November 13, 2019
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The Fort Worth Chamber hosted its first Infrastructure Symposium on Nov. 6 at the Fort Worth Club , during which keynote speaker Christof Spieler gave an overview on transit systems worldwide and a panel of experts discussed the future locally of infrastructure and transportation, including updates on the Bell / Uber air taxi, high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas, Virgin Hyperloop One and Hillwood's mobile technology zone.
Pictured (L to R):  Michael Morris, North Central Texas Council of Governments;  moderator Leah King, United Way of Tarrant County; Russell Laughlin, Hillwood Development Co. LLC; Trav is Kelly, Texas Central High-Speed Railway; Matt Holvey, Bell Innovation; Chris Miller,  Uber Technologies.  
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Thanksgiving tradition 1: Fort Worth greatness grew when Southside Bank gobbled up a local institution and planted its turkeys in our hearts forever. Not the employees, silly, but its Tyler, Texas client, the Greenberg Smoked Turkey. And now, Fort Worth knows you really can’t have Thanksgiving without a Greenberg Smoked Turkey. From one reader: "Best Turkey Ever! Every year we have gotten a Greenberg. Always the best. Affordable, too. All other turkeys (suffer in comparison) after eating Greenberg." And thanks go out to her High-ness, Keisha, at Southside Bank. She again has cooked up a plan for B2B Insider to give away a succulent holiday, 10-pound Greenberg Smoked Turkey. If your name is drawn to win the turkey, you MUST contact Keishi like before ASAP. Otherwise you're going to miss out and be bringing yourownself, the designated turkey, to your Thanksgiving get-together.
Thanksgiving tradition 2 : Nearly 15,000 turkeys, er runners (sorry), will walk, run, cycle, skate, stroll, stroller and scoot through the west side of Fort Worth Thanksgiving morning Nov. 28 starting at 8 a.m. for the 38 th rendition of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot. 37 chances and don’t believe Chris Butler ever has run it; the Y’s veep of operations is too busy being the race director. And he never knows what is in store during late November, 27 degrees or 67 degrees, sun, wind and / or rain. Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit diverse programs of the Y, including pre-school and after-school care, water safety and swim lessons, day and overnight camps, youth sports, health programs and fitness. Y don’t U and three friends form a team to run, all courtesy of Chris. The winner also receives a Turkey Trot hat and t-shirt.
Who turned up the heat? The extraordinary Casa Mañana Children’s Theater can be a bit frosty at times (but toasty inside), especially as the holiday season nears. This year’s spectacular is Jack Frost, who almost has a meltdown when an evil uncle banishes all the children from the Frozen Kingdom. Jack had been living the perfect life, spending his days making spectacular ice sculptures. Will this new ice age lawlessness persist? Or can Jack and friends restore order to the kingdom? Santa Claus hisownself will narrate this Happy State Bank -sponsored holiday spectacular. Casa’s Lindsey Rushen-ed over a family 4-pack of ticket for the 6:30 p.m. performance opening night Nov. 22, the first of 25 shows through Dec. 23.
A worldly view: Ever wonder what it’s like to do business in a foreign country? No, not Dallas. Or vice versa…being from a country outside the U.S. and doing business here? Scary yikes! November 20 th , the mid-point of Global Entrepreneur Week, TechFW and Lockheed Martin are offering an event at UNTHSC called Connect the Dots…World of Entrepreneurs. Two panels will discuss the above scenarios and between panels there is plenty of time to network and taste eclectic foods from around the globe. “Fort Worth has a fast-growing community of entrepreneurs doing business globally and we want to share their stories,” said Sandy El-Rayes, TechFW’s marketing director. She sent over two pair of tickets. If your company does business globally, TechFW is compiling info with a survey here.
Congratulations to the November 6th
Prize Winners:

  • David Duman, Quorum
  • Cortney Gumbleton, Locavore
  • Sahuna Fenn, Mira Vista Country Club
  • Karen Aggas, Burnett's Staffing
  • Jeff Thomas, YMCA
Ta da!!!! The Forte Award finalists for the Chamber’s small businesses of the year have been announced. Finalists were selected by 10 members of the Chamber’s Small Business Council committee and site visits are in December. Category winners will be announced Jan. 30. Bank of Texas is the Presenting Sponsor. The finalists: Emerging Business: DPC Healthcare (concierge) , Rollin’ n Bowlin’ acai bowls and Pedego Fort Worth electric bikes; Manufacturing / Distribution: Muckleroy & Falls commercial construction, All American Tire Recyclers and Dot It Restaurant Fulfillment ; Professional Services: Electro Acoustics, Avadel digital ad agency and Clarity Homes
Name tag blunder: Mr. B got real close, squinted and checked out their name tags. He then began a conversation with Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Texas Christian University, and cohort Fred Wormley, Jr., associate provost for Research and dean of Graduate Studies. Discussion-wise, Mr. B was in waaaaaaay over his head. After about seven minutes of Teresa this and Fred that, Mr. B said, “Have a great day, Teresa, Fred.” Except his name is Floyd.
Dark humor: Edited and passed along from Robert Gaudry at Dignity Memorial: “I'm the MAN of this house, so starting tomorrow I want you to have a hot delicious meal ready for me the second I walk through the door... Afterward, while watching ESPN, you'll bring me my slippers and then run my bath ... And when I'm done, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?” His wife: THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR.”
Football No. 1 and spring football No. 2: How important is football to a Texas university? Tarleton State University students theirownselves voted to raise the athletic fee from $22 to $35 PER SEMESTER HOUR to pay for the football team and other sports to join big-time Division I Western Athletic Conference.
“Entrepreneurism changes the way you look at problems.”

--Dr. Michael R. Williams, President
UNT Health Science Center
Hot jobs: Mr. B’s job status always is “iffy,” according to Chamber boss Miserly Mistress. So he frequently checks the Chamber job postings, which are free to list, and recently he saw the board monopolized by Trail Drive Management (Dickies Arena) and EECU (money talks). Mr. B submitted applications for two others —the electric bike tour guide for Pedego Fort Worth and the assistant sales and event planner at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House , where B already washes dishes in exchange for food.
Celebrations: According to monthologist John Fletcher, today is Sadie Hawkins Day, a pseudo-holiday originated by Al Capp's hillbilly comic strip Li'l Abner (1934–1978). Next Wednesday is even more important -- National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.
Seaworthy salute: TD Smyers, President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County until two days ago, is getting his boat ready for travel and expects to be headed to the West Indies on Jan. 1. TD came to Fort Worth as Base Commander at NASJRB. Thank you for your service and happy sailing, Sir. 
Outtakes: From a panel made up of the top three finishers in the City of Fort Worth’s / Frost Bank Business Plan Competition:
  • Alicia Rizzo of winner Kraken Motorsports—“After hearing Nick, the real estate guy talk, I looked at Shawn (husband and co-founder) and said, “We got xy&t%$!”
  • Michelle Crim of third-place Dynamic Development Strategies -- “My most memorable moment was realizing I didn’t know what a business plan was.”
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