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Mayor Betsy Price led a delegation of 60 Fort Worth business and community leaders Nov. 1-2 to study education, entrepreneurship and regional collaboration in Kansas City, Mo.  This city visit was planned by the  City of Fort Worth Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce  and  Visit Fort Worth . The trip is an outgrowth of the three organizations' strategic plans, which call for collaboration on economic development.

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Have you been to see Ben? The biscuits at Fixture - Kitchen and Social Lounge are to die for any time of day, but chef Ben Merritt's favorite dinner dish? "(That) would have to be my Pan-Seared Salmon," he said. "It's because of the way we cook the salmon with the nice crispy crust and then the soft velvety texture on the inside all on top of the braised farro with asparagus, sweet peppers and swiss chard. It's a meal where I feel good about myself after eating it." Mr. B couldn't agree more; in fact, it left him Yelp-ing for more, so he ordered the Braised Wagyu Short Rib as a takeout. Way-guud. With this $50 gift card, chef Ben will be a Fixture on your menu.

Home is where the Harth is: So the Prospective Ms. B got the Bs a Thanksgiving invite ... for this weekend. Guess turkey goes down just as well early as turkey leftovers. Plus, we'll have first shot at the cranberries before they sit in our host's refrigerator until Easter. That also means we're home for the holiday(s). And you could be Home for the Holidays Saturday Nov. 24 at Bass Performance Hall. Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform their annual fun-filled, family tradition that features all of your favorite seasonal songs by the most talented local singers. There could be a special visit by a man in a red and white suit and even snow. Get in your sleigh and come sing-a-long with this pair of tickets. 

Cuffs her link to success: The first time Mr. B met Cynthia Sadler, she regaled him with the story of being a Star Girl at Texas Commerce Bank in Houston. Sort of like the Dallas Cowboys Ch eerleaders of banking lobbies. That was just the opening kickoff for a long and successful career  in banking. Today, Cynthia is THE Star Girl (Woman) for her own business...Signature Cuffs, which are removable French cuffs that can be worn under any long-sleeved shirt, dress, sweater or jacket. Many colors and styles, and original collegiate, sorority and holiday designs, too.   Cowboys Cheerleaders of banking lobbies. 

New York City kind of town: Want to get in the holiday mood ... and B2B Insider isn't talking Black Friday shopping? '
Twas the Night Before Christmas,  a yuletide spectacular featuring a score of beloved Christmas songs, is performed Nov. 23-Dec. 23 as part of the Children's Theater at Casa MaƱana. The show centers around Molly, who is having trouble finding her Christmas spirit. So her mother takes her on a magical treasure hunt through New York City from Radio City Music Hall to Macy's, where they encounter dancing elves and Santa Claus hisownself! Casa's Lindsey Rushen-ed over a family 4-pack of tickets to opening night. And just in time for Christmas is her exclusive Nutcracker Cuff, which is the first of B2B Insider's signature holiday giveaways.

Health = Happy: The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine doesn't have its first students starting classes until August 2019, but that doesn't mean it can't begin dispensing its brand of medicine. The school will host a healthcare breakfast forum, The Dollars and Sense of Wellness, Wednesday Dec. 5 in the Brown Lupton University Union. There's networking, then a breakfast followed by a one-hour panel moderated by Stuart Flynn, M.D., Dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. It's an all-star panel with representatives from Baylor Scott & White, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Lockheed Martin and Blue Zones. No need to feel blue; Doc Flynn sent over a table for eight. 

Congratulations to the November, 7th
Prize Winners: 
  • Dan Claterbough, Ubeo Business Services
  • Candice Stinnett, Topgolf
  • Pepper Sims, Pepper-L Specialties
  • Gregory Alvarado, Spectrum Reach
  • Benita Harper, Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund
  • Justin Riddle, Elan River District
  • Carolyn Holt, Royer Commercial Interiors


When there's a will, there's a way...: Kathy Stern of Gorrondona & Associates, recently tried to win a Chicken Salad Chick giveaway -- "Well, I dunno if they can beat my Grandma's secret chicken salad, but I'm willing to try," she said. "Especially since my Grandma didn't leave me the recipe in the will."

Worked in (not to) death: Bob Gaudry, an advance planning advisor with Dignity Memorial, says a client ordered "an hourglass urn" for her husband. He said "she wanted to forever keep him working."

In honor of Global Entrepreneur Week: Edward Morgan, founder/owner of electric car charging products and a TechFW client on starting a company: "You think you know what your market wants. You don't! Go find out! Once you see it from a customer's experience, you'll change everything. Some companies pivot, some quit."

Still rockin' it: Carlos de la Torre, board member with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, is doing three days a week of Zumba at age 71. "It's choreographed cardio to mostly Latin music at the downtown YMCA. I'm the only guy in the class ...a 'stud by default.'"
"Ignorance is not bliss." 

-- Bo Birdwell
Cyber Forward

Making her pitch: Jana Harris, co-owner of Harris Packaging Corporation, was the University of Texas at Arlington alumni rep to throw out the first pitch during the Texas Rangers final series of 2018. "Two weeks of daily practice with my "patient" hubby," she said. "The throw? High and right, but on a fly to the catcher."

KC is A-O-K: Not everyone on the Nov. 1-2 Fort Worth strategy sharing visit to Kansas City was a city, Chamber or hospitality official. Several engaged or curious businesses paid their way to see what opportunities might lay ahead for them. Was it valuable? Brian Yost, Chairman and CEO of Decker Jones law firm said, "This was a great trip. Like Fort Worth, KC has many dynamic community leaders who are eager to exchange meaningful ideas about how to make a great city even better. We learned about KC's very intentional and purposeful approach to improving its public education system, fostering and encouraging a vibrant entrepreneurial environment, and promoting the economic development of the region. In that sense, when Fort Worth does well, Decker Jones does well."

The meat of the story: From the Chamber's Netty Matthews, one of a merry band of funster punsters: "I would tell you a joke about a cow, but I always butcher it."

Safe-guarding: C. Leigh Dietrich, Assistant Chief of Police with the Tarrant County College District, was a panelist at a recent Fort Worth Business Press breakfast about Workplace Violence/Active Shooter. She is big on education and training and said TCC has "a know-what-to-do class for the public." On the question of a business' responsibility to prevent an incident, attorney Ty Sheaks said owners have "no duty to prevent criminal actions of a third party, unless the criminal act is foreseeable, such as an employee having mentioned he/she is being stalked." Dietrich said campus concealed carry has been a non-issue. "I hear from other colleges that there are more problems with kids growing pot in their rooms," she said.

Aging still beats the alternative: Mr. B is losing hair on his head and gaining it in and around his ears.
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