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Next Thursday is the Chamber's annual meeting and there will be a new Chairman to boss Mr. B around and a lot of spirited applause for Spirited honoree GM Financial. Johnny Cupcakes will talk t-shirts and entrepreneurism. Mr. B, however, wants to talk yogurt. Specifically, Annual Meeting Presenting Sponsor Dannon's 80-calorie creamy yogurt. The dessert is "to die for," according to the Chamber tasters: a Dannon yogurt olive oil cupcake, Balsamic-mint strawberries and Dannon yogurt honey sauce. A few seats remain, so email Monta and she'll squeeze you in.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Garden party: B2B Insider historically hadn't had much success drumming up giveaways for the fabulous Concerts in the Garden. Too much demand. But it hummed a few notes very early this year and "demanded"...politely. Melanie (what the) Hecht of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra managed to string us alongside her own lawn seats with two tickets for three readers to a 2017 Concerts in the Garden performance June 2 through July 3. Woohoo, Melanie! There are some minor exclusions, but RePlay: Symphony of Heroes and Classical Mystery Tour isn't one of them.

Rock is ageless: "...will take you back to the times of big hair and big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos." Possibly Wayne's World coming to a Netflix near you? Not! Even better. It is Casa MaƱana Theatre's production of Rock of Ages, and no better critic than the Prospective Ms. B says she will be attending to see it for the third time. (Without Mr. B; she says she wants to have a good time.) Out-of-town boy meets small-town girl on Sunset Strip in L.A. during 1987 and their worlds are ROCKED. Lindsey Rushen-ed over two tickets to the June 6 performance.

The Wright Stuff: Mr. B was reading about "Excellence Through Leadership: How to get an A." He never saw an A during 13.27 years of schooling and dropping out. So Mr. B called John Wright to ask about the seminar and possibly getting his transcripts re-Wrighted. Of course, Mr. B was wrong about Wright. John owns Simple Leadership Strategies and this workshop is offered to individuals and corporations looking to prepare better leaders. So, if you want leaders moving in the Wright direction, let John bring this one-hour, on-site session to your company.

Open wide: It wasn't as difficult as pulling teeth; in fact, it was an outstanding day when B2B Insider finally got cheeky with Tiffany DePriest. She is da priest of dental deduction and dedication in da area. She helps put the bite wings into the greatness of Polished Family Dental offices in Fort Worth and Glen Rose. All the smiles at Polished are happy because the work is quite polished. No chance of gumming up this giveaway. It's a free "say Ahhhh' exam and includes a full set of x-rays and regular cleaning.

Congratulations to the May 17th Prize Winners:
  • Carlos Rhodes, Dreamworks Dental
  • Trisha Branch, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
  • Martin Garcia, Texas Secure Title
  • Julie Cerza, Nation's Best Sports
  • Angie Moors, The Ashton Depot
  • Leslie Oliver, Fort Worth Library Foundation
  • Imelda Arevalo, Ridgmar Mall

Flying elbows: John Cychol, veep at the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, had a major mini-bike incident; he flew over the handlebars, breaking both elbows. The left needed reconstructive surgery and he is undergoing physical therapy at the Texas Health Ben Hogan Center to regain its range of motion.

  Golf trivia to help you this week:  
1) The Dean and DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club raises approximately $10 million for local charities.
2) The telecast is available in 210 countries.
3) Golfer Martin Flores was born in Fort Worth, went to Mansfield High and Oklahoma U. Says at the first tee at Colonial, he gets "chills."
4) Lance Barrow, who produces NFL games, Super Bowls and golf, including The Masters for CBS Sports, says being home (Colleyville) for the two PGA weeks in Dallas and Fort Worth makes you "feel like Ticketron."
What's behind door No. 1? Monty Hall is a Senior IT Manager for the city of Fort Worth.

No reservation?
"My wife thoroughly appreciates the name." So says Jason Garrett of Buyers Barricades. "We took our daughter to a restaurant of her choosing for her birthday," he said. "She selected a steakhouse, which didn't have an open reservation until 8:30. Too late for us. My wife asked if we could get on a cancellation list. 'Name?' 'Jason Garrett.' 'Could you hold on, please? ... (a minute later) Mrs. Garrett, will 7 p.m. work for you?' Needless to say the servers were disappointed. Most hotel and restaurant folks are when they see I'm not THAT Jason Garrett." 

Texas roots: TCU grad John Parker, one of the entrepreneurial panelists during the Fort Worth Business Press' BusinessforBreaklast last week, has a company that delivers gasoline to cars at work. He says he is a descendant of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Comanche Indian Quanah Parker.

Are you hearing this? Eosera, a TECH Fort Worth client, has a product at market that dissolves earwax in 16 minutes. Eighteen million people a year have to go to a doctor to have earwax removed. 
" In my job, I do a lot of meeting and greeting. The heckling begins immediately."
                                                -- Jason Garrett, Vice President
Sales/Operations for Buyers Barricades
Avoid egg on face: John Hill of Iron Egg Website Design has some suggestions for those of you thinking about improving or debuting a website.

1) Know purpose of your website.
2) Identify the underlying reason for it or changes to it.
3) Is there an outcome for visitors, a call to action?
4) Learn the cost of ownership beyond the design and setup, such as the dollars needed for hosting, updates and a domain name.
5) Know your budget and how the speed of delivery, features and services could affect cost.

Cooks in his kitchen: You're smarter than Mr. B and probably knew that Patrice & Associates of Fort Worth is a franchise doing hospitality recruiting and placement. William Destro is the local franchisee and says almost all his recruiting is for positions of chef and above. Employers pay him; he says he wouldn't discourage a candidate from cooking for him.

Unusual? Suspect? Not often that Nathan Draughn of BB&T gets complimented on his "saunter." It happened. Panther City Leads group cohort Chris Handy of Thinkhandy Marketing called it a "graceful glide."

Explaining "affordable?" Fort Worth Housing Solutions says most people "assume" affordable housing is the projects. Not true. It is housing made affordable regardless of income, up to 80 percent of the area median income. In Fort Worth, median income is $70,000; 80 percent would be anyone with income $55,000 or below. 

Worth buying: Are your sales slowed by prospects waiting to decide? Do you hear "call me in a couple of months" or "let's talk 4th quarter?" Donnie Boivin, Partner, Sandler Training-SalesMastery Consultants, Inc., says it is imperative to ask: "Why then?" He says salespeople shouldn't exit a conversation until "getting a next step."

  Save a life: Swimming season is here and Cook Children's has a drowning prevention social media toolkit your company can access and help to spread the word. Try #LifeguardYourChild.
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