My Girlfriend’s Closet

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Don’t Forget About Your Child Tax Credit!

Tax credit child trentWhenever a client comes in the door to drop-off their tax materials for their personal tax filings, we always ask them “Have you had any changes in the past year”.  Sometimes they will says YES, they moved, new address, got married, new job,changed emails, sold stock, bought a rental property, etc.  MOST of the time, people will remember changes that happened in the past year.  But do you know WHAT they forget to tell us about the MOST!?!  NEW BABIES, thus their Child Tax Credit!!  Especially those clients who have children earlier on in the year…so come January-February of the following year when they are here to drop-off their taxes, they have somehow TOTALLY forgotten the new baby!  We want them to remember this for their Child Tax Credit!  Click HERE for more ways your children can help on your tax return and learn more about the Child Care Tax Credit!

 

Dinner at Fearrington, The Granary

ferringtonLast weekend, we went out with some friends to celebrate some February birthdays.  It was a fun time, we took a limo bus to Fearrington Village and had dinner at The GranarySO GOOD!  We had the whole upstairs to ourselves and enjoyed the entire evening!  I had only been to Fearrington one time before and I am so excited to go back again soon!  Here is a picture of my friend Andrea and me.  Andrea is wearing a BEAUTIFUL blue dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet and I am wearing one of my FAVORITE necklaces from there too!  I love this necklace as it is reversible and can be worn as either black circles or white circles!

 

BIG FALL & WINTER SALE

valentiensSpeaking of My Girlfriend’s Closet, you can FIND great DEALS there this year.  Their BIG SALE is this coming weekend, February 26th-February 27th at both of their locations in downtown Cary and downtown Apex.  The weather looks to be NICE this weekend, so stop by and do a little shopping with them!  We all have SPRING on our minds, but the truth is that we will STILL have some cooler weather days in the month of March and April.   You’ll find great sweaters, dresses, shoes and jackets (like the one from White House Black Market that I wore on Valentine’s Day with Trent and Mark)  Tell them Becca sent you to shop and that you read about them on Beccasblog.com!

 

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Tax Class for 2016 and Let’s Party for Christmas!

Tax Class Seminar

Tax Class Seminar

You would probably not think that Tax Classes and Christmas Parties go hand-in-hand, but around here they kind of do.   You see, each year, the CPA’s and accountants in our office have to go through tax classes and earn CPE Credits to keep their license to practice tax.  The guys at Smith & Smith, CPA take a 2-day course in Greensboro that is put on by the Don Farmer Tax Seminar.  Now I know that sounds REALLY exciting and you are jealous that you can’t go!  So all joking aside, it is a really good course, they learn all about the new tax laws and changes and come back with their heads spinning on the new info!  Alicia is also taking her tax classes this week, but she stays close to home and completes her courses in Raleigh.  The guys are out of town in Greensboro for their big seminar.

Life Experiences Christmas Party

Life Experiences with Rotary Friends

Life Experiences with Rotary Friends

Earlier this week we had the Life Experiences Christmas Party.  It really is the BEST party of the year!  I’m proud to serve on the Board at Life Experiences and their Christmas party is a time when all of the clients, staff, Board, and families can come together to share a pot luck meal, meet each other, sing songs, and best of all, open gifts!  They each trade names and bring a special present for each other.  The clients also get a brand new Life Experiences t-shirt, something that they LOVE and truly Cherish.

Full House for the Party

Full House for the Party

Each year, one of the clients gets to dress up as Santa Clause and give out all of the gifts.  Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director for Life Experiences, also takes the microphone around to each one and let’s them say their name, introduce their families and say really whatever they want.  It’s a hoot as you never really know what is going to be said!  We had a great time at the party and I’m so proud to have many of my fellow Rotarians from the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club there with me!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the beautiful black and white polka-dot dress.

Union Bank Christmas Party

Friends of Union Bank

Friends of Union Bank

Union Bank also had their Christmas Party this week.  My good friends, Jessica Register and Julie Clark, work for Union Bank and were kind to invite me to their office party.  Union Bank hosted their 2015 Wake County Christmas Open House at their Cary location, 111 Commonwealth Court, and had a huge crowd of clients, friends, Chamber members, Rotarians, and community leaders in attendance.  Jessica and I have been friends for several years now and have been on the Cary Chamber Membership Drive Rewards Trip together for the past 2 years!

Shop Local!

Shop Local!

