December 18, 2019
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"Developing a leadership plan in your small business" was the topic of the final Impact Your Business luncheon of the year, presented Dec. 11 at Joe T Garcia's. Moderated by David Bloxom, the panel's company leaders -- Nikole Dickman, Trelaine M. Mapp and Allen Wallach -- discussed how they have honed their leadership styles to best lead their companies, and what attendees might do to develop plans to inspire leadership within their organizations.
Pictured (L to R):  Mapp, Source Building Group; Wallach, PAVLOV ; Dickman, Envoy Managed Services ; Bloxom, Speed Fab-Crete
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A most wonderful holiday season and even better New Year.
Thanks for allowing Mr. B to invade your space during 2019.
Good Grace-ous, B! Mr. B went to the doctor. She said he is weak, eat more protein. 100 grams a day. Mr. B only eats one meal a day, so 100 grams a day is quite the challenge. But not for Grace Restaurant’s Blaine Staniford. The American Classics chef can do anything. He suggested: 1) Fruit smoothie with a pinch of rum; 2) A side salad of cold black beans, corn, avocado and cashews ... with a slab of bacon as a sider to the side; 3) Meat dish option of 2.5 ounces of skinless chicken breast topped with 1/2 ounce of low-fat cheddar over a bed of steamed spinach or substitute with three ounces of salmon; and 4) A dessert of charred kumquats, black grapes, blueberries and pecans over four ounces of cottage cheese and topped with a white alba truffle butterscotch sauce. Whether it’s protein, carbs, fats or gluten-free, Blaine’s menu will satisfy, but not so much as this $100 certificate from owner Adam Jones.
Salad days of yore: In third grade, Mr. B had a crush on Janey Southard. She was the fastest kid in his grade, the best athlete and cute as can be. Little B was fast, too, but not so quick when it came to approaching Janey. He was too chicken then … and still is a .. Chicken Salad Chick. Though he favors chicken salad with grapes, he’s trying the Kickin’ Kay Lynne. It’s a combination of buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeños and Sriracha! To cool down a bit, he ordered a grape salad side, which could be a dessert. It is red and white seedless grapes covered in a sweet cream cheese mixture, topped with brown sugar and crushed pecans. Hungry yet? Meggie and John Schissler, owner of three, almost four franchises, sent over a prize that includes  two large Quick Chick flavors , two large side items, cookies and a koozie.
Campin' at Hampton: "If you're not satisfied, we don't expect you to pay. That's our commitment and your guarantee. That's 100% Hampton." Mr. B loves that. He feels similarly about your subscription to B2B Insider . No like, no pay. Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown lives up to the pledge, with its big hotel amenities and small hotel customer service. You’ll feel like an Inn-sider immediately, immersed in the sleek and chic styling, whether it’s your room, the lobby or the lounge. There’s a fitness center, a business center and an indoor pool. The free hot breakfasts are just the way to start your day. B2B has a night’s stay in a King Studio Suite or a standard King/Two Queen suite. And Mr. B guarantees you won't be paying. 
Coming clean: Mr. B updated his ride just in time to be able to Lyft Santa through the neighborhoods in record time while the reindeer re-charge their sleigh. He traded in the 2004 Kia Rio for a 2011 model that was sitting in a cemetery in Wortham, TX. You heard the expression “she drove him to his grave”? Well, she did, and left the car. Mr. B drove it back to Fort Worth and wrangled that one car wash a day for 30 days deal from Doug Cookston at Jerry's Express Car Wash. Doug’s team does fabulous work and the updated Rio is rockin’. Doug has the same deal for a B2B Insider reader: A car wash a day for one car (same car) for 30 days.
