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The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has been recognized nationally by Hiring Our Heroes with its three-star Chamber of Valor award, which acknowledges contributions of local chambers, industry associations and business development organizations that join the Hiring Our Heroes mission. Former secretary of the Army Pete Geren, left, now head of the Sid Richardson Foundation, was on hand to accept the plaque with Chamber President and CEO Bill Thornton and Betty Harvey, Manager, Workforce Development for the Chamber. Geren said he has been asked, "What jobs can veterans do? In a foreign, hostile country, they set up hospitals, communications systems, serve entire cities, move 1,000 pounds of supplies per person, per day ...The real question is, 'What job can they NOT do?'" Veterans attending the job fair that day received free tickets to the Texas Rangers game against the NY Yankees. Capital One and GE were sponsors.

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Hart & soul: A thoroughly Modern Sonya Cisneros says the Kiki Special, an enchilada sampler plate, and the steak or shrimp fajitas are her favorites at any of the three Los Vaqueros restaurants. So, Mr. B, why is that even relevant ... or edible? Sonya is an insider, a daughter of restaurant owners Johnny and Vicki Cisneros and granddaughter of founders Johnny and Kiki (Mi Casa in Oakhurst, 1979). And it's very edible because Sonya hit up the folks for a $100 gift certificate. The $100 is significant because 2015 is the centennial anniversary of the D. Hart and Sons building in the Stockyards, which has been home to Los Vaqueros since August 22, 1996. On its Facebook page all this month, Los Vaqueros is offering daily food and drink specials.


Garden party: Very recent first-time mom Caitlyn Douglas is out and about most mornings at 4:30 a.m. for a quick-starter yoga workout. U2 can get quick-started if you get this one-night's stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth/Medical Center. If you haven't traveled west Rosedale recently, this Raymond Team property and its sister Homewood Suites were perfectly positioned as growth starters for a burgeoning medical area. You will be perfectly nestled in the Hilton's very new, very tech-savvy room with great dining on-site or on the grounds. 


Sock it to me: MumB always told her sons never to wear underwear with holes in them. "You never know when you might end up in the emergency room," she would say. Like docs and nurses haven't seen worse? MumB never offered advice for a hole in one sock, which Mr. B had in his favorite (only) pair of blue. So he went treasure hunting at one of the boutique stores of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. Lo and behold, he found a very near blue match and brought one sock up to the register to pay. Kind man said B would need to buy both (same price), so Mr. B now has a spare for the next hole. Goodwill has socks for everyone in every color -- purple/green/burnt orange/ maroon -- to match your favorite team this season. With this $100 gift card from Shay and David, you can go good will hunting for lots of socks ... and maybe even some shoes. Goodwill has everything.

Drove him bonkers: About 10 years ago, Son NoBGood was so disgusted playing golf with Mr. B -- find dad's lost golf ball in left rough, right rough, sand trap, water hazard, out of bounds -- that he conveniently forgot to put Mr. B's Jr. Wilson 1977 golf clubs in the car. At the WaterCrazy Open at Waterchase Golf Club, you actually hit from each tee to the "wrong" greens.  If your game is similar, you should play next year. Until then, you might like this round for a foursome with carts at scenic Waterchase. You can play the course from 4,500 to 7,100 yards but the winner has to get in under the waterfalls between the 9th and 18th greens.

Parent hood: Camp Fire First Texas is well-known and quite accomplished as a provider of early childhood classes for professionals. Now, the nonprofit has developed parent education classes, which are the closest thing to having a manual for your child. Saturday, August 8 (part 1) and Saturday, October 3 (part 2) are classes for "Conscious Discipline," which is waaaay better than Unconscious Discipline. The workshop guides families in ways to overcome issues, increase positive interactions you have with your child and help foster self-regulation behaviors in children. Please enter only if you (and your parenting partner is welcome to attend with you) are available to be at the Camp Fire Resource Center all day both Saturdays.

