July 17, 2019
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TCU Head Football Coach Gary Patterson gave insight to coaching behind the scenes to the 171 attendees at July 11th's TCU Football Preview Luncheon at the Amon G. Carter Stadium. Patterson spoke on how to recover after setbacks, the importance of viewing life beyond wins and losses, and how knowing one's own strengths allows someone to recruit the best possible team. The event was presented by Ciera Bank .

Pictured (L to R): Bryan Delgado, Pytchblack ; Blake DeNoyer, Vista Proppants and Logistics ; Ashley H. Ensley, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP ; Steven O. Khoury, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP ; Jonathan Wilke, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP .
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Small businesses, BIG ideas:  E3 is not Emmitt, Ezekiel and Elvis. It’s a Summit, which means huge, important, must attend. The  Chamber’s  inaugural E3 Summit  for small businesses is from 1-6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 1 at  Texas A&M University School of Law . It’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs to discuss relevant subject matter to grow their business, learn from peers and network with industry and thought leaders and fellow entrepreneurs. Two panel discussions, two breakout sessions covering seven topics…all focused on how to, where to, who with and big dreams. At the end of the day, there’s networking, food and drink. After an all-day summit with boss Miserly Mistress, Mr. B was able to wrangle a ticket for two readers.
Wallowing in dough: Melvin Roberson, owner of Dough Boy Donuts , wanted some help in getting the word out about his incredible variety of delicious doughnuts , also known as donot-eats-if-you-are-dieting. Mr. B said sure. He lined up 18 businesses willing to accept two dozen doughnuts as Melvin’s test kitchen. Dough Boy rotates its flavors monthly, and this patriotic month includes a Very Berry, yeast-raised donut with a cream cheese glaze topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and some Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbles. Melvin did think it a bit odd that all taste tester samples were to be delivered to the same address…something called the B Mansion. (Psst: Mr. B saved a dozen each for two readers.)
In love with Louv: Mr. B was 100% positive that The  Botanical Research Institute of Texas ’  An Evening with Richard Louv would be about the Louvre. Turns out Richard is a journalist and author of nine books. He’s speaking about “How Natural Learning Environments Improve the Ability to Learn and Be Creative.” It’s Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Lecture Hall and tickets include a signed copy of his book  Vitamin N.  Said Tracy Friday, director of the BRIT SEED School: “We are thrilled to offer the community this opportunity, providing it with information on ‘Nature-Deficit Disorder’ and our shared commitment to connecting children to the natural world.” And Mr. B is thrilled to offer two tickets to a reader.
Quite a Valient effort:  One day, Mr. B expects to be Zeus-like, similar to fitness freak Clint (Eastwood) Shumate. It may be in a second life, maybe B 2 , and after he graduates beyond 2.5-pound weights. Clint makes his day these days at Valient Life Medical, which offers Myers’ Drip-IV hydration therapy. It’s a fabulous way to get a high dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream, rapidly infused into the circulation without traveling through the digestive tract. Clint says the Drip-IV blend of vitamins and minerals fights dehydration, boosts the immune system and keeps you feeling good. The last Valient winner in B2B improved her performance so well that she is running 100-milers this summer. Enter to get your Drip-IV on.
Congratulations to the July 10th
Prize Winners:

  • Bill Kresser, BBVA
  • Reagan Ferguson, Pressman Printing
  • Julie Lovett, TCU
  • Ginger Johnson, LegacyTexas
  • Erika Hersh, PeopleFund
The King and I: Alan King, Director of Operations, Aloft Hotel, on Hall of Fame comedian Alan King -- “I hear about him all the time. Gotta YouTube him; maybe I am his long-lost son.”
Amen! Amon! The Ultimate Texan , a book and fabulous play (17 sold out performances in Hurst) by former Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber, has two shows scheduled in Fort Worth … August 8 and 9 for members and guests of The Fort Worth Club . There could be more at a Fort Worth theater late in September, but the contract hasn’t been signed.
Levity: Chris Strayer, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President Business Attraction, Retention & Expansion, says he has a “business plan for a combo vet clinic and taxidermy shop. Get your cat back, one way or the other.
Irony: Mitch Whitten, the Executive Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for Visit Fort Worth : “We want people to come here and leave. Chamber wants people to come here and stay.”
Huh? Sign Mr. B up: TechFW’s newest employee arrives with a startup herownself. Devan Peplow and two recently-graduated TCU classmates have licensed an algorithm from a TCU professor and formed Sounde. It’s an app “that breaks apart sounds and then pieces them back together to produce a viable sound in under 50 milliseconds.” Could benefit those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
“If you think it is deductible, keep documentation and ask questions later.”

--Mark Duffy, Tax Partner
Whitley Penn
Banking on Love: Springhill Suites will open this fall on N. Main in the Stockyards where a Wells Fargo bank once existed. Director of Sales Cheryl West says her office will be in what was the old drive-thru. She forked over some info: Tim Love designed the menu for Atico, Springhill’s open-air, roof-top bar, and his company is the Suites’ exclusive caterer.
By the numbers: Lei Testa is the new chair of the Texas Society of CPAs. She is the second CliftonLarsonAllen peep to chair the organization. Ex- Chamber chair Allyson Baumeister led the Texas CPAs during 2015-2016.
Will work for $$$: If you wonder why the Tarrant unemployment rate is so low, check out Trail Drive Management Corp. - Dickies Arena and EECU at the Chamber’s jobs site .
Maybe they could expand the list? Robert Francis, editor of the Fort Worth Business Press , emailed Mr. B about submitting B2B Insider for his publication’s 2019 Top 100 lists. Bob must have forgotten last year; Mr. B finished 1,104,000 among Top 100 newsletters. Your business probably is better than B’s, so the deadline to enter for Tarrant County’s lists of top private companies is July 30. Recognized Top 100-ites are in the money Aug. 14 during a luncheon at Ridglea Country Club .
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Chamber Engagement Insight
July 18 - 3:30 p.m.
Power of Social Media
Aug. 6 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's La Puertita
Vision FW: July MeetUp
July 31 - 5:30 p.m.
Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe

Fort Worth's Art Scene
Aug. 13 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's La Puertita
Small Business Summit 2019
August 1 - 1:00 p.m.
Texas A&M University School of Law
Ribbon Cutting
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