday gift from a husband, a brand new bicycle, and finished up with a dramatic ending that had her modeling a fantastic & extravagant hat! 

Becca with Denise and her book

  Some of her main points during the luncheon included a quote from her grandmother… ‘Each day you can either be pitiful or powerful but not both.  You decide’.  I LOVE THAT!  She also talked about living your life in a way that makes people trust you.  She gave another quote “One day you are a peacock, the next day you could be a feather duster”…meaning to live each day to it’s fullest and take nothing for granted!  Also not to ‘less-in the lessons of life’…think on that for a moment.  Denise had her book for sale and also gave one to the TLPL Breast Cancer ‘she-ro’ during the lunch, it was not only signed by her, but ALSO by her grandmother…such a treasured gift!  (she-ro is code for FEMALE HERO)

 I had a nice group of guests at my table: Susan Pruskin (QuickBooks Pro Advisor), Remi Haskett (Waddell & Reed), Chris Parks & Linday Wood (of Hand & Stone Massage), Pam Higdon (of Express Employment Professionals) and Rhonda Godsey (of Duff’s Design and Landscaping).

Kidd Photography

Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography was offering headshots for the attendees during the luncheon.  Jennifer is very friendly and easy to work with, she’s been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and I participated in the headshot offer.  She took several photos and later uploaded & emailed the images to me.  She does great work and is very creative.  She was telling me about a recent prom photo shoot that she did for local high school students that involved a back yard circus set-up! Find Kidd Photography on facebook to see the circus prom pictures!

Book Signing for Denise Bennett

The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch is known for their ‘shopping-hour’ that takes place before and after the luncheon.  After the meeting, many ladies (and guys) stayed around to network and make business connections.  I had to capture a picture of Denise at her book table.  Women who wanted to speak with her and get her to autograph the book surrounded her table.  Nice job Denise!   The next TLPL will be held on May 16th, hope to see you there!

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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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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! 

 

Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

 

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
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Hurricane Grill & Wings with a 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hurricane Grill & Wings

FINALLY…Hurricane Grill & Wings has their doors open for business!  The old Applebee’s restaurant that has sat vacant for years on Kildaire Farm Road has been converted and totally transformed into a new cool place in town to eat!  For weeks we’ve been watching the construction and changes take place and the “NOW HIRING” signs have been in the windows beckoning for people to apply.  The new place is called Hurricane Grill & Wings and it is a really neat new concept for our area.  Blake went last week with Cam for their GRAND OPENING NIGHT (when wings were only $.50 and they had $1 draft beer) and they both instantly fell in love with the food & atmosphere. 

Hurricane Grill & Wings on Urbanspoon

Hurricane Grill & Wings red frisbee

I was able to go with Blake and our boys on Sunday night and inside is sooo cool, not at all what I was expecting!  It kinda has a Joe’s Crab Shack feel with a washed-beach/beachy-dock-theme and awesome décor.  Hurricane Grill & Wings has comfortable seating and a really great food & colorful menu!  They have booths & tables and a big private room behind the bar that can hold groups & parties.  I was hoping it might be large enough for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club to hold our weekly meetings, but the room is just a tad too small for 50+ people.  But great for smaller groups!   Hurricane Grill & Wings is also a BRAND NEW CARY CHAMBER member!  What a great way to get new clients & business partners by joining the Cary Chamber! 

  I also spoke with Hurricane Grill & Wings General Manager, Susan Miller, while there with my family.  They brought some food on a cool red frisbee that is yours to take home, our oldest son thought it was really cool and can’t wait to toss his Hurricane Grill & Wings red disk around the yard this summer.

Life Experiences Easter Egg Hunt 2012

The Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club helped with our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Life Experiences this week.  We started this event last year by asking our club members to bring in plastic eggs and non-chocolate candies.  Then one night after our regular weekly meeting we all gather round and stuff the eggs with goodies (including money coins!!!).  The folks at Life Experiences are so much fun and so grateful for this event.  Our 2012 egg hunt was held on Thursday, April 4th and the sun was shining and it was a toasty 84 degrees!  We did the egg hunt in two waves (we had over 300 eggs, so plenty for all).  Each group had a lot of fun and they are so adorable to watch find the eggs. 

Click on the video below to see the egg hunt.  Plastic bags were used as baskets.

 

Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

 

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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Hunger Games with Dakota Hood and More!

