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CARY ON for the Cary Chamber

CARY ON for the Cary Chamber

I came back from the Cary Chamber of Commerce Planning Conference last month with a really neat t-shirt in hand.  The Cary Chamber, along with S&A Cherokee, was pleased to announce the 2013-2014 theme of “CARY ON”.  I love this theme & logo as it really represents what a technology town Cary has become, hence the ‘O’ of the word “ON” looks like the START button for a laptop.  Cary was also recently named the Digital Capital of NC for the 2013 eCities of America by Google.  Very Cool!  Check out the new shirts on some of the Cary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from our August Board meeting.

Jennifer Kidd

Jennifer Kidd

Also, here is a great Smith & Smith, CPA client, Jennifer Kidd, owner of Kidd Photography, strutting her best GREASE outfit over the weekend at the Koka Booth Grease Sing-A-Long Movie event.  I went to the outdoor movie with my good friend, Lisa-Gray Vick and also took Mark & Trent along too.  We had the pleasure of sitting with Jennifer and her friends.  I think she looked great! The event included a costume contests, singing props and lots of fun! Jennifer is booking for Fall Family portraits and does really great work!  You can reach her through her website here.

 

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

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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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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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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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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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The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo, held their monthly November meeting on the 16th at the lovely Hilton, “Mansion on the Hill”. 

Carrie with BG Beth Austin & Chaplin Culbreth & Lieutenant Colonel Belk

The guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Almarah K. Belk, and she shared her career in the U.S. Air Force as a Public Affairs Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (OASD/PA).  I loved the way that she shared her story, she did it in a ‘flash-back, third-person’ point of view and had several fast-forwards worked in.  It was a very captivating story!  The Pretty In Pink breast cancer hero for the luncheon (there is one at each month) was Chaplin Melissa Culbreth, of the NC Army National Guard Raleigh Reserves.  Chaplin Culbreth had several guests with her; one in particular was quite an honor, BG Beth Austin of the NC Army National Guard. Austin was the 1st Female General in NC, so her achievement was praised by all of the women in the room.  What an honor to meet such wonderful ladies as these three, especially ones who have made careers to serve our country.

Vendor/Shopping Hour

Chaplin Culbreth and her friends were picked-up by the PINK limo and made a grand entrance for the luncheon.  Such a nice treatment of ‘royalty’ for them and they all deserve it so much! 

Phoenix Trading & Julie Wingerter

 I enjoyed the ladies who were seated at our Smith & Smith, CPA sponsored table.  They included: Kim Oestereich of Jewels by Park Lane, Kathy Bartholomew of Essential Bodywear, LLC, Deb Zechini of Order in the House, Sharon Smith of Smith & Smith, CPA, Joy Barber of Flex-Pay Payroll, and Diane Lawrence of GeoMagic.  I loved meeting each of these ladies and learning about their business ventures. 

Santa & Carrie

It was also nice to have Santa Clause make an ‘early’ stop to visit the ladies, he was handing out cute cookie cutter ornaments from Blue Diamond Limo.  I purchased two really neat Advent interactive calendars for my boys from the Phoenix Trading Card Company, Julie Wingerter is the representative that participates in TLPL, she’s super great!.  Sharon Smith, from our office, went with me to this meeting and she found several great purchases from Vivienne Carosso of Cookie Lee Jewelry.

Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography

  I also thought it would be fun to snap a picture of Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography since she is usually the one behind the camera.  Jennifer is a friend/client and is promoting her Holiday Mini Sessions.  This was the last TLPL for the 2011 year, I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful ladies in 2012!

 And a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carrie Peele!  She’s a November birthday gal and took some of her gal pals (me included) to the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey game over the weekend in STYLE by the party-bus limo!  We had a great time and so happy to celebrate with Carrie! 

Canes game for Carrie's birthday!

Oh and by the way, Carrie has a new friend named, Shelli Mayfield, a PR and Social Media Coordinator that is running all of the social media & more for Carrie.  Follow Shelli on Twitter @shellimayfield.  I had a chance to get to know Shelli at the Canes game, she is a fascinating lady, a student at NCSU (GO PACK) and she really know her stuff!  Click HERE for her blog & more info.

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and are currently welcoming new clients.  We’ve changed our firm name to Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C. as Blake recently received his CPA license!  We are expanding into the office next door and we are hiring more staff.  We also have a BRAND NEW website up, check it out http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ Even with lots of great growth and changes taking place, 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 p
(919) 380-0919 f