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Growing Your Business Referrals

Carrie, Becca & Kim

Carrie, Becca & Kim

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending a presentation for Professional Working Women called “Grow Your Business: Referral Request Seminar”.  The event was hosted by Carrie Peele and featured guest speaker, Mary Cantando, Founder, of The Woman’s Advantage.  Carrie is the newly appointed Chair for the Triangle Chapter of The Woman’s Advantage and hosted her first event at the PNC Boardroom in Raleigh.  So many women business owners & working professionals struggle waiting for referrals to happen by “word of mouth”.  This seminar taught us how to stop waiting for them to happen and how to instead, MAKE the them happen!   Carrie and Mary also presented the opportunity to learn more about the Women’s Advantage Program and how ladies can sign-up to get involved.  I really enjoyed the class and was happy to have my friend & fellow ShopLocalRaleigh member, Kim Davis of The Paystub People along with me.   Kim and I worked as partners during the class and had a chance to share several times when Mary called on volunteers.   I can’t wait to take what I learned from this class and aplly it to my job as Director of Marketing at Smith & Smith, CPA.   WA-logo-PDF

Thanks to Carrie for the invite!  Please feel free to contact her to learn more!  Also a shout-out to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the colorful Joy Joy summer dress!   Who said you can’t wear horizontal stripes!?!?!  Shop My Girlfriends Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary (MGC Oh-la-la) for great summer fashions & savings! Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Check out my office for the next week!  YEA!!!!  See you July 27th!

GONE TO THE BEACH

GONE TO THE BEACH

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

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Tax Survival Kits from Friends and Referral Partners are the BEST!

Kim Davis of The Paystub Payroll

Kim Davis of The Paystub Payroll

It’s time for me to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of our awesome clients, friends and referral partners!  With TAX DAY April 15th looming just around the corner, Smith & Smith, CPA has CERTAINLY been blessed this year with many gifts and treats in Tax Season Survival Kits!!   Thank you to EVERYONE who has been so generous with candy, donuts, cupcakes, sweet treats, baskets of goodies and adult beverages!  It’s been helpful at getting us through some of these long hours and crazy days!  We appreciate the kindness and our waistlines are healthy!  It was fun to see my friend & referral partner, Kim Davis of The Paystub People today.  She brought buy cute Tax Season Survival Kits with snacks, sticky pads and TYLENOL!   Thanks Kim!   Everyone send us HAPPY THOUGHTS over the next 9 days till April 15th.

Egg Coloring was a BLAST!

Egg Coloring was a BLAST!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!  I was traveling to Eastern Tennessee and had a great time seeing & visiting with my grandmothers.   I got to color eggs with my boys as well as attend an outdoor cookout & egg hunt at a local park.  The weather was beautiful but a little on the cool side.   Celebrating Easter is one of my personal favorite holidays!   Now we can wear WHITE shoes, WHITE pants and WHITE dresses!   Well, I might be the only person who still follows that “white after Easter” rule……

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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ShopLocalRaleigh Social and More!

ShopLocalRaleigh at Deco

ShopLocalRaleigh at Deco

Last Friday (April 26th) ShopLocalRaleigh held their monthly morning social, hosted by Pam Blondin, Owner & General Manager of Deco Raleigh.  Deco Raleigh is a lively, colorful, customer-centered gift shop and gallery in downtown Raleigh (19 W. Hargett Street).  Their store is walkable, unique, eclectic, smart and interactive.  This was my first time there and I LOVED IT!  About 40 members of ShopLocalRaleigh attended the morning social and we took turns going around introducing ourselves and telling our latest ‘obsession’.

ShopLocalRaleigh group at Deco

ShopLocalRaleigh group at Deco

What a cool way to meet everyone and learn something fun about each other at the same time!  I had a great time meeting lots of new members of ShopLocalRaleigh (I’m still a fairly new member of ShopLocalRaleigh) and I even did a little shopping at Deco too for some upcoming birthday gifts.  Some of the great people that I met were: Cindy Golden, Owner of Raleigh Pet Sitters, Mor Aframian, Executive Director of Legacy Event Planners, Ryan Broughton, Branch Manger of Fidelity Bank at Cameron Village, David Crump, President of Employee Benefits Consulting Company and Beth Smoot, Co-Founder of The Green Chair Project.  Beth recently had a nice article in the Cary News and they have a big fundraising event coming this weekend (May 4th, more info HERE).

Southern Women's Show with Kim Davis

Southern Women’s Show with Kim Davis

Thanks to Jennifer Martin for letting me do a shout-out for My Girlfriend’s Closet (located in downtown Cary & downtown Apex).  Jennifer knows that I shop and market for My Girlfriend’s Closet, so that mini-commercial was awesome! A very special guest for this ShopLocalRaleigh social was, Jeff Milchen of AMIBA (American Independent Business Alliance).  He spoke to the group about what’s happening with other ‘buy local groups’ around the country and gave praise to ShopLocalRaleigh for our work in this area! Thanks Jeff!  And thanks to Pam for hosting and ShopLocalRaleigh for a great morning social!

