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Vacation is OVER!  Back to Work!

Ahhhhhhhh…that time of year when vacation is over (so long beach week!) and we are back to work!  We had a great time last week at Myrtle Beach with the Smith family…good weather, no shark bites, only a tad bit of sunburn and lots of relaxation!  But now back to the grind….September and October are not too far away…which means deadlines for extended personal and corporate tax returns.  But another blog soon to come on that.  Let’s focus on some new & exciting things for clients of Smith & Smith, CPA!

Smith Family Myrtle Beach

Best of Cary 2017 by The Cary News

Congrats to our friends over at Sushi -Thai of Cary for winning BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT and BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT for the 2017 Best of Cary awards presented by The Cary News.  Sam and his team at Sushi-Thai of Cary have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years now and we TOTALLY understand why they are the winners!  We had a delicious lunch today for the whole office from Sushi-Thai!  Stop by to see them and eat soon, you won’t regret it!

Sushi-Thai of Cary

Avery County Rotary Club in Banner Elk, NC

July came and went really fast!  It’s typically a quite time around the office, a month we use to get caught up on some work and get some planning done for the rest of the year.  I had an opportunity in mid-July to travel to Banner Elk, NC to drop-off and pick-up our oldest son, Trent, from summer camp at Holston Presbytery Camp.  On my trip back up to the NC mountains (my fave by the way), I was invited to speak to the Avery Country Rotary Club by club member, Larry Hazen.   Larry and I met years ago when we attended Rotary PETS before our year as Club President.  This was such a fun opportunity and I loved meeting all of their club members and sharing my personal Rotary Story with them.  I took along a Rotary Flag from my own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and traded flags with their Club President.  So cool!  I love their flag…mountains and a fir tree!  I will present the flag this week to my Club President, Andy Wright.

Avery Country Rotary Club and Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Flag Exchange

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team of fashionistas at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for keeping my closet full of the latest trends & beautiful designs.  I shop with them monthly and the pink cold-shoulder top I wrore to the Avery County Rotary meeting is from their store!  Shop there and tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount at check-out!

 

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TBJ 40 Under 40 Awards 2017

Today Blake and I had the privilege of attending the TJB 40 Under 40 Awards for the Class of 2017  #40U40Awards

#40U40Awards

Our close friend, Travis Wright Colopy, was one of the honorees this year and his nonprofit company, Fit & Able Productions hosted a table and invited Blake & I to join them to celebrate!   The awards luncheon was held at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.

Travis & Anna

It was so much fun to be there to celebrate with Travis & his family, including his girlfriend, Anna Garner, plus his mom & dad, grandparents from Ohio and brother, Glen, who came from Germany!  Each recipient was called to the stage to receive their award and had approximately 1-minute for a thank you speech.

Congrats to the winners!

They shared their “Personal Hashtag# with the crowd and told why it was meaningful to them.   They also had selected a song that would be played when their name was called as they walked to the stage.   I enjoyed hearing all of the fun songs and learning more about each winner through the explanations of their personal hashtags.

Travis in the TBJ

Travis said his personal hashtag was #wedontsayno and his song was Kryptonite by the band 3-Doors Down.  The publication of the Triangle Business Journal that came out today has all 40 recipients listed and goes into greater detail about the reasons they were selected.

Smith & Smith, CPA client in the TBJ

It was nice to see one of our clients from Smith & Smith, CPA listed as a winner, Matthew Leerberg of Smith Moore Leatherwood.

Travis, Anna, Becca & Blake

Thanks to Lois Cozart and her awesome team at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for helping me shop for this stunning Cynthia Rowley pink & purple dress!  Lia Sa of Fleur de Lia Alterations had to adjust the hemline for me and she did a fantastic job!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com when you shop there for a special discount for my shoppers!

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Thank You Note Handwritten Means the MOST

Handwritten note for Blake Smith, CPA

Handwritten note for Blake Smith, CPA

I am sure we have all heard this before, that there is something really powerful about a handwritten thank you note!  I know my mom has said it for YEARS, and it really is true.   Blake received a very nice handwritten thank you note from a new client at Smith & Smith, CPA earlier this week.  Blake shared the note with me, and WOW, it really does make a difference!  The client thanked Blake for taking time to meet with him, he told him he was impressed with his professionalism, capability, knowledge and demeanor.   Way to go Blake!  And how nice for this guy to take just a few minutes and write that note to Blake.  So it is true, a handwritten thank you note DOES go a long way!   Take time today to write a note to someone who has made a difference in your life…it will make a difference in their day for sure!

