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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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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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Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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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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Wow…this has been a crazy week…hence the name of my blog!  Clients and Corona

Thanks David!!!!!

 

I’ll start with the Corona first…one of our tax clients, David Laxton, was awesome and brought us a case of Corona as a reward/gift for a crazy tax season!  He also included the limes!  Thanks David!  We’ll enjoy those (after office hours of course!)  So after tax season ends my calendar/schedule pretty much EXPLODES with meetings and events and this week has been good, but exhausting!  I’ve been in and out and in and out and out and in of the office so much that I have lost count!   But I’ve taken advantage of the time out and stopped by to say ‘HI’ and chat with several of our clients.  I was at a meeting with my new friend, Ann Close, owner of Close HR Connections (CHRC) and stopped by afterwards to visit with Joule Salon

Joule Salon

Owners Lou and Lisa Rivoli, have been clients of Smith & Smith, CPA for many years and we totally adore them!   I don’t get to see Lisa much, so I poked my head into her salon and snapped a picture of her in action with her adorable staff and clients.  Joule Salon has really cool & hip salon-style and her business cards read ‘hair, beauty, fashion and coaching’.   They are located at 4242 NW Cary Parkway (same shopping center as the Mellow Mushroom).  Go check them out!  They do amazing work for their clients!  Perhaps last week you might have noticed that we did a cool facebook marketing promotion with one of our clients, Vestique.

Carmen & Teddy

  I stopped by their store last week to purchase the gift card we gave away during the facebook promotion.  Vestique is located in downtown Raleigh and happen to be in the same business complex as another client, Carmen Ritz State Farm Agency.  I stopped by to say hello to Carmen and her very friendly staff!  Carmen is always so much fun (and really good at her insurance stuff too) Her adorable dog, Teddy, was there and greeted me with lots of hugs and kisses. 

He is such a cute dog!

 I also had lunch this week with Sharon Moe of North State Bank, went to the Eye Opener Breakfast for the Cary Chamber on Wednesday morning where I sat with my friends Chuck & Anne Cook of Koko Fitness and my newest Cary Chamber member friend, Shelli Dallacqua (Shelten Media).  On Wednesday night, Blake and I attend the Cary Chamber Elected Officials Reception (held at the Matthew’s House in downtown Cary).

Priscilla and Becca

  I was invited by my beautiful friend, Priscilla Bullock of First Citizens Bank to be a guest at her sponsor table for the TCREW Awards on Thursday afternoon. Thank you Priscilla, had a great time with you at lunch and glad we missed the monsoon of rain that afternoon!  This morning was the Career Fair at Green Hope High School…a blog on that event coming next week.  Still have to get up my blog about the East Carolina University Women’s Round Table too…that one will take 2 days of blogging.  

Eric at Verizon

Last but not least, I’ve finally launched myself into the ‘technically world’ with a smart-phone and a tablet, thanks to Verizon!  I spent two days and nearly 5-hours this week working with the great team at the Verizon store in Cary Towne CenterEric Rainey was my main Verizon guy, Veronica was also very helpful too.  Now I have to find time to figure out both pices of technology!  Eric was great help at getting me set-up…but I’ve got some exploring to do!  Want to know something cool?  All three of my technology guys are named Eric….(Eric Green-my blog/social media guy, Erik Johnson with our CPA website company and now Eric Rainey with Verizon)!!!!

 

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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Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor for ladies luncheon in Raleigh, NC

Ladies Lunch at North Ridge Country Club

The March meeting of the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon, hosted by Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo, drew a nice crowd of excited and energetic ladies!  With the warmer temperatures outside, there was certainly a buzz about spring felt in the air (and all that yucky-yuck yellow pollen too!!)  There were several new vendors around the room this month, including Hand & Stone Massage of RaleighDena Morris of Dena’s Jewelry Box also had her own 8-foot table this month, FULL of her beautiful handmade necklace pendants and earrings.  Dena has attended the ladies luncheon for three months now and has made new friends and sees the VALUE of this monthly event!  As always I try to make good use of my sponsorship table space and invited two clients to share my table. 

