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The Chamber's Women's Insight Network (WIN) held a workshop Nov. 16 titled "Empowering Women For Success: Creating Ideal Workplaces for Women." Dr. Pushkala Raman, Texas Woman's University, presented research findings showing women value benefits and flexible schedules above environment and even salary, and that "culture trumps rules." Look for a future Monday blog post with details. Pictured here are Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Dr. Pushkala Raman, Deanna W. Titzler, Cynthia Pollard, Dr. Maria E. Barua, Shannon Mantaro, Tracy Irby, Jody Rodriguez, Dr. James Lumpkin, Dr. Jason R. Lambert, all of TWU.

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What's on your plate? Past results are no guarantee of future performance, but still thought you might be interested in this review from last Thanksgiving of a Greenberg Smoked Turkey. "Best Turkey Ever. Every year we have gotten a Greenberg. Always the best. Affordable, too. All other turkey (suffer in comparison) after eating Greenberg!" Again, no turkey guarantees here. What is guaranteed is Keishi High at Southside Bank. She again has cooked up a plan for B2B Insider to give away a beautifully smoked and very smokey, holiday, 10-pound Greenberg Smoked Turkey from Tyler, TX., home of Southside Bank. If your name is drawn this week to win the turkey, you MUST contact Keishi by Dec. 7. Otherwise you're going to miss out and be the only turkey served up at your Christmas get-together. 

Ice, Ice, Baby: If you haven't had brain freeze, you might remember the story about how Mr. B broke his ankle within two feet after having entered his first and only ice skating rink. Since then, he skates only from fearful situations, responsibility and decision making. That doesn't mean he won't watch and be wistful. You, too, can watch or wing it at Panther Island Ice. The Trinity River Vision Authority has brought back daily ice skating until Jan. 14. Every day ... holidays, too. TRV skate medalist Megan McMullen looped, salchow-ed, flipped, lutz-ed and axel-ed her way to the Chamber offices with a set of four skate rentals for two readers.

UENTERIDRAW: A Chamber member who wishes to remain anonymous had a bad week. Read along and you'll see why she wishes to remain anonymous. Her account was hacked from Germany and she emailed all her contacts a document that MUST BE SIGNED IMMEDIATELY! Then Outlook moved her to its Beta site and she wasn't getting emails on her desktop or phone. After 10 hours, she realized they were going to a delete file. So upset, she hurled her phone. Ooops. Thankfully, there's UBREAKIFIX. Edgar Rodriguez is the local franchisee and he's happy to repair your cell phone, tablet or computer whether it's Apple, Google, Samsung, whatever... game console repairs, too. Edgar fixed up B2B Insider with a cell-helmet glass screen protection, a liquid screen protector that includes a replacement guarantee up to $300.

Developing professionals: When Mr. B was seeking a job at the New York Times, he went to ask staffing superstar Clint Reese for help. If not there, Mr. B told Clint, maybe The Free Press in Mankato, MN. or the Times-Journal in Selma, AL. Clint worked it...and worked it ... and in 2005, Clint got Mr. B the gig at B2B Insider. Clint moved along from staffing to training. He's now Clint Reese - Professional Development Trainer. He trains in a variety of areas, mostly doing personality assessments and instructing on communication skills, Emotional Intelligence and generational team building. Mr. B traded all the (namesake) Reese's candy bars he bagged during Halloween for eight hours of Clint's instruction at your office. 

Congratulations to the November, 14th 
Prize Winners: 
  • Dan Claterbough, Ubeo Business Services
  • Candice Stinnett, Topgolf
  • Pepper Sims, Pepper-L Specialties
  • Gregory Alvarado, Spectrum Reach
  • Benita Harper, Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund
  • Justin Riddle, Elan River District
  • Carolyn Holt, Royer Commercial Interiors

Express-ing oneself...seriously? Accounting and finance search specialist Sara Beth Hooper at Express Employment Professionals shared some of the more outrageous -- and true -- excuses the firm has heard for people missing work assignments:
* Dyed my hair and it came out green.
* I used up all my sick days so I called in dead.
* I woke up at 4 a.m. and had a bad feeling about today.
* My momma's getting out of jail and we're having a party for her.

