August 14, 2019
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Balcom Agency  social media strategists Lauren Kimberlin and Daniela Otero shared information ranging from tips and tricks to next-level marketing, including influencers and contests. They were presenters Aug. 6 at  Joe T. Garcia's,  explaining how businesses can better   reach their audiences and their goals. 
Pictured  (L to R) Kimberly Clark,  Premier Transportation Services;  Maggie Guth,  iCare ER & Urgent Care;  Lauren Green,  iCare ER & Urgent Care.
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Saddleback saddles up: Mr. B doesn’t actually have a business. He barely has a job, what with 13 editors attacking and jeopardizing him weekly. So, it seemed awkward and presumptuous to accept when corporate sales superstar Jonathan Munson at Saddleback Leather Company offered to make Mr. B a personalized business card holder. Saddleback makes all kinds of leather bags, large and small, and accessories, large and small. Leather choices are audacious and ample. Even better is the company’s “Story,” maybe the greatest About Us ever told. Mr. B wasn’t a business card holder candidate, but your business probably is legit and should want this offer of 10 Saddleback Leather business card holders with company logo lasered and /or personalized with individual names.
Homewood bound: Many of you cackle when Mr. B suggests he is going to retire to the Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Worth - Medical Center . Think about how much you pay for mortgage/rent, electricity, water, property taxes, Internet, TV, possible upkeep of a pool, parking and HOA, yard work, repairs, insurance, breakfast and five nights of a light dinner and drinks. Maybe, easily, $3,000 a month? All that is included in your retirement stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Worth - Medical Center. Plus the business center, the fitness area, the BBQ grills, the putting green, and the linen and room upkeep. There’s a large bedroom AND living room suite if the Prospective Ms. B and Mr. B are in need of détente. The most difficult thing about the Bs’ move would be remembering the full name of where you live. Want to try it out yourownself? Kelly Case has a night’s stay in a Studio King Suite .
Too early for Christmas?  Last fall, the winner of a pair of  Signature Cuffs  in a  B2B Insider  giveaway actually ended up in a different pair of cuffs before collecting her prize. Because the expiration date for the Signature Cuffs prize was years before her prison release date, she graciously offered them back. Signature Cuffs ,  founded by Cynthia Sadler, are removable, French cuffs that come in a variety of styles and can be worn under any long-sleeved shirt, dress, sweater or jacket. Styles include corporate, collegiate, casual and Christmas, among others. Just in time for  you early holiday shoppers , Cynthia sent over a pair of Nutcracker cuffs.
Cooks in the kitchen: TechFW saw how little Chamber Boss Miserly Mistress pays Mr. B and offered him a speaking spot during its retreat last month. Mr. B spoke on how to use newsletter fabrications to publicize scientific fact. He wasn’t paid, but afterward was invited to join the TechFW team for a cooking school and 3-course meal at the brand new The Cookery Fort Worth on S. Main. Owner Kelly Huddleston opened The Cookery in Dallas and then Fort Worth. She’s an entertainer … and educator of edible excellence. Mr. B can’t spell or pronounce anything they cooked during their Garden Party class, but it all tasted more than YUMMY! And with wine! In the afternoon! The TechFW team had such a great time that it decided to share the moment with this certificate for a cooking class for two people.
Congratulations to the August 7th
Prize Winners:

  • Greg Carter, WRG, FW
  • Tami Koplin, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Robert Chan, Firefighting's Finest
  • Hilary Shapiro, Bell
  • Dennis Roberson, Charles Schwab Challenge
  • Sonya Cisneros, Modern Art Museum
More free: Sundance Square’s live monthly music series, “Party In The Plaza.” kicks off August 22 at 6 p.m. with Western Youth. Other dates are Sept. 19, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. 
Even more free: A financial subset of the Chamber’s Cowtown Leads Exchange is putting on a FREE lunch and learn from 11:30-1 Aug. 27 at the Business Assistance Center . Seven presenters answer your questions in areas such as taxes, banking, family business and estate planning, IT, legal, insurance and back office solutions.
What, no rhino? Don’t want to imply it’s a zoo at Balcom Agency , but employees party every Friday similar to their cats and dogs. Collectively, the Bs own 42 dogs, 25 cats, two horses, snails, cattle and two hermit crabs. And not sure who tracks this oddity, but 18,022 cups of coffee were consumed during 2018.
Bearish economy: Shannon Watt, an SVP at Frost Bank and a good one, has tutored the city’s Business Plan competitors for years on their financials. He mentioned that if ever he were fired from Frost (highly unlikely), he’d want to be an entrepreneur and open a restaurant. “Call it Elwood’s,” he said. “That was the name of my stuffed bear as a kid.”
I want to win: Nominations for The Forte Award, recognition of top Chamber small businesses in five areas, are open until Sept. 2 The awards honor for-profit businesses that have demonstrated “Best Practices” of entrepreneurship, such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility and work process innovation. The areas are Technology, Emerging Business, Consumer/Retail, Service and Manufacturing/Distribution. Click here for criteria and a nomination form.
“Really strong punter we have from Australia. We've just got to make sure he's kicking in the right direction.”

--Gary Patterson
TCU Head Football Coach
Duo delights : If DFW International Airport approves a combined wings and Topgolf -themed restaurant, how about adding a Blue Bell ice cream store and ice skating rink? Or iFly and fly-by-night bar?
Advice to nosh on: In its business plan, Locavore had promised, if successful, to put on a Business Food Camp. Weeks ago, 48 attendees, mostly chefs and dreamers, received a half day of advice and anecdotes from subject matter experts, food truck gurus and restaurant owners. Some advice offered? Carolyn Phillips, founder of Alchemy Pops , said, “You are asking someone to give up their hard-earned money, choosing you over all your competitors. You’re selling your story as much as your product. (And) Don’t tell me the features of your product; tell me why you care about me.” Doug Renfro, President of Renfro Foods, said, “Sometimes you need to go through 99.9% of the (garbage) to get the 0.1% of the business that really makes you money."
United going forward: Ashleigh Herron is the Donor Relations Manager for United Way of Tarrant County . Mr. B asked Ashleigh if he were to donate $2, would that get him in the running to replace T.D. Smyers, the exiting CEO. Mr. B’s United Way campaign for CEO would be to do weekly giveaways to build a larger donor base. Said an encouraging Ashleigh: “Haha! I think $2 sounds like a reasonable ‘entry fee!’”
Life saving / cost saving: Ten years ago, MedStar Mobile Healthcare began an “EMS Loyalty” plan that automatically enrolls people who call 9-1-1 fifteen or more times within 90 days. Under the loyalty plan, a paramedic trained to treat chronic conditions makes house calls to the enrollee. Matt Zavadsky, MedStar’s chief strategic integration officer, says the program has saved $16 million in health-care costs.  
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Economic Development Update
Sept. 4 - 8:00 a.m.
Ridglea Country Club
State of Public Education Luncheon
Sept. 12 - 11:30 a.m.
PalmWood, Frost Tower
Leaders In Government With Congressman Veasey
Sept. 5 - 11:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Club
State of the County
Sept. 26 - 3:30 p.m.
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
Impact Your Business
Talent Champions
Sept. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's "La Puertita"
Ribbon Cutting
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