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Leading up to the holidays, members of Vision FW teamed with ACH (All Church Home) Child and Family Services for the 5th consecutive year to provide a memorable Thanksgiving celebration for children and families across Fort Worth. Members helped serve traditional Thanksgiving dinner provided by Z's Cafe and a local BBQ restaurant, and were able to interact with families and children from ACH's many programs. Another highlight of the evening was when guests were surprised by an appearance from the Texas Rangers' mascot, Captain!

View photos from the event here  and  view pics from a variety of Chamber events, click here .
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Hitting the suite spot: If you're in the center of Fort Worth's downtown and you need to spend a night, it's difficult to do better than the Embassy Suites by Hilton. And it's impossible to do better than this one night's stay courtesy of mega manager Bridget Shelton. She's got the jolly holly this season and found a room during this year's Dec. 25-Dec. 30 time frame for a night's stay. (Good only those dates.) Every stay includes free made-to-order breakfast, complimentary appetizers and beverages during a nightly reception and, of course, a two-room suite. This suite is a sweet deal. 

Door stopper: Roofers' work is seasonal and commercial and residential expert Zenith Roofing Services fills in the time and keeps its employees employed with Christmas decorating services. Hey, who knows ladders and roofs better than Zenith? It also knows wreaths, garland, custom lighting and more as one of the premiere commercial / residential Christmas decorating companies in the country. You may have seen its donated work to the Ronald McDonald House the past 15-plus years. Accessorized in garland, Amy Aubuchon delivered by sleigh a wreath -- 24'', lighted and decorated with peppermint candy ribbon, cupcake ornaments, poinsettias and berries -- for you to welcome in the holiday season.

Mess hall: Just three weeks until the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and you can't have a bowl game without a kickoff ... luncheon. U.S. Army Green Beret and former Texas Longhorns long snapper Nate Boyer is the keynote speaker. The luncheon is Dec. 22 and presented by American Airlines and host site Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Bowlmeister Bryan Delgado has a seat for two B2B Insider readers.

Exit strategy? The big guy, the jolly one, after delivering toys to children across the world during Christmas Eve for more than 1,000 years, says he is retiring Jan. 1, 2017. What is Santa's exit strategy? Merge? Sell to the elves? Or, heaven forbid, shut down? Santa's executive search is on for someone to fill some very big black boots and not everyone in the North Pole is giddy about Santa's first choice for a replacement. Casa Mañana has the story of the search and the toy story for 2017 and beyond! Santa Claus - A New Musical with original songs and lots of holiday cheer runs from Nov. 25-Dec. 23. It is sure to become a tradition and Casa's Faye Austin has tickets for your favorite foursome.

Congratulations to November 16th Prize Winners:

  • Susan Taylor, IDI-Tx
  • Bill Kresser, BBVA 
  • Malorie Sarsgard, FW Bike Sharing
  • Steve Lackey, SporTherapy

Fly to Houston in 10 minutes: Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, said Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has a $20-million contract from NASA to develop quiet demonstration passenger aircraft that exceed the speed of sound without creating a sonic boom. He said he thought the technology eventually would transition to commercial airliners, potentially cutting a 5-hour flight across the U.S. to two hours. He said Lockheed has the ability and technology to get it done.

No sympathy here: During a Cowtown Leads Group meeting, Kevin Sykes of Integrity Chiropractic of Fort Worth was talking -- OK, almost complaining -- about being tired from an infant newcomer and expanded workload. "Oh, suck it up," said Sherry Green of Technology Team quite humorously. "The rest of us already have been through it." 

Leaves-ing it behind: Landscaper Darrell Samuelson of Glennscape says the longest growing season in his memory -- February-November -- finally is over. With a bit more spare time, he and his wife will take on estate sales to buy and maybe re-sell. Recent purchases included vintage (1915ish) winter skis and an unused military back pack.   

Don't be a drip:
As winter approaches, free tip and a quotable gem from Brett Jeffreys at Handyman Matters. When it rains and you see water inside your residence, take care of it immediately. "Frozen water is worse than wet water," he said. ( B2B is fact checking that.)

It is difficult being the leader: Sandi Mitchell, head master of APEX Leadership Mastery, spoke at the Chamber Impact Your Business luncheon earlier this month. Lot of stuff about Inner Genius and Inner Critic and how most people's Critic is really loud, which doesn't allow Mr. B's hearing aid to hear what his Genius is saying. Sandi said only 1 in 8 employees truly is engaged at work; so, Leaders really need that Genius. AND, when a leader is grateful and shows it, she said the happiness quotient at work goes up 25 percent.
This might get a bit wild: The Chamber's Job Links, the morning of Dec. 7 at Tarrant County College's Trinity River Campus, will put on its game face. Mark Cuban invested in Doug Marshal and The GameFace Company on Shark Tank and Chamber champ Betty (daughter of Paul) Harvey has convinced Marshal to tell the rest of the story. Don't tell everyone, but attendees could leave with a Dallas Cowboys facial.  

"We're not branding for the client, but for the client's clients."

                                                -- Chris Botvidson
Ascend Concepts
What is it y'all are sayin': Dave Laurenzo of Synergy Home Care mentioned that his wife, Hana, owned "a foreign language translation company (Teneo Linguistics Company)." That got Mr. B wondering if there were a domestic translation company, perhaps to help Texans understand New Yorkers.

Stage left ... and right: Performing Arts FW (Bass Hall) hosts 70,000 kids a year -- grades 1-12 -- for arts programming. There is special educational curriculum for each grade, according to Pat Schutts, who raises the dollars that deliver the delights.

Will Liza Minnelli be here? Casa Mañana
is going to have a cabaret theatre for 50-60 patrons. It's part of a plan that breaks ground in March for new administrative offices, a permanent storage facility and the renovation of the original lobby into an educational space and cabaret theatre.  

Ties tie you up: Dr. Joe Michels of Solomon Bruce Consulting says a 50/50 business partnership rarely works. "It's an invitation for a stalemate as to who makes final decisions," he said. "Someone should own at least 51 percent."

A man to know: Tarrant County College's
50,000+ students ranks it among the top 20 universities of any kind in the U.S. Andre McEwing, the school's Supplier Diversity Manager, said his 2016 directive has been that 20 cents of every dollar spent be with diversity-certified companies.
Presented By

            Date     Event NameCalendar

East Area Council Membership Luncheon with Carla Jutson, Meals on Wheels, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth - SOLD OUT

Leaders in Business with Mitch Snyder, Bell Helicopter, Textron, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business - SOLD OUT

Fort Worth Chamber Job Links Presents The Unexpected Entrepreneur

Vision FW Events (Chamber's 40 and under programming)

Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch

YP Wake UP! Bi-Monthly Coffee

Ribbon Cuttings

Primrose School of Fort Worth West
3777 Westridge Avenue
9:00 a.m. 

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic
6630 Bryant Irvin Road
11:30 a.m.

View a complete list of Chamber and Member events

Our Fort Worth relocation guides are free for members who would like to come by and pick them up (no shipping charge). Up to 100 copies per member. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 to schedule pick up. The Free magazines in bulk are only available until Dec. 21!

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Jennifer Vuduris or call (817) 338-3335

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