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Liking this: There's already like 4,500,000 likes of the Facebook Fort Worth data center page and you can't blame them for liking the $70k-a-year jobs that come with it. And Mr. B is liking the idea that Facebook
and Amazon are so close together in Fort Worth that he can get from one screen to the other so much quicker now. Mr. B also is  liking how the Chamber, the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and every business development person in town worked together to bring such a likeable company to town. See more photos of the groundbreaking ceremony  here. And while you're at it, make sure to "like" our Facebook page here.

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Men @ Work: Mr. B was telling Jonathan Jenswold at @ Work Personnel Services (did he just do a double at?) that a recent giveaway to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse drew 211 entries. "Just mention Del Frisco's and you get noticed," Mr. B told Jenswold, who is no dummy, especially when it comes to staffing situations. Jonathan bought a $50 gift card to Del Frisco's for a giveaway and just asked that @Work get mentioned half as many times as Del Frisco's and the residual marketing would be worth $50. So cheers to you, Jonathan, from B2B Insider readers -- Del Frisco's, Del Frisco's @Work, Del Frisco's, Del Frisco's @Work.


Good sports: Actually, great sports. And you'll be sporting if you get this spot at the sportscasters' Talk of the Town July 16 at La Cima Club in Las Colinas. Hall of Famer Eric Nadel (Texas Rangers), Brad Sham (Dallas Cowboys) and Chuck Cooperstein (Dallas Mavericks) talk sports and more sports and more sports. There is 100-plus years of on-air time between the three of them, including 85 in the FW/D market. Anecdotes, banter, ribbing...all for charity. With an assist from hubby Chuck, Karen Berlin Cooperstein of Cooksey Communications dribbled away with one $500 ticket. 


Plenty of space to play: With the Astronaut Wives Club being a surprise summer TV hit, B2B Insider decided to check out its own source for The (W)Right Stuff. Shellie Wright, the sales manager at Main Event in south Fort Worth, has out-of-this-world offerings with bowling, laser tag, video games, billiards, food, drink and more. B2B gets liftoff with this fantastic FUNtastic Night Out at Main Event. It is for up to six guests and includes one hour of bowling with shoe rental, one laser tag game and two-hour timed video game cards.

Going to market: Though many have been branded, pigs unfortunately go to market without a good plan. Or even a Plan B. You, however, can go to market filled like a hog after a strategic talk with a brand expert and a Google expert. Chuck Bouligny of Ascend Communications and Mike Davis of Go Higher Internet Marketing will meet with your company officials for an hour or so (no charge for the so). They will strategize with you about your strengths at market, how to market and selling in the market. You'll be stuffed with knowledge and makin' bacon!

Congratulations to July 1st Prize Winners:
  • Missi Cowart, Catholic Charities
  • Erin Vader, Nolan Catholic H.S.
  • Bronson Lester, Healthsource Chiropractic
  • Bob Morgan, Lighthouse for the Blind Fort Worth
  • Wanda Borden, Westwood Contractors
  • Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law
  • Dana Compton, Komatsu 
  • Pres McGee, ZedaSoft

Winners will be announced weekly 


Wipe that grin ...: Tarrant County College Northeast Campus has an events publication pasted on the wall above the men's room urinals. It's very cleverly called Le Toilet Paper.

He rode wrong mode: This story has wheels, courtesy of Mishelle Lancaster at Buzz Custom Fence. "A rep was leaving a customer's home in Flower Mound and headed to his next appointment in Plano using his telephone's GPS.  He said 'it had me making all kinds of twists and turns, hitting every red light imaginable and I was just about to throw the darn thing out the window when I realized it was set for bicycle traffic and not automobile'. LOL Poor guy."

