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Holiday Cheer for All!

Kevin & Shelli Christmas Party 2013

Kevin & Shelli Christmas Party 2013

Last night Blake and I attended a really fun Christmas Party at the lovely Matthews House in downtown Cary.  The party was hosted by Kevin and Shelli Dallacqua.   Shelli is the Founder & President of Shelten Media, a full-service social media marketing company.  Kevin is the owner of a local car & auto body shop.  I met Shelli a few years ago through the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch and we’ve been friends ever since.  This was the first year for this Christmas party and we loved being included.

Funny Christmas photo fun

Funny Christmas photo fun

Shelli had lots of fun things going on in the room, from a 50/50 raffle (winner got half the money that ended up being $185!!) plus raffle tickets for over 15 auction items!  There was a full buffet for a sit-down dinner, plus a fun area of crazy Christmas/holiday photo props.  I had some fun picture taken with my friend Tammy Cordes and her hubby, Craig.  Blake and I bought several raffle tickets but ended the night not being a lucky winner, which we were okay with…but I really wanted those earrings that were donated by Kim Oestereich Smith & Smith, CPA donated one of our tailgate chairs and coolers.  There was even a 5 day cruise on the raffle table!  Our friend Suzy Saver and her hubby won the cruise!

Fun with friends

Fun with friends

It was fun to see so many wonderful friends, networking partners, business leaders and community supporters all together!  Shelli and Kevin were very gracious hosts and took time to greet everyone and kept the party moving.  Beth Wood, NC State Auditor, gave the invocation before dinner.  The food was really delicious, the Matthews House has a fabulous chef!!!  There was a huge dessert buffet and also a wine bar.  After dinner, Shelli introduced all of her staff and interns.

Shelten Media staff

Shelten Media staff

She then took time to share her story of going to NCSU as a non-traditional student, being selected for an internship at Oxford, winning scholarships to attend, becoming introduced & exposed to social media while in Europe, coming back to USA and traveling across country working on a projects, and best of all, she shared about the encouragement and support she got along the way from one of her college professors.  She ended up giving him an award titled the “Shelten Media #WorldChanger Award”.   Our friends Heather and Dave Sefried ended up winning the 50/50 raffle at the end of the night (yea!!!).

TLPL Friends

TLPL Friends

The best part of the whole evening was the military family that was selected and being showered with Christmas presents that were brought by all of the guests.  Shelli had found this family through our friend Kathleen Volandt, President of Auroros. That was such a special part of the party to see all of the presents around the Christmas tree.  Shelli and Kevin gave each attendee two bottles of wine at the end of the night that had custom labels on them from Chatham Hill Winery.  Thanks again to Shelli and Kevin for being such gracious hosts and kind friends to all of us.  We enjoyed the night so much!  Thanks to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends Closet for the beautiful black cocktail dress that I wore for the evening.  My Girlfriend’s Closet has a great selection of Holiday cocktail dresses and beautiful accessories!  Stop by there to shop and tell them that you read Beccasblog.com and get a 10% off discount on your next 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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Special Rotary Guest and a Bowling Birthday Party

District 7710 Governor Leigh

District 7710 Governor Leigh

I am so honored this year to serve as Club President for the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  Last week was a special week as our District 7710 Governor, Leigh Hudson, visited our club, along with his lovely wife, Pug.  Governor Leigh talked to our club about ‘standing up for Rotary’ and shared some of his very personal experiences and stories about Rotary in his life.  We are all very excited about the artwork he had created that portrays a current Rotary club meeting.  Prints of the artwork will be sold as a fundraiser for Ending Polio.  Thank you Governor Leigh for coming to our club to speak and share!  You are welcome to join us any week!

Celebrating with friends

Celebrating with friends

We had a great time last weekend going out to celebrate a very special birthday girl!  Our good friend and fellow Triangle Ladies Power Lunch member, Shelli Dallacqua, invited us all out to a fun birthday bash!  We all gathered at Sparians in North Hills for a fun evening of dinner, drinks, live music and of course, BOWLING!  It was really fun to be out with some of my business lady friends and their husbands.  Thanks to Carrie Peele, owner of Blue Diamond Limo and client to Smith & Smith, CPA for helping put this party together for Shelli! 

