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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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The Triangle Ladies Power Lunch held their January meeting at their new venue, North Ridge Country Club, located in Raleigh. 

North Ridge Country Club

This was the first luncheon since the November meeting (December was canceled to do timing & holiday schedules) so there was an excitement in the area to be back together again!  North Ridge Country Club is a beautiful venue with lots of parking and a lovely & inviting foyer area.  There was plenty of room for all of the vendor tables and the dining room was large enough to hold our entire event. 

Mary Cantando & Beth Dehghan

Mary Cantando, of  The Woman’s Advantage, was the guest speaker and shared quotes from her famous Women’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar (they have sold out for 2012 by the way).  The quotes are collected during the year by submission to Mary’s website and then she selects her top 365 for the calendar the following year.  My favorite quote that Mary shared:  Create Your Own Title….why just be the ‘President’ of your company?  Be something creative and fun, like the female business owner in Charlotte who owns a catering company, her title is CEG (Chief Operating Goddess) Maybe I will change my title on my business card to CMG (Chief Marketing Goddess).  Do you think Bob & Blake would like that!?!  It’s fun to think about though!

Dena Morris with her designs of Dena's Jewelry Box

  Mary talked about her signature color being ‘GREEN’.  She always dresses in green, her phone cover is green, her business cards are green, and everything in her business is green!  Why you ask?  Because that is her common thread and she weaves it into all that she does.  To Mary green also symbolizes: GO, GROWTH, NATURE, SPRING and MONEY!   I was very pleased to have taken several guests along with me to the meeting.  Dena Morris, owner of Dena’s Jewelry Box, was happy to join me and she also shared my vendor booth.  Dena has been a client for many years (her & her husband, Jeff, own several different businesses) and she was excited to present her precious stones to all of the ladies.  Dena creates beautiful stone jewelry pendants and knows about each and every stone.  She gave me a lovely Botswana Agate pendant and I love it!  Thanks Dena!

Robin, Christina & Becca holding jewelry from Stella & Dot (Jennifer Cullen)

I was also pleased to have Beth Dehghan of Village Cleaners  (also of WomenNC.org) and Christina Hayward of Arbonne as my guests.  All of these ladies are so special to me! I also saw Robin Reid of ViSalus, (another great client) at the luncheon for the first time!  Robin looks AMAZING as she has lost 40lbs with her business product!  Go ROBIN!  At lunch I was happy to meet some of the wonderful ladies from QIAGEN (Tracel Wilt, Marie Benson, and Beht Mundell).  These ladies work towards creating awareness of HPV testing for women.  We had some fun lunch conversation at our table!  The next Triangle Ladies Power Lunch will be held on Wednesday February 15thCarrie Peele, owner of Blue Diamond Limo, is the BRAINS behind this event and she continues to keep it growing and strong!  She also has a fabulous staff of ladies that do all of the much appreciated behind the scenes work!  See you in February!

Tis the season….TAX SEASON that is!  The time has come and tax appointments/drop-offs are starting to roll in.    We are also accepting new monthly business clients.  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 next 4-months (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