January 14, 2015  
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These two Chamber members -- Stephen Rios of Carlton Staffing,  and Dustin Conniff of The Graphix Store--were all smiles during last week's Membership 101 event at Ridglea Country Club. During Membership 101, a smattering of veteran members gives a welcome and outline of Chamber opportunities to a larger smattering of new members. For more photos of Chamber events, click here.

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Welcome, welcome, welcome: Fifty years ago, the Chamber was quite active in a start-up ... the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the marketing organization for the city's hospitality industry. Bob Jameson leads the Herd of 50 or so that connects leisure and business visitors to a unique Fort Worth experience. During breakfast Feb 4 at The Ashton Depot, the CVB will deliver its annual report. If you feel hospitable that early in the day and the hotel, restaurant and travel industries are your sales targets, you might pre-qualify for a seat on this excursion.

 

Well, well, well: Path to Wellness Chiropractic is offering an initial consultation, including x-rays and a report of findings, to see what kind of shape you're in. Something GM Steve Gribin calls, "Get to know your spine." After eating the past month, we gluttons probably can't find our spine, much less reach around our gut to get to it. BTW, if your company is interested in having a health fair, Path to Wellness Chiropractic can help because it has a list of more than 150 different organizations it works with. 

 

Cultured approach: Goodness knows it is pretty exclusive to have reclusive Mayor Price Is Right at your event and to get her to speak, too! The Cultural District Alliance (CDA) is celebrating 2014 successes and unveiling 2015 plans at its annual meeting and dinner and why not feature the city's biggest cheerleader. CDAs and supporters are dining Jan. 28 at the very cultured Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum and Hannah Behrens at HGC Real Estate and Residential Development artfully heisted two tickets. 
 
Fit to a T: Mr. B isn't exaggerating when he says the most underrated and overlooked advancement in the history of the world because of the technology revolution is custom T-shirts. Cheaper, faster and smaller order units. What else compares? Not much compares to Jackie Pierce and Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More. The Big Frogs can handle your family cruises and/or reunions, wedding, bar mitzvah and tea parties, kickball team or newborn announcements. Jackie, the Big Frog, has 10 blank t-shirts awaiting your design using its in-house DTG process.

 

Congratulations to Jan. 7 Prize Winners:

  • Michael Davis, Go Higher Internet Marketing 
  • Norm Robbins, Mark Jones CPAs
  • John Schafer, SCORE
  • Andrea Condori, Pavlov
  • Shellie Wright, Main Event
  • Ossana Hermosillo, City of Fort Worth
  • Sherry Green, Technology Team
     

Winners will be announced weekly 

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Treehouse: Including Mr. B's letter requesting a raise, the Chamber recycled enough paper in 2014 to save 32.9 trees.

A great big 'Hi ya'll': Twenty life science businesses from five Pan Alliance countries will be hosted in Fort Worth Feb. 9-20 by TECH Fort Worth. The companies are here via grant funding to learn about expanding their businesses in the U.S. (hint, hint: Fort Worth). After the 11-day visit, the companies receive six months of phone and online mentoring from Tech Fort Worth.

Crime and punishment: New Tarrant County D.A. Sharen Wilson can talk the talk. Some comments before her first day on the job earlier this month: 
  • "The best lawyer is No. 1 ...ethical!"
  • "Dallas has been very good at conviction integrity. I don't think we have that problem, but if someone raises that allegation, we will focus on it."
  • She wants to strengthen the children's division and focus more on elder abuse and elder financial crimes.

Dual-sport star: Real estate reporter Tonie Auer quarterbacked this story from Roger Staubach - Roger worked two jobs from 1970-77, as Dallas Cowboys QB during the season and as a commercial realtor with Henry S. Miller in the offseason. His first sale earned him a $10k commission check; he was making $25k a year with the Cowboys. After winning the Super Bowl following the 1971 season, Henry Miller Jr. called to congratulate him and promote him to vice president. 

 

A sporting kind of guy: Just wondering if Am-Bass-Adorable Bridget Shelton of Embassy Suites sold her husband on the Chamber. Bric Shelton is the newest membership sales rep. He's a great guy to talk sports with, having been a sports producer for Time-Warner Cable and NBC 5, among others. He also assists annually in media operations for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. His volunteer work includes nonprofits Lighthouse for the Blind and American Heart Association

 

Quakin': Tamara Drilling fell out of her ZZZ (V.P.) Chair and raced to the door of her Euless building during one jarring earthquake in Irving last week. "It felt and sounded like a truck hit the building," she said.  

 

Horse tales: The Fort Worth Police Mounted Patrol has saddled into a new facility on Las Vegas Trail. Horses neigh that they love their 5,600 square feet of administrative office space and officers say their 127,000 square feet of barns aren't too shabby, either.

 

Help is near: There will be a sense of urgency and care while Am-Bass-Adorables travel with scissors for the ribbon cutting tomorrow at 4:45 at Complete Care Chisholm Trail, 7445 Oakmont Blvd. This is more than a medical tune-up.   

 

Sales guru: Buxton President & CEO Tom (hisownself) Buxton is just back from NYC, where he was named to the inaugural 25-person National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation's The List of People Shaping Retail's Future. He was recognized under the "Influencer" category.   

"We would be honored to cater this event and can personalize it. Events like these are our bread and butter...groan."
                                                        --Carlo Capua
Owner/Operator Z's Cafe on a written bid
Just askin': Event life is very affordable in Austin. The barbecue lunch on the Capitol grounds for the Jan. 20 Gov. Abbott inauguration is $10. The black-tie event that evening is $75.

We're just FAB! Tarrant County College Trinity River is host to the inaugural Fab Now Conference Friday and Saturday. The Maker Movement is being showcased and Mr. B wasn't familiar with that dance. It is considered the next boogie step toward incorporating 3D printing, laser cutting, the Internet of Things and more. Downtown Fort Worth Inc., RadioShack, XTO Energy, TCC and UTA are involved as sponsors.

Welcome to the neighborhood: Big time looks like this - The 2014 Stock Show and Rodeo had 1,137,000 attendees, 29,000 show entries, awarded $800,000 in scholarship and education grants, raised $7.9 million in livestock auction sales, recycled 1,898 tons of livestock waste and featured 1,200+ cowgirls and cowboys vying for $640,000 in prize money.

Kudos: Red Steagall has been named recipient of the 2015 Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Farm and Ranch Club's W.A. "Bill" King Award for contributions to agriculture or the agri-business industry. He'll be honored Jan. 22 during the Livestock Appreciation Day luncheon.

Light the candles: The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, started by the Chamber in 1965, turns 50 this year. The Warren Buffett-Charlie Munger managed Berkshire Hathaway (Justin Brands, Acme Brick, TTI, BNSF Railway) turns 50 and both founders will write their predictions for the next 50 years and release it during this first fiscal quarter. Tarrant County Junior College was started in 1965 and celebrates the big 5-0 as Tarrant County College this year. Fort Worth South's first strategic plan was 1995. It celebrates 20 years in 2015. And George Fassett founded THUMBTECHS in January of 1995.
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