Social Media Cake

Social Media Cake

Shelli is an expert when it comes to social media and her business, Shelten Media, works with clients to get them ‘into‘ the whole social-media-world.  Check out this really awesome cake that was made just for her!  Blake & I had never been to Sparians, so we really enjoyed the whole experience and look forward to going back again soon. The food, bowling and video games were right up our alley for fun!  You will have to ask Blake who won in bowling!

 

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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Success 2013 Review…Was it Really “America’s #1 Business Seminar”?

Lynn, Shelli & Becca at Success 2013

Lynn, Shelli & Becca at Success 2013

On Tuesday I attended the Success 2013 America’s #1 Business Seminar at the PNC Arena in Raleigh.  I wasn’t too sure about this event…it was advertised really heavily in the newspapers and mailers in the weeks prior, so I was a bit skeptical on what to expect.  The speaker line-up looked pretty good, but there wasn’t an agenda and it was an all-day event, so it was difficult to plan your day around the speakers you wanted to hear.  I knew several other people attending, so I gave it a go and figured I would at least walk away with some inspiration if nothing else. 

Steve Forbes at Success 2013

Steve Forbes at Success 2013

I arrived a little after 9am and the program had officially begun at 8am.  I was really surprised that the entire arena wasn’t full at all.  I had pre-purchased VIP seats…which ended up being nothing more than just regular seats on the floor in folding chairs in really tightly packed rows (not at all the “VIP mix & mingle” section like the guy on the phone made it sound like).  I didn’t go to the VIP seats right away as there was a guy already talking, so I just sat with my friend Lorrie Walter of PPD up in the stands.  The first guy I heard said something kinda neat “There are three kinds of people in this world…1) those who take action 2) those who watch the action and 3) those who are left wondering what just happened”.  He also said “If you are ever feeling down, lonely and depressed…go do something for someone else and you will feel a million times better”.  

The "VIP seating" at Success 2013

The “VIP seating” at Success 2013

After he finished (he did a big sales pitch for a seminar they have coming up soon) I made my way down to the “VIP seats” and sat with my friends Shelli Dallacqua and Lynn Shaw and heard Steve Forbes speak, which was really cool.  Steve Forbes talked about “Doing this differently” and how “taking risks is like baseball…if you never swing you will never get a hit”.  The last guy I heard speak was a man by the name of James Smith. He wasn’t even in the Success 2013 book, but he was probably the best one there.  He was by far one of the most candid and in-your-face speakers I have ever heard. 

He had everyone laughing and gasping at the same time.  He really kicked in the sales pitch towards the end and it got a little old to me.  I knew there was going to be a ‘sales pitch catch’ with this whole event.  They urged everyone to ‘run quickly’ to the tables at the back to ‘sign up and get your spot for only this $$$ amount of money’. 

Overall, Success 2013 was okay…not the best event and not the worst.  I’m not sure I would go again, I would certainly NOT purchase the VIP seats, as that is a joke. I did get some good tips and motivating points from Success 2013 but that is about it.  Thanks to Lois Cozart at My Girlfriend’s Closet for the great French Connection dress that I wore to Success 2013.  Mention Beccasblog.com at either store (downtown Cary & downtown Apex) and get 10% off your entire 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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Winners Well Deserved!

Pinnacle Awards with Brenda & Shelli

Pinnacle Awards with Brenda & Shelli

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Business Awards.  I was a guest of The Matthew’s House of Cary, thank you Brenda and Sheila for the invitation!  The Matthew’s House is also a client of Smith & Smith, CPAThe Matthew’s House was being honored with an award in the “Individual Entrepreneurial Company Awards” section as the winner in the 10-25 Employee category.  Super congrats to them!!!  Sheila Ogle, owner of The Matthew’s House, went on stage to accept the award and we all cheered so loud for her!

Congrats to the winners!

Congrats to the winners!