This past weekend was very exciting!  We were invited to a private screening of the new blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games

Hunger Games with Dakota Hood

One of our client’s daughters, Dakota Hood, was featured in the movie!  Dakota was cast in the role as Tribute Girl from District 10.  Dakota’s mom and dad (Rock and Lisa Hood) had been by the office a few weeks earlier and were so excited to share the news with us of Dakota being part of the Hunger Games!  We’ve known the Hood family for many years and both of their kids, Dalton (older brother) and Dakota are sooooooooooooooo talented!  Dalton has been all over and around New York in Broadway and theater plays.  Dakota has a killer singing voice and has been in a fair share of theatrical productions too.  So on Sunday, March 25th, 2012, all of us from Smith & Smith, CPA ventured to north Raleigh to see the Hunger Games with Dakota Hood!  The theater was packed and we were all given cool lanyards with Dakota’s picture as District 10 Tribute on the front as our movie pass.  Sharon and I had both previously read the first book (it’s a trilogy) and I had filled Blake in on the plot earlier in the week.  The movie was really good, certainly not for children, and I thought it was true to the book.  Dakota was so happy to have so many friends and family members there to support her and cheer her on!  Every time she came on the screen the theater would erupt with applause and cheers!  I got her to autograph a few things after the show.  Now I can say I have the autograph of Dakota Hood from the Hunger Games!!  This is just the beginning of many more great things to come for Dakota!  And a BIG THANK YOU to Rock and Lisa Hood for inviting us to attend!  We do love this family!

Shelli and Kevin Dallacqua

 I also had the pleasure of attending a BEAUTIFUL wedding at the lovely Matthew’s House in downtown Cary.  My friend Shelli Mayfield married her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua.  This was my first wedding at the Matthew’s House (though I’ve attended numerous events there over the years) and it was so beautiful and eloquently decorated.  I know Shelli had wanted to have the wedding outside, but the weekend was full of thunderstorms and rain, so they moved the ceremony to the indoor banquet room.  Shelli was a very beautiful bride and Kevin was a handsome groom! 

Friends at the wedding

Many friends from the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch were present at the wedding.  I spoke with several ladies during the cocktail hour that was held on the breezeway in-between the historic house and the banquet room.  I love how they had a signature frame for guests to sign as they arrived as they make the best keepsakes!  A nice buffet dinner and dance followed the cocktail hour and wedding ceremony.  So congrats again to Shelli and Kevin!

 So despite the rain and yucky thunderstorms from both Saturday and Sunday, it was a fun weekend getting to see the Hunger Games with Dakota Hood and to witness the marriage of two friends!

We are down to our final few weeks (about 21 days) to get your 2011 taxes filed, or an extension put in!  Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor for ladies luncheon in Raleigh, NC

Ladies Lunch at North Ridge Country Club

The March meeting of the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon, hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo, drew a nice crowd of excited and energetic ladies!  With the warmer temperatures outside, there was certainly a buzz about spring felt in the air (and all that yucky-yuck yellow pollen too!!)  There were several new vendors around the room this month, including Hand & Stone Massage of RaleighDena Morris of Dena’s Jewelry Box also had her own 8-foot table this month, FULL of her beautiful handmade necklace pendants and earrings.  Dena has attended the ladies luncheon for three months now and has made new friends and sees the VALUE of this monthly event!  As always I try to make good use of my sponsorship table space and invited two clients to share my table. 

Dena's Jewelry Box & Guests

My guests for the ladies luncheon this month were  Duff’s Design & Landscaping (Rhonda) and Install-Rite/Handy Man Service (Henry Miller) and Thacker Law Firm (Sarah Thacker).  I met several wonderful new friends at the ladies luncheon: Donna Parkinson of 9 Lyvz Catering, Barb Fields of Pretty In Pink Foundation, and Myra Ray of MyrayGraphix.  Myra is going to be the new goodie-bag sponsor for ladies luncheon.  The goodie-bags are always a favorite and all of the vendors/sponsors are invited to include a treat in the bags each month.  I was happy to see my sweet friend, Rita Sellers, Publisher, for Coffee News.  Coffee News is one of the best and most creative marketing tools in the area!  I’m sure you’ve seen one before; they are all over town in different restaurant & doctor office lobbies.  Rita was the lucky winner of the door prize from Smith & Smith, CPA (a decorative Easter Bunny set with a fresh loaf of xtreme cinnamon swirl bread right from the oven of Great Harvest Bread in Cary). Door Prizes are a HUGE part of the ladies luncheon!!!