 

Koko FitClub at the SWS

Koko FitClub at the SWS

I met my friend, Kim Davis, Owner of The Payroll People, at the ShopLocalRaleigh event and we had afternoon plans to attend the Southern Women’s Show together.  The SWS was being held at the NC State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building & Exposition Center in Raleigh (just a short drive from Deco).  The SWS is all about Food, Fashion, Celebrity Guests, Health, Beauty, Lifestyle and….NETWORKING!  This was my first time attending the event and it was wonderful!  I saw lots of friends and clients of Smith & Smith, CPA (kudos to Koko FitClub of Cary and Dena’s Jewelry Box), both of which had awesome looking booths!

Dena's Jewelry Box

Dena’s Jewelry Box

Kim and I explored the SWS together, introducing each other to friends & clients, picking up a few cool buys here and there and talking with vendors.  We even took a spin at the Chevrolet Pavilion in the Camero Convertible (hot red!).  I saw my friend, Belynda Evans, Independent Representative with Silpada Jewelry at her booth.  The Southern Women’s Show was celebrating it 28th year and had special guest, Sean Lowe (from The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars….no, we didn’t stay to see him).  We stopped by the Pretty In Pink booth to talk to our friends there and also the Cervial Cancer booth.

Kim & Becca

Kim & Becca

The SWS is a very nice mix of business, education and community/health awareness.  The show lasted for 3 days and also featured a Cooking Stage, Fashion & Entertainment Stage and TONS of cool door prizes!  Thanks to my friend, Karen Henthorn of the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield (good friend of mine through the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch) for the free tickets!  Thanks also to Lois of My Girlfreind’s Closet for the fantastic ZOOM orange silk top with navy blue skirt.  I had lots of compliments all day on this really unique dress!  It can be found at the MGC store!  This made for a GREAT FRIDAY!  You just can’t go wrong with ShopLocalRaleigh and the Southern Women’s Show!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

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ShopLocalRaleigh Ready to Work for YOU in 2013

ShopLocalRaleigh Annual Meeting

shoplocalraleigh Annual Meeting

Last week I attended the ShopLocalRaleigh Annual Meeting & Celebration.  The breakfast meeting was held at The Irregardless Café & Catering location in downtown Raleigh.  I got involved with ShopLocalRaleigh ealier this year, and I’m really excited about what this organization has to offer.  There was a nice large attendance for the meeting and the food was delicious.  I met my friend, Kim Davis, there along with a my friend-guest, Carla (from the Cary Community Foundation).

Becca and Robin

Becca and Robin

 

It was great to see some other familiar faces in the crowd too, including Greg Whitt of Drum for Change, Bess Shirley of The Globetrotters, Brenda Steen from The Matthew’s House, and Robin Foster of Dazzle & Lace.  The meeting was very informative and highlighted many of the things/works that ShopLocalRaleigh is doing to really propel this organization forward.  Jennifer Martin, Executive Director for ShopLocalRaleigh, ran a majority of the meeting and presented some really fascinating statistics about how shopping local can really boost the community & local economy.  For example, Raleigh recently received an accolade for being the #8 Best City for Women Entrepreneurs!

 

Kim wins a shirt!

Kim wins a shirt!

ShopLocalRaleigh has been around for 4-years and gets over 9000+ hits on its website on a monthly basis.  Some of their cool promotional events throughout the year include: Brewgaloo, ShopLocalRaleigh videos, Celebrate Your Independence, Local Bucks, Locavore, Fashion/Boutique Sale and many more!  Check out this cool picture of Kim Davis holding up a shirt she won from the Brewgaloo 2012 event.  They expected about 1,800 people at the inaugural event last year and actually had over 4,000 attend!  Brewgaloo 2013 will be held on April 27th and will be bigger and better than last year. The Brewgaloo event brings together local North Carolina breweries and local food trucks, plus entertainment from local bands.  It’s a fun day for all!

And as always, thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for the black & white abstract Donna Morgan dress.  Looking foward to the next ShopLocalRaleigh event!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

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Chamber, Ladies Lunch and MORE Chamber!

TLPL In February

TLPL In February

Yesterday was a wonderful day!  Busy from morning till evening, but a very nice day.  I started the morning bright and early with the Cary Chamber Board of Directors meeting. NC Congressman, George Holding, joined us and took time to tell the group about his plan & experience so far.  From there I went to North Raleigh for the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch. One of my regular monthly favorite events for sure!  Linda Craft was the guest speaker and did a nice job sharing her life journey with crowd. Here is a picture of Triangle Ladies Lunch Host & Founder, Carrie Peele Franks, with her new husband, David Franks, along with Bernadette from Pretty In Pink and Linda Craft (on the end in red).

