Triangle Business Journal

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Power Breakfast Networking and 5-Years Marketing Partnership Celebration

Triangle Business Journal

TBJ Power Breakfast #tribizpower

I started out very early this morning (as in I left my house before 7am) to attend the Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast.   The breakfast networking event was held downtown Raleigh at the City Club and featured a 4-person panel on Community Banks and their role in our ever changing community.  Panel speakers were: Larry Barbour of North State Bank, Scott Custer of Live Oak Bancshares, Ray Grace who is the NC Commissioner of Bankers and Bob Hatley of Paragon Bank.

Gift from Delta Dental & Program of Guest Speakers

The panel was lead by Jason Christie, Market President & Publisher of the Triangle Business Journal.  The program focused on how community banks are amid an unprecedented consolidation trend in the US and one that has not been witnessed in more then two decades.  The panelist talked about the newly formed banks and how that is impacting loan activity, branch size & locations, and the key factors behind the consolidations.  All of our business clients at Smith & Smith, CPA have banking needs and I knew many of the bankers in the room as a result of networking friendships formed from the Cary Chamber of Commerce.  I found the program to be very informative and beneficial to understand more about the banking industry in North Carolina.

Maggie, Becca and Stephany

The program was sponsored this morning by Delta Dental of North CarolinaElaine Loyack, Director of Community and Public Relations for Delta Dental gave the opening remarks and shared a video about their Smiles for Kids program.  Elaine is a friend and client of ours at Smith & Smith, CPA.  Delta Dental provided a nice gift bag for all attendees that included a new toothbrush and multi-outlet car charger.

Elaine of Delta Dental

I attended the breakfast with my friend Stephany Connelly of AppleOne Employment Services.  I also had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Stroud, Alumni Relations and Program Coordinator for Leadership North Carolina, a program in which I have been interested in for many years!  Thank you to Brian Reid of Paragon Bank for taking a picture this morning of me with Stephany and Maggie.

 

5-Year Marketing Celebration

5 Year Anniversary for MGC and Beccasblog

So August 10th is the 5-year anniversary mark in which I have had a special partnership with Lois Cozart and her retail resale boutique in downtown Apex, My Girlfriend’s Closet.  Yes, friends, that is right…5 years ago Lois sent me that WONDERFULLY unexpected email asking me to partner with her on the most BRILLIANT marketing/promotion plan in the world!!!!  Ever since that day, I have been graced with the opportunity to be dressed by the stylist at My Girlfriend’s Closet for all of my networking & social events.  It has been such a crazy and fun 5 years!  I have worn all kinds of different styles, designers, colors, crazy shoes, beautiful jewelry, unique handbags and more!  It has been so much fun and we have both seen our businesses grow and thrive as a result of this partnership.  Thank you Lois for such a unique opportunity and I look forward to 5 more years!

Lunch at The Provincial

We celebrated together on Monday with lunch at The Provincial in downtown Apex.  This delicious restaurant happens to be a client of Smith & Smith, CPA and the food is crazy delicious!  Next time you are in downtown Apex, stop in to see Lois at MGC (and shop a little too) and then head down to The Provincial for a great meal.  Tell them Becca sent you!  And of course the pink lace dress I am wearing today is from My Girlfriend’s Closet!

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

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Cary, NC 27511

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TBJ 40 Under 40 Awards 2017

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

#40U40Awards

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

Travis & Anna

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

Congrats to the winners!

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

Travis in the TBJ

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

Smith & Smith, CPA client in the TBJ

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

Travis, Anna, Becca & Blake

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

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

(919) 380-0600 phone

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 Holiday Mixes and Mediterranean Flavors

BizMix Holiday Social

December always means good holiday parties and I love how they start out early in the month!  Sarah Thacker and I attended the Triangle Business Journal Holiday Bizmix on Monday night.  The event was SOLD OUT and was held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Durham.  Sarah and I had a really nice time at the event; we missed the door prize drawing (bummer!) but were still able to enjoy a few of the appetizers and evening drinks.  It was nice to see Michelle Muir and Gary Becker at the social and I had the opportunity to meet other business owners & leaders.

 

Time to kick back and relax!

Michelle introduced me to Anna Kizer, she’s the owner of Vino!! Wine Shop in downtown Pittsboro.  I’m going to plan a daytrip to Pittsboro with my mom and I look forward to stopping by to see Anna!  We had fun talking with Dennis Hinkle, a new friend from the TJB.  Sarah and I were both exhausted from a long day of work so we kicked our shoes off as we headed over to the local Chili’s to relax for the evening.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet of Apex for the social cocktail dress, it was HOT PINK and really added a splash of color to the evening event!  Best place to shop in Cary/Apex!

 

Julie and Sarah at Bosphorus

I had lunch at a Cary restaurant on Tuesday with Sarah and friend, Julie Dudley, owner of Silver Pearl, Inc.  This was my first time eating at Bosphorus Restaurant, which serves authentic & healthy Turkish Mediterranean cuisine.  Sarah is a big fan of this place, so she helped navigate us through the menu.  We shared the Bosphorus Meze Platter (cold appetizer) and then I had the Adana Kebab (spicy hot) entrée for lunch.  All of it was very good and very fresh.  It was a nice change of flavor for me and the restaurant was fully packed while we were there.  Prices were reasonable (thanks for lunch Sarah!) and I look forward to going back there soon.  Bosphorus on Urbanspoon

 

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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Director of Marketing

Smith & Smith, CPA, P.C.

1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5

Cary, NC 27511

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