Jennifer, Linda & Shelli at the ladies lunch

 Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography was busy running around the room snapping photos of the event, but I was lucky enough to pin Jennifer down long enough to get a cute picture of HER with Linda Sellers, of Blue Diamond Limo and Shelli Mayfield, of Shelten Media.   We are all so excited as Shelli is getting married this weekend to her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua, at the lovely Matthew’s House  in downtown Cary this coming weekend! Shelli’s company has really taken off and she’s become a HUGE part of the success for many women in our area.  Shelli recognized the importance of social media and helps her clients with all of their online marketing, blogging, tweets, Facebook, Google+, Youtube videos, etc.  She’s a real whiz at that stuff!  She’s also happy to announce her new business location at the Cary Innovation Center in downtown Cary!  The CIC is BRAND NEW and is a place for entrepreneurs to host their businesses headquarters and work with other master-minds on marketing, branding, advertising, business strategies, etc.   

Sarah Thacker, Beth Wood, Carrie Peele, Sharon Roe, Julia West and Kathleen Volandt

 The speaker for the ladies luncheon this month was none other than Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor.  Beth is a close friend of Carrie’s and she took the microphone to share with us her journey from a small town farm on the coast of North Carolina all the way to the state auditor’s office in Raleigh, NC.  Beth’s story was very encouraging and she shared with us the challenges she faced with her first election to office in 2008.  Her talk included a funny story about being a ‘work horse versus a show horse’.  Beth talked about her duties as State Auditor and even shared some examples of how her team has identified wasteful spending and the process of it being brought before the General Assembly. Beth will face re-election this coming Fall.

'She-Ro' of breast cancer with Carrie Peele

 

One of the most moving parts of the entire ladies luncheon was when the honored breast cancer ‘SHE-RO’ (that stands for a female hero) spoke on stage.  Each month the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon hosts a table for a breast cancer survivor and she/he (we did have a guy one month) gets escorted in the pink limo along with their friends and family to the luncheon and sits at a special RSVP table with a pink table cloth.   Carrie invited the SHE-RO on stage to share her story and by the time she was done there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!  We’d like to thank the charity of choice for the ladies luncheon, Pretty In Pink Foundation, for all of the work, encouragement and support that their organization offers to breast cancer survivors in our community.  Hope to see YOU at the April ladies luncheon!

Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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Charity Fundraiser with WBON of Cary for The CORRAL Riding Academy

I have some VERY exciting news to share with you!  Last week the ladies of WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) held their Annual Fashion Show and Charity Fundraiser event at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

Friends at the Charity Fundraiser for The CORRAL

  Our fashion sponsors were Kohl’s of Cary, Swagger Gifts of Cary and My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown historic Apex.  Our charity of choice (nominated by one of our members and voted on by the WBON Board) was The CORRAL Riding Academy.  Here is the EXCITING NEWS…we raised $1,070 for The CORRAL at our charity fundraiser and that was done strictly through raffle tickets sales in just a short 2-hour time frame!  We sold raffle tickets for $10 and had a very nice assortment of prizes ranging from a Miche Bag & covers (thank you Dare Robertson) to a $100 gift card to the Angus Barn, a 3-hour limo ride by Blue Diamond Limo, a clutch by Sweet Diesel Designs, gifts from Sarah Miller (a long-time volunteer for The CORRAL), a shopping spree at Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield, Diva for the Day at Nirvelli Day Spa and SOOOOO MUCH MORE!  It was so wonderful to see all of the prizes that were brought in by WBON ladies and fellow supporters for our raffle drawing and charity fundraiser!   

Ladies from The CORRAL

We changed the format of the charity fundraiser this year just a bit.  In the years past we’ve done a 50/50 raffle with the money raised, being that ½ of the money from raffle ticket sales would go to the charity and the other ½ would go to a lucky winner.  We did away with the 50/50 this year and decided that it was best to give ALL of the proceeds to the charity and I stand behind that decision 100%!  We were minutes away from starting the raffle drawing and had sold 91 tickets (our goal was to sell 100).  So we challenged the ladies to help us reach our goal and sold another 16 tickets in less then 2 minutes, putting us to a total of 107 tickets sold!  It was so incredible to be able to tell the ladies from The CORRAL that we would be presenting them with a check for $1,070 from our charity fundraiser fashion show event!Joy Currey, Founder/Executive Director, Jennifer Hyatt, Program Director and Becca Bishopric, Program Manager were all in attendance from The CORRAL and were very gracious for the support of the WBON ladies.  Joy spoke for about 10-minutes and shared a very heartwarming video during her presentation. 