Bike ride on the Greenway!

Bike ride on the Greenway!

I had the opportunity to slip away for the weekend and went down to Charleston to visit my college best friend, Lindsey.  She recently purchased her first house (YEA!!!  Congrats Lindsey!!)  In case you didn’t know the real estate market in Charleston is a TOUGH one!  So I’m so proud of her for being patient and waiting for the right house!  We spent the whole weekend painting and working towards getting her house ready for move-in!  Let me tell you...painting is hard work!  But when you do it with a friend, it can be fun and actually very rewarding to stop and look at your work.   We did find time to slip out for a bike ride on the West Ashely Greenway…and the weather was PERFECT!

Red Coat at My Girlfriend's Closet

Red Coat at My Girlfriend’s Closet

Speaking of the weather…it really does seem to be kinda up down, cold hot, etc right now.  On those cold days, I LOVE a great coat!  Check out this red jacket from My Girlfriend’s Closet!   I mean, seriously, does it stand out or what on that coat rack of black jackets!  I took this photo last week at my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club meeting.   Lois and her girls at MGC have all kinds of great and COLORFUL coats and jackets that can carry you from the colder winter days, right into the chilly Spring morning, I mean, after all it is Groundhog Day and the groundhog DID NOT see his shadow, so Spring is coming early!   Tell Lois you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your total purchase!

 

 

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Rotary Leadership Institute for Zone 33 in Cary, NC

RLI with Rotary Friends

RLI with Rotary Friends

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the RLI Zone 33 Annual Meeting and New Faculty Training.  RLI stands for Rotary Leadership Institute and it is the leadership and training course for Rotarians.   I attended the first 3 parts of RLI several years ago before I became Club President of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, and even wrote about it in my blog.   One of my friends & mentors in Rotary, Leigh Hudson, asked me back in the Fall of 2015 if I would consider attending the New Faculty Training in January for Zone 33 (Maryland to SC) that was going to be held here in Cary, NC.

RLI Leadership Challenge

RLI Leadership Challenge

So of course I said YES, and I’m so glad I did!   The New Faculty Training lasted the entire weekend and taught different technique and styles that are used for facilitating a RLI Course.  I learned SO MUCH from the training!  I made new Rotary friends from other states, and learned about the different adult learning styles, which is really interesting!  I’m a I & IV style learner, here is the link if you want to learn more and find out which style you are.  The weekend conference also included an all day session on Saturday for Rotary club members who were taking RLI Courses in Part I, II and III.   Once you complete all 3 courses, you are then an RLI Graduate and qualified for the RLI Faculty Training.  RLI Faculty can facilitate a course anywhere in Zone 33.

Marie, Leigh and Becca.  2 New Faculty Graduates

Marie, Leigh and Becca. 2 New Faculty Graduates

So I can travel from Maryland to Virginia, Tennessee and the Carolinas and help with RLI classes.  I’m so excited to get started!  The event was held in Cary at the Hilton DoubleTree, a very nice property.  All of the faculty had dinner together on Saturday night at Tony’s Oyster Bar, a place I had not been too in a LONG time!  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me for the whole RLI Faculty Training weekend!   Lois and her team have beautiful clothing for every style and shape of women!   They are having a BIG Jewelry sale this weekend with 20%-35% off!  Stop by and see them!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and they will take EXCELLENT care of you!

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Aware Senior Care Ribbon Cutting & MORE

Aware Senior Care of Cary

Aware Senior Care of Cary

Who is ready for the weekend?  We have had so much rain this week that we are HOPING the weekend brings some SUNSHINE our way!  Congrats to Aware Senior Care of Cary for having their Ribbon Cutting Celebration this week with the Cary Chamber.   Aware Senior Care is a client of Smith & Smith, CPA and we are so happy to see them growing and thriving in the Cary Community…just like we knew they would! Congrats to owners, Tim and Gina, and to their extended family who was there to help them celebrate!

Pig Flyer 1This weekend my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club will host our 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!  It’s gonna be HUGE this year!  We are pushing $40,000 raised and planning for a large crowd of 900-1,000 people!  It’s Saturday at Bond Park Senior Center in Cary.  Thanks to CaryCitizen.com for running a GREAT story on our event this week!  Check it out HERE.  Come join us tomorrow for great Eastern NC Style BBQ (from White Swan), Live Bluegrass Band, Silent Auction, Clown & Face Painting and MORE!  All of the money raised from this event supports our James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Humanitarian Fund projects during the year.  Bring your family and friends and come join us!