Jessica and I both LOVE to shop and we LOVE consignment stores because you can find the best deals without having to pay a ton of $$$$.   Don’t we both look holiday-cute!?!  I’m wearing a black and white stripped sweater (it has some shine to it) from My Girlfriend’s Closet (stores in downtown Cary and downtown Apex).  I could have worn it with a black skirt, but I think the red makes it much more festive and styled for the holidays!  Jessica is wearing a black and white sweater too, her’s has some sequence sewn it, is hard to see in the picture, but in person it was very pretty and had a lot of texture and sparkle.  Jessica got her sweater from Classic Clothiers Consignment Boutique in Cary.  Her shoes (cute wedges) were from My Girlfriend’s Closet.  Why shop at the high dollar stores when you can shop local and get great deals!

Bass Pro Santa Shout-Out

Bass Pro Santa

Bass Pro Santa

And finally, I have to do a Christmas Shout-Out to my work friends…we meet once a month for lunch.  Earlier this week we had our December Christmas Holiday Lunch at Rally Point in Cary.   We have done different Christmas gifts and exchange parties over the years…this year we decided to do a Christmas Wrapping Paper Exchange!   Everyone brought 2 rolls of wrapping paper (or 3 gift bags) and we put them down inside of a black trash bag.  We then drew numbers and took turns grabbing gift wrap out of the bag, OR, you could steal the gift wrap from someone else.  Apparently the Snowman gift wrap is VERY popular among my friends!

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas

After lunch, we went over to Bass Pro Shop in Cary and had our group picture made with Santa Clause.  I mean, how much fun is that !?!?!   I love Bass Pro Shop, even though I don’t hunt and I only fish with my parents.   They have all kinds of cool things in their store!  Plus I got to ride a 4-wheeler out front (well, not really, but I did pretend).  And one final THANKS to My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in this gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer Blayney Ruffle Dress.  The weather has been SO WARM this week,  I knew this colorful dress would be perfect!   Shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet and mention Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your Total Purchase!

ALSO, please remember to VOTE for our Smith & Smith, CPA tree as part of the Town of Cary Gifting Tree Project!!!  Voting goes until Saturday December 19th!  Winners gets $500 to the Charity of their Choice and ours would go to Life Experiences!

 

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A Full Week of Business Events in Cary, NC

It has certainly been a full and busy week!  I have a full list of events and activities to recap and I want to start with something that really had an impact on my life!

Joe Dittmar – Survivor of 9-11

Joe Dittmar, Survivor of 9-11

Joe Dittmar, Survivor of 9-11

Last night, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had the pleasure of hosting Joe Dittmar as our guest speaker.  Joe was in a business meeting on the 105 Floor of Tower Two of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.   Joe was the last one of the room of 54 insurance executive to leave the room and was one of seven in their meeting to survive that day by making it out of the tower alive.  Joe shared his personal story with us last night and presented it in a way to encourage us to always remember and never forget the lives that were lost that day.  I’ve been in Rotary for over 8-years and this has to be one of our most memorable programs.  Joe doesn’t charge a fee to speak and travels around the country shearing his story.  If you ever get the opportunity to hear him speak, don’t pass it up!

Leadership Cary 2015-2016

Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016

Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016

Last year I had the pleasure of being a participate in the Cary Chamber Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.  It was a fantastic experience, I got to meet so many influential people in Cary, see lots of behind-the-scenes places and further develop my leadership skills.  This year I was asked to be a Co-Chair for the Leadership Cary Class of 2015-2016.  The first session was earlier this week, held at Bond Park.  It was the Ropes Course and Team Building Day.  I had a great time meeting all of the participants and watching them experience the day together.  The course will meeting twice a month and will go until graduation in April of 2016.

Morrisville KNOW Luncheon

KNOW Luncheon (Erika, Molly, Marlynn, Debra and Skip Hill

KNOW Luncheon (Erika, Molly, Marlynn, Debra and Skip Hill

Thank you to Nancy Seymour, Director of Marketing for Atlantic Tire for inviting me to be her guest at the KNOW Luncheon on Thursday.  KNOW stands for Knowledgeable Network of Women and is a luncheon series hosted quarterly by the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.   The November luncheon featured a Panel Discussion on the topic of: Business is a Team Sport – Learn How to Win.  The panelist included: Erikc Braun, Director of Human Resources for Golden Corral, Marlynn JonesAssistant Director of Athletics for Compliance of North Carolina Central University, and Molly Sapienza, Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships for PNC Financial Services.   The panel was led in discussion by Debra Morgan, news Anchor for WRAL.  I really enjoyed the panel discussion and their comments on leadership and personal experiences in the business world.

