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Our thanks to the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University for hosting the September Job Links EXCELerator program, where dozens of employers and candidate providers met to hear what jobs are available in the Fort Worth area. EVP Economic Development David Berzina, Fort Worth Chamber, also gave his annual economic update and industry trends presentation. Next Job Links, presented by AT&T, is October 7 at The Women's Center of Tarrant County.

L to R: Beth Pulliam, TCU; David Berzina and Betty Harvey, Fort Worth Chamber; and LaTanya Johns, TCU.

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How many can squeeze into a VW? Just wonderin' when Oktoberfest became a September event? On the other hand, who cares as long as it's the Trinity River Vision Authority and there is another great three-day weekend water wonderfest. Matt Oliver sent over two pair of 3-day Oktoberfest passes, which get you in for three days of music-centered events. Thursday is the ceremonial tapping of the kegs with elected officials. Friday has a "professional Olympics" competition, which could be a contest to drink those aforementioned kegs. Saturday includes run, bike and weenie dog races. Food (German chocolate pancakes?) and drink is on you.
Stuck this landing: Tuesday June 6, 1944 is the day allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and the turning point of Germany's occupation of France during World War II. D-Day is defined as the first day of a military attack, but this is THE D-Day of all time. D-Day: Normandy 1944 has begun a run at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. The film at the Omni IMAX, narrated by Tom Brokaw and including music from the London Symphony Orchestra, explains why this region was so important and how the invasion changed the world. Four readers and their guest can view the epic historical event on the big screen through Oct. 2. 
Ms. Representation: Chamber boss Miserly Mistress is being saluted Oct. 1 by SafeHaven of Tarrant County during its Legacy of Women luncheon at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel. She is being honored for "business" and that's very appropriate because she always is giving Mr. B the business. Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, founder of The Representation Project, is the luncheon speaker. The nonprofit, born out of the acclaimed film Miss Representation, works to end gender stereotypes. It's a very safe haven to enter for one of these two seats.

Ms. Entrepreneur: The convergence of her position as Chancellor's Associate for Strategic Partnerships at TCU, her survivorship of breast cancer and her "think big" personality explains chairwoman and founder Ann Louden's purple & pink passion for Frogs for the Cure. The many-layered, major fundraising Frogfest benefits the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth affiliate, Baylor All Saints and Moncrief Cancer Institute. Louden is the guest of a Sept. 22 fireside chat at IDEA Works Fort Worth and will be interviewed during lunch by Kristin Sullivan, former reporter and Associate Vice President for Media Relations and Strategic Communications at UTA. Sponsor Pinnacle Bank has spots for two to hear from someone with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Congratulations to September 9 Prize Winners:
  • Nestor Martinez, Carlton Staffing
  • William Jung, Bank of Texas
  • Brenda Patton, Blue Zones Project Fort Worth
  • Elizabeth Northern, Buxton
  • Melinda Moree Konczal, Novartis
Winners will be announced weekly 

Way, way, way back Wednesday: The great, great grandfather of Patrick Tyler of Cimarron Window & Door was John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States (1841-1845). John Tyler became President after William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia 31 days after having taken office.

Throwdown: During Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley's State of the County luncheon, Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right asked if he would join her for a rolling town hall bike ride. He said if the City beat the County in contributions during The United Way campaign, he would ride.

Really rockin':
Members of the Fort Worth Business Exchange Leads Group raised about $900 for Cancer Care Services at the Rockin' the River event.

Windows to the world: Amateur pilot Sunny Lowe of Blue Jean Networks says the free upgrade Windows 10 appears to be flying well with other programs but he recommends that you update just one computer in the office to test software compatibility.

Marketing mayhem: The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl game took advantage of ESPN's College Game Day coverage in Sundance Square. Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it had employees holding signs high and positioned front and center behind the set used for televised shots. One sign was a set of giant hand gloves with the bowl logo on them. "Hope it looked like they were catching the patriotic football," said bowl head coach Brant Ringler.

Healthy work: Dannon employees packed 100,000 meals to donate to the Tarrant County Food Bank and guess what ... all contained yogurt. Robert Reid said Dannon purchased all the ingredients and used staff to pack the meals. Mayor Price Is Right, Chamber's EVP David Berzina and Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray helped out one day.

Roots: They survived the Mississppi-TCU family football rivalry last season and now Ole Miss grad Brad Bloxom has joined his father David at Speed Fab-Crete as Assistant Project Manager. Brad is third-generation Bloxom at the 64-year-old construction company. Dave E. Bloxom founded the company. More all in the family -- Claire Bloxom Armstrong of Pavlov agency sent out the news release.

Family ties: Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show publicity manager Shanna Weaver is going part-time to spend more time with family, which after 15 years you would guess family includes the pigs, goats, sheep, etc...

"We lend money to people, but just ask that they pay it back."

                                                -- Trey Ramsay, BankSNB
Rolling along: Tina Gibson says ACE Tire & Service has purchased an additional tire shop in Springtown.
Favored lines: From McKee Smith of Modern Media Answers from an entry for a recent prize - "Free tickets are great. Except parking tickets, which you get for free. " From Mishelle Lancaster of Buzz Custom Fence trying to win a gift card to The Egg and I -- "I need to win this...no yolk. "

The rain in Spain...: As has been well documented, Mr. B did not get a raise from Chamber boss Miserly Mistress so he has been doing a mini work slowdown and claiming he's sidelined by eye surgery. Yeah, right! Thusly (first-time usage), he will not be going with the Chamber on its nine-day travel experience through Costa Del Sol, a favored Mediterranean resort in Spain. The Chamber does trips great; be a part of this one from the tropical south of Granada to the tip of Tarifa to a visit to Gibraltar. Travel from FW/D and back March 31 to April 8, 2016 is early-bird priced at $2,895 and includes daily breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners, air-conditioned motor coach transportation and more. Contact Monta Noe, for more info.

Running with scissors: Today, Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be delightfully deli-ing with Alex Padilla at Jason's Deli, 2217 Midtown Lane. Next week, they will be trophy hunting and air balancing. Wednesday at 3:45, they are visiting Michael Brandon and Trophy Arts at 2601 White Settlement Road. Thursday, it's off to cut ribbon with Tracy Privitt and Air Balancing Company at 4607 Forest Hill Circle.

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