11227508_885635094834083_5159670861007905701_nAnd some EXCITING NEWS from one of my FAVORITE places to shop…My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary will be combing their two stores in Cary to the Oh La La MGC Location as part of their 10 year Celebration!  The last day of the MGC store in downtown Cary will be next weekend (June 12th).  They will be running a HUGE SALES June 12-14!  That is the time to go and RACK UP on lots of great summer items and accessories!  After next weekend you can continue to get the BEST fashions in down at Oh La La and MGC in downtown Apex.

Have a great weekend!!!!!

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Words to Remember from Denise Bennett

Once a month I attend the Business of Women luncheon, one of my favorite monthly events hosted by the Cary Chamber of Commerce. 

Denise and Becca

Denise and Becca

The luncheon is held at Prestonwood Country Club and always draws a nice crowd of professional workingwomen (many of which are my friends).   The food and networking are always great and I leave feeling refreshed and smiling.  Denise Bennett was the speaker for March and she really impressed the whole room! I heard her speak last year at the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch and I was excited to hear her speak again.  She shared words of wisdom from her grandmother and here are my favorites: “You can’t be pitiful and powerful at the same time”, “A closed mouth never gets fed”,  “Bloom where you are planted”, “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated”, and my most favorite “Common sense ain’t common to everyone”.  Thanks Denise for being a woman that I highly respect and admire!

Happy First Day of Spring!!!! Thanks to Lois Cozart at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the linen white t-shirt dress from Island Company and the really funky fur belt that is from the Cartellini fur leather belt collection.  I am ready for some warm weather!

Tax season is in full swing!  We are accepting new clients and the phones & emails are very busy with inquires for service and appointments are coming in strong.  Thank you so much!  We love working with all of our clients and we appreciate your business!  Thank you for referring to Smith & Smith, CPA!  

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So much going on all around, hard to cover it all!  This will be a good blog to just catch you up on this and that…and more! 

Blake and I are now officially part of the Wake County School System

GoPlaySave Book

Trent started kindergarten on Track 4 earlier this month and he is loving everyday of it!  We laughed though because the first week seemed like it was nothing but paper work and writing checks!  We are now in a good swing of things and very happy with his adjustment to school.  He’s participating in his school’s fundraiser of selling the GoPlaySave coupon books (formerly Citipass).  We love these books and usually buy one every year.  We’ll buy one this year to support his school and I look forward to using it as much as possible.  Let me know if you are interested in buying one!

Jonesboro Rotary Club

I had a nice opportunity last week to visit the Jonesboro Rotary Club (located in Sanford, NC).  I traveled there with another fellow Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member, Tom Quinn, to present the Global Run 4 Water presentation.  What a nice club and they were so very welcoming.   Our presentation was well received and we are looking forward to their support on Sunday, September 30th.  I was slightly obsessed with this bright yellow shift dress that I found at My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex!  Thank you Lois and team for helping me style & accessorize this beautiful dress!   I had lots of compliments all day long!  Check out My Girlfriends’ Closet of Apex on facebook…they are close to having 800 ‘likes’!!!!

 

Cary Innovation Social Media Class

I also attended a social media class at the Cary Innovation Center last week.  It’s always a good idea to keep up with what’s happening with social media, mainly because it is forever changing and forever growing.  The class was taught by Hal Goodtree of Cary Citizen, and was a good overview of “Intro to Social Media for Business”.  He covered such topics as: 1) why bother with social media, 2) stuff you don’t need and 3) top 5 website tips & top 3 security tips & top 4 engagement tips.  I saw several other friends and local business leaders at the class and had a nice photo taken with Lindsey Chester (Cary Citizen), Christie Moser (Cary Chamber) and Autumn LaBarca (Capital Financial Advisory Group). Thank you again to MGC in Apex for this dressy & perfectly business-casual dress & fabulous necklace!  Have you shopped there yet??!?!?!

 

Dollar Plus

Last but not least, very proud of my cousin, Jenny Fountain, for getting her first teaching job!  Jenny graduated earlier this year from USC (Game Cocks!) with her teaching degree and is now working as a RTI teacher for an elementary school in South Carolina.  She’s every excited and took last week to get her room & classroom plans together. I wanted to help her with some items for her classroom, so she sent me a list of items she needed. I went to a fairly new store in town called Dollar Plus.  This is a family owned store and it has just about everything (back to school supplies, party supplies, home goods, holiday, cards/gifts, closeouts, etc.)  I was able to find a good amount of items on Jenny’s list and sent her a care package full of goodies.  Cheers to a great first year of teaching Ms. Fountain!!!!!

 

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