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Blue Cross Blue Shield Executive Women’s Day

Nancy and Becca

This afternoon I had the pleasure of being a guest of Nancy Seymour of Atlantic Tire & Service for the Executive Women’s Day presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.  The event was held at Prestonwood County Club in Cary, NC and is part of the SAS Championship event schedule.   The topic was “When Women Inspire” and featured Yvonne Camus, COO of the fitness club World Health as the luncheon keynote speaker.  Yvonne was a fantastic speaker and talked about hard work and never giving up.  She shared her personal success story of competing in the Eco-Challenge 2000, the world championship of adventure racing (created by Mark Burnett of Survivor).  Her team was the first rookie team to complete the grueling competition.

Yvonne Camus

Yvonne gave some great tips & quotes, here are two of my favorites: “Whatever you think and talk about most is what you are going to create” and “You either talk yourself into it or you talk yourself out of it”.  Here are some pictures of the event to share.

Executive Woman’s Day with BCBS for SAS Championship

I really enjoyed the luncheon and check out how cool the dessert was too with the BCBS white chocolate logo

Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex for dressing me for the event.  They have all the great Fall accessories out in their store!  From boots to scarves and denim jackets!  Be sure to tell them Becca sent you and that you read beccasblog.com for my special readers discount!

 

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Giving, Golf and Graduation

GIVING at The Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen

GIVING at The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Today is all about the Three G’s…. Giving, Golf and Graduation!  So we will start with the first “G”…GIVING.  Blake is a member of The Next Level BNI group.  They meet on Wednesday mornings at 8:00am at The Matthew’s House in downtown Cary.  His group is committed to doing a service project at least once a quarter.  A few weeks ago they volunteered at The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen in downtown Raleigh serving lunch.  Blake went to help, along with several others from his group including Jaimie Kasopsky and Dennis Sargent.  It’s so rewarding to be part of a CPA firm and a BNI group that believes in GIVING back to the community.  Well-done guys!

Matt & Blake at Cary Chabmer GOLF

Matt & Blake at Cary Chabmer GOLF

The next “G” is GOLF.  Earlier this week the Cary Chamber of Commerce had their Annual Member Guest Golf Tournament.  For the past several years, Smith & Smith, CPA has been a committed “Hole Sponsor” for this event.  It’s a nice day for Blake & Cam to get out of the office and play a round of golf at Prestonwood Country Club with some friends, clients and referral partners.  This year their foursome included Matt Arthur and Shane Smith.  The weather started off pretty yucky, but as the day went on, the rain moved out and they had a great time on the course.  Thanks to TrustAtlantic Bank for being the Tournament Sponsor and to all of the other Hole, Beverage, Hole-in-One Car and Specialty Sponsors.  Your commitment to the Cary Chamber goes a LONG WAY!  Also congrats to Cam as he had a pretty good drive on Highlands hole #16 for the “Most Accurate Drive”.

Cam's close GOLF hit

Cam’s close GOLF hit

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Some of the other golf contests during the tournament included: Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin and Hole-in-One (a chance to win a CAR sponsored by Hendrick Cary Auto Mall).  The golf game was played in the Superball Format with the team ‘Captain‘ selecting the best tee shot for each hole and all the plays hit from there to the green.  Mulliagns were also sold to teams as a ‘mini-fundraiser’ for those players who needed a second-chance-swing.  Proceeds from the Cary Chamber Member Guest Golf Tournament go towards supporting the funding of the excellent programs that the Cary Chamber offers each month.

GRADUATION with family for Tyler!

GRADUATION with family for Tyler!

 

 

The final “G” stands for GRADUATION.  The whole Smith family got together on Tuesday night to take our niece, Dallas Tyler Stephenson, out to dinner.  She’s graduating from high school in just a few more weeks and will be going to Meredith College as a “Meredith Angel”.  We are so proud of her!  She’s got some wonderful college years ahead of her and we know she is going to have a great time.  The kids enjoyed getting their faces painted at dinner too…hence their ‘crazy looks’.

 

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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Best Night of the Year for the Cary Chamber

Cary Chamber Auction 2013

Cary Chamber Auction 2013

Last night was the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Silent & Live Auction with the Reverse Car Raffle.  Hands-down…one of our most favorite events of the year!  It’s a chance to see tons of Cary Chamber friends, have fun networking & eating at Prestonwood Country Club, spend some money bidding on awesome auction items and try to win a chance of getting a new car!  This year Hendrick Dodge of Cary donated the car and it was a 2013 Dodge Dart (really cool sports car).