WBON of Cary Mega Networking

Lia, Lois and Heidi

Lia, Lois and Heidi

On Wednesday, WBON of Cary (Women Business Owners Network) hosted their Annual Fall Mega Networking Event at Prestonwood Country Club.  This is a great networking event every year.   All of the women in the room get a few minutes to share about their companies and how they work with their clients.  They always hold a contest for the most creative, most unique and most memorable.   Here is a cute pic of Lois Cozart (My Girlfriend’s Closet), Lia Sa (Fleur de Lia Alterations) and Heidi Simpson (Heidi Approved).   These three ladies will be holding an event together next Tuesday, November 17th at the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  Call the store for details!

Kate Spade Sweater Dress Frenzy!

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade at MGC

The Fall weather has been great this week, so it is time to bust open those Fall & Winter storage boxes and bring our your cooler weather wardrobe!   And speaking of My Girlfriend’s Closet, I had a great selection of Kate Spade sweater dresses from their stores to wear this week!  Lois has her stores up-to-date and stocked with the latest Fall trends and fashions (Such as: Logs of BLING, Lady Loafers, chic black boots, fringe and of course Plaid Plaid Plaid! ) Both of these dresses are NOW available in their stores for purchase and are very flattering on any shape.  The sweater fabric is thick and warm, just perfect for cool Fall days!

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade at MGC

Kate Spade is a well known brand and a top favorite for many ladies. Kate Spade has handbags, clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories stationary, tabletop and gifts!!!!!   You can find several Kate Spades pieces in the windows of My Girlfriend’s Closet, along with other designer brands such as Trina Turk, Coach, BCBG and Lily Pulitzer.  I wore the cream and navy stripped dress to the WBON of Cary Mega Networking event on Wednesday and the black and pink leopard print dress to the KNOW Luncheon on Thursday.  I had many compliments on both dresses.  As always, when you shop at MGC, make sure you tell them that you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

It’s been a LONG week!  So happy weekend!

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C.A.R.T. Fund Week and Shopping for Art Ball Dresses!

C.A.R.T. Fund

CART Week event

CART Week event

Earlier this week my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club was happy to co-host with the Cary Central Rotary Club, a special event in honor of C.A.R.T. Week for the C.A.R.T. Fund.  Just what is the C.A.R.T. Fund you ask?  Well, it stands for Coins for Alzheimer Research Trust.  This was a program started by a Rotarian in SC back in 1995.   He had a family member who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and he wanted to raise funds for innovative research.  cartfund_bucket_logo_lg2So they started putting out BLUE buckets on the tables at their weekly Rotary meeting and asking members to put in their coins and loose change.  The idea of the CART buckets began to spread to other Rotary Clubs and is now being done in over 700 clubs in over 8 different states!  All, meaning 100% of the money donated goes to research and development to find a cure for Alzheimer disease.   So our two clubs teamed up to bring in a guest speaker to talk about the status of the cure for Alzheimer and what you can do to protect yourself.   We also had a speaker who updated us on the CART Fund status and grants that are being given out to research institutions.  Together our two clubs were able to raise $1,400 for the C.A.R.T. Fund!  Thank you to everyone who came and participated!

Art Ball Shopping at My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex, NC

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

Happy 3 Years with MGC!

In the photo above, I’m wearing a very warm and comfortable sweater dress by Ralph Lauren.  I got the dress from My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  It’s hard to believe that is has been 3 years already that I have been dressing and marketing for MGC!  I started working with Lois and her team of fantastic girls in August of 2012.  Here we are now in 2015 and I love promoting their store, all their fantastic dresses, sweaters, shoes, accessories and so much more!

Lia at work

Lia at work

Thank you for reading my blog and shopping at their stores in Cary and Apex!   I’ve always been a big fan of helping others in business and taking time to promote each other.  So the Cary Visual Art 19th Annual Art Ball is right around the corner…just 2 weeks from today!   I purchased a dress over the weekend and took it to Lia to get it hemmed.  Lia is a seamstress and her company is called Fleur de Lia Alterations.  She is located in the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex.  She is great to work with and does fantastic work on any kind of alterations, she’s a master seamstress after all!  If you are looking for a gown to wear to the Art Ball, you should check out the MGC stores in Apex and Cary!  They have a great selection, just see the pictures below!!!!!  I will post a blog next week about great accessories you can get there for your Art Ball (or any upcoming Holiday Dress too!)