Dena's Jewelry Box & Guests

My guests for the ladies luncheon this month were  Duff’s Design & Landscaping (Rhonda) and Install-Rite/Handy Man Service (Henry Miller) and Thacker Law Firm (Sarah Thacker).  I met several wonderful new friends at the ladies luncheon: Donna Parkinson of 9 Lyvz Catering, Barb Fields of Pretty In Pink Foundation, and Myra Ray of MyrayGraphix.  Myra is going to be the new goodie-bag sponsor for ladies luncheon.  The goodie-bags are always a favorite and all of the vendors/sponsors are invited to include a treat in the bags each month.  I was happy to see my sweet friend, Rita Sellers, Publisher, for Coffee News.  Coffee News is one of the best and most creative marketing tools in the area!  I’m sure you’ve seen one before; they are all over town in different restaurant & doctor office lobbies.  Rita was the lucky winner of the door prize from Smith & Smith, CPA (a decorative Easter Bunny set with a fresh loaf of xtreme cinnamon swirl bread right from the oven of Great Harvest Bread in Cary). Door Prizes are a HUGE part of the ladies luncheon!!!

Jennifer, Linda & Shelli at the ladies lunch

 Jennifer Kidd of Kidd Photography was busy running around the room snapping photos of the event, but I was lucky enough to pin Jennifer down long enough to get a cute picture of HER with Linda Sellers, of Blue Diamond Limo and Shelli Mayfield, of Shelten Media.   We are all so excited as Shelli is getting married this weekend to her fiancé, Kevin Dallacqua, at the lovely Matthew’s House  in downtown Cary this coming weekend! Shelli’s company has really taken off and she’s become a HUGE part of the success for many women in our area.  Shelli recognized the importance of social media and helps her clients with all of their online marketing, blogging, tweets, Facebook, Google+, Youtube videos, etc.  She’s a real whiz at that stuff!  She’s also happy to announce her new business location at the Cary Innovation Center in downtown Cary!  The CIC is BRAND NEW and is a place for entrepreneurs to host their businesses headquarters and work with other master-minds on marketing, branding, advertising, business strategies, etc.   

Sarah Thacker, Beth Wood, Carrie Peele, Sharon Roe, Julia West and Kathleen Volandt

 The speaker for the ladies luncheon this month was none other than Beth Wood, North Carolina State Auditor.  Beth is a close friend of Carrie’s and she took the microphone to share with us her journey from a small town farm on the coast of North Carolina all the way to the state auditor’s office in Raleigh, NC.  Beth’s story was very encouraging and she shared with us the challenges she faced with her first election to office in 2008.  Her talk included a funny story about being a ‘work horse versus a show horse’.  Beth talked about her duties as State Auditor and even shared some examples of how her team has identified wasteful spending and the process of it being brought before the General Assembly. Beth will face re-election this coming Fall.

'She-Ro' of breast cancer with Carrie Peele

 

One of the most moving parts of the entire ladies luncheon was when the honored breast cancer ‘SHE-RO’ (that stands for a female hero) spoke on stage.  Each month the Triangle Power Ladies Luncheon hosts a table for a breast cancer survivor and she/he (we did have a guy one month) gets escorted in the pink limo along with their friends and family to the luncheon and sits at a special RSVP table with a pink table cloth.   Carrie invited the SHE-RO on stage to share her story and by the time she was done there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!  We’d like to thank the charity of choice for the ladies luncheon, Pretty In Pink Foundation, for all of the work, encouragement and support that their organization offers to breast cancer survivors in our community.  Hope to see YOU at the April ladies luncheon!

Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary is never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!  Please note that the months of Jan-April 2012 will be very busy around here and we’ll be working 7-days a week with 12-15+hour days to get everyone taken care of in a timely manner.  Please get your 2011 taxes in as soon as you can.  I’d also love to have a few new reviews posted for us under the name business name, Smith & Smith, CPA on Google.  Please click HERE to write a review (click the RED box that says “Write a Review“)  Thanks so much!   Visit our website: http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com/ for more information. 

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
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