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If you're new to the Chamber or just looking to jump start your involvement, Membership 101 at Ridglea Country Club is just for you. There is humor (audience supplied). There is tons of information (with a side of No-Doze) and about 50 other businesses to fast forward your networking. These three left with 217 leads. Maybe that was 2.17. L to R: Virginia Chisholm-Park with SpreadBoss, a division of T.G. Mercer, Inc.; Mitch Vincent and Preston Bauman, both of Imagetek Office Systems. To view additional event pics, here .
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Just desserts: Someone named Compton or from Compton, CA. or involved with Workman's Comp(ton) is talking off the record at the Chamber's Annual Meeting June 5 and it's a good guess that the Chamber website has better info than that. More important is what Presenting Sponsor Dannon and host Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel executive chef James Morris have baking for dessert. A source (or rumor monger) says it might be Greek Yogurt Shortcakes topped with strawberries and basil and covered by a piping of Dannon Greek Yogurt Chantilly Cream. Are you hungry yet? Boss Miserly Mistress has been out of pocket so Mr. B pocketed four seats near his in the way, way back for the Annual Meeting luncheon.


Never tires: One entrepreneurial success story that pedaled into our hearts and onto the Convention & Visitors Bureau tout sheet is Cowtown Cycle Party. Vicki Peden's celebratory cycling is in its busy season, but not too busy to announce it is building a large warehouse within the near Southside area and expanding rides there as well.  If you haven't joined the spokes brigade, Vickie has two seats on one of the three weekly Make New Friends Mixer Tour expeditions within downtown Fort Worth. BTW, mixer is a double entendre...have fun. 


I think we're in Utopia, Toto:  Just in time for all the kickball, softball, swimming, dance, baseball and bocce leagues, and family, high school and college reunions and picnics and cruises, Utopia Graphix, promo peeps and screen printers to the stars, has team T-shirts & koozies! Your group receives up to 20 shirts with two-color print and a matching number of Koozies. Ashley may be a Strickler, but she's not a stickler, so ask her to tailor a T or two for your team.  

Heavenly Halo:
This is THE best way to get "hacked!" Scott Hackler sells Halo del Santo cocktail rimmers and lollipops in Fort Worth and Austin stores, including Billy Bob's Texas. Scott popped into the Chamber with some Mexican-style lollipops and fellow employees/reviewers Tootsie Pop and M. Lolly Gag Noe said, "They are good and they are spicy." For one B2B Insider reader, Scott has three tins of margarita salt rimmers and three packages of lollipops.

Congratulations to May 20th Prize Winners:
  • Lisa Grigar, Broude, Smith & Jennings
  • Clint Reese, Spectrum Business
  • Mike Roundtree, Zebra Crossing Agency
  • Meghan Dollar, Priority Power Management
  • Carol Bane, Advantage Supply

Winners will be announced weekly 


Taking work to the grave: Travis Baker is a son working in the family business, All-Star Corrugated. A good son learns the company history. Travis has and relates that his father, George, tells of a supplier that was so large hisownself he wouldn't fit in a casket. George and All-Star built him one. Travis says he doubts caskets would be part of their future sales plan.

A sweet story: Mr. B met Karel Rucker, the owner of Mother Rucker's sweets, nine years ago. She was in a converted Sonic on Camp Bowie. Then she moved to a 7,000-square-foot space in east Fort Worth. She has just moved to 33,000 square feet in southeast Arlington. That's what happens when Costco (U.S. and Canada) and H-E-B want you in all their stores.  

Just wondering: Did a future Fort Worth Mayor - Mattie Parker - just go to work as the chief of staff for Mayor Price Is Right and the city council?  


Better than Ted Williams'.406: At one point this year, Tim Halden of Fort Worth Bike Sharing had shared 22 leads with members of the Chamber's Lone Star Professional Alliance leads group. Eleven of the 22 were closed with business. Wow!  


Silly question? Am-Bass-Adorable Marnie Stites says Guardian Services is looking for a "volunteer coordinator." She looked at Mr. B as if he were a quite a bit askance (as if?) when he asked if "volunteer" were an adjective or part of a noun subject. It's the latter, a paid position.        


Bank shot: Former OmniAmerican / Southside executive Anne Holland is listed on the Chamber board's executive committee as a rep of Barney Holland Oil Co. New home of (husband) Barney & Friends?


No bias here: New member Kerry Balthrop, a CPA, got a great testimonial from Brian, the Chamber's membership mensch. "I will say I've been a satisfied client of Kerry Balthrop all my life," said Brian Balthrop ... her son.

"Thinking salaried employees are not entitled to overtime pay."

                                                --  Decker Jones employment attorney Leslie Hunt,
on biggest mistake employers make about pay

Intimacy & illness: The Velvet Box has teamed with Cancer Care Services for occasional educational seminars. The latest, for licensed mental health and medical professionals, was Starting the Conversation: Clinical Assessment of Sexuality Issues for Patients with Chronic Illness.

Sky Kings: Tassie Gaither of Hawaiian Falls says its Adventure Park component has job openings. You have to be 18 and not afraid of heights.


Teen scene: With its Distinguished Employer of Teens program in conjunction with FWISD's Project Prevail, the Chamber encourages and recognizes teen hiring and best teen employment practices. If your company hires teens, click here to be part of greatness.

Tongue twister: Cyndy Tonniges of TriQuest Technologies says it took her five years to figure TT out ... or until her husband Gary proposed to her. Cindy is a regular attendee and a board member of the Chamber's Job Links Excelerator, which next meets June 3.

Not your father's outhouse: Cally Smoke at MMG Building & Construction Services owns approximately 3,500 port-a-pottys. And then there are the "upscale" restroom trailers that come with pewter fixtures, climate control, China water-saving toilets, skylights, sound systems, hot and cold running water and accoutrements including televisions, fireplaces and WiFi.

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