Not horsing around: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame -- psst: one of the best membership deals in town -- is renovating its second floor to house It's Never Just a Horse. It's a five-exhibit celebration of how "horses have impacted the lives of women and pays tribute to the power of women, the power of horses and the special bond that exists between the two." The five areas are Ranching, Competing, Inspiring, Healing and The Business of the Horse.

Unscripted: Brandom Gengelbach, the Chamber's Executive Vice President - Economic Development, spoke recently to the Central Area Council members at the downtown Fort Worth Public Library. Five highlight quotes:

* "Businesses (re-locating) look at data before anything else."
* "No. 1, provide data; No. 2, facilitate; No. 3, consulting. That's our mission to provide."
* "Nashville. Columbus. Des Moines. Oklahoma City. Kansas City. We need to up our game. Everyone else is. Don't get me started on Oklahoma City. It put its money where its mouth is."
* "Fort Worth is friendly. Are we welcoming?"
* Why a regional Chamber? "There are 41 municipalities in Tarrant County. Fort Worth is the magnet for the west side."

The band plays on ... without him: After six years and two high schoolers, Handyman Matters' franchisee Brett Jeffreys is pretty much done with his all-in relationship with the Mansfield High band. His daughter and son both marched three years and with football over, withdrawal begins. However ... Brett says he can't promise he won't get a hankering to help out next season. Ya know, he is quite handy.

Chip off the old block(head): The First Tee Fort Worth is looking to raise funds to open a Ben Hogan Learning Center (golf/life training facility) at Squaw Creek in Parker County. Dec. 7 is a day of unique and fun individual and foursome competitions at Squaw Creek. Plus golf. Mr. B, who has a big mouth, has offered to open it and leave it open in case anyone can chip a ball inside from 60 yards. Hope Matt at MedStar has an ambulance on alert.

"Most men speak in bullet points; most women speak in stories." 

--Judy Hoberman, speaker/mentor
at Business Assistance  Center Breakfast

Sing a Song for Sixpence x 20 million: The new $53-million TCU Music Center will be named the Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, thanks to a $10 million gift from a group of donors led by David and Dana (TCU alumna) Porter. Set to open in fall 2020, the center will have 700 seats and is designed acoustically as a grand concert hall. "Fort Worth was blessed to be home to Van, and the Van Cliburn Concert Hall will be a continuation of that blessing for performing arts at TCU and in Fort Worth," David Porter said.

Bowling season: The teams for the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
should be known within a week.  The game is Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the  TCU campus. Dr. Chris Howard, President of Robert Morris University and retired Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, is the 2018 recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award. Fifty-six were nominated for the award that honors those who made an impact in the military and college football. Team Rubicon, an international disaster response non-profit, is the recipient of the Great American Patriot Award in recognition of its exemplary service to the United States.
Elvis has left the building. NOT! In these paragraphs, Keith Hollar, CPA with CalvettiFerguson, is better known as ELVIS!!!!! Keith is near the top of the thousands of King impersonators. Since 2001, he has had audiences All Shook Up and he said women still swoon when he passes out (sweaty) scarves.

No debating this: Tribute from Martin Noto, President of First Financial Bank, after Larry and Karen Anfin were recognized as Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Professional Fundraisers. "I do not know a couple that gives as much to our community as the Anfins do! I am proud that Larry serves as an Advisory Board Member for First Financial Bank! Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Anfin."

Bus-sing artists: Eight North Texas artists are being sought for Trinity Metro TEXRail stations. Have to be at least 18 and work in any two-dimensional media. Deadline to enter is 1/7/19; TEXRail to the airport begins Jan. 5.

Kudos -- Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director, Business Diversity & Entrepreneurship Advocate at the City of Fort Worth, has been selected Executive Advocate of the Year by the Dallas/Ft. Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. "Wow, that was totally unexpected!" he said. "Thanks ... to my team for all its hard work."

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West Area Council Member Breakfast presented by UNTHSC

Southwest Area Council Member Breakfas presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth

Leader Insights Series Luncheon  presented by UTA College of Business  

Vision FW Events

YP Wake UP in Sundance Square

Ribbon Cuttings

Christian Brothers Automotive North Fort Worth

Ribbon Cutting: BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas)

Ribbon Cutting: The PARC

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