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Bouyed by the theme "You Belong Here," Fort Worth ISD Superintendant Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner told a large gathering of Fort Worth Chamber members at Cendera Center last week "we're a school district on the rise. We can't do it without you (local businesses)." Scribner was part of a panel discussion with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado. It was moderated by the Chamber's Dr. Anthony Edwards, senior vice president of Talent Development, Acquisition and Retention.

Event recap on our blog here. More State of Education event pics here.

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I'm in the running for this: When you get to be Mr. B's age, the only running you do is to the bathroom, as much as three or four times during the night. The good thing about that is you are awake often...and early, which is perfect to participate in the 37th annual Thanksgiving Day Fort Worth YMCA  Turkey Trot. If you don't run, that's ok; not everybody does. More than 12,000 two- and four-legged participants will cross the start line on Camp Bowie and walk, run or stroll distances anywhere from 1k to 10k. It's a great calorie saver for the big prize...your Thanksgiving Day feast. Chris-(the)-Butler-did-it sent over a race entry, a hat and a t-shirt for four trotters. 

Are there Thin Mints? If you recall all the way, way back to October, Mr. B was dreaming about Girls Scouts cookies on National Cookie Day. It was a good thing for Mr. B that Mallorie Anderson, an account executive with J.O., wasn't on a snack break herownself. She grabbed some of her client Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains and they baked up a batch of eight boxes and got a $10 Kroger certificate for your own cookies and milk party. While you're munching, Mallorie deserves the last PR word: Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains believes in the power of the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). They are "uniting the best of legacy experiences -- like outdoor adventure, camping and the cookie program -- with innovative programs in STEM, robotics, computer science, computational thinking and engineering to ensure every girl's experience is truly one-of-a-kind. 

Who's listening/watching? Megan Brown has this social media down pat. Mr. B is wondering if she might also start lunching and learning the rest of us on just the "social" part. Just sayin'. Next Wednesday at 11:30 at Ensemble (not a cow) Coworking, Megan, the owner of MB Marketing, is presenting Evolve Your Social Media, which basically is EVERYTHING you ever will need to know. Regardless of your social media prowess, walk out of that lunch and you will have the skills to start an agency ... but don't try to compete with MB. From demographics and personalities of each social media platform to setting objectives and goals, this evolution is Darwinian. Don't frown because the social Ms. Brown has a seat for two B2B Insider readers.

Congratulations to the October31st
Prize Winners: 
  • Taylor Hardy, Visit Fort Worth
  • Karen Holcomb, Northern Realty Group
  • Scott Fredricks, Cantey Hanger
  • Max Holderby, Urban Town 
  • Meryl Gunter, Clayton Youth Enrichment
  • Lisa Boyd, Brackett & Ellis

Self evaluation: Dallas Rainwater is a financial advisor with MomentUs Wealth Management. A financial advocate, custodian ... or nerd? Huh? "I often explain to my kids why I get so excited about tax talk," he says. "I'm a nerd and I own up to it."

Great while it lasted: Goose, the show dog, is down. The all-star career is over. Owner Amy Shackelford, GM of Amenities at Frost Tower, says Goose swallowed a sock, necessitating surgery.

Handle with care: Dale Brock owns a Visiting Angels franchise in Fort Worth. He awards a Caregiver of the Year. Monday, it was Willie Jones, a 14-year employee, whose name was called. "When (Willie) works for our staff in facilities, the nurses rave about him," Dale said. "We have other caregivers coming just to meet him... If I need a caregiver, Willie will be the one."

Would you Vox in a box, with a fox? Chamber member DataVox is new to Fort Worth, but huge in Houston. Datavox is everything in technology/security in the communications/connectivity space. The executive team includes four Fergusons, sons of the Scottish founders. Three children of executives attend TCU, "so we knew and loved the area." Datavox, which hosted a recent Chamber Business After Hours at WeWork, says Fort Worth is "underserved for what we provide."
"Next time you hear Welcomemat, I hope you'll think of me (small business marketing) and not the door mat."   

-- Alyson McDonald
Welcomemat of Greater Fort Worth

B-I-N-G- (O-my)! Krystal Bybee, business manager at The Rios Group, wasn't giving Mr. B the business. She says she has helped the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) with a fundraiser that benefits The Herd, a program in the Stockyards of Visit Fort Worth. Think Bevo and bingo. Attendees buy spaces on a bingo card and a member of the hustlin' Herd puts down his chips. If it's your number, you win. The event raises more than $15,000.

It's just business: TCU Neeley School of Business Dean (He's a) Homer Erekson says Fort Worth is a "heartbeat of entrepreneurship ...and you ain't seen nothin' yet." There is, of course, the recently announced TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

11/11: Sunday is the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Fly your flag! And watch this year's Tarrant County parade
through downtown Fort Worth on Main St. and Houston St. Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Sat. Nov. 10 at the courthouse.

Head over heels: Ethel Steele, Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Taplett, entered to win a gift certificate, though she "doesn't like to shop. But I have a teenage girl, Isabel, 17, who more than makes up for my lack of enthusiasm. Especially when shoes are involved."

Fantasy / pipe dream: For you players, the average winning score in ESPN Fantasy Football matchups during 2017 was 121.5. Last week, Mr. B scored 149.4 ... and lost by 76.3 points.
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