September 18, 2019
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Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner and Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos discussed ways their districts are giving students more opportunities to excel in and out of the classroom with dual-credit college initiatives and career-ready internships with local businesses. They were featured during the  Chamber's  annual State of Public Education luncheon on Sept. 12 at PalmWood, Frost Tower . Greg Karol, VP of Human Resources at  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics , moderated the discussion and  Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP was the presenting sponsor.
Pictured (L to R): Karol ; Cavazos; Lonnie Nicholson, EECU ; Scribner.
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Thrills & chills ahead : B2B Insider already has had giveaway celebrations and prizes for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but Liz Confiliano of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth ghosted us with a request to slow down and celebrate Halloween. Goodwill sure does with BOOtiques at three locations --Altamesa, Watauga and Weatherford – and the makings for witches, ghouls and ghosts at 22 other locations. Liz said Goodwill would be posting great thrift costume ideas on all its social media platforms until Halloween so check it often. She also got on her broom and flew over with a $50 certificate for your Halloween costume or home décor.
Co-sponsored by un-tuck-it? Would you choose immortality if it were possible? You, alone? Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 children’s book, Tuck Everlasting, has sold five million books and spawned two films. Casa Mañana has a Children’s Series production of 12 performances Oct. 4-20, presented by Happy State Bank. Tuck i s a heavy morality play for children told via Winnie Foster, an 11-year-old girl who yearns for a life of adventure. Hooking up with the Tucks, she gets more than she could have imagined. She has to choose her journey. You and three others will have everlasting joy if you win this four-pack of tickets to opening night, Oct. 4.
Blokes and sheilas: Hope your barbies are set up (with shrimp) because the Aussies are coming in even larger droves than ever. Fort Worth has become a top destination for Australian visitors and Mayor Price Is Right is celebrating the Aussie-U.S. business and tourism markets Oct. 2 during her Mayor’s International Luncheon at Colonial Country Club. She and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue will be joined by The Honourable Peter McGauran, Australia’s Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner based in Houston, to talk trade opportunities. Donohue, by the way, once served as COO of Virgin Australia. Chamber Boss Miserly Mistress has a seat for three.
Encore, encore: The AMON! The Ultimate Texan theater giveaway was such a smash hit (**** out of 5) a few weeks back that Mr. B had to weave a new Webb to try and wrangle another pair of tickets for a performance the final weekend, Sept. 27-28. New Fort Worth Business Press events manager Melanie Webb is pretty protective of boss Richard Connor’s ticket stash as presenting sponsor. AMON! The Ultimate Texan is playwright / reporter Dave Lieber’s love story to Fort Worth and Texas . It only takes seconds to start laughing and minutes to start lovin’ AMON! The Ultimate Texan . Dave and actor Kevin Dilks have a hit. Melanie became a hit with B2B Insider when she managed a pair of tickets for the Sept. 27 performance.
Congratulations to the September 11th
Prize Winners:

  • Dee Oneal, Providence Title
  • Levi Fisher, Higginbotham
  • Maureen Maidlow, OverRidge Wealth Advisors
  • Elizabeth Northern, Tarrant County College District
  • Melody Kresser, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Kevin Brannum, DPR Construction
  • Faiz Merchant, Capital One
What’s your Forte? A few years back, Mr. B entered to win a Chamber Small Business of the Year Forte Award. He finished 13th out of 12 category applicants, but even the negative news was a boost for B’s business. He was able to double his invoices to 39 cents an hour. Your business IS better and would finish better and be able to double or triple your revenues* (*past results are not a guarantee of future performance.) Forte Award applications are due by Oct. 15 and all the criteria and categories are here.  The exercise in preparing info for judges, the camaraderie with contenders and judges, and the publicity are lifetime benefits, win or not. 
Haunting tale: Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters says a costume shop previously had his company’s phone number. “Every September,” he said, “the calls start flooding in.” 
The Good Ship Lollipop: Mr. B received an invite to a trip to Germany from Gov. Abbott’s office. Invitation came from Shirley Temple, Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism.
A few Minor tips to help: David Minor, founder of the Neeley Entrepreneur Center at TCU and owner of an investment and business consulting firm, was the first speaker in the Chamber’s Oval Table series. It’s a more intimate conversation between a speaker and about 25 attendees. Some Minor tips for major help:
  • No. 1 piece of advice is “join a national industry trade association, get involved and network.”
  • Develop a trusting work environment, one in which people feel appreciated.
  • Praise in public; criticize in private.
  • Pay wages for the position, not the person.
  • “I don’t buy your time. I buy your productivity.”
  • “Pay suppliers well. Treat them as partners. You will get better deals.”
Brand idea of the year: Toasters used to be a poppin’ good idea as a gift for bank deposits in the ’70s. Ciera Bank has brought back toasters for deposits, in combo with some high-tech, an Amazon Echo. The coup d'état is that “each time the toaster is used, the toast pops up with the Ciera Bank logo branded onto the bread,” said bank CEO Charlie Powell.
“If I didn't live in Fort Worth, I'd be dead.”

--Mayor Price Is Right
on her love for her city
Runnin’ for country: Elizabeth Eder Northern, research analyst at Tarrant County College and runner extraordinare, placed 6 th  overall in the World 50k Championships in Romania. She was the second U.S. finisher, a second behind Courtney Olsen in three hours, 19.4 seconds, a personal best and 4 th  fastest female 50k time in U.S. history. Her top-10 finish qualifies her for Team USA next year if there is a World Championship. “Cannot be any happier with my performance,” she said, “and I’m eager to get back out there on the roads soon.”  
Howdy! Texas A&M University School of Law welcomes alumni and friends the week of Sept. 23-28, including Reveille (there’s only one, according to sources). The school’s Intellectual Property department is rated top-8 in the nation and Dispute Resolution is 13 th . Student population is 62 percent female and 34 percent minority.
Could your company afford this? Mike Coffey owns Imperative Information Group , a high quality, high tech and high touch employment screening company. Imperative doesn’t need screening itsownself. “We’re real transparent,” he said. “Everyone knows what everyone makes.”
Sweeping success: During International Hospitality Week earlier this month, Dave O’Lenick, Senior Sales Manager for the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, said employees had a complimentary steak and shrimp luncheon. (Mr. B wasn’t invited, either.) The housekeeping department had broom races and the winner got a $75 gift certificate.
Kudos! You’ve got to get to the Amon Carter Museum. Renovated and re-imagined, it’s a masterpiece.
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Chamber Engagement Insight
Sept. 19 - 4:00 p.m.
CERA Meetings and Events
Healthcare Symposium
Sept. 25 - 7:30 a.m.
PalmWood, Frost Tower
State of the County
Sept. 26 - 11:30 a.m.
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
September Meetup
Sept. 26 - 5:30 p.m.
Meso Maya
Mayor's International Luncheon
Oct. 2 - 11:30 a.m.
Colonial Country Club
Ribbon Cutting
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