Editor's note: Please read this week's B2B Insider carefully. It may be the final one. Mr. B and his boss, the Chamber's Miserly Mistress, are in negotiations for a new contract and things have become contentious. Mr. B has pulled a Dez-like demand and vowed to not write next Wednesday's B2B Insider and no others until he is signed to a new three-year deal starting at a salary of 42 cents, a seven percent raise.
FACES & PLACES POW                                                                                  
Last Tuesday, Vision FW hosted its first "Pencils, Paper and Pasta" school supply drive at Bravo Cucina Italiana. Guests enjoyed noshing, networking and school themed games in support of the local school children of Washington Heights Elementary in Fort Worth. Admission to the happy hour was free; however, each participant was required to bring at least two needed school supplies from a list provided. L to R: Mary Ryglewicz, Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton-Fort Worth/Medical Center; Lindsey Daniel, Brown Pruitt; Holly Ayoub, Halff Associates, Inc.; and Katie Anderson, Westermann & Accociates, P.C.

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Really, really flowing: Sherry Flow, new there herownself, roped Mr. B in with all the new cowstuff that makes The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame a horse of a different color. Phase 1 of a two-part modernization is complete and the lower gallery now has a mobile showcasing many of the honorees in the Hall of Fame; celebrated shot artist and famer Annie Oakley shares her story through the tekkie magic of holograms. Also new is the Anne W. Marion Gallery, featuring an inaugural exhibit, Grace & Grit: Visions of the West by artist Terri Kelly Moyers (through November 8), and a gallery highlighting Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows. The second floor is scheduled for completion during fall 2016. This one-year membership entitles you and a guest to UNLIMITED free admissions to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Cattle Raisers Museum, and free grounds admission to the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo throughout its run.
Clowning around: The politically-correct Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to the Fort Worth Convention Center and the Asian elephants are not, having been retired. No downtown elephant walk, which saves on shovels and pails for the cleanup crew.  You, however, can clean up with this deal courtesy of Kirk and Joy at the FWCC. Four tickets to the 11:30 a.m. performance Saturday Aug. 15. Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Clowns and aerialists, too. Arrive 1-hour before the show and children are invited to the arena floor to get autographs, try on costumes, learn acrobatic skills and juggle with the World Famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown Alley. 
When there's a will (and wine), there's a way: You may have heard about wine, women and shoes. Wine appears to be the key component. Hear ye, hear ye ... we now call to order Women, Wine & Wills, which has three very important components. Chamber members Karen Telschow Johnson of her namesake law firm and Helen Stephens of Aspen Wealth Management are offering a fantastic, two-night deal for women Sept. 1 and Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. It's a networking party where you get to drink fine wine, enjoy a great meal and protect yourownself, your family and/or assets. First session Sept. 1 is education. And when you leave Sept. 10, you will have in hand a simple will. Done. Stress free.

That person was very cold:  "Not interested. You have the wrong number. Take us off your list, please!" Hang ups? Cold calling can be miserable. (Especially if you're on the receiving end of one of those Wall Street brokers. Yikes!) If you're making the call, it doesn't have to be that way. Donnie Boivin of Salesmastery/Sandler Sales Training can sell you on a better way. August 21st, from 1-4 p.m. at the Arlington office, sales executives and managers will understand how to get out of their own way and just pick up the phone to make cold calls. How do I get past gatekeepers? How do I get them to set and keep an appointment with me? Answers to these questions and more if you are sold on going.

Why can't they be like we were? Millennials. Latest generation in the workplace with the latest and greatest mindset about work/play. According to Dale Carnegie, even the best companies are struggling with turnover among their millennial workers.  Ryan Akins of Dale Carnegie and Pinnacle Bank are sponsoring a breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Fort Worth Club to discuss new methods to interact with Millenials (if English isn't working) and how to create a culture that drives productivity AND enhances engagement. If you're THAT boss, grab one of these two seats.

Congratulations to August 5 Prize Winners:
  • Clark Rucker, Kelly Hart & Hallman
  • Hal Mayo, AISC Lending Services
  • Kimberly, Marcom, Comerica Bank
  • Claire Bloxom Armstrong, Pavlov Agency
  • Darien George, Mackenzie, Eason & Associates
Winners will be announced weekly 

Name game: Erika (slight spelling difference) Hersh of PeopleFund and Jackson Diaz-Cobo of BB&T bank were named after characters on the soap opera All My Children. (Anyone know why it's an opera?)

