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Chamber EVP of Economic Development Brandom Gengelbach was surrounded by local media at the Oct. 19th Combined Area Councils luncheon, as was City of Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke. The frenzy was in response to the Oct. 19 deadline for Amazon's HQ2 proposals; the company received 238.  See some of the news clips here:

Walsh was also recognized with the Chamber's Legacy Award. See a video from the event here.

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Cryin' eyes: According to her official biography, Eva Perón's death in Buenos Aires, July 26, 1952, brought forth the sound of weeping and the sound of corks popping from champagne bottles. A love-hate relationship, ya think? The "Spiritual Leader of the Nation" was born into humble, yet ambitious conditions that fueled her to the enormous wealth and power she gained as Argentina's First Lady. Her story is captured in the Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical Evita, which features the mega-hit "Don't Cry For Me Argentina." Casa Mañana Theatre has a star-filled cast Nov. 4-12 and Lyndsey Rushen grabbed two tickets, feigned stage left, then stage right and voila! ... you could be there at 8 p.m. opening night.

This is so cool: Carolyn Phillips got her Alchemy Pops start with pop carts. Pops at festivals. Pops at grand openings. Pops at yoga on the Amon Carter Museum lawn, which seems perfect for her art-isan pops. Alchemy Pops soon will open a storefront on South Main St. and is nearing the end of a Kickstarter campaign. If you pops in to see her online, you could pops out with a deal similar to B2B Insider's: One dozen pops of Alchemy's new fall flavors and an Alchemy Pops insulated tote.         

Army strong: Because of security issues, this item had to be body scanned and approved by the Pentagon. No jokes were going to make this B2B Insider item. The school year's first TCU Neeley School of Business Tandy Executive Speaker Series breakfast features Gen. Mark Milley, a four-star general and 39th Chief of Staff of the Army. Milley is no willy-nilly choice. He has more honors than Mr. B giveaways in a year. His degrees and certifications are from Princeton, Columbia, U.S. Naval War College and MIT. There is a good chance there still will be some turmoil-in-waiting around the world when he speaks Nov. 10.

It takes a community ... : What would happen if Shark Tank investors heard pitches from social innovators. Probably would laugh the presenters off the stage for not having profit, profit, profit as their mantra. The United Way of Tarrant County has its second annual KERNEL Live competition November 2 ... and you'll still see four contestants laughed off the stage. But only because it's emceed by Four Day Weekend at the comedy troupe's downtown theater. Their pitches are different from most.  KERNEL is a social innovation initiative to fund new  programs that can make a lasting impact in the community. Tyler (not the swim school) Emler has two VIP tickets.

Congratulations to the October 18th Prize Winners:
  • Melissa Edmonds, Carlton Staffing
  • John Anthony, Liberty Lift Solutions
  • Megan Brown, MB Marketing LLC
  • Jeff Hunter, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Steve McCune, McCune Construction

Keyed up! Mr. B is throwing a birthday party befitting his 39 cents pay Nov. 2 -- it has to be somebody's birthday, right -- and you're invited. He has arranged for Daniel Hsu, bronze medalist in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to play Chopin, Schubert, Bach and Rachminoff from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Central Library. IT'S FREE!
Southwestern goes British: The chefs at The Riley Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are quite the dessert makers, including a British flapjack. It's a soft and moist cylindrical bar cookie of rolled oats, butter, brown sugar, honey, dried fruits, nuts and more. Most didn't make it out of the room during a recent Chamber meeting.

What confidence sounds like: The Stevie in Stevie Dawn Inspires says developing more confidence was a personal goal for 2017. "To feel that I could take my business to the next level, I had to be confident in our work. Our product. Myself! I feel I have accomplished (it) ... I feel very differently than I did 10 months ago. I don't worry about fitting in at a meeting or being able to hold my own with a CEO. I know I can do it because I have trained my brain to do so."

Sometimes, being lucky is better: Erika Hersh, the people person in PeopleFund,  was doing a site check of a home-based business that had a loan from her non-profit. After some bewildering moments for her, she realized he had moved residences. But his neighbor was curious. He approached Erika. Said he had a partner in an aviation business. Long story short, Erika and the neighbor's business relationship took flight and a loan of $170,000 was landed.

Where ideas happen: Chris Moran is the Executive Director and GM of Lockheed Martin Ventures. Thousands of innovative ideas pass his way. His words of wisdom to innovators in attendance at the TechFW IMPACT luncheon? "Test. Fail. Learn. (Repeat) Test. Fail. Learn." His strategy for entrepreneurs? 1) Seek out smart collaborations, internally and externally; 2) Identify target your market; pick a smaller market where you can make a bigger difference; 3) Understand your risks and have a mitigation plan in place.

Tech-nical math: Mayor Price Is Right says she learned an interesting tidbit while Fort Worth researched its bid for Amazon's HQ2. "If I asked, 'Who is Silicon Valley of Texas?' most of you would say Austin (950,000 population)," she said. "But ... Fort Worth (850,000) and Dallas (1.3 million) together have almost double the tech jobs of Austin."

"I'm not on TV, so you shouldn't recognize me."    
Juliann DeLozier, networking
--WFAA-TV salesperson
Teed up: Kevin Long, the Executive Director of The First Tee Fort Worth, says the non-profit works with 40,000 kids a year, 44 percent of them girls. The goal is 100,000 kids. He says we are "building good golfers and great kids." The First Tee teaches nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

Showing the way: Marketing meister John Fletcher at Fletcher Consulting Public Relations made out big-time with a gig to escort "How It's Made" around town. The TV show has aired on the Science Channel since 2001, featuring start-to-finish stories on how products are made. Production at Valley Dynamo in Richland Hills and Peterbilt in Denton were among those featured on this visit.

Walsh honors land; Chamber honors Walsh: Walsh, a HUGE residential /environmental development in west Tarrant and east Parker counties, was awarded the Chamber's Legacy Award last week. Development may be coming during the next 50 years, but never should be forgotten the 16,000 trees planted and the 2,300 acres of green space planted and restored with native prairie grass with the help of Botanical Research Institute of Texas. You can read more here

Re-location, re-location, re-location: About 100 people move to Tarrant County every day. That's 36,000 a year. 1) New homeowners spend more within six months than the average consumer spends in three years, and 2) New movers are five times more likely to become your long-term customers -- if you reach them first. And you can do that with the 2018 Fort Worth Metro Area Relocation Guide, produced for the Chamber by Texas Monthly Custom Publishing. To be a part of www.RelocateToFortWorth, contact Andrea Brunner at (214) 564-4222 or
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