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July 22, 2020

The Chamber's Women's Insight Network hosted its virtual Dine & Discuss last Tuesday to discuss various issues that are currently affecting women in the workplace.

Eight virtual tables were hosted simultaneously as guests talked issues, including Social Media Savvy, Personal Safety & Security, Building Self-Confidence at Work, and Working Remotely.

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Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Sauce for your soul: Mr. B knows that there has been lots of pain and even more suffering the past few months. But selfishly, he silently asks hisownself if anyone realizes how difficult it is to secure weekly giveaways to restaurants or events during a pandemic. Not only are there no first responders, there are no second-through 50th responders. Mr. B even called Arnie at Gachman Metals and asked for his scraps. So, when Pavlov PR Princess Claire Bloxom Armstrong asked if Mr. B wanted $50 in gift cards from client Riscky’s bodacious barbecue, Mr. B sent hugs, kisses and Gordon Boswell Flowers. It has in-person dining and takeout; it is the place Mr. B was introduced to his ex-Prospective Ms. B and beef ribs, and strung along for a lifetime by onion strings. A $40 family pack-to-go has two pounds of brisket, quarts of potato salad, beans and coleslaw, fixins’ and the most legendary BBQ sauce. A whole-smoked certified Angus prime brisket is just $12.99 a pound. Here’s $50 for you … and no scraps, thanks to Pavlov.
Salsa for every meal: In homage to its grandparents and a mission forward, this generation of Mrs. Renfro’s leadership has a cheeky line on its home page: They started it. We took it way too far. Waaaaaay far. Salsa no longer is just for chips. It can be an ingredient or sauce for any meal, any meat, chicken, vegetable or fruit. Get a stomach-full of these recipes for desserts -- salsa-glazed baked apples with peach salsa sauce or (better yet, and!) molten chili chocolate brownies. Virginia Patron, namesake of a suggested drink with your salsa and boss lady for President Doug Renfro, says three readers can salsa over to the warehouse and get a pre-packaged 12-pack variety. Virginia is cavalier about what you’ll get, but Mr. B’s favs are the Raspberry Chipotle, Mango Habanero and Black Bean salsas, and the Classic Barbecue Sauce.
My Pops is bigger than your Pops: There may be bigger pop stars and cool treats more popular, but rarely has there been a business person more creative, engaging, energetic and just smart than Alchemy Pops’ owner and Chief Alchemist Carolyn Phillips. She took seasonal farm fresh flavors from Texas growers and turned to popsicle making, selling from a pop-up cart before opening a pop shop in Near Southside. Aug. 1, it’s over. Always challenging herownself, Carolyn's new network as a speaker, trainer and consultant to female business owners. Her new s(ch)tick is called Happily Ever in Business. Before the pops melt away, Carolyn has an Alchemy Pops prize pack that includes a branded t-shirt, popsicle piñata, popsicle sidewalk chalk, two stickers, four pop sticks, and small and large insulated tote bags.
Congratulations to the July 15th
Prize Winners:

  • Mark Strittmatter, Whoop Wireless
  • Dena Shannon, Fairview Retirement Community
  • Mark Mourer, YMCA
  • Marguerite Jones, Tarrant County
  • Steve Peglar, WhitneySmith
Take A Step Back, move two forward: Gary Patterson Music, yes music, has a very upbeat, TCU- centric YouTube hit featuring the ol’ ball coach hisownself on vocals. According to the head football coach, Take A Step Back has had more than one million views between several social media platforms. “Yeah, it’s 40 years after playing in a band. I’m not going to quit my day job. It has helped in recruiting; parents have seen me in a different light.” Patterson says more music is forthcoming.
More than scraping by: Arnie Gachman, teased above, artist? The namesake of Gachman Metals & Recyling is a business owner, volunteer, benefactor, mentor and now add sculptor. Artist Mike Ross, working closely with Gachman Metals, created a 9-foot sculpture as an enlarged version of the fist-sized bi-products of the aluminum recycling process. It was placed June 30 as part of the city’s public art at Rockwood Park.
Sports calendars (conjecture): The Texas Rangers “play ball” for real Friday at home against the Colorado Rockies in the brand-spanking new, roof-top Globe Life Field. Friday also was to be the opening of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. They were postponed or canceled, depending on the spokesperson. Next Thursday, the NBA expects to resume its season and the Dallas Mavericks are scheduled to host the Houston Rockets Friday.
Funster punsters: From Netty Matthews, the Chamber’s veep of verbiage – “A girl agreed to go on a date with him after he gave her a bottle of tonic water. He schwepped her off her feet.” Added Patty Koop – “He liked her bubbly personality.”
“AI can beat humans, but AI + humans is unbeatable.”

-Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence
TCU Neeley School of Business
Better than Bulls dynasty: Fort Worth Sister Cities, for the 10th time in 35 years, has been selected by Sister Cities International as Best Sister Cities program in the nation. Mae Ferguson has been President/CEO since January 2000. Fort Worth’s nine sister city relationships are in China, Eswatini (formerly Martini, then Swaziland), France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and Mexico.
We should all win this: For driving less, breathing into masks, tending more gardens and washing hands incessantly, We, The People, should win the City of Fort Worth’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Application deadline is Aug. 31, the ceremony is scheduled Nov. 4 and application forms are available here.
Caring for students: Tarrant County College received $27 million in CARES relief, most of which went to students, said Chancellor Eugene Giovannini. He said TCC’s online campus has more than 22,000 students.
Kudos x 2: Gary Tonniges, owner of TriQuest Technologies and a CPA, was honored by the Texas Society of CPAs with its Outstanding Committee Chairman Award …The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History won bronze recognition in the AR/VR/Mixed Reality Media & Technology MUSE Awards competition for its Apollo Landing Site Panoramas in VR.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold. Please see our upcoming virtual resources below.
Wednesday, July 22 (TODAY)
Leaders Online: Sales Strategies - What's Working (Now)
Thursday, July 30
Membership 101 - New Member Orientation
Thursday, August 27
Vision FW: YP Summit 2020
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