Charity Fundraiser with my mom, Marsha

 I was very excited for this event because I had a special guest attend, my MOTHER!  Marsha Fleenor, my mom from Greenville, NC drove up for the day to attend the charity fundraiser and I was so pleased & honored to have her there!  She’s always been a huge supporter (and my biggest cheerleader) so it was great to have her there to witness the great things that the ladies of WBON are doing in our community.  The fashion show part of this charity fundraiser was a HUGE success as the models were our very own WBON ladies.  They had each visited their assigned location (either Kohl’s or Swagger) in the weeks prior and selected their outfits to model.  We coordinated with Lois Cozart (owner of MGC in Apex) for the accessories for the Swagger outfits.  It was important for WBON to include both Swagger (owner is Mandy Becker) and My Girlfriend’s Closet as both of these stores, owners & employees have been major supporters & members of WBON for many years. We apprecite their help for this fashion show!

Around 75 ladies attended

 I took the clothes back to Swagger after the show and I was pleased to hear that THREE ladies had already been to Swagger to look for items that were modeled in the fashion show just hours before!  The only guy in the audience was Steve Hill, General Manager of Kohl’s in Cary.  Steve was joined at the luncheon by Marina Rad, Manager, of Kohl’s.   I can’t say enough good things about our experience in working with Kohl’s for the past two years for our charity fundraiser!  Kohl’s does a lot for our community and is constantly giving back through their many charities & scholarships.   Many thanks to all who attended the WBON Annual Fashion Show and Charity Fundraiser, especially to those of you who purchased a raffle ticket (or two or more!!!)

 Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f

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Xtreme Beginnings

Last Friday I was pleased to participate in the Xtreme Beginnings Wake County Career Fair.  The main question posed to the high school students for this event was ‘Where do we go from here?’ 

Students from Wakefield HS

Our CPA firm has been an active participate in Wake County Schools for several years and got involved years ago through our membership with the Cary Chamber and their Education Committee.  Elizabeth Cotton, CDC (Career Development Coordinator) for Panther Creek High, invited me to participate in the Xtreme Beginnings Career fair this year, so I took her up on the opportunity.  I’ve helped with the Xtreme Beginnings event in years past doing the mock interviews, but this was my first time having a booth in the Career Expo & Higher Education room.  The room was full of close to 70 different business and career opportunities for the students to visit and explore.  Some of the businesses represented included the following:  Happy Tooth, Raleigh Police Dept, NC DOT, Gregory Poole, Sheraton, CFNC, US Navy, US Marines, Johnson & Wales and many more! 

There were approximately 800 high school students from all over Wake County at this event.  I had several students stop by my booth and I talked to them about entrepreneurship (Bob started our CPA firm in 1995), careers in accounting (CPA for small business or public accounting, auditor, etc.), and also about marketing (my position for our CPA firm).

Smith & Smith, CPA Xtreme Beginnings

I talked with them about what my specific career involves, the post-secondary education required, the job-security of our field, and other relevant career information.  All of the students who attended Xtreme Beginnings were so nice and asked good questions, I was impressed!  I had a nice time meeting Kevin Taylor, CDC for Green Hope High School.  Kevin and I talked about innovative marketing ideas, many of which I have implemented here for Smith & Smith, CPA.  Kevin invited us to participate in the Green Hope Career Fair in late April and we have gladly accepted his invitation.  Overall I was very pleased with the Xtreme Beginnings Wake County Career Fair and I look forward to participating on behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA next year and at future school events.

 Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f

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Reverse Car Raffle…Cary Chamber Throws a FIAT FIESTA in 2012

Cary Chamber Friends

Wow…still trying to figure out where in the world this week has gone!  Here it is nearly Firday afternoon and I haven’t had a chance to blog all week!  It is crazy-busy around here with tax season going full-force, but a GOOD crazy-busy.  Just crazy. And busy. Stop by and say hello, you will see what I mean!

     We did slip out last Thursday night to attend the Cary Chamber of Commerce  2012 reverse Car raffle and Auction…theme was “A Fiat Fiesta” as the car up for grabs in  the reverse car raffle was a 2012 Ford Fiat 500C.  Cute little car and a convertible at that!  Sponsors for the event were Hendrick Cary Auto Mall, Prestonwood Country Club, Trisure and Jim K. Wyatt, CPA.