Cary Chamber Friends

Cary Chamber Friends

There were about 350 people at the event last night (maybe more, the room was packed) and the Cary Chamber Ambassadors had worked hard to gather over 200 silent auction items.  There was sooooooooo much cool stuff to bid on and I only wish I had arrived earlier to bid more (Blake would disagree with that though).  We had a great time enjoying the food, drinks and seeing lots of friends.  We always invite all of Blake’s brothers and their wives to come along with us. This was also Alicia’s first time going with us too (she works with us at Smith & Smith, CPA) and she brought her mom along, and both of them had a fabulous time too!

Smith & Smith, CPA team

Smith & Smith, CPA team

This auction serves as the Cary Chamber’s main fundraiser during the year.  The Chamber uses the funds towards different programs, seminars and events that they offer all throughout the year.  The Ambassadors play a major role by helping to solicit, collect and pick-up all of the many auction items. I was an Ambassador for several years, so I know firsthand all of the hard work that they put into this.  The Cary Chamber Board of Directors also work hard to help sell many of the $100 tickets for the Reverse Car Raffle.

More Cary Chamber friends

More Cary Chamber friends

The car drawing this year got down to the final five ticket holders and then Hendrick ended up making each of them a cash-deal for $2,250 to buy back their tickets.  So everyone walked away a winner in the end.  Our families did a TON of bidding, though I only took home two things (a jewelry certificate and a lovely scarf).  Next year I will have to work harder at a ‘divide and conquer’ bidding strategy!  It was great to see our friends, Ben Bell and Allee Johnson.  They came with us last year to the event and had a blast, so we invited them back again.  They are engaged and getting married later this year.  Ben and I met years ago when I was working at Holston Presbytery Camp & Retreat Center in Banner Elk, NC.

Cam & Brooke bid and won a nice new floor rug!

Cam & Brooke bid and won a nice new floor rug!

So many thanks to ALL who came last night to the event.  Thanks to all of the businesses that donated auction items, thanks to the Ambassadors for their hard work, thanks to the Cary Chamber Staff and Board of Directors for all pulling together to make this event a huge success!  We live in such a great area and the Cary Chamber really steps up to support to community and our businesses.  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends’ Closet for the amazingly beautiful white drapery one-shoulder dress from MM Couture.  It fit like a glove and I had lots of nice compliments on it.  It was great to see Lois and her daughter, Ashley, at the auction.  Ashley runs the downtown Cary My Girlfriend’s Closet store.

Busy Tax Season!

Busy Tax Season!

Tax season sure is busy!  We’ve been very successful this year with picking up new individual tax return clients.  I spent a lot of time last year working on our online SEO and website keywords and it sure has paid off!  I try my best to track where all of our new clients are coming from (who referred them, etc.) and about 50% or more of our new clients this year have come from Internet searchesYEA!  Here I am leaving Blake’s office with a whole stack of completed tax returns.  We are trying to get them completed, filed and back out to everyone as quickly as possible!  Thanks (again) to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the bright yellow 100% cashmere cardigan sweater by Pure Collection and the Final Touch silk halter dress.  Excellent combo to get you ready for SPRING!!!!

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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This past Wednesday, Aug 3rd, was our first WBON of Cary meeting for the 2011-2012 year.  I am so honored to be serving the group as the President for this year.   We had a really great group of ladies in attendance and it was encouraging to see so many new faces and guests!  We rolled out our new speaker series entitled “Successful Strategies to Enrich the WHOLE Woman”.   We started the meeting as always with our powerful networking circles and moved into a delicious lunch served by the new chef at The Matthew’s House.  I started the meeting around noon and it was a pleasure to announce our Board Members as well as our Sponsors for the year.   Our speaker, Stephanie McDilda was very inspiring!  She gave a message about being UNSTOPABLE and each of us left the meeting encouraged and enlightened by Stephanie’s’ story.

WBON Lunch in August 2011

 

 

Our biggest announcement of the meeting is that we are MOVING to a new location and a new meeting time starting in Sept.  We will now meet at Prestonwood Country Club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month; Sept. 14th will be our first meeting at Prestonwood.  Looking forward to it already!

Please click to see the WBON of Cary video below!  Todd and Heather Mohr of Web Cooking Classes put it together for us!

I’d also like to say a BIG THANKS to Alphagraphics of Cary for putting our program board together and for making it so professional looking!  Here is a picture of the board:

Program for 2011-2012

 

Again, really looking forward to serving WBON this year as the President.  Hope you can join us for a meeting!

If you are looking for a CPA firm in Raleigh or the Cary, NC area, I hope you will consider us!  We are taking new clients at this time.

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