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Members got an exclusive opportunity to meet with Texas Reps. Chris Turner and Stephanie Klick at last week's Power Hour, a new program under our Advocacy pillar to connect Chamber investors with elected officials. L to R: Scott Orr, Fidelity Investments; Rep. Stephanie Klick, R- Dist. 91; Rep. Chris Turner, D- Dist. 101; and Chuck Allen, American Airlines.

Early voting begins Oct. 11 and ends Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6. Find voter information for Tarrant County here.

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No lite Bites:  Just a guess, but thinking that  Locavore , the kitchen space for aspiring chefs and cheffetes, event and meeting center, is a distant cousin on the Vore side to carnivore. Which is the perfect excuse to start with this BBQ meat mosh Andrew Dilda is cooking up Friday Oct. 26 during Locavore's Bites Club . One local chef called Dilda's brisket the best he's ever had. It's Post Oak Brisket, and will be served in conjunction with Szechaun Peppercorn Kielbasa and Cerveza Smoked Chicken. There's a salad and sides, and Locavore co-founders Cortney Gumbleton and Carlo Capua will send you on your way with this dessert: Sweet Lucy's Brown Butter Vanilla Pear Pie. Seats are $55 apiece, but Cortney dished up a pair. 

No reason to weight: Mr. B is a shrinking 5'-10" and, if he could minus the love handles, 138 pounds. He doesn't mind admitting he was a bit intimidated recently while re-shaping those handles at  Orangetheory Fitness by Clint (Eastwood) Shumate and the class of 24 ladies that were sweating through the oldies. Those women could put the splat on Cardi B! Orangetheory is a great place to get fit the cardio way . And doing it with friends is even better. Clint will make your day with this offer of a private class for up to 24 people, a professional coach, your choice of music and 90 minutes of the best workout in the Metroplex. 

Doggonne-it, this is perfect for me!  Your dog probably slept most of the dog days of summer in the confines of your air-conditioned (dog) house. Now that the weather is to get a bit cooler, get that dog out for some exercise. No better chance than the  Humane Society of North Texas' Oct. 13 dog walk from 9 a.m.-noon. The site is the pooch-friendly  The Shops at Clearfork ; it's a dog and family untimed walk. And if you register for the event, you will receive a complimentary day pass to an after-party at Mutt's Canine Cantina dog park. There also will be a doggy costume contest and a variety of vendor booths and adoptable dogs. B2B Insider wagged its tail and fetched reservations from Jennifer Smith. Our two winners also receive an event t-shirt, swag bag and the pass for fido to enter Mutt's. 

Not one to miss: Maciej Kranz, the Vice President / General Manager, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco the past 5-plus years, is the Oct. 31 breakfast interview during the
Neeley School of Business Tandy Executive Speaker Series at  T CU . It's a homecoming of sorts for Kranz, who earned his MBA at Neeley. When it comes to business and technology, he has done most everything -- innovation, creativity, leadership, partnerships and coalitions, influencer and speaker, and mentor. He'll be interviewed by Dean (he's a) Homer Erekson and if you attend, expect to walk out with a stomach-full of eggs, bacon and biscuits, and thinking very differently. 

Congratulations to the October 3rd Prize Winners: 
  • Jason Smalls, American National Bank
  • Karen Aggas, Burnett's Staffing
  • Jef Drummond, Insperity
  • Sharon Kidd, Hickman Companies
  • Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law Firm


MedStar to the rescue: Best trick or treat deal is from MedStar, which again is offering to take one or two children (and the family) who might not be able to get around the neighborhood for a sugar high because of medical reasons. Kid(s) picked up at home, brought to a specially selected neighborhood in a MedStar ambulance, escorted through the neighborhood on a stretcher and returned home when the bag is full. A paramedic, EMT, and Safety Clown will accompany the child door-to-door. To nominate a kid, contact Mad Matt at

Food and community: Gloria Starling, Managing Partner of The Capital Grille, epitomizes a servant's spirit and has been honored frequently for it. She says she got it from her grandma, Cantalicia, growing up in Mexico City. "We weren't rich, but always had food," Gloria says. "Grandmother reminded us how blessed we were. She would cook for the whole neighborhood...always cooking, always blessed. So, anything I can do to bring people together with food ... that always works for us."

Everything is bigger in Texas: Mayor Price Is Right says Gateway Park, off Beach Street and home of Fort Woof Dog Park, will be the largest urban park in the U.S. once it is enlarged. Larger than Central Park.

Big ideas for small business: At the end of September, Jarred Howard -- Chamber Senior Vice President, Small Business & Entrepreneur -- spoke to a group of new members about his "pillar's vision statement" going forward. "(The Chamber) first place you call when you have an idea for business; our program is built around that," he said, then added, "we'll be your Google; Google the Chamber." He said the Chamber would be more accessible in "your" neighborhood and not just downtown.

"We're going to connect people to resources, ideas to assets.."   

--Jarred Howard, SVP Chamber
Small Business & Entrepreneur

Mr. B's evil ways tease: Anne Santana, Executive Director of Programs at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, IS married to Carlos Santana. But not the world-famous guitarist. Anne's Carlos is the world-famous director of an e-commerce rustic furniture business.

More name game: Christi Tallent is a Human Resources Generalist at Texas Wesleyan University.

Humor me: Richard Connor, owner of the Fort Worth Business Press, was trying to explain to a business breakfast crowd at the Fort Worth Club about tweeting with the event's hashtag. "Older crowd. I don't see anyone moving for their phone," he cracked. "Martin (Noto, President/CEO of Fort Worth Region for First Financial Bank), do you even have a cell phone?"

Drilling deeper on this story: Fort Worth-based Ulterra will sponsor the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl's Tailgate Outpost, which is the massive free, pre-game, fan fest area. This year's display will feature interactive displays, current and vintage military hardware, a beer garden, food trucks, a pre-game concert and pep rallies for both teams. The game is Saturday Dec. 22 at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium.

I want to help: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables are the face of the Chamber, though Mr. B says businesses were pretty darn ecstatic when Katy Perry was the face of the Chamber during 2007. The Adorables devote time and energy to assisting other members and assist in many ways at most Chamber functions and ribbon cuttings. Being an Adorable also is a pathway to leadership opportunities within the Chamber. If you're feeling it, contact Beth Pulliam.

Kudos: To Dionne Bagsby, not one of the Dionne quintuplets, but nonetheless a fabulous choice as 2018 Chamber Legacy Award honoree. The former Tarrant County councilwoman will be recognized Oct. 23 during the Combined Area Council luncheon at Frost Tower. Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke is the speaker.

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