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Pre-K-to-12th grade: "We're no longer focused just on graduation," said Fort Worth ISD Super Kent Scribner during his State of Education Chamber luncheon last week at Cendera Center. He said the district's alignment is squarely on "literacy for early learners, math for middle years and then college and career readiness."  See the FWISD's video here.

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Santa floats in for parade: The XTO Energy Parade of Lights delivers "A Postcard to Christmas" to Fort Worth Sunday Nov. 19. More than 10,000 will gather during the 35th anniversary celebration to welcome the holiday season at Texas' largest illuminated holiday parade -- a half-million lights and more than 100 illuminated, one-of-a-kind floats. There are balloons ballistically big, cars older than your fathers, bands marching, horses and carriages, and carolers. Santa and the Mrs. will sled down the route as part of the big finale on a float by parade producer Downtown Fort Worth Inc. With all that firepower, it's only proper that Fort Worth Fire Department Chief Rudy Jackson will be honored as the 2017 Parade of Lights' grand marshal. Pavlov's Brenna and Claire had a reindeer drop off a family four-pack of tickets for reserved street seats.

A Box of goodies: Mr. B went into The Velvet Box -- for a friend -- to enroll in back to school classes. Yes, The Velvet Box is almost as famous for its educational opportunities as its treats. Mr. B's friend wasn't looking for a Bachelor's education; he is happily married. More like a Master's degree. The course catalogue has classes such as What A Flirt, Make A Splash and All in Your Head, though the descriptions could not make print in this family newsletter. Mr. B -- for his friend -- also learned that Halloween is one of the busiest months for The Velvet Box. There are four stores and owner Marcelle LeBlanc has a treat for two readers, a $50 gift card toward anything in the store.

Jaunt to Haunt: Misty Keasler: Haunt at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the perfect setting for Modern 'til Midnight: HAUNT, the annual museum event masquerading as a Halloween party October 27 starting at 6 p.m. Four bands provide an eclectic array of live music against the Modern's reflecting pond. You can make it a picnic, too with a pre-order dinner basket from Café Modern. Inside, enjoy unique spotlight tours in the galleries, a DJ and dancing in the grand lobby, prize drawings from Modern Shop, and exceptional cuisine from Café Modern. You can even dress in costume for the Modern contest, but no masks allowed. Keasler's Haunt, 40 photos and 15 portraits from 13 themed haunted houses across America, is on view through Nov. 26. Kendal (jump in the) Lake sent over tickets for two.

Good Will Hunting: If you owned a boutique, Halloween would be a favored holiday. The party people at Goodwill Fort Worth always can play dress-up at work, modeling the latest rack sales. This month, they're sashaying in clothes and boots made for pirates, zombies, witches and vampires. The Watauga store is Bootique headquarters, but B2B Insider goodwill goblin, Liz Confiliano, says this $50 gift card can be used to find tricks or treats at any store location. That's enough to buy the human skull ... for real. Scare up your entry right now.

Congratulations to the October 11th Prize Winners:
  • Carrie Overcash, Fort Worth Business Press
  • Andrew Crim, UNTHSC
  • Tonya Falzett, Financial Additions
  • Jason Duling, Tyco Integrated Security
  • Martin Garcia, Texas Secure Title

Alexa, how do we win the bid? Regional bids are due tomorrow for Amazon's second headquarters, which brings 50,000 jobs to a community. "I'm not used to being on a stage," said Brandom Gengelbach, the Chamber's EVP of Economic Development. "Usually we do this in secret." Dallas Regional Chamber is the coordinating lead for all the north Texas bids.

Invest or sell? Peter Sorrentino, the Chief Investment Officer of Comerica Bank, says businesses are being bought at "numbers I've never seen." He has a suggestion for business owners. "Look at your P&L. Ask, 'If I invest more in my business, will I earn as much on those dollars as I am now." He also said if there were tax reform, small- and medium-sized businesses would benefit most. "Large businesses have rooms full of accounting types. They're already getting the best tax deals."

FLIRT-ing: FLIRT 3 (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train), the first of its kind in the U.S., was on display last week in Atlanta. By the end of 2018, lots of FLIRTs will be railing along nine TEXRail stations from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport's Terminal B. TEXRail will be operated by B2B Insider sponsor Fort Worth Transportation Authority.

Hot diggity dog: Takeru Kobayashi spends his time wolfing down Nathan's hot dogs. Kipp Kobayashi produces art. Friday at 10 a.m., Meacham International Airport is the site of his latest ... small airplanes soaring whimsically from the ceiling and through the lobby, similar to a flock of birds. It's called Collective Transitions.

Glad there was an Edna: Frank Garrott, CEO of Edna Gladney Center for Adoption, says the "why" of his involvement is son, Phillip, and daughter, Hayden, both adopted. The non-profit, "where hope is born," facilitates about 300 adoptions a year in three -- areas-domestic, international and foster children. Gladney is celebrating 130 years during 2017.
"More people lie about college degrees than their criminal history."  

--Mike Coffey, founder
Imperative Information Group
Getting social: Christy Tanner, SVP & GM of CBS News Digital, in town to speak at a Fort Worth Business Press social/digital news workshop, said Amazon is going to be a "big player in media and it collects a LOT of data." She also said CBS numbers show 30 percent of its digital audience is from desktops, 25 percent mobile and 46 percent "over the top," which includes Roku, Amazon, Apple TV and smart TVs.

Did you know? You might have known The Riley Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has 15 conference centers and can accommodate up to 3,500. Did you know there were 55 hotel rooms split and adjacent to two sides? Seventy percent of the Center's business is Seminary related, the rest external.

Happy anniversary: The Tonniges' TriQuest Technologies celebrates 20 years Friday.

Strategically speaking: The Chamber's Economic Development Plan, called Fortify... An Economic Development Plan for the Future, is mostly complete. A feasibility study began earlier this month. Once there is a general idea of potential funding, final plans for implementation will be released to members. The City of Fort Worth's Economic Development Department has targeted a November release to city council of its 4-to-5-year strategic plan.
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