December 4, 2019
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At the Nov. 5 Impact Your Business luncheon at Joe T Garcia's, attendees learned all about hiring veterans and their benefit to the workplace. A distinguished panel spoke on the value veterans bring to organizations and businesses, and noted the importance of their leadership and adaptability skills. There are more than 42,000 organizations that assist veterans in the U.S., and the panel mentioned steps companies take to not only hire, but also retain veterans in their workforce.

Pictured (L to R):  Steven Gonzalez, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County; Patrick Alcorn, Veterans Business Outreach Center; Jaime Ortiz, JDog Junk Removal; TD Smyers, United Way of Tarrant County.
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Lunch for a bunch: Carlo Capua, co-owner of Z’s Café and Catering , co-founder of Locavore and emcee on demand, has cooked up a new dish … a weekday lunch buffet from 11:30-1:30 at the Woman's Club of Fort Worth Catering & Tea Room . A recent week’s menu included stir-fry chicken, seared salmon and meatloaf. Every lunch includes soup of the day (Mr. B waits for egg drop day), salad and dessert bars, rolls and a drink. It’s $13, gender neutral (the diners, not the food) and a dress code is required, but Mr. B isn’t sure if you bring your own or use the Women’s Club’s. Just in time to celebrate your workers or friends, Carlo has gifted a dine-in lunch for up to 10 people.
A family affair: Mr. B has five siblings. The family is three attorneys, a doctor, a CPA and a newsletter writer. Not one can sing. The Annie Moses Band is six siblings. Not one can write a newsletter. But they sure can strum and hum a few tunes, usually classical, Americana, progressive folk and jazz. Grandma Annie Moses was all about North Texas, but the band has spread its harmonies to sing at places such as the Grand Ol’ Opry and Carnegie Hall. You can experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the Annie Moses Band Thursday Dec. 19 in the intimate Reid Cabaret Theater at Casa Mañana.   Enjoy classics such as “Carol of the Bells,” “O Holy Night,” and many more holiday favorites. Casa fav Lindsey Rushen-ed over two pair of tickets.
Garden party: Annually, the No. 2 requested B2B Insider giveaway is Gordon Boswell Flowers for Valentine’s Day. Thousands of requests that would get you off the hook, spare your traditional Valentine’s Day anxiety meltdown and make you look rosy. It’s not going to happen before Christmas. Instead, GM Cheri Kirkman and her band of elves will brighten your 2019 holidays with a charming garden basket filled with bright, blooming plants in traditional holiday colors of crimson and white. It’s trimmed with real pine cones, gleaming red ornaments and velvet ribbons. Miss Manners says it is perfect as a table centerpiece, by a fire, in a guest bathroom or next to the cookies and milk for Santa.
Watch what you say: Jason Scoggins of Alpha Industries got a recruiting call and job offer about two years ago. “You’d have to buy the company to get me,” Jason told the caller from Pennsylvania. The guy did. Jason remains as COO and his chief operating goal is to be-friend B2B Insider readers with the best coffee in existence. Alpha dog Jason is in holiday mode and went far north for this giveaway gem. Alpha is supplying Bold North, Reindeer and Chocolate Wonder flavored coffees, holiday plaid and Bah Humbug mugs, and a holiday Raccoon stainless tumbler. Santa will feel right at home Christmas Eve.
Congratulations to the November 20th
Prize Winners:

  • Lisa Hasbach, Pinstripes
  • Brant Ringler, ESPN
  • Teresa Jeffcoat, Privia Medical Group
  • Julio Carrillo, Trinity Habitat for Humanity
Not ALL in the family: “I have five siblings and I couldn’t work with all of them,” said John Ashour, President of Interconnect Wiring. “But (younger sister) Clare is great. She’s been vice president since the first day. She’s a good sibling; the others not so good.”
Get your game on: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at Neeley School of Business at TCU, says the greatest generational divide is gaming. That’s important, he says, because future work spaces will be a marriage of gaming and productivity.
Universities for $100: Sara Fishbane is Relationship Manager - Premier Partnerships for Bellevue University. The university is in Bellevue, Nebraska (outside of Omaha), but Sara works here and says "who would ever want to leave Fort Worth." She mostly recruits students from  Tarrant County College's  six campuses. "If a TCC student wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree through our online programs and even later pursue a graduate degree, I can help with that process." Ok, so why attend Bellevue? "We have military friendly pricing for several programs, have a generous transfer policy so students don’t have to re-take courses, and offer cohort programs that are ideal for the working professional."
The boss believes…: The Chamber’s new series, Oval Table, is a more intimate discussion with community leaders. Mark Nurdin, regional market President for Bank of Texas and past Chair of the Chamber, was the most recent guest. Some of his thoughts:
·       “If you have the right people on the team, there’s not a lot you can do to screw it up.”
·       On slow-to-adapt employees: “Is it a matter of skill or will?”
·       Coaching and performance-based sessions with employees are very different conversations.
·       “Getting a top performer to improve incrementally is better than getting a low performer to average.” 
Deposits and dish washing: Spouses Patsy and Oscar Oaxaca own a company and work together. They insist they don’t bring Basecom business home with them, although it was much more difficult when they started the company working from the dining room of their Ryan Place home.
“Firing is by far the most emotionally stressful part of the business.”

--Elyse Dickerson, co-founder
TechFW client Eosera
Van go: Those artistic vans around town represent something best described as not-your-father’s library. The Fort Worth Public Library has four delivery vehicles that reflect 1) arts and culture; 2) how “Libraries Rock;” 3) a food truck painted “Food for thought;” and 4) Panther City, a Fort Worth nickname. 
Teammates forever: The North Side High School football team made the playoffs this season for the first time in longer-than-forever. Huge congratulations to head coach Joseph Turner, a former TCU running back. Turner and teammate / defensive end Jerry Hughes graduated in 2010 (Frogs in Fiesta Bowl) and Hughes is a defensive end with the Buffalo Bills. In 2015, he made the first of an annual pledge of $15,000 to help Turner and the Steers.
Read to lead: FWISD board chairman Jacinto Ramos Jr. spoke at the first of a series of breakfasts that comprise the Chamber’s Next Level Executive series. Ramos also is Chief of Governance and Leadership for Leadership ISD, which works with school boards nationally. His recommended reading? 
  • Leadership and Self Deception – Arbinger Institute
  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World - Alexander Grashow, Marty Linsky, and Ronald Heifetz
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't – Jim Collins
  • The Fifth Discipline – Peter M. Senge
  • New Power – Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
You can help: Carlton Staffing is looking for 300 donated coats to disburse for those in need for the holidays. Contact Paul McCarthy. MedStar is collecting gifts to fill its AmBus through Friday. Contact Matt Zavadsky.
Killin’ it: Speed Fab-Crete chairman David Bloxom was one of four professionals inducted into the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2019 College of Fellows, limited to the top 2% of professionals. And Renfro Foods has been named to the 2019 Texas Family Business Hall of Fame class by Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business.
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Vision FW: YP Wake Up
Dec. 6 - 8:00 a.m.
Sundance Square Pavilion
Women's Insight Network: Corporate Roundtable
Dec. 10 - 3:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Chamber
Impact Your Business
Dec. 11 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's "La Puertita"
December Meetup
Dec. 12 - 5:30 p.m.
Heim BBQ on the River
Economic Development Update
Dec. 18 - 8:00 a.m.
Ridglea Country Club
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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