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Owner Reed Pigman of Texas Jet knows how to throw a 40th anniversary celebratory luncheon, jet fueled by trivia games about movies, books and songs from 1978. Did you know the Bee Gees had three of Billboard's top four songs -- Shadow Dancing (1), Night Fever (2) and Stayin' Alive (4)? On hand to party on, Garth, among others, was Chris Strayer, left, the Chamber Senior Vice President of Business Attraction, Retention and Expansion, Pigman 1978, center, Pigman hisownself today. Oh, and the No. 3 song in 1978 was You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone. 

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Art of the deal: There was no Pre-K back in the day and Mr. B was expelled from kindergarten, his first year of school, because he was a non-stop hummer. All this to explain why he never won a gold ribbon for art until first grade, when the cover illustration for his novella A Beautiful Peanut wowed judges. And all that to explain why he could have been available -- yes, you, Camp Fire First Texas -- to be a judge for An Artists' Christmas Art Auction and Gala. Camp Fire's marvelous marketer Christy Jones says there's no judging and probably could get a Blagg, a Campbell, a Sobel lined up anyway. Mr. B only would add a zoo-like atmosphere, which is appropriate because the Nov. 10th gala is at the Fort Worth Zoo's new African Savanna. There's dinner, cocktails, luxury auction packages and, of course, the year's best art auction, all to raise money to light the fire within young people that want to shape the world. You can keep up with the Christy Joneses with these two tickets to the gala and auction. 

You can ring my bell: Riscky's has been doing barbecue for 91 years; the original on Azle Avenue is still open. Pavlov's PR pro Claire Bloxom Armstrong hasn't been around all 91 years, but she knows the bidness as well as anybody but owner Eddie Sullivan. Claire says 91 doesn't mean you can't be new. One recent add to the menu is Brisket Bites, pieces of smoked prime brisket deep-fried in a seasoned batter and served with Riscky's new homemade barbecue ranch. There's also a pecan smoked sea salt seasoning for steaks, seafood, baked potatoes, and the Steakhouse has thicker Angus bone-in filets and strips and with a magic "Risckys Dust." Claire says try it yourownself with this $50 gift card courtesy of Pavlov.

Not the new normal: This is not the Children's theater. For mature audiences only, Casa Ma├▒ana presents Nov. 3-11 Next to Normal, winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Next to Normal is an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, with focus on the mother who is struggling with worsening bi-polar disorder. "With an energetic pop/rock score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that will take you into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart." Casa's Lindsey Rushen-ed over a pair of tickets for opening night. 

How safe are you at work? The final Fort Worth Business Press Business for Breakfast this year is Oct. 31 at the Fort Worth Club and the focus is Workplace Violence/Active Shooter. Krish Patel sent over two seats and Mr. B ... can't get in. Seems one of the panelists did a security check and didn't like the tone or the content of B2B Insider and declared Mr. B a terrorist to the English language and culture. Which made Mr. B angry, very angry, and it's all the more reason he shouldn't be going to this breakfast. Alas, there is a seat for two readers. Is your place of business prepared in the event of a violent incident? Businesses, school districts, government agencies and other organizations are re-assessing how to deal with these all-too frequent incidents. Here's a chance to hear tips from the experts. 

Congratulations to the October 10th
Prize Winners: 
  • Kendal Smith Lake, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Cheryl Callahan, SporTherapy
  • Michelle Wessel, Nolan Catholic H.S.
  • Paul Reuland, Quarles Lumber
  • Jason Duling, Johnson Controls
  • Tyler Emler, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Martin Garcia, Texas Secure Title
  • Steve McCune, McCune Companies
  • Sandi Mitchell, Apex Mastery
  • Leila Peeples, MedStar Mobile Healthcare
  • Steve Pegler, Whitney Smith Company
  • Shalyn Trantham, HUB International
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Seriously! Today is National Support Your Chamber Day. Go, Chamber, Go! Mr. B is wondering how he gets one of those days hisownself. The best news from monthologist John Fletcher is that October is National Cookie Month. Anybody with leftover Girl Scout cookies?

Name game: Adam Lawyer is a CPA with Dixon Hughes Goodman.

Your first lesson: Katie Flinn, the top golf instructor at Topgolf in Fort Worth, says her teaching versus her playing takes "more patience and better communication." Her observation during lessons that she offered is "men try harder, women listen better." She says Topgolf's flat surfaces are a better teaching ground for beginners, who she starts with an 8-iron.

No disrespect, but: Included in Spectrum Enterprise account exec Tim Halden's territory is 76115. He asked a roundtable of five if any knew where it was. None did. Siri has found 76114 and 76116, but Mr. B still is driving and looking.

Grounds as beautiful as the artwork: Midland-raised, Fort Worth-settled brother/sister act William Grella and Margery Gossett have owned Artspace 111 since 2007. They hosted a Chamber event and the gallery space, the art, the vibe are way too cool for Mr. B. The patio and beautifully landscaped grounds are incredibly inviting for events.

Time is running out: If you were nominated for Chamber Small Business of the Year or want to apply yourownself, which is legal, you have only until next Friday to complete and submit your application. The form is online and can be reached here. This year's competition has been broadened to include these categories: Technology, Emerging Business, Consumer/Retail, Service, and Manufacturing/Distribution. There also will be a Best of Show Award (2019 Overall Winner for Small Business of the Year).
"We thought they made a huge mistake, but we took the award anyway."   

--David Wilk, Four Day Weekend
on winning national community college award

Kudos: Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County is one of five companies earning a TXU Energy Leadership Award. Meals on Wheels aided TXU Energy customers with energy bill pay assistance through almost $9,000 of TXU Energy Aid funds and helps its clients with fans, air conditioners and heaters.

Kudos, too: Presidents Vince and Buddy Puente and their employees at Southwest Office Systems have been named 2018 Minority-Owned Business Achievement Winner by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Said Vince: "This award is validation of our team's hard work and dedication."

No electricity would have real IMPACT: TechFW celebrated 10 years of its IMPACT Luncheon and 20 years of existence last week during a stormy Tuesday at TCU. And almost did so without electricity. Set-up was done in 90 percent darkness. One could only guess how lunch was being prepared. About 10 minutes before the 11 a.m. start, the lights came on and the event went off without a noticeable hitch. "Until 15 minutes ago, we were going to show IMPACT without electricity," said emcee David Wilk of Four Day Weekend. "We (Four Day) do improvisation ... just like this event."

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