Mayorly musings: Mayor Price Is Right
was talking more social than business at a PeopleFund-sponsored lunch at the Business Assistance Center.
  • "I'm married 43 years. I was lucky enough to pick the right man who puts up with all my madness."
  •  "I was the first woman accepted to the Texas A&M veterinarian program." (You might ask her to tell her dress vs. pants story.)
  • "I was asked to take my business acumen and run for Mayor. I said 'no' for six months. Business acumen? My salary has gone from $135k to $29k. I don't do this for the money; I do it because I'm passionate about Fort Worth."
  • The Mayor is a former den mother and says the experience has come in handy. "I love (the) council members, but sometimes it's like dealing with a herd of children." 
Take flight for free: This is for seniors, but there is a big BUT...or loophole. Synergy HomeCare DFW is sponsoring Super Seniors at the Alliance Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. An air show for just 500 people. Free admission. Free food. Great, up-close seating. Free transportation from the parking lot. And you want to go, but you're not a senior. So adopt one for the day. Or adopt a veteran. You have to sign up by Aug. 28.

Teacher's pet: Why do so many volunteers (about 5,000 hours a year) like working at Don't Forget to Feed Me pet food bank? "We only do food, so there are no pets here," said Liesl Manone. "You won't leave here with 'another' dog or cat."

Did you know? From Matt Oliver, Public Information Officer for the Trinity Vision River Authority -- When Gateway Park east of downtown was added to the Corps of Engineers downtown project "so we wouldn't flood Dallas," it made development of the park much more attractive. Home to Woof Park and softball fields, Gateway at 1,000-plus acres is bigger than Central Park in New York. The city has "exciting" recreation plans for the park. Matt also said that in a few weeks, near the Mexican Inn on Henderson (199), a public kinetic work of art will be unveiled. 
He would know, wouldn't he? If you were wondering or contemplating for your children, TCU football coach Gary Patterson says, "I wouldn't have kids play tackle football until 5th or 6th grade."
Long arm of the law: Kelly Hart & Hallman once was Kelly Appleman Hart & Hallman. That Appleman was Gordon. Gordon's son, Michael, is the new Managing Partner at Cantey Hanger, another rather large Fort Worth-headquartered law firm. Gordon's father, Frank, also was a prominent Fort Worth attorney.

This is NOT legal advice: Linda Gartin, Legal Shield, won a trip to Las Vegas for her 3,000 membership sales and said about selling, "This fat ol' woman can smoke the millennials."

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

                                                -- Just retired NAS JRB Commander Gil Miller
No apology necessary: Cyndy Tonniges of TriQuest Technologies phoned in her excuse for being absent from last Wednesday's Chamber Job Links Excelerator. She phoned in from Ireland. Seems as if she fell while on vacation and broke her leg in five places. She's back in the USA recuperating.

Faux promotion?
Ingenious move by attorney Susan Smith, who joined a law firm that already had (Duane) Smith as a name partner.
Real dog day of summer: Monthologist John Fletcher of hisownself's marketing company points out that Aug. 26 is THE official Dog Day. The 25th is Kiss and Make Up Day and the 27th is Burger Day, which deserves its own day if French fries have one.

Cryin' eyes: Today is the final (goof off) day of work for Kayla Kelly at Tarleton State University's Fort Worth campus. She has been a great friend to the Chamber but is off to be Associate Dean of Instruction, New Programs at Hill College.

Screen shots: Red Sanders, founder and President of Red Productions, says the company's most recent movie originally was called Intramural. After a deal with MGM's Orion Pictures, their marketing folks released it as Balls Out. Red says the company's documentary short, Melville is being written and will be pitched as a TV/cable series. And this nugget, according to Red -- Texas is No. 2 among states for video game production.

Yikes! Forgetful Mr. B almost didn't mention that Am-Bass-Adorables will be at an 8:15 breakfast ribbon cutting August 20th at Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care, 5417 Altamesa Blvd.  

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