September 25, 2019
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The Sept. 10 Impact Your Business Luncheon at Joe T. Garcia's featured a panel of three businesses from the Chamber's inaugural group of Talent Champions, which are companies that are best implementing talent development, retention, and attraction. The panel discussed the benefits they've found from prioritizing their talent, as well as how to develop future leaders from within the business. The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business was the presenting sponsor.

Pictured (L to R): Moderator Erik Haven, GM Financial; and panelists Lerii F. Smith, Project Partners, Inc.; Darien George, Mackenzie Eason; Dave O'Lenick, Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel.
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Support the troops: From the ’40s through the ’50s, the influence and popularity of pin-up girls could be found in songs (Glenn Miller), movies (Betty Grable) and dreams. Lots of dreams. The weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, Casa Mañana Theatre  offers eight shows of its version of The Pin-Up Girls in the Reid Cabaret Theatre . “ With music from The Andrew Sisters to Hip Hop and stories spanning from WWI to Afghanistan, The Pin-Up Girls sing hits inspired by letters home from troops overseas. While singing at their local VFW hall, Leanne and her friends stumble upon a stash of letters that go back a hundred years. Moved by what they find – funny, romantic, heart-breaking – the ladies put on a show that celebrates the guys and gals who fight to defend our country.” Casa stage superhero Lindsey Rushen-ed over a pair of tickets.
Ace of a deal: Co-workers of Son No B Good at Fidelity Investments were thrilled to tell Mr. B that he had been promoted … out of their office. “He wasn’t there much anyway,” the chorus said snidely. “One hour of work and out to the golf course.” Mostly Fort Worth golf courses, because Mr. B taught Son No B Good the value of a dollar. Fort Worth Parks & Recreation Department has three outstanding courses, all different, all challenging in their own way. Golf guru Dave Lewis putted over a weekday foursome with carts at your choice of course … Rockwood, Pecan Valley or Meadowbrook. The Fort Worth golf pros offer a fabulous annual pass deal for individuals, retirees and families, deep value for those who want lessons and, at Rockwood, a cool, out-sized version of WeGolf.
I wish I could win: a Wish With Wings grants magical wishes for young Texans with life-threatening medical conditions. “It takes everything (for parents) just to keep their child alive. There’s no time, money or energy for anything else.” To provide these gracious gifts, a Wish With Wings has to raise money and receive donated services. The Oct. 19 Kitchens Tour fundraiser at Walsh Ranch offers bites to eat and tours of 10 Walsh model and custom homes. As an added perk, participants can tour the Fort Worth Magazine Dream Home, which is being built at Walsh Ranch by Sean Knight Custom Homes. Tickets for the whole shebang are $40 and B2B Insider is feasting on the two pair of tickets Leslie Irwin at a Wish With Wings granted us.
This mad scientist is ghoulish: Not to be out-costumed for early Halloween nights of fright, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will celebrate ghouls, ghosts, goblins and everything in between Oct. 11. It’s Science on Tap time and that means grown-ups get their chance to celebrate Halloween. Mad scientist Anne (not related to Carlos) Santana reiterates that when “the sun goes down and the moon appears, the haunts will howl as they do on this day each year. The experiments will be gross and full of mystery, we’ll even delve into some haunted history.” Anne has two pair of two VIP tickets for a bagful of tricks and treats, “so come and join us if you dare…”
Congratulations to the September 18th
Prize Winners:

  • Jennifer Smith, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
  • Michael Barnett, SLB Architects
  • Shelley Whatley, Carlton Staffing
  • Lorene Purcy, Alliance Lending
  • Tracy Georges, Transwestern
She related to Quick Draw? The Balcom Agency , founded by Stuart Balcom, has that “B” on its building off I-30 and Summit Ave. Originally, Mr. B was owner/tenant, but Balcom grew and grew (to 50ish peeps) and Mr. B was bounced. The Balcom employees all have nicknames. Lauren Kimberlin, a former Chamber digital diva, married her Texas Tech fandom and digital work at Balcom and came up with the very clever "Click on the Draw."    
Conspiracy theory: Mr. B has lost 19 straight years in the Chamber’s Forte Awards / Small Business of the Year competition. But not this year, baby! He’s going to get way ahead with the free Help Session – at Locavore with free breakfast – that features winning tips from Chamber insiders and previous winners and he is not going to tell you the date. Application deadline is..ah …ah…October 15th!
We (heart) this: Sept. 29 is World Heart Day and the American Heart Association & American Stroke Association, which is a division of Heart, are working on a decade (2020-30) of major plans. Early discussions include going global, deeper involvement with brain and cognitive health, and a healthier life, one extended by two years on average.
OK, there is an extra ‘e’: Nellie Autrey, Branch Manager of a Wells Fargo in north Fort Worth, is married to (Singing Cowboy) Gene Autrey, who does auto financing for Chase .  
Blunt talk: “80 percent of HR people are Human Rules, not Human Relations,” says Darien George, Managing Partner of Mackenzie Eason. “We need to move HR from the back office to the front office. It should be more intentional about producing superstar employees. It should be more about people and not rules.”
“The No. 1 mistake I see in business plans is the financial assumptions.”

--Shannon Watt
trainer for FW Business Plan Competition
Hoop it up: Steve Meek, President and CEO of Fulcrum Group, Inc., which was a 2017 Chamber Small Business of the Year honoree, is a certified Special Olympics basketball coach and teaches at new coaches camps.
Shoppe-ing with Sharon: Sharon Leite, a TCU Neeley partner and CEO of The Vitamin Shoppe, was the featured guest at Dean Daniel Pullin (teeth)’s first Tandy Executive Speaker Series breakfast. Some of her comments:
  • “A business has to have great analytics – demographic and psychographic.”
  • “It’s amazing how many businesses don’t ask their customers what they want.”
  • On the future of retail: “People go to Amazon as their Google search and bounce back out.”
  • “70% of young consumers start their shopping on a mobile device.”
Age & beauty: Byrne Construction Services is 96, the oldest general contractor in Fort Worth. Chairman John Avila insists he hasn’t been there the entire time. 
Kudos, Frost Bank: All 30 participants in the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition entered a plan and already have earned a new laptop and a $10k line of credit from presenting sponsor Frost Bank . Top 10 plans are announced tomorrow and the semi-finalists compete in a pitch presentation Oct. 10 at UNTHSC (it’s free to attend). Eventual winner gets $10k cash and thousands more of in-kind services. 
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September Meetup
Sept. 26 - 5:30 p.m.
Meso Maya
2020 Small Business of the Year Help Session
Oct. 1 - 8:30 a.m.
Mayor's International Luncheon
Oct. 2 - 11:30 a.m.
Colonial Country Club
Night Vision
Oct. 11 - 7:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
City Visit 2019: Phoenix
Oct. 13 - 15
Phoenix, AZ

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