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The Chamber kicked off the fall event season with its annual State of the County luncheon, where Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley informed us about transportation projects, new building construction throughout the County, public health initiatives and higher education, among other county priorities. The Chamber also honored Cassco Development Co. with the 5th Annual Vandergriff Award, presented annually to a legacy individual or organization whose contributions have positively impacted Tarrant County.  L to R: Dee Kelly, Jr., Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP; Mayor Betsy Price; Judge Glen Whitley; Crawford Edwards, Cassco Development Co.; and Mark Nurdin, Bank of Texas.

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Left panting no more: Official word is in and Jake (Fancy Pants) Richter of EdwardJones financial fame will be donning the colorful and checked Kapalua style from loudmouthgolf.com during the Chamber's Annual Golf tournament Sept. 28 at the two Ridglea Country Club courses. The tourney includes lunch, practice, a round and dinner awards program and there's space to play or volunteer. Lydia (behind door No. 3) Hall is driving this affair and you could be stroking it because she managed to find a spot for two readers.
 
Must be 21: Davy Crockett defended the Alamo and Mr. B will go down sipping to promote Max and Angela and Vestar for Brewfest Games from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Crockett & West 7th.  Teams of four compete in quickest elbow bends, largest gulps, quickest emptying of glasses, most dulled taste buds, etc. With this package, you can choose three teammates and enjoy the sips, songs and shopping along West 7th. 
 
Is tie-dyed still fashionable? If Jackie Pierce is wearing something other than a t-shirt, then she is overdressed. Especially at work, where she croaks often about the outstanding shirts and screen printing at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts. Need one for yourownself, four for a foursome, 20 for a reunion or hundreds for your next walk/race, Big Frog is a big dog in the industry. It's not everywhere that you could get a one-of-a-kind t-shirt to wish your bestie a happy (fill in the blank) day. Here are five opportunities for your cleverest ideas.

Spic & Span: When you have as many clients as QCS Unlimited and you have to wait for people to vacate their offices so you can make them shiny clean again, it means you work nights. Which means you get off around breakfast time. Which means ... hello The Egg and I. Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable and QCS marketing mensch Lashelle Knox went knocking and ribbon-cutting at The Egg and I, then supported the new Chamber member by purchasing a $40 gift card to The Egg and I as part of this giveaway. It also includes a roll of toilet paper, packet of paper towels, cleansing spray and disinfecting wipes from QCS.

Congratulations to September 2 Prize Winners:
  • Sherry Flow, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame
  • Carl Walker, Central Plumbing
  • Todd Collinsworth, Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Christopher Nanni, Bell Helicopter
  • Justin Dittmar, Fulcrum Group
  • Nathan DeWitt, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
  • Christy Blackwell, Cockrell Enovation
  • Caleb Helms, XTO Energy
  • Christina Saldivar, TexPac Hide
  • Cheri McDuff, Meridian Bank Texas
  • Linda Berger, Locally Owned
  • Bridget Shelton, Pearl Hospitality
  • Debra Burke, HKS
  • Lori Workman, Carlton Staffing
  • Melissa Edmonds, Carlton Staffing
  • Dennis Roach, Americold
  • David Cooper, Roach, Howard, Smith & Barton
  • Angela Hall, Vestar
  • Cheryl Duncan, SporTherapy
  • Michelle Jones, Oncor
  • Geoff Shelton, Holt Lunsford
  • Steve McCune, McCune Cos.
  • Travis Gallatin, Southwest Bank
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
     
Winners will be announced weekly 
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Way back Wednesday: Thirty-three years ago this month, Hurricane Gilbert hit the Yucatan Peninsula. Sherry Green of Technology Team just happened to be on a 46-foot vagabond sailboat in a regatta from Galveston to the Yucatan Peninsula. Ooops!

This is not! legal advice: Cara Kennemer and Monia Narvaez of Underwood Law Firm had some tips on contracts for the Thursday morning Cowtown Leads Exchange. A sampling:
  • A sales agreement should have a duration; termination should be a part whether it's breach or convenience.
  • It should include how communication between the parties is going to be carried out.
  • It should include indemnification for an owner to avoid lawsuits for any harm.
  • Arbitration should be included only if your attorney believes it's helpful in your industry.   
     
Fame is fleeting: Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right says she loves to go to schools and talk with children. However! ..."They ask if I have a bodyguard ... then they forget me and want only to talk to the bodyguard."

Y not: Maggie Jones, ex-homeless coordinator for Fort Worth and a B2B Insider hall of famer friend, has found a new direction home herownself. She's joining YWCA. And the new staff El Jefe at Buxton is Chris Briggs.

The kids are all right: September is a good month to remember the kid in us. Today is Teddy Bear Day. Next Wednesday is Play Doh Day and the 25th is Comic Book Day. Make you recall Slinky and The Teenage Mutant Turtles?

Forks in the road: Matt Oliver of the Trinity River Vision Authority says two of the new signature bridges being built north of downtown and to be completed by early 2018, will go above the 1.5-mile, 300-foot wide channel hugging the railroad tracks and connecting the confluence of the West Fork and Clear Fork. Where the forks meet, near the Hawes Athletic facility, will be a man-made lake. He said think of it similarly to Town Lake in Austin.


"(Saying) less is more ... and bring a witness."

                                                -- Monica Narvaez of Underwood Law Firm
on firing an employee

Blue notes: Jeremy Byrd of Trinity Habitat for Humanity will be a familiar and interested onlooker for this weekend's Bell Helicopter Alliance Air Show.  As a kid in Biloxi, Jeremy first "flew" with the Blue Angels --"It was an airplane/flight display that my mother took me to;  they had a non-use, older model plane with the glass raised that you could crawl into.  I hung a poster of them on my walls for years after that."

Remember Nehru? Mr. B is registered and looking forward to hear this explained. The Sept. 15 Impact Your Business luncheon at Joe T's is Retro Sales Strategies for the Digital Age. The Digital Age already has a retro?
 
Are you the best? Mr. B is an umpteen-time loser for the Chamber's Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Northstar Bank Texas. Long-time Emmy loser Susan Lucci said she wouldn't nominate him. So B asked Sergio Garcia, perhaps the best golfer to never win a major championship. It only takes 45 seconds and you can nominate your favorite business or yourownself here by Sept. 25.

Geared for success: Those gears that open and close AT&T Stadium's roof are from Fort Worth's Martin Sprocket & Gear. Says Kent Baker: "I waited three years to say something to make sure they always were working."

Nursing its hometown: Pinnacle Bank may have opened a branch on 7th Street and is building Pinnacle Bank Place on Lancaster, but its heart and birth is 1970 in Keene, Johnson County. The bank was "home" last week to present $100,000 to Southwestern Adventist University toward the school's nursing building.

Number crunching: Last year, CPA firm Hartman, Leito & Bolt became part of BDO. Last week, CPA firm Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier became part of CliftonLarsonAllen. "We have been approached in the past to join other firms and our answer was always, 'no,' because there wasn't a cultural fit," said SB&F Partner Allyson Baumeister. "CLA is different."

Filled to Gill: Thought you'd want to be among first to know -- UNT Health Science Center's Evening with a Legend is Nov. 17 and features Vince Gill.

Italy, Texas: Breadsticks and pizza stones can break your bones, but ... Mungie's Italian Restaurant will only make you feel well fed. Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be pasta partaking and ribbon-cutting next Tuesday at 5612 McCart Ave.
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