Congratulations to the December 11th
Prize Winners:

  • Meggie Schissler, Chicken Salad Chick
  • Luke Jordan, Electro Acoustics
  • Scott Arnold, Kimley-Horn
  • Jaime Pumphrey, SBL Architects
  • Pam Pleasant, UNTHSC
  • Heidi Cox, Gladney
  • Brittani Rollen, McDonald Sanders
Reese’s (big) pieces: Clint Reese , Professional Development Trainer, is an entertaining speaker. Saddleback Leather was so impressed that it hired him for a 30-minute stand-up comedy "special" for the company’s Christmas party in the Fort Worth Stockyards . “Stand-up routine went very well,” Clint said. “They were a great crowd, and we had a lot of fun.” He has done open mic nights and “little stuff here and there” for 10 years. “Big passion (but) always more of just a hobby. I've never really pursued it until now.” He auditioned for America's Got Talent last Saturday. “Producer was laughing so that's a good sign, I think.” Callbacks are in February. 
You never know who, where you’ll meet: Porter Kennedy and Kressie Kornis repped Auburn University in the 2019 TCU Values and Ventures Entrepreneurship Competition. Their company, SOstraws, produces durable, sustainable paper substitutes for plastic straws. SOstraws finished 4 th , winning $2,500, but No. 1 with one judge, Neil Leibman. He bought five percent of SOstraws for $20,000. Leibman happens to be the Chief Operating Officer for the Texas Rangers and oversees revenue and business operations. Welcome to the major leagues, SOstraws.  
Sooner, rather than later: Bo Soderbergh is retiring next month and Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen Manager Barbara (the original Ms. B) Higbee will miss him dearly. However…Julie Butner is the new CEO and she has a Master’s from the U. of Oklahoma. Barbara said: “(The original) Mr. B and I are from Oklahoma and moved here 30+ years ago. I’m over the moon excited that next football season I will have someone to help me cheer on the Sooners!!! Boomer Sooner, Baby!”
A village itsownself: Gus Bates Insurance and Investments was recognized by Fort Worth Inc . magazine as the No. 1 company to work for in Fort Worth. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tarrant County selected Gus Bates its Corporate Partner of the Year! Two Gus Bates employees, Mark Grace and Kathleen Carter, serve as mentors with BBBS.  
Hirsute: Mr. B was parked at the head of the line through three light changes on East Lancaster because he knows you can’t text while driving. East Fort Worth police captain J.K. Driver had enough, his lights flashing while ushering Mr. B roadside. “What’s with the beard?” Mr. B interrupted. “Won’t that get you in a hairy situation with the Chief?” Seems Chief Ed Kraus ok’d beards during Movember (no-shave November) if you contributed $50 to St. Jude’s Hospital. A check presentation was made last week for $20,000! El Jefe said let’s continue on and do December to benefit United Way of Tarrant County
“Put employees first and the bottom line will be better.”

--Darien George, Founder
Mackenzie Eason
Unusual occurrence: Southern Miss and Tulane in the 17 th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl game is a bit of a rarity. Started in 2004, the game didn’t feature a military school until 2008. During the next 11 years, Air Force, Army or Navy participated 10 times. This year’s game at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Veterans and active duty military are eligible for complimentary tickets.
Wall-to-wall brilliance: The B Mansion agrees with the selection of Integrated Interiors for the Contractor of 2019 Award from Walls & Ceilings magazine. The Prospective Ms. B is removing bachelor Mr. B’s whole life from the walls during her remodel. Integrated is handling. Some of II’s previous undertakings have been more illustrious, including work for Bass Performance Hall / Performing Arts Fort Worth , City Center and Tarrant County College .
Oy vey: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at Neeley School of Business at TCU , says the Internet of Things (IoT) now consists of a trillion different products. And IoT is UNSECURE, open to hacking in areas such as your car, your doorbell, your pacemaker, your video security, your kitchen appliances and other sensors throughout house.
Job shopping: Weekly, Boss Miserly Mistress “suggests” Mr. B check the Chamber’s free-posting job board. Every week, EECU has added jobs. Turnover? “Growth!” said Donna Thomas, EECU Business Development Specialist “We have added 20 new positions the last half of 2019. Pretty exciting around here.”
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