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Ten Vision FW members gathered at Reata yesterday for a one-hour round-table discussion (literally and figuratively) with guest mentor Wyntress Ware, President and CEO of Ware & Associates, Inc. Guests were intrigued to learn that Ware comes from an interesting background, notably shifting from a psychiatric career to business owner of a respected PR firm with a diverse portfolio of clients. During the luncheon, Ware emphasized the importance of life-long learning, immersing yourself in all aspects of your community through advocacy, forums and service. She closed with targeted advice on making sure that you work hard and play hard -- to really enjoy life and the people around you.

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A grit-ty review: One of Mr. B's bucket list cities is Applewood, Co., west of Denver on the way to ski slope nirvana. It is the home of Applewood bacon, which Mr. B was thinking about as he perused the variety of outstanding lunch menu items at The Capital Grille. And there it was: Jumbo shrimp and grits with Applewood smoked bacon. Not sure if the bacon wraps the shrimp or is in bits within the grits because Mr. B only was perusing the menu; on his pay, he wasn't actually in The Capital Grille. But you could be, thanks to this lunch for two from the gracious and gregarious Gloria Starling, the Managing Partner. Of course,  there is an extensive lunch menu of soups, sandwiches and entrees for you non-baconeers.

Is the B for Business or BOTOX? Mr. B usually offers all prizes first to the Prospective Ms. B; those she declines are then put into B2B Insider as a giveaway. Mr. B didn't think offering her this one would send the proper "loving" message. You may be braver with your partner or you may want it for yourownself. The great Dr. Laura Riehm, who has reams of beautifying products and machines and advice and success stories at Skin Deep Laser MD, has a BOTOX treatment for two readers. You have your choice of one area -- those scary frown lines, the dastardly forehead wrinkles or the ghostly crow's feet. Mr. B would tell you that you're all beautiful people, but that would hurt Dr. Laura's business and make his nose longer.

Flight school: Imagine you are a blob, maybe similar to a floating watermelon or beached whale. Except that you are in a 125-mile-per-hour wind tunnel. Oh, and you're skydiving ... without a chute. Scary? No. Exhilarating? Yes. You will founder at first. Then hover a bit. Once you start spinning, bobbing about and performing acrobatics, you will be hooked. Welcome to your iFly addiction. If you win this Spread Your Wings package for two, iFLY Indoor Skydiving's Dwight Miller will have you forever. The package includes two flights per person, gear, personalized training, a flight certificate and two video clips of the flight session.

Overcoming a washout: Well, September was nearly a whitewash for getting Mr. B's Rio cleaned by rain. A record dry month left dust and grime and ragweed coating the car and Mr. B a bit embarrassed to show for potential appointments. Pulling up in a caked-over Rio to attend a financial adviser's free dinner at a steakhouse does neither the restaurant nor the financial adviser much good. Running into (literally) Todd Miller (slightly bruised), son of Jerry Miller, owner of Jerry's Express Car Wash(es), was fortuitous. Todd had a freebie to share and the Rio got the favored family treatment from boss wash Doug Cookston. Lookin' like new! Doug has a better deal for you. One month of free car washes for one car. Every day if you want, as long as it is the same car.

Congratulations to the September 27th Prize Winners:
  • Barbara Lundgren, Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County
  • Levi Fisher, Higginbotham
  • Dena Shannon, Fairview Retirement Community
  • Gus Clardy, Freeman Mills
  • Rena Lawrence, Log Cabin Village

 Perseverance: William (Franklin) Battle had his car stolen one morning. And he still had 23 miles to get to work at the Leadership Academy at Maude Logan Elementary, where he is a Program Specialist for Clayton Youth Enrichment. He didn't call in sick. Rather, he got on his bike in Burleson and rode the routes to not let down his team of students.

Business on fire: Andrew Feghali needed a business plan (for a company he didn't have) to complete a project in his MBA class at the University of Texas - Arlington. Like most of us would, he chose a business that tests flammability of airplane seats. In just over a year, he has expanded to cover aircraft engine compartments. Aeroblaze Laboratory is located in the shadow of Alliance Airport.