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

MGC Dresses for Formal Events

 

A Great selection

A Great selection

 

All Sizes and Styles

All Sizes and Styles

 Have a great weekend!

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 Women’s Giving Network, Time with Wells Fargo and Some Early Halloween Fun!

It has been a busy week and it is only Wednesday!  This last week of October has really gone fast!

Cary Women’s Giving Network

Cary Women's Giving Network

Cary Women’s Giving Network

On Monday I joined the other ladies of the Cary Women’s Giving Network for our monthly gathering.  We had a delicious lunch together at the Matthews House (Bistro Lunch every Monday) and hosted Ellen Fort from the Lucy Daniels Center as our guest speaker.   Ellen is just a few months into her new role with the LDC, so she is still getting her ‘feet wet’ within the organization.  We had about 15 women in attendance for lunch and a few visitors.  The Cary Women’s Giving Network is part of the Cary Community Foundation and as associate with the North Carolina Community Foundation.  It was a nice cool crisp Fall day, so we took a group picture outside in the gardens of the Matthews House.  I love this group and the work we do in our community!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the warm tunic sweater.  It had great Fall colors and my necklace was something that I won at the Life Experiences Auction in September.

Lunch with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

Wells Fargo Lunch and Learn

One of the best things about the women’s network that I just mentioned, are the relationships that form within the group.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Pam Keene, Vice President of Business Banking with Wells Fargo, through both the GWGN and other groups over the past 11 years.  Pam and her co-worker, Mike Lynch (SBA Lending for Wells Fargo) hosted lunch for our CPA firm this afternoon.  Part of Pam’s job includes meeting with clients and referral partners to make sure there is a strong relationship and that the lines of communication are open and clear.

Pam & Mike of Wells Fargo with Alicia and Blake of Smith & Smith, CPA

Pam & Mike of Wells Fargo with Alicia and Blake of Smith & Smith, CPA

They brought lunch from City Barbeque into Smith & Smith, CPA and we had a very productive lunch meeting learning more about the products and services of Wells Fargo.   We share several mutual clients with Wells Fargo and having Pam and Mike to use as a resource and a reference is a huge asset for us!  We want to make sure clients needs are taken care of and by having a direct contact, it just makes everything run smooth on both sides!   Our entire office was able to sit-in during the “lunch and learn”.  Thank you to Pam and Mike for reaching out to us and for the delicious lunch!

Woodhaven Fall Festival

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween Bags

And now a cute little post-weekend photo!  Halloween started early for the Smith crew last weekend.  We attended the Annual Fall Family Festival at Woodhaven Baptist Church, located just a short distance from our house.  I think this is the 7th or 8th year in a row that we have attended.  The kids love it as they get to dress in their costumes, play in the bounce house, enjoy all kinds of games with prizes and have a blast.   We love it because it is outside and free!   They offer a yummy hotdog dinner and it’s a great family-fun atmosphere.

Family Fun at Woodhaven

Family Fun at Woodhaven

 

They do a trunk-or-treat at the end of the evening and have all kinds of cars & trucks decorated.  It is so fun to see each year!  And while you can’t see them very good in this picture, all of the Smith kids (Trent, Connor, Mark and Bailey) are using the Smith & Smith, CPA Halloween bags that we purchased a few years ago.  They were part of a marketing project and I still have a few left over, so the kids carried them to collect candy and goodies at the event.  They are nice durable bags and have our name & logo along with Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips on the side.   And yes, they got lots of good candy!  Thanks to Woodhaven for hosting this event each year!

tic tocTonight I am off to see the new Tic Toc Escape Room in downtown Raleigh!  ShopLocalRaleigh is hosting a bloggers event there tonight….stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see how it went…and if we escaped!

 

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Ready to Roll & Back in the Saddle

Texas NASA Museum in Houston

Texas NASA Museum in Houston

So my blog has been on a little bit of a break….we were gone to Texas for a 10-day family vacation and it really was an awesome time!   It was our first time to Texas and the first time for our boys to be on an airplane, so lots of fun.  We went to Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin.   Perfect weather and many memories!   I did keep an eye on my work email while we were gone (I mean, can you ever ‘really’ get away from emails anymore???) but I didn’t do any blogging while we were gone.  And this week back to work has gone SO FAST!   So here it is Friday and I wanted to get a blog posted so that my blog didn’t end up in the ‘blog cemetery’!