Restoration Hard-wired: Bob Simpson, who built and sold XTO to Exxon Mobil and now is Chairman of Morningstar Partners, will receive the Legacy Award from the Fort Worth Chamber during its annual High Impact luncheon July 16 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This award recognizes Simpson's commitment to restore so many buildings in downtown Fort Worth. To cement his legacy, the co-owner of the Texas Rangers is going to restore the team back to World Series contenders. And finally, to put a nail in that legacy, he's going to one day ask a B2B Insider reader and guest to sit in his box at a Texas Rangers game. Ok, that's a dream. But legacies begin with dreams.  


Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, center, the Am-Bass-Adorable/historian/cheerleader for Texas, spoke during a Chamber luncheon event last week at the Petroleum Club and sponsored by Ciera Bank. In office just a few months, Cascos must have been an A+ student during his Texas history and government classes. He's pictured here with Steve Becking, Hillwood; Chamber Chair Dee Kelly Jr., Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP; Scott Orr, Fidelity Investments and Chamber President Bill Thornton.


State of the state: Mr. B couldn't name Texas' Secretary of State and bets you probably can't, either. When a self-deprecating Carlos Cascos spoke last week to Chamber members at the Petroleum Club, his passion for Texas resonated. Some comments:   

  • "If Texas had an Ambassador, that would be me."
  •  "I am the state's chief elections officer."
  •  "I'm the keeper of the state's seal, which I've yet to see."

Term(ite) limits:
Neil Goldstein's Seamless Operating Group investors own a termite treatment company.  Susan Jones with Credit Card Guy said a friend remodeling his house found termites and saved dollops of dough over another estimate by doing it hisownself with Seamless' product.  


Better than Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena? A business no-holds-barred, wrestling match is brewing as Fort Worth Business' CEO has launched and Fort Worth Texas' FW Inc. launches July 28. Two new business magazines! Red rover, red rover, reporter Scott Nishimura left the Business Press and is first editor of FW Inc. Paul Harral left Fort Worth Texas and is leading the FWB CEO effort.  

"I always joke that social media is killing my life, but I'm only half joking."

                                                -- Paige Rodges, J.O. copywriter and social media manager
Upcoming calendar: Thanks to monthologist John Fletcher, we can start celebrating this weekend at 00:01 a.m. Friday because it's Piņa Colada Day. July 14 is Shark and Cow Appreciation days and cows probably get the best of that one in this area. Mr. B thought every day was Junk Food Day but it says here that it's July 21. July 25 is Parents Day, which seems redundant/redux after Mother's and Father's days.

Wait & see:
A little odd to see Tucker Mullins of Key Personnel high-fiving the waitstaff at a Chamber event. "Carlos, Maura (Maria), Rosa and Catia, I hired them," said Tucker, making their introductions to Mr. B.
Another business after hours? Pat has been married 61 years to Don Helm of Southwest Professional Associates. Thirty two of those years, Don has been a Chamber member. That's a lot of events Pat says she has been "fortunate" to attend.


The Force is with them: Brant Ringler, the armed and dangerous leader of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, is thrilled to have an afternoon start for the Dec. 29 bowl game at TCU's Amon Carter Stadium. Previous starts were 11 a.m. He also likes being the week between Christmas and New Year's rather than before/after. This is the first year a Big Ten team will participate in the LMAFB, playing a Mountain West Conference team.

Kudos: Greg Lanham, CEO of FTS International Inc., is the 2015 Southwest EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and moves on to the national competition. Those winners are announced Nov. 14.  The awards recognize business leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success. American Airlines Group CEO and Chairman Doug Parker was named 2015 Southwest Region Icon.

Yak, yak, yak: Up to 1,000 yakkers are expected to descend on Fort Worth's Omni Hotel July 31-August 2 for Podcast Movement 2015. Entrepreneur magazine rates it No. 1 in its top five of best conferences for entrepreneurs.

Sunny side of the street: Sunny Lowe, CEO of Blue Jean Networks, has an open authorization for his employees to spend up to $300 for an immediate fix to a client's IT problem. Wonder if that includes a feel-better $300 meal.

Christmas in July: For you word nerds and punsters, English professors call Santa's elves ... subordinate clauses.

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