We'll drink to that: Sedona Productions is renting out the "Bevy Bus," a tricked-out 1973 Volkswagen Microbus that transforms into a mobile bar.

There IS a doctor in the house: For approximately six months, Dr. Trevor Adams has been a Chamber member without a business. Tomorrow, Vertical Chiropractic on Hulen at Bellaire Drive opens and has its ribbon cutting. Because of a huge infusion of technology, Doc calls it Chiropractic 2.0. He specializes in treatment of babies, pregnant moms and families.  

How Chamber networking can work: The Fort Worth Business Exchange leads group invited Jason Duling of Tyco Integrated Security (Cowtown Leads Exchange) to speak. Almost immediately after his talk, Jason was contacted by FWBE's Scott Morikawa, Managing Partner of Aloha Managed IT. Scott had just received a lead requesting security, cameras, IT, phone and access control. These needs spanned both their areas and they met with the prospect together, essentially addressing all his needs at once.

All I want for Christmas (for the next 10 years): This is not a solicitation, but if each of the 6,000 or so B2B Insider readers during the next six weeks donated one dollar, Mr. B and the Prospective Ms. B could join those fortunate members that travel on Chamber excursions. Next April, it's to the French Riviera and its lesser-known cousin, the Italian Riviera. Wanna go? E-mail Monta Noe-all-the-details.
"A room without a rug is like a kiss without a hug."  

                                                -- Bob Schlabach,
Floors To Go sales manager

Keep on truckin': Birthday greetings Sunday to Jade Tinner, aka The Winner and marketing messiah for the four Two Men And A Truck franchises in Tarrant County. Jade, 6-feet tall, always has been a mover and shaker. She led her Canyon High School basketball team to three state final appearances and two 3A championships (2005 and 2007). She was MVP of the 2007 title game. She played four seasons at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and two years as a pro.

Kreskin-esque: It's Texas Rangers offseason, which means work begins earnestly for Globe Life Field 2020, which replaces Globe Life Park. The new Rangers ballpark, according to Rob Matwick, EVP-Business Operations, will have fewer seats (41k-to-42k) that are closer to the field, which should create greater demand. Wider seats ... with more legroom. The natural grass field will be asymmetrical. The outside fa├žade will fit seamlessly and complement the present stadium and the TexasLive entertainment area.

Planning ahead: The Chamber's Strategic Plan 2018-2021, a work in progress and near completion, has 12 goals for the 4-year period, including higher education, a greater workforce supply of talent and increases in household incomes. It also includes a new mission statement that will strive to align the entire region's resources.

Where to find a job: 5 -- the Energy Advisory and Brokerage Firm -- is No. 2, up from No. 6 last year. The energy advisers are ranked second by Texas Monthly in the small business category of best places to work in Texas. 5, "an empowered culture," offers quarterly incentive trips and no vacation policy; you take it when you need it. That is what empowered means. Franchisees of Edward Jones work for the No. 1-ranked large company, with Higginbotham No. 22 and First Command Financial Services No. 25. In the medium-sized business category, Teague, Nall & Perkins is No. 10.
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Job Links at The Women's Center of Tarrant County

48th Annual Business Hall of Fame Honors Paul Dorman, DFB Pharmaceuticals

Vision FW: YP Wake UP! Bi-monthly Coffee

Impact Your Business Luncheon -- "Social Media 101," Presented By University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Southwest Area Council Coffee

Business After Hours at City Club

State of Education Luncheon, Presented By Linebarger Attorneys at Law

Ribbon Cuttings

Louella and Nicholas Martin Wee Can Academy
1316 E. Lancaster Avenue, 76102
10:30 AM

Frost Bank - Edwards Ranch
5055 Edwards Ranch Road, 76109
5:00 PM

Vertical Chiropractic
5512 Bellaire Drive, Suite B, 76109
6:30 PM

iCare ER & Urgent Care
5500 Sycamore School Road, 76123
10:00 AM

View more Chamber and Member events
View past Ribbon Cuttings 

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