October 9, 2019
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The Chamber hosted the annual Mayor's International Luncheon October 2 at Colonial Country Club , during which Mayor Betsy Price and moderator Sean Donohue, CEO of  DFW International Airport , spoke with Philip Williamson, Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co's brand ambassador and former CEO, and the Honourable Peter McGauran, Australia's Consul-General. The four spoke about business and international relations between Texas and Australia. Facebook was the presenting sponsor.
Pictured (L to R): Philip Williamson, Peter McGuaran, Mayor Price, Sean Donohue.
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Save water, drink wine: Corinne King, before she was a King, worked at the Chamber. She didn’t like the food, so she married Richard King, co-founder of Ellerbe Fine Foods. In addition to feeding Corinne and patrons delicioso dining, Richard and wine wizard Chester Cox work with wineries and winemakers to source exclusive excellence for Ellerbe diners and friends. TCU Extended Education jewel Julie Lovett has one seat for two B2B Insider readers to her Nov. 12 class Holiday Wine Buying and Pairing. What wine should you bring as a gift for holiday parties? What should you drink on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve? What is a fantastic wine that has good ratings, but is a great value? (That was a Mr. B question…for a friend.) Richard will have all 90+ point wines under $25 to help guide you through the season. B2B Insider loves it, Julie Lovett.
Have to be quick for this: Christmas in July. Black Friday. In between, the greatest holiday shopping opportunity is the Junior League of Fort Worth’s Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market. Approximately 200 vendors will fill Will Rogers Coliseum this Thursday through Sunday with the most creative, the most unusual and most one-of-a-kind items for your holiday needs. Proceeds support the Junior League of Fort Worth’s mission of improving local non-profits (11 this year) through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers for women, children and families. During 2019, Junior League designated beneficiaries will receive $490,000. In 12 previous years, Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market has raised approximately $4 million. Gotta hurry to enter for a set of four tickets; it starts tomorrow.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow! Actress Renée Zellweger has had enchanting star turns in three Bridget Jones movies, Jerry Maguire and Chicago , among others, but none compare to the raves and reviews she’s getting for her performance and vocals as Judy Garland in Judy . The movie, which opened last month, catches up with Garland 30 years after having starred in The Wizard of Oz.  Judy has had more husbands than remaining friends, and misses the spotlight. She is in London to perform at the Talk of the Town nightclub. While there, she reminisces with cohorts and fans and begins a whirlwind romance with musician Mickey Deans. Magnolia at The Modern, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s marvelous movie programming, has Judy for seven weekend showings Oct. 25-27. Modern communications boss Kendal (jump in the) Lake has a pair of tickets for three readers for any showing.
Food, glorious food: Mr. B isn’t sure how a food desert is designated, but wherever they are, dessert could be on the way. PeopleFund and the City of Fort Worth will announce Oct. 30 during a breakfast at the Business Assistance Center a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) partnership. An HFFI is a public-private agreement that encourages development and expansion of healthy food retail options and related infrastructure in underserved areas. Erika Hersh, Regional Lending Manager DFW, PeopleFund, says her non-profit will offer loans to businesses that are providing healthy food access in food deserts and the City is giving interest rate reductions. Erika says loans could be for grocery stores, restaurants, food trucks, caterers, urban markets and much more. The breakfast is free to attend. Erika said Z’s Café is one food company in a designated desert area and she cooked up a $50 gift certificate from Z’s for its famous chicken salad yourownself.
Congratulations to the October 2nd
Prize Winners:

  • Levi Cowsert, Lockheed Martin
  • Aaron Mayhew, Alpha Industries
  • Lexi Summers, Worthington National Bank
  • Lucia Power, Satori Energy
  • Brenda Pereda, Interstate
Now, that’s a testimonial! On the final weekend of AMON! The Ultimate Texan, playwright and former Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber was autographing the book version of AMON! “"How do you spell your first name?" "B-A-R-R-Y," the man in the ball cap said. "Last name?" Lieber asked. "C-O-R-B-I-N." Sure enough, Lieber said, “standing there was one of America's greatest living Western actors.”
Still Bill-ing after all these years: Lerii Smith, President of Project Partners , which is celebrating 25 years in business during 2019, says Chamber Big Boss Bill got her started as an entrepreneur. Breaking from the Chamber for maternity leave, she was encouraged by BBB to start a business to work part-time for the Chamber. She opened Project Partners Jan. 1, 1995 and the Chamber was her first client.  
Why you should apply : Oct. 15 is the day applications are due for the Chamber’s Forte Award(s) for small businesses of the year. Carlo Capua, who won in 2017 for Z’s Café and was a finalist in 2018 for Locavore, said, “The respect gained by the Chamber recognition gave a boost to our businesses.” Chamber small business director Brittany Brookens says the Forte Award generates more than 40,000 impressions for winners. Small businesses will be honored in five categories. Click here for details. 
The second degree: The University of Texas – Arlington offers an eMBA at its Fort Worth location. Seventy yards away, Texas A&M University School of Law offers a Master of Laws. The schools just negotiated an agreement to offer a dual-degree program.
Don’t mess with (FW) Texas: Fort Worth Police Department’s powerlifting team is back from China with 10 medals, including five gold, according to Blaine Sibby, Director of Business Development at Zenith Roofing, the team’s sponsor. The team had four members at its birth in 2015 and has grown to 39, the largest police or fire department sports group in Texas. The team works out at Bolt Street Gym, which is located within Zenith Roofing’s warehouse area. Members come from a variety of assignments, including the SWAT team, Patrol, Gang Unit and Detectives. The team lives up to its motto --“The Strongest Police Force on Earth.”
This ain’t Dallas: It only took Mayor Price Is Right seven seconds to “put straight” recently-appointed Tarleton State University President Dr. James Hurley. “I started a talk and mentioned being happy to be in Dallas,” Doc Hurley said. The Mayor and President are on better terms today, even talking about parachuting next season onto the Tarleton football stadium field.  
“You can't start the next chapter of your (business) life if you keep re-reading the last chapter.”

--Sunny Lowe, CEO
Blue Jean Networks
A way scary ride: For six years , MedStar has taken one or two children, 5-to-15-years-old trick or treating Halloween night from 6-9 p.m. The program is designed for kids who might not be able to go candy hopping because of medical restrictions. The kid(s) are picked up at home and brought to a neighborhood in a decorated MedStar ambulance. The families will be escorted this year through the wonderful Pembroke neighborhood on a MedStar stretcher until their kid’s goody bag is full. Safety Clowns will accompany the child door-to-door and assist with collecting the goodies. To nominate a child, contact Matt Zavadsky by Oct. 18 at  MZavadsky@medstar911.org  or by phone at (817) 991-4487. 
Open for entertainment (almost): Trail Drive Management Corp., the operator of Dickies Arena, will host an open house Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Self-guided tours are allowed, but you must register at Ticketmaster. Discounted food will be available from vendors and activities include Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley, a Harlem Globetrotter and a special appearance from Cirque du Soleil. The first scheduled event at Dickies is a Twenty One Pilots concert Nov. 8.
News fit to print: In its annual September postal report, the Star-Telegram reported 54,708 average daily paid circulation and 78,845 on Sunday. Annual print and digital subscription price is $1,300, but hopeful that is not what you’re paying.
Kudos: Mr. B is a bit richer, or less in debt, thanks to Andrea Ash and the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation . The library has stopped charging for late returns, has forgiven existing fines ($460,000) and unblocked approximately 18,000 cardholders with $5 or more in fines. 
Day of Atonement: Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
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Night Vision
Oct. 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
City Visit 2019: Phoenix
Oct. 13 - 15
Phoenix, AZ

October Meetup
Oct. 17 - 5:30 p.m.
Wild Acre Brewery
State of Higher Education
Oct. 23 - 8:00 a.m.
PalmWood, Frost Tower
Business After Hours
October 24 - 5:30 p.m.
Alley Cats Entertainment
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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