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How did mega-sized communications/technology company DataVox out of Houston choose Fort Worth as its second business site? It didn't hurt that three children of DataVox executives attend Texas Christian University. "(We) knew and loved the area," said Steve Weber, Enterprise Sales Manager. He also mentioned that DataVox preferred the vibe in Fort Worth to any other D/FW community. DataVox hosted a Chamber Business After Hours last Thursday at WeWork ClearFork. More pix coming soon to our online gallery.

L to R: Justin Terry, Vision FW member; Steve Weber and Jared Hislop, DataVox Houston; and Megan Brown; MB Marketing LLC.

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Making our Case: Before The Raymond Team promoted Kelly Case to test the comfortability of every mattress in its 3,701,842-bed hotel empire, she was the sales manager at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Medical Center. That is where Mr. B expects to live in retirement, catered daily with breakfast and five nights a week with cocktails and light meals. He'll swim, play mini golf and sit under the misters by the pool on hot summer days. In his suite are two TVs for two games at once. And if ever, God forbid, he were sick, it's just steps away from the finest healthcare anywhere. Though not on site, Kelly still is on the Case for B2B Insider. She has a one-night stay in a King Studio with the breakfast and complimentary parking. 

An Outlet for your shopping desires: Tanger Outlets in Fort Worth opened a year ago this Friday and it didn't take long for GM Melissa Garcia to get immersed in the community. This is the last week of Tanger's PinkStyle, a breast cancer awareness campaign during which you can donate $10 and receive an Unlimited Use Pink Savings Card for 25% off a single item at participating stores. Any time of year, though, you can shop more than 70 brand name and designer stores at Tanger Outlets in Fort Worth and use the Little Red Book of Big Savings. Get it at Shopper Services to optimize your Tanger shopping experience. Melissa opted to optimize your shopping experience, too, with a Tanger $50 gift card. 

Chick-lets: Mr. B was pondering the number of chickens needed for the 350,000 pounds of white meat that Meggie and John Schissler need annually for their north Fort Worth and Hurst Chicken Salad Chick locations. And he decided to quit the newsletter business and become a chicken farmer. (Side note: Their eggs can be used in making mayo, too.) Anybody in with Mr. B? If not, he suggests just going to Chicken Salad Chick for the bestest, freshest chicken salad, whether it's spicy, savory, BBQ, fruity, nutty, BLT'd, or just plain ol' chicken salad. You won't even have to count calories because the Chicksters have it on the menu. Meggie sent a certificate for two large Quick Chick flavors, two large side items, three buttercream flower cookies and two Koozies.

A worthwhile project: Project 4031(from Psalm 40:31) promotes "peace through physical, emotional and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their families." Necessities include caring employees and volunteers, money and other donations. The non-profit has a dinner and auction fundraiser Nov. 8 at the Fort Worth Club and Executive Director Kendall Riddell provided a pair of tickets. Whether it's Disney World for a child in Bedford or medical equipment for someone in Belize, Project 4031 is there to help "struggling families meet basic needs." 

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8 is great: Matt Loeffelholz (easier to write than pronounce) handles entrepreneur law issues for Rattikin Law. He says he was destined to be an attorney after winning a school debate ... as an 8-year-old.

They are really cookin': Locavore (test kitchens/event center) is one of three finalists in tomorrow night's free Capital One Business Plan Competition put on by the city's Office of Small Business. Founded in May by Cortney Gumbleton and Carlo Capua, Locavore already is profitable, has expanded to four test kitchen locations and has 23 active business clients. Cortney says Locavore is for 1) dreamers, 2) side hustlers, and 3) existing restaurants with a need to expand. Carlo says Locavore is for anyone who can pay their bill on time.

Not counting, but ... Just 73 days until you can board Trinity Metro's TexRAIL to Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport. Mr. B saw a sneak peak of ad agency JO Design's commercials and he hopes the rides are as much fun as the commercials.

Can we close that distance? Billionaire Tilman Fertitta is the sole owner of Landry's, Inc., hotels and casinos, the Houston Rockets and more. When Mr. B got a prize giveaway email entry from Melissa Fertitta, Principal, GZ&P Consulting, the eyes bugged out of his head with dollar signs. "Melissa, you related?" he asked, fingers crossed. "Distantly!" she exclaimed. "All my family is from Shreveport. There were five brothers that came to this country and their families spread out from there."

Winning! every day: Oct. 7 is a memorable day for Topgolf's Candice Stinnett. It is the anniversary -- eight years this month -- of a successful stem cell transplant from a non-related donor. It put her lymphoma in remission and started her on a journey of a healthy, active lifestyle and annual "bucket list" of accomplishments. She has completed marathons and triathlons, and this year she competed in her first physique competition. She won novice class and finished second overall.

'Never...was so much owed by so many to so few.': If you loved Churchill movies Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, and television's The Crown, then Fort Worth Country Day has the fish & chips to make your day. The school is hosting a free one-hour community lecture by Winston Churchill expert, Phil Reed, Tuesday Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Reed is the former director of the Cabinet War Rooms and creator of the Churchill Museum, and travels internationally to give symposiums on Churchill's life and accomplishments.
"I save all my calories for the lobster macaroni & cheese."   

--Gloria Starling on her favorite menu item
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Do you have friends this nice? During a reception honoring Cantey Hanger attorney Ralph Duggins, appointed Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission chairman in 2018, Carter Smith, executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, presented the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge a check for $200,000. It was a matching grant for the $100k the Friends raised.

There's no business like TCU business: The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center is now the TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Rodney D'Souza, a leader in entrepreneurship education and research, successful business owner and angel fund manager, joins TCU Neeley as managing director of the Institute and the Davis Family Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Mr. B doesn't know the Davises so he asked TCU's Elaine Cole if the Davis Family might also adopt an innovative Mr. B Newsletter-in-Residence.

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 accessed here. This year's competition has been revamped to include five new 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) presented at the Mayor's State of the City.

Is there a doctor in the house? TCU and UNTHSC have announced that their medical school has been awarded preliminary accreditation. So, preliminarily they can begin recruiting up to 60 students, who go to school the first year for FREE, thanks to Paul Dorman of DFB Pharmaceuticals. Students will be Dorman Scholars when they begin next July. Not ready for med school, Mr. B is applying to be a Dorman Dummy, Class of 2022.

Over the river: The Chamber is curious about your transportation patterns to downtown, the West 7th area and the Cultural District. This survey will require about five minutes of your time, and your individual responses are confidential and will never be shared, not even with Mr. B. 
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