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Quanda Bagley, left, and Aaron Coleman of Legacy Bank were two of a large group of new members
to receive a detailed introduction to Chamber opportunities last week. Emcee Beth Pulliam, Investor Relations, provided the road map for all available Chamber benefits, and Dr. Anthony Edwards, Senior Vice President Talent Development, Attraction and Retention, talked about how the Chamber is working to connect new and existing businesses with a talented workforce. The event was held at the Frost Bank Tower downtown. Click here for more photos.

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Down-home downtown: Mr. B, a born-again Texan via Brooklyn and Miami Beach, often is downtown and frequently is fixin' to chow down on southern fixins at the Cast Iron in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Southern fried chicken & waffles, just like home; Texas (one fish, two fish) redfish tacos; Cast Iron venison chili, a zillion times better than Frito pie; crisp Pancetta mac & cheese; ... the menu goes on and on. Yet, your meal must not conclude without either the Dr Pepper chocolate cake or the Texas pecan rocky road bread pudding. Warning: Do not go back to work. It won't work. Sneak in a nap. The Omni cast over a $50 gift certificate for breakfast, lunch or a treat before the theater. 

Sweatin' to the goodies: Is this too close for comfort? You might be asking that when you invite 23 of your closest friends, preferably the ones that smell good, to 90 minutes of a private workout at Orangetheory Fitness Fort Worth. Thanks to Orangetheory's area fitness fanatic, Clint Eastwood Shumate, you and your (office?) party people will have your choice of music and a professional trainer to make sure you are movin' to the music. Or Muzak, if it's an older crowd. Orangetheory, home of spats, offers workouts based on high intensity interval training that blend cardiovascular and strength training. As the original Clint Eastwood / Harry Callahan said, "Now you've got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky?"

Life lesson: Long ago and far away, Mr. B told Son NoBGood that he would teach him to golf and fish so he might have a hobby for a lifetime. So, B took b golfing and every time we knocked one in the water, he would give NoB the pole that was the ball scooper and let him fish it out. Kevin Long at The First Tee Fort Worth found all the golf balls NoB didn't. The First Tee Fort Worth offers life and golf lessons to any interested kid. And with its headquarters at -- and association with -- the City of Fort Worth's renovated and now-renowned Rockwood Golf Course, The First Tee of Fort Worth is happy to offer a dozen golf balls and a round of four at Rockwood. 

Brewing a wild fundraiser: Nathan Davis is a financial phenom with Aspen Wealth Management. He managed to move a little wealth from there to here for the "Boxers & Brew" fundraiser August 9 at Wild Acre Brewery Company benefiting the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition. The brew part is obvious; the boxers? That's an optional underwear drive for the homeless men of Fort Worth. T-shirts and boxers accepted. Nathan sent over two admissions for two readers and the tickets include up to three beers, a keepsake pint glass, brats, a t-shirt and other goodies. 

Congratulations to the July 25th
Prize Winners: 
  • Brandon Benefiel, Bell
  • Rachel Lewis Biggs, Clearfork Lawn Care
  • Dane Young, Credit Card Guy
  • Dr. Brenda Cole, Columbia College-Fort Worth

Wrestlemania of the mind: Alchemy Pops founder Carolyn Phillips says her biggest entrepreneurial "failure" had to do with capital vs. time. "It took a while to recognize my mistake in thinking money is more important than time."

A five iron to the Ballpark: The wait is about over. The Texas Rangers Golf Club opens this month, the first Major League Baseball-branded course.

Test 1-2-3, Test 1-2-3: Mr. B fantasizes about chef-fing. He has a killer recipe for ground beef, baked beans and bacon. Very upscale. So he's eager to try new Chamber member Locavore's south-side kitchen. It offers "foodie trailblazers a home." Tons of equipment to use for just $25 an hour. Also room to entertain, but for B's baked beans, bring your own candles and fresh flowers. Co-founders are Carlo Capua and Courtney Gumbleton.

Big events to come: Andrews Distributing, which bought Coors Distributing in 2014, will be moving from its Meacham Boulevard site to one four times larger in the Mark IV Parkway area this fall. Karen and Larry Anfin own the Meacham building and have plans for an events center.

You CAN teach old dogs new tricks: Can't give away secrets, so let's just say that John Porhamer of Cowtown Insurance is a few days older than Mr. B. And, Mr. B is geeked to know that he ditched his flip phone for a smart phone all the way back in 2016, two years before John made the switch last month.

Typical Mr. B misunderstanding: "I just adopted my first dog (at 45 years old!) from the Humane Society of North Texas. Maddie has been such a blessing, and I'm now a HUGE fan of the HSNT's work," wrote Merryl Carson, Associate Director of Engagement for Catholic Charities. "The dog is 45?" Mr. B asked. "LOL, no I am. She's a red heeler puppy, almost four months," said Merryl.

The Knot a sponsor? The Chamber's former Membership 101 intro event for new members is now called Chamber Engagement Insight. First one was last week at Perch at Frost Tower Fort Worth and new Chamber Investor Relations veep Beth Pulliam tied the knot with upbeat changes to the format.
"Six out of 10 people introduce me as Tom Landry."   

-- Dr. Todd Landry
CEO Lena Pope Home

Taxing discussion: A couple of new tax law tips from Kelly Hart & Hallman attorney Tom Hegi at a recent Fort Worth Business Press law briefing:
  • Take a wait-and-see approach for more clarification before changing your C-Corp, S-Corp, Partnership status. If you choose wrong to lower your tax rate, it might take quite a while to change back.
  • There has been a complete repeal of personal property exchanges, so 1031s are exclusively for real estate.
Is this fishy? In a first of its kind, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) will honor an ocean conservationist with its International Award of Excellence in Conservation. The 2018 honoree is a mermaid, of sorts. Dr. Sylvia Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, a lifetime protecting and conserving the world's oceans. She will receive the 2018 award Oct. 25 at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel.

Did you know? The Top in Topgolf stands for Target Oriented Practice?

Trending? Granddaughter Bam Bino is five today. She wears mis-matched shoes ... every day. Not sure if she is a fashionista, indecisive or color-blind. Mr. B bought her a year's subscription to B2B Insider.
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