It was such a fun luncheon and I enjoyed being part of The Matthew’s House table.  My good friend, Shelli Dallacqua, President of Shelten Media, was also at the table and she was busy keeping social media up-to-date on the progress of the luncheon awards.  The luncheon was held at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh and was hosted by Penn Holderness of NBC-17/WNCN.  There were several other award winners from the Cary area and a big CONGRATS to my dear friend and fellow WBON of Cary Board member, Karen Albright, for her company, BodyLase Skin Spa for winning an award in the “Steady Growth and Profitability Award” category!  Congrats to all the winners.  Thank you to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriend’s Closet for styling me in the silver ruffled metalic Trina Turk blouse.  Mention Beccasblog.com the next time you shop at My Girlfriend’s Closet (downtown Cary & downtown Apex) and get 10% off your total purchase!

ShopLocalRaleigh Morning Social

ShopLocalRaleigh Morning Social

Last week was also the ShopLocalRaleigh May Morning Social and it was held at the corporate office of Pretty In Pink Foundation.  I was impressed with the good crowd of people, especially considering it was the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  I enjoyed meeting Dr. Anna Abernethy, she is part of the dental team at Renaissance Dental Care, located in the North Hills Shopping Center in Raleigh.  I also enjoyed talking with John Stanton, President/CEO of The UPS Store.  He currently owns two UPS Stores in the area and is expanding with a third store to the Cary area very soon.  Congrats to both Dr. Anna and John for the success and growth of their new & expanding companies!

 

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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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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Carrie & David Celebrate at the Capital City Club in Raleigh!

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Friends with Carrie (in red) to celebrate at the Capital City Club

Sunday night was a fantastic night of celebration for one of our clients.  Carrie Peele, owner of Blue Diamond Limo, married David Franks, of The Band of Oz, earlier this month and had a huge party last night to celebrate at the Capital City Club in downtown Raleigh.  Carrie has been a client of Smith & Smith, CPA for several years and we are so happy for her and David!  Bob, Sharon, Blake and I attended the Capital City Club for the party and we had a fabulous time!  Carrie really knows how to host a party!

David & Carrie as Cyndi sings Happy Birthday

David & Carrie as Cyndi sings Happy Birthday

There was a cocktail hour from 5pm-6pm, followed by a nice dinner buffet and dancing in the grand ballroom of the Capital City Club.  Carrie looked fantastic in a blue sparkly suit for the cocktail hour and then changed into an amazing red dress for the rest of the party.  The Band of Oz was there to play great music all night long.  David even sang a song just for Carrie!  The party also celebrated David’s 60th birthday and Cyndi Chastain was there to serenade David with the “Happy Birthday Song”.

 

 

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

There were so many wonderful friends at the party; it was like a mini-reunion of the monthly Triangle Ladies Power Lunch!  Both Shelli Dallacqua and Linda Sellers took turns on the microphone honoring Carrie for years of friendship & memories.  Then Carrie spoke for a few minutes too, thanking everyone for attending and sharing her love for family and friends.

Gigi's Cupcake Tower

Gigi’s Cupcake Tower

There was a huge cupcake tower by Gigi’s Cupcakes of Brier Creek.  It was so pretty and it had two cupcakes at the tiptop, one for Carrie and one for David with a birthday candle!  The cupcake tower had six different levels, with each level having a unique cupcake flavor.  My favorite cupcakes were the “wedding” and “carrot cake” ones!  Yummy!  I can’t decide if I like cupcakes better or wedding cake!  As long as they have one, I’m happy! And check out the view from the Capital City Club behind the cupcake tower!

Band of Oz

Band of Oz

Carrie and David really are loved by so many! It was wonderful to see them surrounded by so many people. They stood together with their arms around each other as a slideshow played on the big screen to celebrate David’s birthday. Carrie has two daughters, Meredith and Courtney. Courtney was able to attend the party with her boyfriend but Meredith lives in California and is expecting her first baby, so she wasn’t able to attend the party.

 

Sharon & Bob

Sharon & Bob

One of my favorite parts of the evening was the photobooth called BlueBox, owned by David B.  David was there to greet guests as they moved into the dining room and he had all kinds of cool and crazy costumes for people to dress-up in for the photobooth.  Then he printed off the pictures and you were able sign a page in the book for Carrie and David.  Thanks so much Carrie for including Smith & Smith, CPA on your special day with David at the Capital City Club!  We are so happy for you and appreciate all that you do for our community!

 

Love my hubby..and my MGC dress!

Love my hubby..and my MGC dress!

Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of Apex & Cary for my fantastic dress!  The color really stood out last night among the sea of black dress (you can wear other colors than black to a cocktail party!Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet, always picks out great things for me!  My good friend, Christine Engelbrecht was also wearing a dress that she got from MGC too!

Can’t believe that it is already the end of February next week!  2013 sure is going by fast!  This will be a busy week with lots of tax clients coming in to get their 2012 taxes filed.  I also have a busy week with the the Cary Chamber of Commerce Membership Drive kicking off on Wednesday!  I also have a WBON Board meeting, Cary Chamber Board of Directors, Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, WomenNC.org “Local to Global” dinner on Thursday night, The Women’s Network Grants Awards Luncheon for the Cary Community Foundation on Thursday, providing lunch to The Corral Riding Academy on Saturday and the Diamante, Inc. Dominican Republic Dinner Party on Saturday night!  Whew!

 

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Laugh, Cry and COOK with Elise Johnson!

Shelli with Elise Johnson

 There are so many things that I love about October!  Cooler weather, leaves changing, fall festivals, opening the windows at home, Halloween candy (opps, yeah, not afraid to admit it!)…and now I’m going to add the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch from October 17th to that list!  This monthly luncheon is just so much fun!  I love getting to see many of my professional working women friends there, I love the location, I love the speakers, I love the networking and on and on…. The speaker yesterday was the totally adorable and oh-so-loveable, Chef Elise Johnson! (Carrie Peele was away at a business meeting, but Shelli Dallacqua did a great job running the show for her and introduced Elise Johnson!)  I met Chef Elise Johnson about a year ago and she’s just a doll…someone you never forget!  Elise is originally from Massachusetts and her background is 100% Portuguese.  The majority of her presentation yesterday was about her grandmother and the lessons of life she learned from her in the kitchen as a child.  Her topic was so heartwarming and truly touched many of the ladies in the audience.  Elise had a speech impediment as a child and thus spent a lot of time with her grandmother cooking in the kitchen, while the other kids were outside playing or at a friend’s house.  She shared the story of her grandmother arriving in the United States by boat, how she raised 10 kids and was a factory worker for 66 years!  She passed away when Elise was only 19 years old.  Elise talked about success and she held up a cooking apron that was her grandmothers, one she found in her house hanging on an old nail in the kitchen.  To anybody else, it was just an apron.  But to Elise, it represents a legacy.  Chef Elise Johnson is a Chief Spokesperson for BJ’s Wholesale Club, has a national TV cooking segments called “Cooking with Elise” and released her first cookbook in April 2012, “You Never Cook Alone”.  I love that she said she’s known as the “Portuguese Paula Dean”! 

 

Elise Johnson and Bill Cooper

 

Crazy enough as this world is, I ran into an ole’ friend from my college years at East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!)  His name is Bill Cooper and he happens to be the webguy for Elise Johnson!  He was at the luncheon yesterday and we recognized each other!  Bill was good friends with my sister, Karen.  Bill now lives in Raleigh has a company called CreativeWebJuice.com.  He provides clients with web development, graphic design, online platforms and print media solutions. He’s got some good talent!  It was fun seeing Bill and I enjoyed catching up on life with him!  Here is a picture of him working the cookbook sale table with Elise Johnson

 

Winner Winner!

 

 I had wonderful ladies at my Smith & Smith, CPA sponsor table: Sarah Thacker, Heather Swanner, Renee Groom, Judy Fourie, Karen Albright, Erin Cohen and Sharon Moe.  Sarah, Heather, and Erin were all lucky door prize winners!  Love the big CLINIQUE silver bag that Sarah won, best of all it was full of all kinds of CLINIQUE goodies (thanks to the wonderful ladies from Belk at Crabtree Valley Mall, that is you Jennifer Elkin!!!). 

Heather and Kendra

 

 

 Heather Swanner was kind enough to introduce me to one of her friends, Kendra Leonard, who is the owner of The Art of Style.  She has two stores, one in Brier Creek and the other in Cameron Village.  Here is a picture of Heather and Kendra.  Kendra is wearing a dress from her store! She is having a fashion show/fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sunday, November 11th from 7-10pm at Embassy Suites in Brier Creek.  That will be a fun girl night!  I know that Heather was particularly moved by what Elise Johnson had to say with her talk about success and passion.  Both of these ladies enjoyed the luncheon!    

