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Chamber 2018: It's going to be a glorious year. Mr. B is down three editors, to 11, and now it will take just three weeks to get an item approved. Three weeks is about when the Chamber will unveil its four-year strategic plan. 2018 is a year of growth and new direction as the Chamber fortifies its business recruitment, retention, expansion and advocacy efforts. Fundraising to support implementation has begun; the goal is an increase in revenue of approximately 30 percent during the first year.  To read about the new structure and plan, click here
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Well done, Chef! After near-death-by-exhaustion following the Prospective Ms. B during her after-Christmas sales escapades, Mr. B managed to limp, then crawl with blistered feet to BRAVO Cuciana Italiana for strength, nourishment and the new dessert, caramel mascarpone cheesecake. The Prospective, much like Mama B, says no-can-do sweets until after the meal. So they piled up on previews -- shrimp bruschetta, artichoke & spinach dip, pepperoni cheese dip (OMG) and crispy shrimp Napoli. Then the cheesecake with a side of chocolate molten cake. Thanks to GM Mathew Sampugnaro, U2 can splurge with the Chef's Dinner for two. 

Location, location, location: The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth will congregate 600+ real estaters for a 2018 forecast the morning of Jan. 18 at Casa MaƱana Theatre, adjacent to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, which is symbolic only of the bullish nature of development in Fort Worth and not the content of the meeting. From 7:30-11 a.m., industry leaders will offer viewpoints and predictions about transit, construction, retail, single- and multi-family, office and industrial. Robert Sturns with the City of Fort Worth, and the Chamber's Brandom Gengelbach will discuss their recently completed economic development strategic plans. Everybody that makes Fort Worth such a livable city will be there and B2B Insider has a spot for two readers. 

A night in the Hamptons: Three birthdays, a Hannukah, a Christmas, a New Year's Eve and ... After all that, Mr. B was in need of some peace and quiet after too much merriment Dec. 31. He collapsed at the front door of the brand new Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown and thanks to Teresa and April, he ended up in a room instead of a cell. It was quite the room, too, one of 245 at the Hampton. Groggily, Mr. B made it down to the free breakfast New Year's Day and started the year with a full belly. Between football games, he took a swim in the indoor "Cool Pool," staggered on the treadmill at the Fitness Center and out-hustled the Prospective Ms. B, who fancies herself a pool shark. There's too much to do and not enough time with this one night's stay. 

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Congratulations to the December 13th Prize Winners:
  • Rachel Hornsby, Sound Ideas Home Theater
  • Todd Collinsworth, Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Christina Saldivar, TexPac Hide & Skin
  • Ricky McBride, Denke, McBride & Ryan CPAs
  • Marissa Medina, Lockheed Martin 
  • Dan Claterbaugh, Ubeo
  • Mary Chilton, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
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Dance partners: Fort Worth's economic development strategic plan to compete successfully on the national and international stage for creative, high-growth businesses and the talented individuals who fuel them needs partners. The city's No. 1 cohort is the Chamber
  • "We will have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chamber," said Robert Sturns, the city's Director of Economic Development. "The Chamber is pushing the city, marketing the city, is very supportive of this initiative. We will decide which organization takes the lead on which priorities."
  • "We're eager to work with our partners at the City to open new roads toward building Fort Worth into a major international business hub, a model of urban planning and an even more robust cultural center," said Brandom Gengelbach, executive vice president of Economic Development for the Chamber. "Having this data is the first step in going anywhere."
Nicely vetted: Ninety percent of the Lackland Security workforce is veterans. During 2017, it was rewarded for its veteran hiring with the Disabled American Veterans Department of Texas Employer of the Year (small business), the American Legion Department of Texas Employer of the Year (small business) and the Texas Workforce Commission Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year.

Rabbit redux: James Jameson. Pete Peterson. Now meet Chance Chancellor. He's the national communications director for Tandy Leather and not related to Kam. Mr. B took a Chance and asked him about his name. "What can I say; my parents were hippies."

Leadership tip no. 465: Seemed to have missed Stevie Dawn's first 464, but the Orange Compass leader says "when you want someone to truly hear the constructive feedback you are trying to give, make sure not to bury it in the middle of a conversation. People tend to remember the LAST thing you say, so make it count."
"We find homes for children, not children for homes."     
 
-- Heidi Cox, EVP/General Counsel
Edna Gladney Center for Adoption
 
Belichick, Brady ... and Stites: Total greatness! Marnie Stites, Guardianship Services, has won Chamber Ambassador of the Year honors for the umpteenth time. The trophy -- a Walmart greeter bobblehead -- is being retired in her honor.

Seeing green: Thanks to a suggestion, nudge and push(?) from Red Sanders and Red Productions, the city and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau have a film commission, led by Jessica Christopherson. She told City Council that the economic impact the first two years was $11.2 million and one Robert Redford sighting.

Knock on Wood: Nancy Woodson graduated from TCU with her children when she was 47. She likes to say "education creates freedom and enables power." More power to her as the new Fort Worth development director for Texas Can Academies.

Thinking aloud: The Fort Worth Transportation Authority has a route to get folks "near Alliance." Getting them the final mile to Alliance has been a puzzle. There may be an answer. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is building a 200,000-square-foot center in AllianceTexas. Maybe it has connections for a few vehicles so The T riders can arrive to work in style.

Welcome! New Fort Worth water director Ken Morgan is no drip, drip, drip. He knows you can throw water on half of what Mr. B writes, but that would be wasteful. And saving water is a message he wants to get across as a new quarterly sponsor of B2B Insider.
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