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July 29, 2020

The  Chamber  hosted brothers   C. Kevin Smith (top),  TCU’s  Sales Center Director and sales and marketing veteran, and Kyle Smith, a business development lead in North Texas for  PwC and former technology executive, for July's Leaders Online series.
The pair discussed sales strategies - specifically, what's working now - including successful marketing efforts, best practices to utilize and mistakes to avoid for re-booting sales.
Watch the full webinar  here .
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
At the corner of work and pay: This is not the spring and summer Colby Waldrop, a senior branch manager for CornerStone Staffing, was anticipating. Not much to do without corporate businesses adding to their professional services team, hospitality or parks and recreation areas. Instead, “we have heavily helped support critical needs and have provided creative solutions in a variety of industries to keep Fort Worth working. Everything from the mortgage processing boom and healthcare support … anything from workers disinfecting workspaces and providing temperature checkers. I think it has showcased our agility and ability to pivot to meet the needs of our great community of employees and businesses.” Colby has helped keep local restaurants staffed by giving away a series of $50 gift certificates. This time, it’s for Heim Catering & Barbecue.
Zippity-do-dah in Near Southside: Trinity Metro’s ZIPZONE is a free ride until the end of August. Mr. B thinks it’s for the workers, but as a tourist, you could sightsee 5-to-7 hospitals, shop and then eat along Magnolia or S. Main. ZIPZONE is an affordable and on-demand rideshare option in pretty cool-looking vans. ZZ riders can connect to Trinity Metro’s TEXRail and the TRE at Fort Worth T&P Station or to seven Trinity Metro bus routes. They can score deals to Chadra Mezza and Grill and other cool Near Southside eats and treats. Trinity Metro’s (not THE) Glenn Miller sent over in a ZIPZONE facemask a Local Monthly Ticket that entitles one B2B Insider to 30 days of free rides on Trinity Metro buses, TEXRail and TRE between T&P Station and CentrePort Station.
No Cabin fever here: With the ex-Prospective Ms. B moved on, the B Mansion is undergoing a renovation—historic farmhouse style. For perspective, Mr. B and his team of decorators visited the Log Cabin Village across University from the Fort Worth Zoo. It is a living history museum owned and operated by Fort Worth and devoted to the preservation of Texas heritage. Six log houses, dating back to the 1800s, were moved there and restored during the 1950s. More structures have been added since. All are furnished with authentic artifacts and provide a vivid look at life during the 19th century. Historical interpreters, who are Fort Worth staff and volunteers, depict the lifestyle of the people who lived and settled this area. Log Cabin Village, for you growing number of home schoolers, has four incredible “trunks” for rent to learn history. Online, it has a section you can use for daily lessons. After Mr. B had learnt, pioneer woman Rena Lawrence sent him away with a one-year Log Cabin Village family membership and a Time Traveler bag. The membership gets you and five family members in at no charge.
Congratulations to the July 22nd
Prize Winners:

  • Reagan Ferguson, Pressman Printing
  • Melvin Roberson, Dough Boy Donuts
  • Daisy Valk-Lopez, UTA - Fort Worth
  • Tracy Georges, Transwestern
  • Alicia Gaby, Republic Title
We’re No. 1 & No. 1 & No. 1: At least with voters … The Fort Worth Zoo and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center were voted the No. 1 zoo and safari park in the country in a USA Today reader poll. The Bell Flight Fort Worth Alliance Air Show was No. 1 among “Best Air Shows.” (Its 30th anniversary flight fantastic is scheduled October 17-18.) Nominees are selected by editors and category relevant expert contributors. Fossil Rim upset two-time, defending champion Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Nebraska.
Unsheltered, but distanced: Cindy Hames, President of Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail, had quite the achievement herownself at Skydive Spaceland in Whitewright, Tx. 10 days ago. With son, Ryan, and niece, Shea, along, Cindy was excited, to say the least. “Umm, yeah ... skydiving is the bomb diggetty! Freefalling was a blast and so peaceful once the canopy opened for a slow and steady return. Sooo much fun!”
Mr. B’s pennies are on Pugsley:   Tomorrow is the last day to vote for your favorite   Fort Worth Herd   steer. Mr. B’s favorite Herd is Midkiff, at   JTaylor,   but he being a person would be steering you down the wrong voting trail. Big Mac is leading the 21 steers to choose from (Pugsley is last, but there's time) and you can vote   here   or by texting VOTE4STEER to 41444.
O Brother: Brothers Kevin ( TCU ) and Kyle ( PwC ) presided over a sales presentation webinar for Chamber members last week.
  • “Not a single company or person can forecast what is going to happen in coming weeks, months…”
  • “There’s nothing in sight that business travelers are coming back."
  • Good opportunity news: “Every relationship is under review (up for grabs). The challenge is to engage and show up with real value.”
  • Get your sales message out! August through October budgeting periods are critical for 2021 and beyond.
Notice this, not the stink: Chamber newcomer Petal is taking pre-sale orders in late August for its zero-odor, germ-freezing waste bin that stops rot, eliminates stink and halts the spread of germs. Already though, its waste container ($199 plus shipping) has been highlighted by upscale JustLuxe in its feature, The Best Coronavirus Home & Kitchen Gadgets.
Mr. B, are you going to post? The Discussion Forum on the Chamber website has added Local Job Opportunities . It differentiates from the Member Information Center jobs board in that it is open to non-members AND it allows you to post if you’re looking for a job.
“We feel like the young guns of the West; fire first, ask questions later.”

-Donnie Nelson, GM
Dallas Mavericks
Tipoffs: Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson, in a talk with Chamber members, scouted the upcoming mini season and playoffs that begin this weekend.
  • “It’s a battle of attrition. If your best players get COVID, they are out two weeks. Lose one or two and you're going to pay a high price.”
  • “We like our chances. Luka (Doncic), KP (Porzingis) and Timmy (Hardaway) are a good group of guys catching wind at the right time.”
Ad space for sale: Mr. B still earns just 39 cents a week. No raise even after cheapo Miserly Mistress retired. There is ad space available in B2B Insider, which has 5 million readers weekly, though most are “out of office.” Leah Hersey is selling the ads for the Chamber, but Mr. B can be your agent/broker/dealmaker though Will Northern at w/n/c might be better at it.
Get on board:  Christina Brooks, Chief Equity Officer | Director of Diversity and Inclusion Department at the  City of Fort Worth, says there will be “an announcement about diversification of boards” during August. Check out  Chamber  member  Board Build  if you want to know about being on a board.
Popout: Alchemy Pops closes for good Saturday at 7 p.m. Looking back on the business, Chief Alchemist and Top Pop Carolyn Phillips says:
  • “There’s nothing more magical than taking an idea and turning it into money.”
  • “Storytelling, support and systems are the key ingredients to successful businesses.”
  • “I’m not one to insist you need to improve your weaknesses, instead know and work to your strengths.”
  • “You will get more from social capital than financial capital.”
Pop quiz: Amy Petrilla, senior veep, celebrated 20 years at Texas Capital Bank this month. Mr. B wondering which is more noteworthy — 20 years with one bank or one bank with the same name for 20 years.
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 29 (TODAY)
COVID Protocol - Small Business 911 Virtual Roundtable
Thursday, July 30
Membership 101 - New Member Orientation
Thursday, August 27
Vision FW: YP Summit 2020
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