MGC in Cary & Apex dresses!!!!

 

 

I’d also like to mention another upcoming event that is next week, October 23rd.  It is the WomenNC & InterAct Jazzy Evening.  My good friend, Beth Dehghan of Village Cleaners is helping to promote and organize this evening event.  Tickets are still on sale and you can purchase them here.  I’ll be there along with Sarah Thacker.  I also had to get a picture with my amazing partner-in-crime…Rita Sellers of Outside Raleigh!  We were both wearing amazing dresses from My Girlfriend’s Closet!  My dress was an Eva Franco, navy blue with red embroidered stripes and Rita was wearing a beautiful Ann Taylor belted suit dress.  Have you been to My Girlfriend’s Closet lately? I’m heading that way tomorrow to see what new FALL stuff she has in!    Here’s to Cooking with Elise Johnson and a wonderful October Day!

 

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Cary Chamber Celebrates Another Strong Year!

Shelli & Kevin

 Last night was a fantastic night of honor, awards and recognition for the Cary Chamber.  It was the 2012 Annual Banquet, held at the lovely Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC.  The evening kicked off at 6pm with a social (some people were so ready to get the evening going that they showed up at 5:30pm!!) and was followed by dinner at 7pm, then the keynote speaker (Bob IngramFormer Chairman & CEO of GlaxoWellcome), and the awards presentation.  This is such a fabulous evening and we had a great time seeing friends and business colleagues.  Shelli Dallacqua (Shelten Media) and her hubby, Kevin, were walking in the same time as us, they were also waiting for Beth Wood to arrive.  Shelli looked lovely in purple, which must have been the ‘color of the night’ as my other good friend, Susan Pruskin (Susan Pruskin Consulting) was wearing purple too (and her hubby Steve, but he wasn’t in purple, haha).

Susan & Steve

  Events like this really depend on great sponsors, so as a member of the Cary Chamber Board of Directors, I’d like to extend my personal thanks to those companies who helped sponsor the evening: Presenting SponsorWakeMed Cary Hospital, Gold SponsorsRex UNC Health Care and Hendrick Cary Auto Mall and Town of Cary, Silver SponsorsProgress Energy and Siemens, Speaker Sponsors: AT&T and Back Home ProductionsTable Sponsors: Atlantic Tire & Service, BB&T, BlueCross/Blue Shield of NC, Capital Associates, Carolina Hurricanes, First Citizens Bank, Highwoods Properties, Paragon Commercial Bank, Preston Development, SAS, The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Wells Fargo Bank and Withers & Ravenel. 

Ambassador of the Year...Autumn!

 

The highlight for me of the whole evening is always the awards ceremony!  The Cary Chamber presents three different awards during the evening: Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.  The Ambassador of the Year is voted on by all of the Ambassadors (so it’s real honor to receive) and the winner this year was Autumn LaBarca!!!!!  Congrats Autumn!!!   Autumn is the Director of Public Relations for Capital Financial Advisory Group, LLC.

Howard Johnson, Cary Chamber Citizen of the Year 2012

The Business of the Year award was presented to Hendrick Cary Auto MallThe Citizen of the Year award was a very special and heart filled award this year…it was given to the Cary Chamber President himself, Howard Johnson!  Only the Executive Board (4 people) knew it was going to Howard and he was totally shocked!  Howard has been with the Cary Chamber since 1986 and has been a solid figurehead in our community for many years.  Howard’s son even sent a text message video of him congratulating his dad and they showed it on the screen.   

Blake & Becca Cary Chamber Banquet 2012

 

Tom Huff (Chair 2011-2012) ended the night with a recap of the events from the previous year and then welcomed the new incoming Chair, Kathy Burns, to the stage.  I am very much looking forward to Kathy’s leadership this upcoming year!  It was such a wonderful night and we are so blessed to live, work and play in Cary!  No better place to be!  The Cary Chamber is ramping up for a very busy Fall calendar, don’t miss out on all of their educational and networking events!  And I’ve love to give a very special shout-out to My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for styling me in this totally fabulous dress!  It was a huge hit; I had tons and tons of compliments on it!  I owe it all to Lois and her staff for helping me select such a lovely piece!  You can find this dress at the My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex!

