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At yesterday's Leaders In Government luncheon at the City Club, the Chamber welcomed U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Sen. Cornyn gave a State of the Senate update with topics ranging from health care repeal and/or reform, human rights and human trafficking, border security and military readiness, and economic growth. See who else was there! Photo Gallery.

L to R: Pete Geren, Sid W. Richardson Foundation; Councilwoman Ann Zadeh; Senator John Cornyn; Mayor Betsy Price; Councilman Jungus Jordan; Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley; and Councilman Dennis Shingleton.
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Irons in the fire: It had been a slow four business days last week. Mr. B couldn't even find work to do for free. So, it was his destiny when GM Larry Auth at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel asked him to come test eat his way through a $100 gift certificate at the hotel's Cast Iron restaurant. That sounded close enough to work. Mr. B showed up early for the "best darned egg sandwich" on a brioche bun with a triple refillable cup of coffee. For lunch, he had the BLT wedge salad topped with pan seared salmon. Dinner was a braised short rib with redneck grits, and a non-refillable glass of Malbec. Total -- $76, plus tax and tip...$98.78. Wowsa! Cast Iron grip your entry for this $100 certificate for dinner for two. 

Better than band camp: If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise! Ok, maybe not. But if you and three friends can go down to the woods Sept. 22-24, this surprise is for you, courtesy of Christy Jones at Camp Fire First Texas. It's a FREE fall family camping outing at Camp El Tesoro with lodging, food and activities included. How about a little rappelling or zip lining? Canoeing and kayaking? Archery? Stories and s'mores around a campfire. All FREE. This giveaway was camped on Mr. B's desk for the longest time (use for hisownselves' kids) before he reluctantly and forcibly (by Boss Miserly Mistress?) decided to offer it to B2B Insider readers.

Trial by fire: One of Mr. B's seven brothers from the same mother is making his first visit to Texas in the 36 years Mr. B has been ya'll-ing. He's a rich criminal attorney and Mr. B needed an upscale place to store him, which eliminated the B Mansion. The Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel fit the docket perfectly. A contemporary look, free wireless Internet access, fitness facility, business center, indoor pool and a VIP floor/club lounge.  Not to mention the beautiful Water Gardens out the front door and Sundance Square down the street. Sales sensation Dave O'Lenick had given B2B Insider two one-night stays and only one had been used. So the second is for the barrister, unless he stays at your place while you enjoy the Sheraton one Friday or Saturday night.

Media mining:
A genius techie kid next door did your website. An intern is doing your media content. But who should be getting that information and how do you distribute it? To your rescue, the Chamber's veep of most things communicative. Andra (not in my) House has compiled the most extensive directory of DFW media contacts with contact info. No more Googling, no more LinkedInning. It's all included and mostly up to date. (Anybody changed jobs yesterday?) If you have news to use, you need this DFW Media Directory to be delightfully deliverable. 

Congratulations to the August 16th Prize Winners:
  • Sunny Brous Erasmus, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail
  • Taylor Barrett, Brain Balance Center
  • Bryan Delgado, ESPN Events
  • Mike Langenberg, Long Hill Designs
  • Lashelle Knox, QCS Unlimited
  • Angie Galloway, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
  • Leila Peeples, MedStar Mobile Healthcare

A little salsa in his speech: The ever-quotable Doug Renfro, President of Renfro Foods, addressing a class at the Business Assistance Center: 1) "My grandparents filled jars with spoons. We now do 145 jars a minute and it's a REALLY big spoon." 2) "We track No. 9 in sales nationally. If we double sales, we'll be ... No. 9. That tells you about the top eight."

Making hay: Insurance isn't always boring, says Susan Shaw of her namesake insurance company. She and husband Howard issued a commercial policy for the horses running for Mojo Racing Partners. "They bought three this last time around (in Kentucky) and we watched the debut race of Tags to Riches."

Ram cramming: About 60 players will travel to Kansas to play McPherson College Sept. 2, the first football game in 75 years for the Texas Wesleyan University Rams. The next week, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at Farrington Field, Wesleyan plays Millsapp College of Mississippi.
  • Joe Prudhomme is the Rams' head coach after 24 years and seven state titles coaching Nolan Catholic H.S.
  • The team is allowed no more than 25 scholarships at one time.
  • Two 56-seat buses will take the team to road games. "Buses will get tighter quickly as the players get bigger from weight training," Prudhomme said.
  • A season ticket for five games is $45.
  • There is a 49-year-old defensive back. "He went to school one year, then the military and then had a roofing company," Prudhomme said. "He's in great physical shape; the kids really look up to him and what he has accomplished, is accomplishing."
  • Thirty three players are first-generation college students. The diversity, including one student from Russia, is "great ... challenging ... crazy."
No need to fib on the resume: Mr. B hadn't heard this one, but Angela Taff at Mid-Continental Restoration (masonry) says the company is "background friendly" with hiring decisions. Means you can have some minor blemishes. Coincidentally, Mike Coffey, owner of Imperative Information Group, is doing a free seminar Sept. 28 at the Business Assistance Center on the importance of background checks. And this from Sherry Green of Technology Team on locksmiths with checkered backgrounds: "Well, you know what they were in jail for."
"The real revolution will not be about television, but about virtual reality."  

                                                -- Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence,
TCU's Neeley School of Business
Best job title: Guy on LinkedIn is a "Process Engineer" for a cinnabon company. He makes 'em.

One-year update: Catholic Charities' partnership with Notre Dame on a program to get clients out of poverty has had early success. Meryl Carson says the pair has created a long-term case management model with low caseloads, individualized service plans and a strengths-based approach. During year one, clients went from an average of 40% of their target income to 61%.

Kreskin-ing: BB&T most likely will expand in Texas ... and soon. Texas is its most promising market, yet it is only Top 15 market share. In every other market, mostly east coast, it's top two or three market share. There are 55 north Texas locations.

Going green: In its 31st year, the GM Financial Annual Chamber Golf Classic Sept. 18 will give golfers an opportunity to miss an entire day or work instead of three quarters. The day at Ridglea Country Club's North Course begins with an 8:30 breakfast and concludes from 3:30-5 p.m. with the 19th Hole Awards Reception & Silent Auction. In between, there is golf, food, more golf, drink and even more golf, including practice time, a women's clinic and 18 holes of competitive play. You can register a team here.

Brainiacs: Brain Balance Center of Fort Worth is a new Chamber member. The franchise says it integrates sensory motor training and stimulation, and academic activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines. Mr. B needs more brainpower to process that.
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