Chamber Staff

  The event was held in the grand ballroom at Preston and it was a packed house, as always!  We had a nice crowd from our office and a handful of other friends that we had invited.  With your purchase of a $100 car raffle ticket you could get in 2 people to the event, plus Smith & Smith, CPA had donated several auction items, so that gave us a couple more tickets into the event.  The Master of Ceremonies was Steve Zaytoun and Reverse Car Raffle Coordinator was Steve Denning.  They sold about 355 of the 500 available reverse Car raffle tickets, so your odds of winning were pretty good.  We had about 5 tickets in the pot among our group of friends.  We had one ticket get down to the final 13 and another ticket to the final 8, but sadly, no car winner among our group. 

Reverse Car Raffle Friends

The way the game works is the last ticket drawn wins the car…that or you get your ticket bought out by another ticket holder or by the dealership.  Not sure of exactly what happened in the end results (I was too busy already walking around and collecting my silent auction winning items) but there was $5,000 and some trading/bargaining involved in the end. The Cary Chamber Ambassadors had worked hard for MONTHS to collect over 400 items for the silent auction. Talk about a lot of great items up for grabs!  There were bidding tables all around the room and the items were divided into the following categories: Eats & Treats, Relax in Comfort & Health/Fitness, Entertainment & The Sporting Life, Business Bonuses, Super Services, Not for Kids Only, Treasures, and Et. Al.

Canes Game Live Auction Package

  I walked away at the end of the night with about 10 silent auction wins (Blake says it’s not a ‘win’ because we paid for them, but I regard them as a win).  I ‘won’ everything from a large bouquet of flowers to local boutique gift cards.  This event is the major fundraiser for the Cary Chamber and all proceeds go to supporting the chambers continued success and programs throughout the year.  If you missed Cary Chamber reverse Car raffle & Auction, such a shame, but hope you can join us next year!

 Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
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Chicken and a Pig…A Cool Marketing Opportunity
 
I love to find a unique and cool marketing opportunity, especially one that involves the community and kids!  Our family has been a regular visitor to the Chick-fil-a at Waverly Place in Cary, NC  for well over a year now. 

A cool marketing opportunity with Chick-fil-a

They have “Family Night” on Tuesday nights, where a local business sponsors a kid-craft or activity for the evening and it’s a free opportunity for everyone to participate.  Diane Curfman, Sales Manager and Deidre Lopez, Marketing Director, are a wonderful part of this Chick-fil-a marketing/promotion team and work together to make sure that each Tuesday night is a fun experience for all.  I was able to get Smith & Smith, CPA on the schedule for Tuesday, February 28, 2012 as the Family Night business sponsor.  I wanted to be able to take full advantage of this cool marketing opportunity, so I started working weeks in advance.  I wanted our craft to be kid-friendly and fairly easy for all ages, but also wanted it to be a piece that the kids would keep for a long time and enjoy.  I also wanted to somehow tie-in our CPA firm and financial theme.  So I thought hand painted ceramic piggy banks would be a great idea!  I was lucky enough to find a good deal on ceramic piggy banks from Oriental Trading Company and they all arrived unbroken and in perfect condition.  I printed round-label stickers with our name & phone number and those went on the bottom of the piggy banks on the money stopper.

Kids painting piggys!

  The Family Night is from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  I arrived shortly after 5:00pm to set-up and I had a table full of kids ready to paint at 5:15pm!  I had posted the news of this cool marketing opportunity on my some of our social media outlets, so I was pleased to have some of my friends bring their kids by to paint (thanks Shelly and Heather!!)  I was also pleasantly surprised to see one of our business clients there with her family, April SchweitzerArtistic Director of Graceful Expressions Dance Education.  April’s kids were excellent little painters and were very happy of their cute creations.  I connected April with Deidre as the Chick-fil-a Family Night is a cool marketing opportunity and I could really see Graceful Expressions being the sponsor one night.

Kids & Piggy Banks

 I also had a chance to see a business referral friend that I hadn’t seen in years.  Justin Vahrenburg, Small Business Sales & Sales Consultant, for Verizon Wireless, was there for dinner with his lovely wife and their two children.  Justin and I met years ago through a Business Network International (BNI) referral group.  I also had the opportunity to talk with several other families throughout the evening, some of which were fellow ECU Alumni Pirates!  YEA! I can’t say enough positive things about this cool marketing opportunity!  It is wonderful for small business owners as well as non-profit groups.  My rotary club, Cary-Kildaire Rotary, sponsored a night last year and will be sponsoring again on May 1st.  Thank you Chick-fil-a!

Piggy Bank Painting

Hard to believe that today is the last day of February 2012, and it is also LEAP DAY!  We are down to just about 2 weeks to go before corporate tax returns are due and about 47 days left to file your personal return (or get an extension  completed).  .  Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.
1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f