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Attire, introductions, etiquette... OH MY! Susan Turner, Lockheed Martin, was the guest speaker at this month's Impact Your Business luncheon. Turner led a protocol class that included everything from hand gestures to color meanings in different cultures while members enjoyed food from Joe T. Garcia's. Read more tips from Turner below.

Pictured (L to R): Daniel Riecker, Waddell & Reed; Cal Bostwick, Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.; Cynthia St. John, Chiefology. Check out more pictures from the luncheon here .

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Progressive dinner: Mr. B thought it time to throw hisownself a B2B Insider anniversary party and he called Lacey Pediford, the private dining coordinator at Grace Restaurant. "Lacey, this is Mr. B, who is a non-profit (seeking a better rate?), and I'm throwing a party for loyal newsletter readers. Could be as few as 10 or as many as 60. Can you accommodate?" "Yes!" she shrieked. "We have four different rooms." By the Grace of owner Adam Jones being away, Lacey spoiled Mr. B. In the room for 12, he was served whipped mascarpone and freeze dried strawberries with a pinot noir. In one mid-sized room, he ate from the Summer Classics menu, a petite filet and Maine diver scallops with roasted garlic and American caviar butter sauce. In the slightly larger room, he had Colorado lamb with a cabernet sauvignon. And in the room for 60 -- not gonna happen -- he tasted Chef Blaine's bacon-wrapped, stuffed filet with a béarnaise sauce and a hardy Bordeaux. Leave room for your own meal for two, courtesy of Adam. And visit Lacey!

Geeks alive! It's the President: Next Wednesday could be one of the largest IT days in Fort Worth. The In-Building & Public Safety Wireless Technology Seminar, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Texas Christian University is THE day to learn about wireless technology and to network with industry professionals. Top technology people from Hillwood, AT&T, American Airlines, Texas Rangers and more. Representing The White House IT department is former President George W. Bush. For those with VIP tickets, President Bush will be available after breakfast for a private meet-and-greet before going on stage at 10 a.m. for a one-on-one interview. There are other panel discussions during the day and an exhibit area during the evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner/drinks are included. B2B Insider has a VIP pass for two readers.

Day trippin': Mr. B has an unscheduled week off because editors say no one wants to win prizes or read B2B Insider July 5th, the Wednesday after the holiday. Yeah, right, all of you will be too busy bustin' it to catch up at work and not lollygagging as usual. So B went looking for a day camp for the week off. Camp Fire First Texas has four -- Granbury, Aledo, North Fort Worth and a new Westcliff location in south Fort Worth. He checked the Camp Fire website to pick the funnest camp. All tied for first. He went to register. For ages 5-12. Whaaaaaat! Maybe you've got a kid that wants a free week at any Camp Fire First Texas day camp before Aug. 8. Mr. B is now checking out the Camp Fire adult camps.

Always making America great: July 4th is nigh and there is no way to trump Debra Smith and Pulliam Pools when it comes to a hearty party for the birthday celebration of the U.S. of A. The Pulliam President, with her state of the annual pool party, has brought to the Chamber a red container so big it will leave you blue-faced carrying it off. There are snacks of all kinds and all the accessories needed for your gathering...including hand towels and beach towels. Go forth for the 4th with this Pulliam picnic starter.

Well, we survived the teen years: The Mimir Chamber Music Festival turns 20 this year. Congrats, quite the milestone! The festival features outstanding artists from the world's leading orchestras, music schools and concert halls, and is hosted by Texas Christian University. It offers concerts from the "pros" and others from emerging artists, and there are Master Classes, which are free to attend. Jane Cohen of Interstar Group, the PR firm that makes Mimir famous worldwide, especially Down Under, has a pair of tickets to the June 30, July 5 or July 7 concert for three B2B Insider readers.

Congratulations to the June 14th Prize Winners:
  • John Jakob, Taylor's Rental Equipment
  • Christa Lopez-Reynolds, City of Fort Worth
  • Lauren Albrecht, Paychex
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
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Country fans in Australia? Jared Fuller of 95.9 The Ranch - 92.1 KTFW says he isn't too worried about the station's "reach. We have an app downloaded by more than 350,000 people. They can get it anywhere."

Really cool free event cooked up: The Fort Worth Library has five million cookbooks. As popular, and necessary, as food is, it made sense for the Library Foundation to start a Books That Cook series. Next up, and free to hear during a panel discussion, are Mike Micallef of Reata Restaurant, Tom Perini and Lou Lambert. It is tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, and June Naylor, who has authored 3,541,322,117 articles on food, will moderate.

One decade later: The first iPhone was released June 29, 2007.

United they stand: T.D. Smyers takes over as President and CEO of the United Way of Tarrant County July 1. Tim McKinney has been in that job since November 2007 and is retiring after a farewell ceremony tomorrow.

Tips from Turner: Susan Turner puts on events and doesn't have to dust or vacuum. These are BIG events, globally for Lockheed Martin. Her suggestions during last week's Chamber Impact Your Business lunch:
  • Know international protocol! "I just spent two weeks in Japan and have my Ph.D. in bowing." Also, handshakes, or not, are different in every country.
  • NEVER turn down an offer from a gracious host, even if it's "warm camel milk...You have to build a relationship to make all this work." Also, in some cultures, the box it's wrapped in is more important than the gift.
  • Talking? "Avoid long words. Avoid slang. Speak slowly and distinctly." Writing? "Short sentences. Avoid LOL, please."
  • "In business, cleavage has no business. You don't want to be remembered for what you had on (or didn't)."
  • Alcohol? "If you want to shut down your career, get drunk in public."
Lots of eggs: The Tarrant Area Food Bank serves approximately 500,000 meals a week. Eating three meals a day, you'd have to live 456 years to get to its 500,000 prepared in one week.
" I'm a huge risk-taker. Got an idea? I'll jump off the bridge with you."
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Sticky fingers: Carolyn Phillips, the big stick at Alchemy Pops, says frozen treats definitely melt faster in 100 degrees than 85 degrees. "It's especially noticeable when little kids are eating the pops because it takes them longer to finish," she said. "Keeping things frozen is hard work."

Getting schooled: Dr. Allen Goben said at the June 7 Job Links meeting the flexibility of community colleges enables them to quickly serve businesses by aligning the teaching of skills with workforce needs. Goben may be a tad pro-community college; he is the President of Tarrant County College-Northeast, which celebrates its 50th year during 2018.

Danes to dine for: New Chamber member Three Danes Baking Company is located at the Historic Three Danes Inn, which you may remember as the Hattie Mae Inn in the Near Southside. Owners are Darlene Marks (1/2 Dane), husband Jim Johnson (honorary Dane), mother Erna Marks (full Dane) and possibly a long-rumored house ghost (¾ Dane). Add it up and generously there are 2.25 Danes posing as three. The re-made Inn will open some of its five rooms beginning this month. The homemade Danish and fruit bars are available now.

Great on the Links: Jobs, not golf. Mega computer services company TriQuest Technologies is the Chamber's Job Links Business of the Year. Cyndy Tonniges is the screen saver face of TriQuest. The annual award is presented to an individual who plays an integral role in supporting Fort Worth's workforce community.

BRIT, BRIT, BRIT: Chamber boss Miserly Mistress Marilyn is one of 11 new board members of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and head of the marketing committee, so B2B Insider now has to mention BRIT five times a week. Another on-boarder is a minority owner of the San Antonio Spurs. Perhaps he can get Spurs-Dallas Mavs tickets for a giveaway?
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