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The Chamber staff learned how to approach all ideas with positivity after a hilarious morning workshop with David Wilk, founding member of Four Day Weekend in Sundance Square. The team workshop based on the "Yes, And..." philosophy teaches the principles of improvisation and how they apply to your professional and personal lives. Fun group activities hone creativity, build your listening skills and improve your communication.

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Defying gravity: Mr. B's granddaughter, Baby BamBino, who will be five this week, is 5-1 and 81 pounds -- Wilt-the-Stilt Jr. She played Peter Pan in her Pre-K creative arts school graduation play. Plop. 5-star hilarity, the critics said. Alas, she was a bit large for the role. Dwight Miller says that isn't gonna happen at his place. He is the recently promoted GM of iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Hurst. Dwight can help you take flight with this Spread Your Wings package for two people, and if you're a born flier, not a plopper, then you might go airborne within the realm of iFLY's virtual reality opportunities. 

Reigning cats and dogs: On average, more than 800 animals in our area are saved by adoptions a month. Another 145 are saved from abusive situations. The Humane Society of North Texas will celebrate those accomplishments with its second annual Paws for Celebration gala and auction August 25 at The Renaissance Worthington Hotel Fort Worth. That evening, approximately 300 animal lovers will be thankful for the HSNT and the services and love it provides furry friends. Money raised will continue to unite people with their new loved ones. B2B Insider is thankful for Jennifer Smith, who unleashed two tickets. 

Where do they stand? Back in the old days, kids learnt the proper uses for that vs. which and effect vs. affect, and then forgot by the time they left class. Today, kids don't have to even learnt it. Google it. Or ask Siri. And if that worries you, as a concerned parent paying attention, then your hunt for help is over. Mike Barber is the owner of a Huntington Learning Center franchise in Fort Worth. Mike was a long-time banker and you can bank on the quality offerings at Huntington. The learning center does academic assessments for kids K-12 that provide detailed information on verbal skills (reading, writing, vocabulary, etc.) and math skills. For high school students prepping for college, this could be a practice SAT or ACT. Mike assessed B2B Insider readership and offered one assessment. 

Lobby hobnobbing: TechFW has an intriguing lobby area. There are snacks, coffee and water (adult beverages some times, after 5 p.m.). There are business casual, yet comfy couches. There are tables for meeting space. And in the background is a big ol' TV playing Ted Talks. Does your lobby speak so well? It could with a lobbyTV player (or an Amazon Fire Stick from lobbyTV) courtesy of Bhuvan Pasham, controller of the remote. lobbyTV is a cloud-based digital signage app that allows your company to tell its story effectively on one screen or multiple screens throughout the workplace; content is easy to download and accessible for multiple employees. Point and click your entry to get your choice of a lobbyTV player or the Amazon Fire Stick from lobbyTV. 

Congratulations to the July 18th
Prize Winners: 
  • Robert Chan, Firefighting's Finest Moving & Storage 
  • Andrew Crim, UNTHSC
  • Carolyn Phillips, Alchemy Pops
  • Tammie Crole, BRIT

Walk the talk: Leesa Vardeman of VLK Architects is excited about what Dickies Arena portends for the Cultural District. "I love the Cultural District," she said. "I think it's one of the most unique areas that draws all of our visitors. We really need to strengthen that area so that folks can walk and enjoy what they're doing and have access to restaurants and amenities so that they can stay there longer, too."

Is there a designated 'cyclist'? Fort Worth Bike Sharing's newest station is at a brewing company in the Near Southside.

Space cadet: Mr. B's office space is being pack-ratted out of the B Mansion and he is looking elsewhere. Top-shelf WeWork would be great, but Mr. B doesn't have enough actual work. Ensemble Coworking is fabulous support and networking, but it is soooo comfortable he would nap all day. Candice Stinnett says Topgolf has a $250 month Platinum membership that includes space, golf and much more. Sounds like WePlay there.

A bit of bunk? Jan Tyler of Cimarron Windows & Door initially said she and a great group of friends had been playing Bunco for 37 years. Well ... "We drink and talk; we haven't actually played Bunco in about 15 years."

Working this out as we go: Some mind-boggling numbers, courtesy of Abbie Shipp, Ph.D and time management specialist at the TCU Neeley School of Business:
  • Workers spend 41 percent of their time on discretionary activities. (Such as reading B2B Insider?)
  • 96 percent of leaders say they lack time for strategic thinking.
  • Three minutes is the average work time before an interruption.
  • Based on ability to focus, most workers are best with 25 minutes work, five minutes of break...and repeat. (That is 80 minutes of rest in one 8-hour day, so maybe one nap instead?)
Heat strokes: This summer, Raegan Bell, owner of Bell Brothers Moving, has increased the size of her moving teams to get jobs done quicker with less sweat time. Darrell Samuelson of GreenScapes says it's a good idea to leave your outdoor workers plenty of liquids, maybe some ice.
"Crypto is a Wall St. thing, not our thing. Now, if you were talking electronic fertilizer, we'd be all over it."   

-- Jeremy Dean
Happy State Bank

Hot under the collar: Just in time for our 100-degree days, Mr. B had to renew his electric plan at the B Mansion. Just about every low-cost plan is up a minimum 25 percent since last July.

Data do's and don'ts: Data protection is a huge and huger concern, according to Winstead PC attorney Andrew Rosell. He was a panelist at the Fort Worth Business Press law panel last week and said regulatory agencies are stepping in, but it's fractured. 50 states and 50 different statutes. Philip Vickers, an attorney with Cantey Hanger, said don't collect data you don't need, particularly credit card and social security numbers. He also said a key question to be able to answer in defense of your systems is "Have I made a reasonable attempt to protect the data?"

Doc is on Coach P's team: Dr. Anthony Edwards, the Chamber's SVP for Talent Development, Attraction and Retention, Fortified his position and his writing skills with an article that ties in his areas of expertise and TCU Coach Gary Patterson's talk during a Chamber luncheon. Categories included: Winning is about so much more than Xs and Os; Know your strengths - consult people and hire people who have other skills; Take ideas from other successful people, but focus on those that do more with less; If the grass is greener somewhere else, water your own grass or get new grass where you are.

Still a Lewis in the house: Gib Lewis, former Texas Speaker of the House, has sold Lewis Label Products and is retiring. Daughter Cathy Lewis, solutions provider and sales rep at the company, is staying on with the new owner.
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