Congratulations to July 29th Prize Winners:
  • Kenn Scott, Kenn Scott Consulting
  • Mark Grace, Gus Bates
  • Bill Fairley, WWK Advisors
  • Diana Troy, Troy & Associates
  • Sarah Farrow, PrideStaff

Winners will be announced weekly 


Constructing an excuse: Whoever received that "I Love Youuuuuuuuuu" text from Melissa Peters of CMP Commercial Construction, please disregard. It was meant for her son.

Fit for a king:
Never was a ribbon cutting more perfectly timed. Tomorrow, Am-Bass-Adorables, scissors and camera crew will arrive at the Embassy Suites by Hilton/Fort Worth-Downtown at 600 Commerce St. Why is long-time downtown stalwart Embassy doing a ribbon cutting? It has added by Hilton (not Paris) to its name. Afterward, at 5:30, there is a Chamber Business After Hours and Mr. B promises the Suites does Business After Hours very, very SWEET! Event photos from most Chamber events can be seen here.

Hell won't freeze here: TCU footballers are practicing and Coach P had this to say about 2-a-days in 100-degree heat -- "If you want to get in shape, come on out. We practice from 4-to-6."


No chicken, Coops: You may have heard her husband, Chuck, promoting a diet product on radio. Says he has lost 53 pounds. Karen Berlin Cooperstein of Cooksey Communications says it's all true and the suits he gets as a Dallas Mavericks announcer no longer fit. She, too, has dieted, looks great but dreamily thinks about the fried chicken she is missing.  



A great call: Wendy Lambert of Lambert Auction Co., the only auctioneer in the Chamber and a potential "exclusive" for Leads Groups and Membership Mania, when asked if she does pro bono or discounted auction calling for nonprofits -- "No. I more than make back what they have to pay me," she said. "I also am part of the event process. I don't just show up that night."  


Name game: The mother of Zana Torres, North Texas LEAD, is Lebanese. Zana means beautiful in Arabic.


New rules: Anyone buying a home after August 1 (unless you applied for a loan in July) will have closing documents three days in advance of closing. That should alleviate some of the stress of trying to understand documents that take your money and are written in hieroglyphics.  

"I've seen Power Point presentations being used as a substitute for decision-making too many times."

                                                -- Just retired NAS JRB Commander Gil Miller
Shared info: Fort Worth Bike Sharing riders have amassed more than 250,000 miles since the April 22, 2013 start date. A "spokes" person says FWBS is profitable by the width of a tire, with revenue evenly split between rider fees and sponsors dollars.

Chamber on your payroll:
Jonathan Jenswold, President/Owner of the Fort Worth franchise of @Work Personnel Services, was raving about the ease of setting up his Chamber business page and coupon offering. He called it "painless. The biggest challenge I had was coming up with my searchable keywords. I mean, c'mon, how many derivatives are there for the at (@) symbol!" If your business hasn't done or updated a profile, you're missing out on an opportunity to network without having to network. The Chamber will work while you play or sleep, but it won't reimburse your expenses. Your offerings of discounts and coupons (restaurants and retailers, hint, hint) show up on your profile page and are a good way to test strategies or just drive traffic.
Free tips: Sales sensation Donnie Boivin of Sandler Training spoke to a large gathering at the Business Assistance Center courtesy of Comerica Bank.
  • Donnie on focus: First thing every day, write down six things to get done that day.
  •  Donnie on following up: Never leave a conversation without establishing a significant next step.
  • Donnie on cold calling: Honesty. For example, "I'm Donnie from XYZ Staffing Agency. Do you want to hang up now or should I?"
Manna from heaven: When the Knock Knock Live FOX TV folks needed to film a spectacular entrance to deliver to a Frisco couple, they chose Epic Helicopters for the delivery. Lucky couple won a trip to London...by plane.

A magical kingdom: At the Camp Bowie The Egg & I ribbon cutting last week, Judy Youngs, Executive Director of A Wish With Wings, received a big surprise...$3,000.  Pre-opening night, Sunday, May 31, guests dined free at The Egg and I and had the opportunity to make a donation. The $3,000 raised is enough to pay for three children to attend Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, FL, where Disney World wishes are fulfilled.

Queen of clean: Clever LaShelle Knox of QCS Unlimited janitorial services says "we don't cut corners, we clean 'em." QCS is women-owned, minority-owned and family-owned.


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