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Happy anniversary: Getting past that first year in a new business is momentous. Three years in business and it's probable that you have the recipe for success. Buffalo West Restaurant & Patio Bar has dollops of great recipes as it celebrates its third anniversary Saturday, September 5th. Highlighted by great food and drink, even better service and a dog-friendly patio with music, this is the place for business or social groups. In fact, last holiday season Buffalo West hosted more than 40 office parties. You won't bring the whole office with this $50 gift certificate, but you'll get a whole lot of fantastic food.
 
For whom the Bell tolls: There is one really, really cool and really, really high falutin' chalet available for the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Sept. 12 and 13. Christina Carey tried, but she's not giving that away. You will, however, be flying high with her package of VIP parking passes for 20 readers to the free air show. You'll see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Breitling Jet Team, the Shockwave Jet Truck and a host of other speed demons and daredevils, but no drones. You can tour the static displays and ride the simulator, all the while you are gorging on your funnel cake. 
 
A disparity between men & women: If you haven't seen Mr. B in a while, it's because during one of those $5 group(pile)on days, the Prospective Ms. B clipped him a $5 cut at a hair salon, which she never would buy for herownself. A disaster. So, despite his recent non raise, Mr. B is saving for an 18|8 Fine Men's Salon cut and being able to get back in the public eye. First, the name explainer -- When combined, 18% chromium and 8% nickel "transformed" steel becomes a more enhanced and better performing stainless steel. OooooooK. Next, the deal explainer from franchisee owner Kimberly Nowell -- An Executive Shave Package, which includes a stylish haircut and classic shave. 18|8 also offers nail, scalp and facial treatments, waxing, coloring and grooming party packages.

B cause you want to help: Mr. B is unclear on the presenting sponsor, but he isn't fuzzy about having tacos served for breakfast and lunch during the annual Wish With Wings golf outing Sept. 22 at Iron Horse. You'll Wish you were as spritely-spirited as executive director Judy Youngs, who says this tourney is "not for serious golfers, but for golfers who want to have serious fun." The four-person scramble raises dollars to grant magical Wishes for young Texans with life-threatening conditions. Since the first Wish of a Big Bird backyard play set granted in 1983, more than 1,350 Texas children and families have been provided a Wish. If you feeling like Winging it, then Wish for one of these two spots in the tournament.

Congratulations to August 26 Prize Winners:
  • Matilda Jordan, Legal Shield
  • Joanna Crain, WCT Events
  • Trisha Killen, Whitley Penn
  • Joe Griltz, McCune Cos.
  • Jordan Stinnett, DFW International Airport
  • Norma Rae Davila, Spectrum Business
  • Carol Bane, Advantage Supply
  • Tim Watts, TexPac Hide
  • Julia Nova, Bank of Texas
  • Erin McDonald, Camp Fire First Texas
  • Mathew Thomas, HKS
  • Brian Brady, Northern Trust
  • Robert Pollock, Culture Index
  • Cody Rodgers, Junk King
  • Pam Robison, National Cutting Horse Association
  • Lenee Bassham, Easter Seals North Texas
Winners will be announced weekly 
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Deals to steal: Labor Day means no more wearin' white though it still could be 98 degrees, so it's time to shop for fall. Which means it's a great time to post your holiday coupons on the Chamber website. See member coupons here and post your own here. Chamber also will push a link to all member coupons on its social media sites this weekend. Speaking of deals, you may hear from Target Marketing, which is publishing the Chamber's North Texas Regional Map and Resource Guide. Could be a spot to market your deals year-round.

Banker almost a butcher: The family of Worthington National Bank's Lucas Sawyer has been in the butcher business (Sawyer Meats) in South Bend, IN since 1917. On trips back home, meaty fun for Lucas is working a full Saturday shift in the shop.

Quick draw:
Don't ever get into a contest against Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters. He got an early start, winning two different radio contests to win tickets to two different Depeche Mode concerts. Also has won event tickets, computers and Justin boots.

No. 2 & rising: Carlo Capua, Z's Café, is the TCU National Alumni Board President-elect. He won by bribing voters with lasagna delivered to all 713,241 alumnus' homes.

DYK? Almost half of all Identity Theft is committed by people the victims know. Seems a good time to unfriend everyone on Facebook. Matilda Jordan of Legal Shield says the top categories for Identity Theft are income tax returns, children, which can fraudulently be used until caught or the kid is 18, and medical cards.

Irons in the FIRE: Terry Koehler, President and CEO of that Fort Worth golf company with the iconic name, is a client of TECH Fort Worth and has moved the company into the former Star-Telegram printing facility. Koehler expects the company will grow from just a few to more than 100 employees by mid-2016

Name game: Mom wanted to name her Stevie to honor Nicks. Dad wanted a more traditional Stephanie. Stevie Blakely of Stevie Dawn Inspires says she didn't find out until first grade roll call that her real name was Stephanie.

Way back Wednesday: Franchise expert Sara Waskow of FranNet had dragon breath in high school. She was one of the two Round Rock Dragons mascots. "I could be really weird and no one would know," she said. Sara always carried Carpet Fresh with her because "that thing stunk."

"Volunteering makes your heart better, your head better and your business better."

                                                -- Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right
A real partnership: Brandon Burns, an architect at Bennett Benner Partners, inquired about a race, which led to the race director, which got him to Nairobi, Kenya (which would take many marathons to reach) and a nonprofit opportunity. In Nairobi, Joy Divine director Fred Mwaura houses, feeds, educates and clothes 60 boys in a rental property. A 10-acre site has been donated and Burns is leading a team of 13 BBP comrades through three phases of donated assistance. Phase one is to build enough homes to house the 60 children; phase two will add 190 more children; and phase three will have enough space for 500 with a school, crops, soccer field and space for livestock.

Handle with care: When asked, Bruce Frankel, Executive Director of the DRC (Day Resource Center - community solutions to end homelessness), said he doesn't contribute to panhandlers. "I tell them all about the DRC and its services," he said. "I even offer to drive them there."
 
Holy guacamole: Much of the beef and chicken fajitas meat served by four large national Mexican restaurant chains are from Deen Meats on Northside Drive.  Matt Deen says it has been a family-owned business for 68 years and today is run by his father, uncle and Matt.

Charter school: Troy Hopson of Spectrum Business is likely to be at this morning's Chamber Job Links Excelerator. Spectrum Business always is hiring technicians for its phone, Internet and cable operations. Interestingly, Troy says they train newcomers, but it prefers a construction background over IT. "We're up in a lot of attics chasing rats and drilling holes," he said.

Bring extra ribbon: The Fort Worth Chamber and its Arlington counterpart will bond September 8 at 4:15 at EMR Elevator for a joint ribbon cutting. Cut a ribbon, tape it back and cut again. Other activities include one member of each Chamber being stuck in an elevator for three minutes at a time. The elevator surveillance camera photos and other Chamber event photos can be seen here
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