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Lucinda Ruch is 1A certified about LinkedIn.  Last Tuesday, she spoke to  Chamber members at the Fort Worth Club. Here are a few things participants learned: 
  • If you don't have 500 connections, you're not "considered active."
  • Why aren't you using LinkedIn for sales? It's "a free billboard, free website, SEO searchable and makes suggestions to network you."
  • Average LinkedIn user has income of $106k; 33 percent of millionaires are active on LinkedIn.
  • Graphics, video, photos are important on your profile; and try to get recommendations.
From left to right: Jesse Rangel, TCU; Eduardo Aburto and Juan Aburto, JAK Carpet Cleaning Painting & Remodeling; Julianna Hagar, Murphy's Corporate Lodging.
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Grille-d to perfection: Breakfast may be the most important meal, but lunch is the funnest meal of the day because it's followed by a nap. Do you not get naps where you work? Gloria (she's a) Starling sent over a lunch for two at The Capital Grille, nap included, wink wink. At The Capital Grille, you could get a lobster and crab burger for lunch, a ribeye steak sandwich, a Maine lobster roll, a choice of incredible salads and more...But today, we're talking the signature cheeseburger ... "a blend of short rib, chuck and brisket by Pat LaFrieda with carmelized Havarti cheese." And who is this Pat LaFrieda? A New Jersey meat purveyor that feeds 300,000 people a day across the country with its steaks and blends of burger meats.

Sale of the month: Mr. B has been shopping for coffeemakers so he can jump on the bandwagon and open shared workspace with individual coffeemakers at each desk ... no staff needed. So he hit all 118 Goodwill Industries stores west of 360, including the higher-end boutique one, and now is well percolated. 75 coffeemakers, including the steal of the year, a 12-cup, stainless steel, grind-and-brew Cuisinart in mint-caffeine condition for $15.99. Not as good as the Rolex Steve McCune of McCune Construction found, but it's a CUISINART. There always are fab finds at Goodwill and if you shop March 16, everything is 50 percent off. An even better deal can be had if you win this gift card for $50, thanks to the good will of David and Shay.  

Courting staycationers: Sales sensation Kierstin Dawes may not be the gymnast that Dominique Dawes is, but she ran rings around the head honchos at Courtyard Fort Worth at Alliance Town Center. That floor exercise earned the sales department dynamo a one-night weekend stay with breakfast for two, which Kierstin (balance) beamed over to B2B Insider. The pool area view is to die for and Mr. B started getting sleepy just looking at the soft, comforting king bed. Part of Alliance, judges rate this Courtyard a perfect 10 in every way.

On the road again: If you're looking for action heroes, warlords, anime or raunchy comedy, scroll down. This is your father's giveaway. The Leisure Seeker features actors Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as old folks (typecasting?) on one last road trip to Key West in their aging Winnebago to glorify everything Hemingway. The Donald has early-stage dementia; Helen has early-stage cancer. The Leisure Seeker (nickname of the Winnebago) is featured April 6-8 as part of the continuing Magnolia at The Modern series and Kendal (Jump in the) Lake RV'd over a pair of tickets for three readers. If you go to the Friday night showing, that would coincide with First Friday fun at The Modern ... a two-fer!


Congratulations to the February 28th Prize Winners: 
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  • Suzanne Frossard, North American Title
  • Cynthia Sadler, Signature Cuffs
  • Amber Fogelman, Texas Health - Harris Methodist Hospital
  • Sherry Green, Technology Team
  • Jessica Thomas, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail
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_ _ _ _ & seek: Jekyll & Hyde is at Casa MaƱana this week. That reminds Scott Kirk, Director of Brand Strategy at Pavlov, about a former co-worker who "answered a crossword question 'Jekyll's evil twin' in a four-letter space as 'Hekl.'"

On point: Communications between Pointwise President John R. Chawner and Mr. B didn't mesh well. Pointwise, a Chamber Small Business of the Year, writes engineering software for virtual "wind tunnels" to simulate flows (mesh) of fluid through or around objects. Pointwise's work ranges from artificial heart pumps to Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet. "It's quite an honor to be recognized," Chawner says. "After 23 years in business, I guess you could say we're late bloomers."

Come on down: The Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau is no more. The team that sells Fort Worth to the world -- 9.1 million visitors in 2017 -- now works as Visit Fort Worth. There was more news from last week's Annual Meeting & Breakfast at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
  • President & CEO Bob Jameson described the name change as a "call to action. We're at a remarkable time in the city's history," he said. "The market demand exceeds supply; customers want to be here and can't get in ... the market is telling us it's time to act."
  • Trinity Metro, Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., downtown hotels and Visit Fort Worth will subsidize downtown circular Molly the Trolley. A freebie!
  • A new acoustic music series -- Texas Crossroads -- will begin this year.
  • 2000 attendees to the National Tour Association conference will descend upon Fort Worth in 2019, an incredible opportunity to sell the city.
Neighborly: GROW has taken root. The education collaboration between Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden offers new opportunities to students and families, including Family Exploration Saturdays, Spring Break Family Camps, Come & Grow Field Study Trips for schools and botanical art for children and adults.

"We live in a world where George Jetson is reality."  

-- Councilman Jungus Jordan
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Take me to your leader: Lone Star Professional Alliance Leads Group, which meets Thursdays at 9 a.m. at Ensemble (where's the hyphen?) Coworking, has an open house/recruiting event tomorrow if you'd like to learn more about a Chamber opportunity. On tap -- tacos, coffee and mimosas -- and unlike most Chamber events, there is no two-drink limit.

Orange among the color purple: In just over two years, District Manager Clint Shumate has opened four Orangetheory Fitness -- Montgomery Plaza, Burleson, southwest Fort Worth and last week, Camp Bowie. The franchisors have opened 14 across north Texas.

Name game: Lee Johnson retired, but Lee Johnson Capital Management continued. Now, after a grace period, it will be re-named OverRidge Wealth Advisors. Huh? Said CEO / President Andy Heinz: Growing up with my parents on OverRidge Drive, I learned financial principles and responsible planning for the future ... these childhood memories made a natural fit when I set out to re-name the company."
 
Future NCAA title? Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya says the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and TCU will launch Workshop on the Fundamentals of Orchestra Conducting. When it "scores," maybe some wild arm waving to rival Florida State's tomahawk chop?
 
We're No. 1!!!! The Texas Public Works Association Roadeo champion is Kevin Stone, senior equipment operator with the City of Fort Worth's Transportation & Public Works Department. The victory earned Stone a silver belt buckle and a trip to Kansas City in August to ride roughshod in the national competition.

We're No. 8!!!!
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