 

 

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 Innovation Center GRAND OPENING!!!!

Shelli, Beth and Sheila at the Cary Innovation Center

    Welcome to the Cary Innovation Center!

This is the ‘brain child’ of Sheila Ogle, a wonderful lady and a major part of the success of downtown Cary!  The CIC is all about ONE MAIN THING…can you guess???  ENTREPRENEURSHIP!!!  It’s a place that was designed for helping entrepreneurs create, launch and operate their business by providing professional mentoring and business education programs.  The programs will provide the opportunity for clients to be successful in both economic growth and jobs.  The Cary Innovation Center had their OPEN HOUSE/GRAND OPENING last week and I was pleased to be invited to attend. 

Welcome CIC!

 

There were several distinguished guests there, Beth Wood, NC State Auditor, and several members of the Cary Town Council and local government officials.  My good friend and fellow Triangle Ladies Power Lunch member, Shelli Dallacqua, owner of Shelten Media, is one of the current residents of the Cary Innovation Center. Know of a local entrepreneur with a BIG IDEA looking to get started? Send them to the CIC and let their growth begin!

 

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Hunger Games with Dakota Hood and More!

This past weekend was very exciting!  We were invited to a private screening of the new blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games

Hunger Games with Dakota Hood

One of our client’s daughters, Dakota Hood, was featured in the movie!  Dakota was cast in the role as Tribute Girl from District 10.  Dakota’s mom and dad (Rock and Lisa Hood) had been by the office a few weeks earlier and were so excited to share the news with us of Dakota being part of the Hunger Games!  We’ve known the Hood family for many years and both of their kids, Dalton (older brother) and Dakota are sooooooooooooooo talented!  Dalton has been all over and around New York in Broadway and theater plays.  Dakota has a killer singing voice and has been in a fair share of theatrical productions too.  So on Sunday, March 25th, 2012, all of us from Smith & Smith, CPA ventured to north Raleigh to see the Hunger Games with Dakota Hood!  The theater was packed and we were all given cool lanyards with Dakota’s picture as District 10 Tribute on the front as our movie pass.  Sharon and I had both previously read the first book (it’s a trilogy) and I had filled Blake in on the plot earlier in the week.  The movie was really good, certainly not for children, and I thought it was true to the book.  Dakota was so happy to have so many friends and family members there to support her and cheer her on!  Every time she came on the screen the theater would erupt with applause and cheers!  I got her to autograph a few things after the show.  Now I can say I have the autograph of Dakota Hood from the Hunger Games!!  This is just the beginning of many more great things to come for Dakota!  And a BIG THANK YOU to Rock and Lisa Hood for inviting us to attend!  We do love this family!

Shelli and Kevin Dallacqua

 I also had the pleasure of attending a BEAUTIFUL wedding at the lovely Matthew’s House in downtown Cary.  My friend Shelli Mayfield married her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua.  This was my first wedding at the Matthew’s House (though I’ve attended numerous events there over the years) and it was so beautiful and eloquently decorated.  I know Shelli had wanted to have the wedding outside, but the weekend was full of thunderstorms and rain, so they moved the ceremony to the indoor banquet room.  Shelli was a very beautiful bride and Kevin was a handsome groom! 

Friends at the wedding

Many friends from the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch were present at the wedding.  I spoke with several ladies during the cocktail hour that was held on the breezeway in-between the historic house and the banquet room.  I love how they had a signature frame for guests to sign as they arrived as they make the best keepsakes!  A nice buffet dinner and dance followed the cocktail hour and wedding ceremony.  So congrats again to Shelli and Kevin!

 So despite the rain and yucky thunderstorms from both Saturday and Sunday, it was a fun weekend getting to see the Hunger Games with Dakota Hood and to witness the marriage of two friends!

We are down to our final few weeks (about 21 days) to get your 2011 taxes filed, or an extension put in!  Smith & Smith, CPA will continue to accept new personal tax clients over the next few days and we’ll complete as many as possible and will assist with filing extensions for those who need more time.  Just remember an extension is a grace period for more time to file, but NOT to pay (if you owe).  Please feel free to contact us for more information.  If you are happy with our service, please help us out with some reviews online!  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that saysWrite a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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