Governor’s Award for Rotary

Governor's Award

Governor’s Award

One of my goals this year was to earn the Rotary District Governor’s Award.   This is a new award this year, started by our Rotary District Governor, Newman Aguiar.  In order to earn the Governor’s Award, you have to complete three specific things by the end of December 2015.   The three steps are: 1) Bring in a New Member to Rotary 2) Make a donation to the Rotary Foundation and 3) Perform an act of Service in your Rotary Club.   I am pleased to say that I have completed all three tasks and last night I was presented with my Rotary pin for the Governor’s Award!   Many thanks to District Governor Nominee, Donna Peffley, for attending our meeting last night and presenting the award.  I am thrilled!  Donna has a tradition of giving a pineapple to all of the award winners when she presents their pin, hence the pineapples in the picture.   I do love a pineapple, being that I was a Hospitality Management undergrad at East Carolina University many years ago, the pineapple was our symbol, so the gift of the pineapple was very special to me.

Charlie, Donna & Becca

Charlie, Donna & Becca

I am also happy to have Kelly Gates of the Kraft Family YMCA as my new member!   Kelly is super and is going to bring so much energy and opportunities for us to be involved in the community through her work with the YMCA.   Congrats also to my fellow club member, Charlie Hatch (and fellow ECU Pirate!) for earning his Governor’s Award pin last night too.   Charlie and I are the 3rd and 4th members of our club to earn the pin!  I hope we have many more by the end of December!   And a BIG thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the BEAUTIFUL blue Michael Kors dress!  It was a fantastic color and easy to wear!   Check them out for all of your Fall & Winter wardrobes.  They have been doing buy-outs the past few weeks and have tons of gorgeous merchandise in their stores!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get 10% off your purchase!

Business friends for October

Business friends for October

Have a great weekend!  Shout-out to my awesome girlfriends!

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It was 14-Years Ago but We Still Remember 9-11

14-Years Later

14-Years Later

Hard to believe that 14-years ago we were watching the horrors of 9-11 unfold on our televisions.  I remember being in college at ECU that morning and was heading to RDU Airport to catch a plane to Phoenix, Arizona for a Leadership Conference.  Needless to say, I never left for the airport and that day will be remembered by Americans forever.  Thank you to our men and women in uniform who served and gave their lives that day to help others.  Our thoughts and prayers are always with the families who lost loved ones on 9-11.  I still get emotional each year as we watch and listen to the family members read the names out loud on the TV….

Thanksgiving Basket for Auction

Thanksgiving Basket for Auction

Life Experiences Annual Auction & Golf Tournament

Here we are already on the 2nd Friday in September!  I want to mention a few upcoming events that our Smith & Smith, CPA firm will be involved with in the next few weeks.   On Sunday, September 20th, the 28th Annual Life Experiences Auction and Golf Tournament will be held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.   I’m a proud Board Member for Life Experiences and we look forward to this event every year!  The event starts Sunday at 5:30pm and will feature silent & live auction, plus delicious food, friends and lots of fun!  The golf tournament will be held on Monday, September 21st.  I’ve been helping with the Auction Committee again this year and we have some fabulous gifts and prizes up for auction!   I hope you can join us!  Life Experiences is based in Cary and provides employment for adults with disabilities.  It’s a wonderful place and is loved by many in our community!

 

register & win

 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water

Coming up Sunday, September 27th is the 4th Annual GlobalRun4Water.  This event is hosted by Rotary District 7710 and features a certified 5k run/walk and a 1-Mile Water Carry Competition.  The event is held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary and will be begin at 4pm.   The purpose of this event is to raise funds for water & sanitation projects around the world.  In the first 3 years, we have raised over $40,000 and have done projects in Lebanon, Peru, Honduras and several other countries.  We are expecting over 200 walkers & runners and think this will be our biggest race & event to date!   I’ve been visiting other Rotary clubs for the past few weeks and giving presentations to their club members on the GlobalRun4Water.  It’s been fun to see so many other Rotary friends and to know that they are all excited and supportive of the event!   Thank you to all of our awesome sponsors and I hope you can join us on Sunday, September 27th!

Karen and Becca at WBON of Cary

Karen and Becca at WBON of Cary

WBON of Cary & My Girlfriend’s Closet Commercial!

