July 31, 2019
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WeWork hosted the Chamber Engagement Insight July 18 and 53 members networked and learned how to get engaged in councils, committees, and the Chamber's upcoming events. Rebecca Montgomery, SVP of Advocacy, spoke on the Chamber's initiatives within the Advocacy pillar and Jason Hays, Investor Relations Specialist, gave insight on how to get the most out of your membership.

Pictured (L to R): Sonia Fronczak, Ethan Allen- Arlington ; Shari Todd, Ethan Allen- Arlington ; Jeff Bankhead, Williams Trew Real Estate ; Maureen Maidlow, OverRidge Wealth Advisors
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Isn’t there a Grace Jones? Long-time readers know Mr. B’s eyes dart toward the mention of bacon on any menu. Then it’s off to the desserts. Where, at restaurant fav Grace, he found Cookies and Milk. This is not your mom’s after-school cookies and milk. It’s warm Valrohna chocolate chip cookies served with shaken Mill King Milk. Sold! And just in time for the Aug. 5-11 Restaurant Week, which owner Adam Jones and Grace long have participated as a benefit for Lena Pope, is this $100 gift toward dinner at Grace . Grace may be sold out for the fundraiser, but this certificate is good long after. If you arrive early, between 4-6 p.m., it’s half off bubbles by the glass. Oh, and take the young adults. Grace was awarded “Best Fancy Restaurant for When the Parents are Paying.”
We’ll drink to that: Mr. B loves dark roast coffee. He only wishes he had known Jason Scoggins before … before he bought a re-manufactured, name-brand coffeemaker that leaks. Mr. B has to add one cup at a time, let it perk, add a cup … or else it leaks from the side. Even duct tape doesn’t work. Jason is COO of Alpha Industries and the company is into coffee as a distributor of fancy brewers and fabulous blends and perfect buzzes. Alpha has a coffee package quarterly and this one is an 8-cup Chemex pour over coffee brewer with filters, and Marfa’s own Big Bend Coffee Roasters Big Blend of Texas – a pound of Dark Skies and Davis Mountain Blend. Best thing is you can brew all eight cups at one time.
I’m right with Dwight: All the celebrations of Apollo 11 and lunar landings must have given you thoughts of doing a fly-by yourownself. Dwight Miller can pitch to that itch. He’s the GM of  iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Hurst and has a Spread Your Wings package for two people. iFly is fantabulous for corporate outings/competitions, birthday parties, flight schools and even STEM education. With Virtual Reality, you can skydive the world over, including the Swiss Alps. (Please don’t hit the Von Trapps.) The Spread Your Wings package includes your f light gear rental, pre-flight training, one-on-one flight instruction, flights and a personalized flight certificate.
I’m Goin where Brooklyn goes : Mr. B loves him some WeWork , the comfy, communal work space with camaraderie, networking, education seminars, coffee, beer & wine. And the manager, Brooklyn Goin, who is awesomeness. The only negative is there’s no place to WeNap. Mr. B likes a nap daily, especially around deadline time. This spring, WeWork opened two locations in downtown Fort Worth and Aug. 15 is the grand celebration. You’re invited to come party with live music, drinks, food (including ice cream) and fun from 5-7:30 at the 505 Main location. One of you will get a chance to hang around a bit longer. Brooklyn is offering a Hot Desk giveaway for six months at the 505 Main location.
Congratulations to the July 24th
Prize Winners:

  • Neil Barrow, Whitley Penn
  • Robert Reynolds, Bell
  • Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law Firm
  • Meryl Gunter, Clayton Yes Enrichment
  • Abigail Hardy, Handyman Matters
  • Kylon Wilson, Stantec
I didn’t hear that: At a leadership event for non-profits sponsored by Lena Pope, speaker Stevie Dawn left this nugget for managers: “It doesn’t matter what you say; it matters what others hear.” 
I spy: The original Ms. B of Tarrant Area Food Bank , Barbara Higbee, Community Kitchen Manager, asked Mr. B how long the Prospective Ms. B would be a Prospective. Long story short, a while. Mr. B hired Taylor Hansen’s Dronealytics company to follow the Prospective. Analytics came back: The drone caught her in three Stein Marts in three different cities in 2.5 hours. Mr. B hit the brakes. Taylor has a tendency to drone on about his work in the energy, construction and forest fire areas, but his sleuthing may have saved Mr. B thousands.
Bush-whacked: Former President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker at the Sister Cities International annual conference in Houston and Fort Worth delegate Carlo Capua of Z’s Café said the President “was priceless. We sat within ‘a shoe’s throw' of him.’” According to Carlo, the President told a story about a conversation with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michels. “I told Lorne that he really got me on ‘strateeg-ery,’” the President said. Lorne later said the President never actually had said the word; Lorne made it up. “For 18 months,” Bush said, “SNL had me convinced I’d said the word ‘strateeg-ery.”
Homeward bound: Genia Sanchez, Community Manager for Kelley@Samuels Ave ., says “things are going really well. It is 65 percent leased” and not being affected by questions raised about Panther Island. 
Red Rover, Red Rover…: The University of Texas-Arlington College of Business is accepting nominations until the end of August for companies owned by UTA alums. Will select the Top 100. Mr. B hasn’t verified this, but thought he heard each honoree will receive $1 million.
You don't want to beat them up (entrepreneurs) because it's their ego that helps them survive.

--Darlene Boudreaux
Just sayin’ : 47 people entered to win both the B2B Insider giveaways for a dozen donuts AND the get-healthy, IV-Drip.
Be an advocate:  Rebecca Montgomery,  Chamber  SVP Advocacy, says an avenue of concentration is voter engagement and census participation for 2020. Advocacy is open to inquiries for inclusion on its committees -- governmental affairs, healthcare and infrastructure (transportation / energy & environment).
Go West(ern): Scott Winterrowd, newly appointed Director of the Sid Richardson Museum , is a watercolor artist hisownself. If Boss Miserly Mistress ever offers a raise, Mr. B is buying Winterrowd’s The Moon and Submerged. Previously, great Scott worked with the Amon Carter Museum , Dallas Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Most recently, he served as Director of Education at the Meadows Museum at SMU. 
LOL…lol:   Tracy Georges of Transwestern has the cleverest of prize entry lines. Entering for the Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.’s TX Whiskey, she wrote: “Giving away a whole bottle? Pretty whiskey business, even for you, Mr. B. And to win some Renfro Foods’ salsa –“ I hope I win this one…and that’s salsa she wrote.”
It’s here! Faculty and staff report Monday to the new Fort Worth campus of Stephenville-based Tarleton State University . Tarleton arrived in Fort Worth with degree programs in 2006 and rented space. Its board approved $41 million for a Forth Worth building in October 2017. A second building already is in the planning stage.
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