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"Entrepreneurial Journey" was the theme for the Chamber's 135th Annual Meeting last Thursday at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Keynote speaker Johnny Earle - a.k.a. Johnny Cupcakes -- shared tips and tricks for connecting your brand and customers through experiences. Keep reading below to find them.

Here's the group from presenting sponsor Dannon: (Top Row; L to R) Paul Engler, Marlon Provo, Joaquin Anon-Suarez, Eddie Hartfield and Brass Wood; (Bottom Row; L to R) Telly Davis, Danielle Schell, Bradley Smith and James Cook.

Check out more pictures from the Annual Meeting and other galleries here!
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

DEL-ving in: Mr. B was sure that daughter MisBehavin' and son NoBGood would ignore Father's Day for the 18th consecutive year so he took hisownself to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, where he has a trade agreement with GM Greg Kalina. Food for washing dishes. Mr. B then got a preview of the Father's Day promo special, the Hyphen -- it's a 28-day, dry-aged, 18-ounce, bone-in, succulent-doesn't-do-it-justice strip steak. Mr. B couldn't decide between the sweet potato, sea salt or parmesan frites for sides, so he ordered all three. Dinner was washed down with The Adult Milkshake, a to-die-for combo of chocolate and nocello walnut liqueurs, crème de cacao and vanilla ice cream. Gregarious Greg has your dinner for two waiting.

Frozen and fabulous (no sharing allowed): What if you could cool off or cool down this summer with 20 pints of Blue Bell ice cream? Or throw a birthday or swim party for 20? Or a most fabulous taste test? If so, you'll need to know the 19 commonly available flavors of Blue Bell ice cream in a pint -- Bride's Cake, Butter Crunch, Buttered Pecan, Cherry Vanilla, Coffee, Cookies 'n Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, Ice Cream Cone, Mint Chocolate Chip, Moo-llennium Crunch, Pecan Pralines 'n Cream, Pistachio Almond, Rocky Road, Sea Salt Caramel, Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla, Strawberry, The Great Divide and Ultimate Neapolitan. Do the research. Thanks to Don Scoggins at Blue Bell, one of you is going to get gift certificates for 20 pints.

Jerry's cleans up well: A mild winter and early summer brought the grackles and flocks of other fine-feathered ones back to Fort Worth early this year. Most appear to have their iFly wings in shape and they've been at Shoot Smart for target practice because, well, the Rio-mobile is a mess. 16 bullseyes from beyond. The Rio rolled into Jerry's Express Car Wash, absent Jerry, who was off celebrating another birthday. Mr. clean, Doug Cookston, expressed his shock but managed to get the Rio glistening expressly and expertly. Doug said come back any time and you will, too, with this one month of free washes for one car.
Rosier outlook: Kirsten Ward keeps folks off hospital wards. She has 20-plus years in healthcare and her Ridglea Wellness helps individuals restore and maintain well-being through natural means, using non-invasive scientific testing methods to identify imbalance and dysfunction in the body. Such as explaining why Mr. B is getting shorter because his love handles are getting larger. The answer is gravity. Her consultations and diagnoses include health education, diet and/or supplement therapy, botanical remedies, mind-body correlations and lifestyle support. Try this Whole Body Regulation Thermography and see if you aren't better than your previous best.

Congratulations to the May 31st Prize Winners:
  • Lauren Calzada, Trinity Habitat for Humanity
  • Greg Heitzman, Performing Ads Company
  • Sarah Schimpff, J.O.
  • Chuck Bouligny, Ascend Concepts
  • Jaime (Pacilio) Pumphrey, Sterling Barnett Little

Job knobbing: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU's Neeley School of Business, says 35 percent of workers are 1099s. By 2020, it will be 40 percent, or 65 million workers.  "What the future holds," he says, "is no guarantee of a job." If you work corporately, critical thinking and problem solving won't be so important as social and persuasive skills (work as team and sell). "These are human skills that add value."

Happy to be in this doghouse: Lauren Calzada, sponsor relations manager at Trinity Habitat for Humanity, says executive director Gage Yager came across two friendly stray dogs recently. After much "effort," no owner was located and Trinity has two "Habi Hounds," Benny and Jet. They have a permanent home under construction, something Trinity knows a thing or two about.

IT may have ruined "it": This is going to be very difficult to explain to the Prospective Ms. B. Her identity has been thefted. Barbara Higbee's e-mail address at the Tarrant Area Food Bank has been changed to "Our IT guy made that decision," said the TAFB's Community Kitchen Manager. "There is another Barb here and for the past 10 years, she often gets my e-mails. My business card says "Ms. B," my name tag says "Ms. B," and now my e-mail address says it, too."

Is a flutist a flautist? The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Concert in the Gardens series has Shelley Davis of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority recalling her high school years. (Yes, some folks have very long memories.) "I was a flautist!" she wrote. "I was usually on the second row because I didn't like to practice. The incentive was the annual band trip."

Now, wait a second: Dan Jenkins Press Box at TCU. What a great tribute to the Hall of Fame
boxing/golf writer, essayist and humorist. But slow down on the memorials. Word is he has two more novels in the works.
" You want to have your whole life absorbed? Start a business." 

                                                -- Russ Campbell, Co-Founder & CEO
AMPCARE, a TECH Fort Worth client
What, no food? It's impossible to capture the energy, enthusiasm and passion of t-shirt entrepreneur Johnny Cupcakes, the Chamber's 135th Annual Meeting speaker last week, but these quotes stood out:
  • "Do More of What Makes You Happy" is sewn on the tags of all the t-shirts.
  • Johnny is not risk-adverse -- "The bigger my screw-up, the bigger my next idea."
  • "We think we're gonna get new results doing the same old things; it doesn't work that way."
  • His advertising and marketing dollars are spent on highly unusual events; "people then do the marketing for us by talking about the events."
Don't mess with Taco Heads: Jacob Watson, a co-owner at Taco Heads, called it a "wild 24 hours ... food trailer stolen and Fort Worth rallied to bring it home." He said more than 11,000 people were reached last week through Facebook, three newspapers wrote articles, two TV networks covered the news and one food trailer was found and returned, though heavily damaged. "The biggest thanks goes to the Fort Worth Police Department for retrieving the trailer and catching the person who stole it," Jacob said. To all of you honest people who really tried to help, Jacob and co-owner Sarah Castillo "would love to personally thank you and buy your next meal at Taco Heads."

The road more traveled: In 2012, MedStar Mobile Healthcare was first in the nation to have trained triage nurses direct low acuity 9-1-1 callers to take a cab ride instead of an ambulance to a care center. In January 2017, MedStar selected Lyft as its new partner and is receiving "quicker response times, live route tracking, computer-to-computer ride hailing and higher patient satisfaction." MedStar, which collects only 27 percent of billed rates, saves about 90 percent on Lyft versus an ambulance ride. As a governmental entity, it is required to provide service, even if a 9-1-1 caller can't pay.

Name game: Greg Abbott has a ton of paperwork to process, notary signings, contract yays and nays, etc., then has to face the blistering summer sun for his Zenith Roofing company.

All that at once? With salary negotiations not looking very prosperous and the contract winding down this month, Mr. B took to the Chamber job board (free to list) and saw an opportunity. The North Texas Community Foundation, which has a very strong foundation -- money to manage -- has an opening for an Executive Assistant to the President / CEO. Think of the advancement possibility ... promoted from assistant to the President to President of the assistants. Mr. B, however, opted out when he read: "The ideal candidate will handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously."

Kudos: University of Texas at Arlington's Executive MBA program (e-MBA) ranked 16th in the U.S. and 1st in Texas in CEO's North American rankings.
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