I had the pleasure of attending WBON of Cary earlier this week and enjoyed hearing the speaker, Stephanie McDilda, speak on “Heartfelt Leadership”.  I also got to see and sit with my sweet friend and fellow Rotarian, Karen Henthorn.  Karen and I have been friends for many years and always enjoy seeing each other so we can catch up on our life with each other.   Thank you to Lois Cozart for dressing me in a gorgeous dress from her ladies consignment store in downtown Apex, My Girlfriend’s Closet.   I also want to share this really cool commercial what was done for My Girlfriend’s Closet in honor of their 10-year anniversary!!!!!  Stop by MGC in downtown Apex or downtown Cary and tell them you read Beccasblog to get 10% off your final purchase!

 

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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Boutique Blowout, NCER, and Rotary Social

BBOMark your calendars and make sure you are there on Friday for the ShopLocalRaleigh Boutique Blowout Sale!  It will be held on Friday, July 17th at Market Hall-City Market in downtown Raleigh (215 Wolfe Street)bbo1  Doors open to VIP (tickets are $10) at 4:00PM and then do the general public ($5) at 5:00PM.  This event will ONLY last until 9:00PM and the good items will be gone FAST!  Don’t delay!   I’ll be there at 4:00PM to get some great deals!  Last year I was there and I found some wonderful gifts!   This event is hosted by ShopLocalRaleigh and will feature over 20 local boutiques and 10+ vendors onsite, offering you their BEST sales of the summer season!  Hope to see you there!

 

NCER July Luncheon

NCER July Luncheon

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the North Carolina Executive Roundtable luncheon.  This nonprofit professional association that provides a forum for building trusted relationships among senior executive professionals and peer discussion groups.  Their speaker, Joe Stewart, is the Executive Directors for the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.  I found his topic on voter behavior in North Carolina to be very interesting, especially with an election year right around the corner!

New member social July

 

And finally, my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club had a New Member Social on Friday night.  We invited all club members who had joined as of January 2014 to have dinner and group discussion on “All Things Rotary” at one of our member’s homes.  It was such a fun time!  We have 15 club members present and covered lot of Rotary topics!   Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the blue & white chevron long-sleeve top!  I paired it with white shorts and it made for a perfect summer social outfit!  Stop by and shop their store in downtown Apex this week to find great summer clearance deals, plus a HUGE sale on shoes!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your final purchase!

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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29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park

20150606_194142Well, we pulled that one off as a huge SUCCESS!  Last Saturday, June 6th, was the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park for the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  And it has proven to be our BIGGEST event yet!  Final numbers are still rolling in, but it looks like we served 950 meals in the 2 1/2 hour time frame!   That is amazing!

Smith & Smith, CPA and family

Smith & Smith, CPA and family

The weather was perfect and we had lot of new walk-in traffic too.  The bluegrass band sounded great, the Silent Auction Table was very busy and the bids were flying left and right, the Bake Sale Table was stacked FULL of delicious treats and goodies, plus several of our scholarship students came along with their families.  We had over 50 new sponsors this year and many of the came to enjoy the Pig Pickin’.

Smith family

Smith family

The Eastern North Carolina BBQ, provided by White Swan BBQ, was a HUGE hit and everyone got a nice selection of chicken, BBQ, stew, coleslaw, potato salad, plus lemonade and tea.  Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud sponsor for the Pig Pickin’ in the Park for many years as a Hog Wild Sponsor.  Blake and I have also been supporting the Pig Pickin’ in the Park for the past 3 years as a Whole Hog Sponsors.   All of the money raised from our event goes back into the community through college scholarships and local & global humanitarian projects.   I had a blast at the Pig Pickin in the Park and always appreciate the support of my family.   We had a fun time eating together and the kids played outside on the courtyard.   Thanks to all of our sponsors, friends and family for making the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park a year for the record books!

mgc-ohlala-2Don’t forget about the My Girlfriend’s Closet sale this weekend…just a few MORE DAYS!  The excitement is building as MGC-Cary, 100 Parkthrough Location, prepares for their BIG MOVE just up the street to Ashworth Village!  You are going to LOVE THE DEALS YOU WILL SCORE as you help them have less to move by shopping their HUGE MOVING SALE this Friday 11:00-5:00 PM & Saturday 11:00-4:00 PM and Sunday 1:00-4:00 PM!

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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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!!!!!

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 phone