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Showing was strong from the aviation sector and Fort Worth Meacham International Airport at the last Impact Your Business luncheon at Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Restaurant. Don Armstrong, guest speaker and  leukemia survivor, encouraged members to live life to their fullest.

Pictured: Allisen Prigel, Broadie's Aircraft (middle left) with Reed Pigman, Lesa Moke, and Holly Hopkins (L to R), all of Texas Jet, Inc.

Congratulations to Allisen on her first official luncheon as Chair of the Small Business Council Committee! Register for the next Impact Your Business luncheon here. 

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Night, night: It's not officially summer, but it is close enough that you probably have either got to get the kids out of the house or you need to get yourownself out of the house and away from the kids. How about a bountiful, restful night's staycation at the Homewood Suites - Fort Worth / Medical Center? This place is a B2B Insider fav because it has so much going on and it's all ... our favorite word, free. Suites, Wi-Fi, pool, mini putting green, BBQ grill, misters, breakfast, appetizers and cocktails five nights a week. And  if you have to work a few hours, there is a business center. So get away without getting away or stash the relatives (and kids?) for a night. Justin Smith has a night for two readers.
"When I was your age...": This subject could be a bit touchy or maybe tricky, but what do you buy the Dad who has everything, including your heart, for Father's Day. Mr.B went The Velvet Box shopping early this year to help you buy for Dads of all makes and models. He found something for dog lovers, gun lovers and racing enthusiasts. Only the four The Velvet Box stores cater to the Dads of your dreams. Marcelle has the velvet touch and sent over a $50 gift card for two readers.

Island getaway: The B kids wanted a puppy. Mr. B was allergic to sloppy saliva. He brought home replicas of Rin Tin Tin, the dog from Mr. Bojangles and Pound Puppies. Nothing worked. He brought home the DVD of Clifford The Big Red Dog and voila, he was out of the doghouse. The lessons learned from Clifford and friends on Birdwell Island last a lifetime. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog only through September 24, but we were not left off the island with these four exhibit tickets.

Congratulations to the May 24th Prize Winners:
  • Ali Baer, Pavlov Agency
  • Adrienne Sullivan, Bell Helicopter
  • Michael McClinton, City of Fort Worth
  • Landon Brim, Southside Bank
  • Melanie Wilson, Cancer Care Services
  • Marlin Rushing, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Legal relief? Attorney Trent Appleby, recently hired by Underwood Law Firm, is the same Trent Appleby that holds the TCU record for pitching appearances. The reliever was part of the school's 2010 College World Series team. TCU starts play in this year's tourney Friday night at home.

Any day you could be gone: As a 17-year-old, Brett Jeffreys worked at Wet 'n Wild, a water park in Arlington. Cleaning the Lazy River one day, he was electrocuted and fell face forward into the water. Resuscitation saved his life and today, the Handyman Matters franchisee says it was a turning point at a young age. "I knew I wanted to live a full life," he says. "That day changed my views and attitudes about a lot of things."

Mortar's mortality: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU's Neeley School of Business, says Amazon was built on two things -- better prices, better delivery. He says for brick and mortar retail sales (still heavy at +90 percent) to survive, they will need to sell more of an "experience."

The house that mac & cheese built: When Pepper Sims made the leap into entrepreneurship with Pepper L Specialties promotional items in the late '90s, business didn't just happen. "It was a struggle, a lot of macaroni and cheese dinners," she said. Pepper says the breakthrough took 3-to-5 years.
Tougher than Judge Judy? If you've been to a Stevie Dawn Inspires seminar and wondered why Stevie is always moving, it might be her passion for dance. Stevie, an 18-year participant, is nationally recognized among West Coast Swing dancers. The past eight years, she has been a "head judge," which means she coordinates judges for all national competitions.   
Hey, it's hump day: Jan Riggins at Express Employment Professionals expressed over results after her company's national survey: The top reasons applicants do not accept jobs and the reasons employees leave their jobs are 1) lack of advancement/opportunity; and 2) low pay. (Reference: Chamber Boss Miserly Mistress)
" My doctor has placed me on a food regimen; he does not want me to use the word "diet" because that term is temporary." 

                                                -- John Fletcher
Fletcher Communications
Now starring in India: Sandi Mitchell, the master at APEX Leadership Mastery, neared her apex when she received the World Economic Forum17 "Iconic Women creating a better world for all" award at the annual forum in New Delhi, India. "I was asked to be a speaker on my specialty: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership," Sandi said. "I made some great contacts; the No. 1 training company in Sri Lanka and I are partnering up!"

GM is My Goodness! backward: During tomorrow's Chamber Annual Meeting luncheon at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, General Motors Financial will receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award. Yesterday, it donated and delivered a new vehicle to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. Approximately 30 vehicles are planned for distribution during 2017 across Ronald McDonald Houses in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and Michigan, areas where General Motors Financial has significant presence.

State of the arts: Dale Brock, Visiting Angels franchise owner, is Chairman of the Texas Commission on the Arts and has been painting a picture for the legislature about the importance of funding. Dale says "you don't have to know so much about the arts to be on the committee; it's better to understand business and know how to do business development."  

My fellow Bs: A toast to Balcom Agency's health...the firm earned two Golds for its work with Cook Children's Health Care System at the national Healthcare Advertising Awards -- a newborn pediatrician digital campaign and its ACE Kids Act video.

The rest of the story: Devoyd Jennings, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, teamed with Rickie Clark, coordinator for the Fort Worth chapter of My Brother's Keeper, to bring basketballer/businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson to Fort Worth as the Chamber's annual meeting speaker. They met in Houston  -- "for 10 minutes" -- and talked about how the Black Chamber wanted to pay tribute to the young men in the My Brother's Keeper program; Johnson was an original co-chair of the project, started by President Obama in 2014. Johnson also mentioned he had interest in more North Texas investments, particularly Tarrant County.
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The 2017 Book of Lists have arrived in our office!  Compiled and published annually by the Fort Worth Business Press, this directory includes lists of top companies in more than 60 industries in Tarrant and Denton counties.

Order a copy for only $95 (members only) from our eCommerce store here. Members need to login with member ID to receive member pricing on all publications. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 with questions. 

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