Kim and Tayloire

Kim and Tayloire

It was a very active group at the TLPL and the shopping/vendor hour was bustling with lots of new faces!  I was pleased to have Tayloire Queen join me again by sharing half of my booth space.  Tayloire has been a friend/client for many years and was offering adorable Easter Baskets as her highlighted product.  Check out this cute picture of Tayloire with my friend, Kim Davis.  Kim won the pink sarong that is wrapped around her; it was a door prize that Tayloire was giving away.  Cute picture ladies!

FanFeet Owner Rebecca & sister, Rachel

FanFeet Owner Rebecca & sister, Rachel

WBON of Cary was proud to have a booth too, we were telling ladies about the March 13th WBON Charity Fashion Show and the $6,000 WBON Scholarship.  It was also awesome to see Rebecca Lakey back at the luncheon, owner of FanFeet.  She was my guest at the January luncheon and liked the event so much that she even hosted a vendor booth this time.  Her sister, Rachel, was in town visiting and attended the luncheon with her.  Her shoes were a big hit and lots of women were stopping by to check them out.

Becca ECU heels

Becca ECU heels

 

I’m holding up two of my favorite pairs…Go ECU PIRATES! I am the proud owner now of the ECU Pirate, Madita Heel, from FanFeet. I posted the picture on my facebook page and had lots of comments.  Several people wanted to know if Rebecca had any flat shoes in her line and she let me know that she has a kitten heel coming out in the Fall, but no flats yet.  Maybe soon though!  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet of downtown Apex & Cary for the lovely silk By Milly New York collection dress that I wore.  I had lots of compliments on it all day long!  MGC is the best place to shop!

 

Good picture ladies!

Good picture ladies!

It was nice to see Shelli Dallacqua and her team from Shelten Media there, along with Lynn Shaw of TravelHost Magazine.  And thanks again to my lovely group of ladies at our Smith & Smith, CPA hosted table: Eleni Steadman, Tayloire Queen, Kim Davis, Rebecca Lakey, Rachel White, Karen Albright and Vivienne Carosso.  See you next month ladies!

Cary Chamber Membership Drive..BONANZA!

Cary Chamber Membership Drive..BONANZA!

 

 

I ended the afternoon with the Cary Chamber Membership Drive Kick-Off Party…named….BONANZA! I’m too young to remember the show, but I’ve done my research and I’m up to par!  We had a huge crowd and we are going to reach our goals of $250,000 and 200 new members!  Loved the props of the pony-stick horses, the bandannas and the videos.  More to come!  Here is Cary Chamber President Howard Johnson and Governmental Affairs Chair Steve Zaytoun in costume!

 

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you heard of Shop Local Raleigh and WickChick Yet?

Shop Local Raleigh

One of my good friends, Kim Davis of The Payroll People, told me a few months ago about a really neat group called Shop Local Raleigh.  She’s been part of the group for nearly a year and had wonderful things to say about everyone involved.  So I checked them out online and joined the group in early January.  Last Friday was the Shop Local Raleigh January social at Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary and I was happy to attend.  Shop Local Raleigh is all about promoting & supporting locally owned and independent businesses.  Their mission is to drive traffic to the member’s websites and to encourage consumers to spend their dollars with local businesses.

Shop Local Raleigh Friends

I had a great time at the social, loved seeing the Hankin family who owns Joint Venture Jewelry and met tons of great new people!  I look forward to more events and opportunities with this group!  I want to give a shout-out to some people I met at the Shop Local Raleigh social: Janet Roach of FABfaces, Carla Perkins of Danceformation, Inc., Annelies Manja Gentile, Nichole Steele of Telepathic Graphics, Lauren K. Campbell of The DiLeone Law Group and Gregory Whitt of Drum for Change.  Thanks also to My Girlfriend’s Closet of Apex for the lovely black & purple sheer blouse that I was wearing…they always dress me in the best stuff!!!!  Go check them out, they have a store in downtown Cary and downtown Apex!

 

WickChick Heidi Harris

I also want to give some love to a new favorite obsession of mine….WickChick Candles!!  Owner, Heidi Harris, makes these homemade soy candles using 100% natural American-made materials.  She came by Smith & Smith, CPA last week for a ‘sniff and buy’ session with me.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her candles!  The aroma fills the whole house and they last a long time!  My favorite scents are the ‘MAN ROOM’ and ‘VANILLA HAZELNUT’. You can find her on Facebook at WickChickNC and can purchase candles right from her site! Thanks Heidi!!!

 

 

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

 

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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

(919) 380-0919 fax