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Last Thursday, more than 60 individuals from 60 different Chamber member companies attended Network Mania, held at Lena Pope. Attendees enjoyed three different rotations where they were able to meet and get contacts from new and current Chamber members.

L to R: Jessica Bryan, McKnight Title; Lori Prestwood, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel; Lorraine Cody, Synergy Bank; and Priscilla Miller, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc.

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Angels in the outfield: Holding onto a Bannister, similar to a few of their unsteady, elderly fans, the Texas Rangers have to rank as an A-Rod/Chicago Cubs-type major surprise this baseball season. The never-quit Rangers are battling for first place/playoff spot as the season nears its final days. Sterling Barnett Little Architects, whose home base is The Ballpark, has designed a fantastic end-of-season opportunity to scream your lungs out and help the Rangers reach the playoffs. SBL has two sets of four tickets to Section 51 for the Thursday, Oct. 1 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
View from the porch: A perfect extension to all the free Day in the District activities this Saturday is the free Amon Carter Museum of American Art Party on the Porch, which paints the 5-10 p.m. frame with free music and tours of the museum's renovation project. Quaker City Night Hawks heads the music scene and there will be food trucks, special light shows, a satellite bar and a vintage photo booth in an original 1979 VW bus. Tracy and Jessica at the Carter Pooled their resources and sent two VIP passes, which are good for free food and drink in a private tent and a commemorative poster. 
7th heaven: As it grows and evolves, one needs a scorecard (or website) to keep up with all the foodie possibilities amidst the West 7th development. Marketing sous chef Angela Hall thought it would be just desserts to offer "Bites & Flights," a premier food & wine event. One reader and a guest will get wristbands for a complete and unlimited sample tasting from participating restaurants from 2-6 p.m. Sunday Oct. 4. Play it right and it sounds like a late lunch AND early dinner. Five tickets to sample wines at the Wine Tasting Pagoda should quench your thirst. And don't forget your commemorative glass.

Wine not me? How is this for a supplied description? -- Wine-savvy, shoe-loving women kick up their heels while sipping varietals from some of the country's top winemakers, shopping the latest fashion trends in the multi-designer marketplace, dining on a delicious buffet dinner, cheering on local celebrity models as they strut the runway and swooning over the charming "Sole Men" serving up this season's must-haves on silver platters. A run-on sentence/paragraph for sure, but it sounds like a can't-miss event. This is your ticket to the Oct. 2 Wine, Women and Shoes, which benefits Communities in Schools Tarrant County.

Congratulations to September 16 Prize Winners:
  • Lynaia Lutes, FTS International
  • Amanda Martin-Osburn, Southwest Bank
  • Sean O'Brien, Principal Financial Group
  • Brittani Rollen, McDonald Sanders
  • Todd Miller, Worth Benefits
  • Garret Cox, Red Hot & Blue
  • Lorene Purcy, Alliance Lending
  • Dan Kilkenny, CDK Insurance
  • Andi McCord, Rogers Wealth Management
  • Adrienne Sullivan, Bell Helicopter
  • Amanda Azripe, Comerica Bank
  • Carol Bane, Advantage Supply
  • Katie Tomlinson, Alliance for Children


What are the odds of this? To promote lead sharing, the Texas Tornados Tuesday Chamber Leads Group chooses one from among its weekly leads and allows the lead provider to pick from a deck of cards. Pick the ace of spades and win $50. Once a card is selected, it is taken from the deck for good, increasing the odds each week. Fifty one times someone selected a card. Fifty one times it was not the ace of spades. Last week, Sunny Lowe of Blue Jean Networks was the guaranteed winner.

Name dropper: Russell Slifer could have the longest job title in ... forever. His business card reads Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce For Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He was seminar-ing at TECH Fort Worth as the new Dallas patent office readies for a November opening and a January effective working date. The Dallas office will have approximately 100 of the 8,500 examiners nationally.

You are aware Sept. 28 is Good Neighbor Day. Mr. B isn't, either. But Courtney McCaleb at Gordon Boswell Flowers is and the good neighbor is celebrating by giving every walk-in customer to its Camp Bowie location a dozen roses. One rose for the walkabout to keep and 11 to share with neighbors.

No favoritism: Last week, on I-30 near Beach, Mr. B saw a City of Fort Worth policeman ticket a City of Fort Worth services vehicle.

Right of way: The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services will be in the Stockyards Oct. 15 to celebrate White Cane Day. Hope there is no scheduling conflict with The Herd.

Money man: Neil Goldstein of business funder/owner Seamless Operating Group has 15+ years of bankruptcy expertise. Expect that is helping others and not hisownself.

Nice package: Harris Packaging is hosting a national corrugated converters convention of more than 400 at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth next week. The meetings include recognition of a student design competition; University of Texas at Arlington won five of the six top awards. UTA started a packaging class, not a degree, several years ago. Says Jana Harris: "We have already had three interns and one hire since our involvement with UTA last year."

Name game: Gus Bates business development guy Mark Grace isn't the former star amateur Fort Worth golfer or the former Chicago Cubs all-star, "but my dad plays golf and I did have a little league career."

"Too many companies focus on the top line and not enough on maximizing the bottom line."

                                                -- David Minor, CEO, The Landscape Partners

Painting spots: Pat Aspan with Spectrum Painting, who recently received 8a certification from the Small Business Administration, has a broad brush outside work. She volunteers with Patriot Paws, a non-profit providing service dogs to disabled veterans.
You did it! He did it! Irving Mayor Beth Van Dyne says the North Texas region must work together. "Yes, we compete ... you can fight with siblings, but when we go out in public we have to support a strong region." On the topic of regional cooperation, Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right said, "If we don't focus on transportation it will kill our region's growth."

2055: During his State of the County luncheon, Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley rode the growth/transportation issue:
  • "We have to look ahead 40 years, not five or 10 years. North Central Texas Council of Governments is critical to help plan this." He said a more robust transit system (rail, bus) to move commuters is needed. "Tollways are not popular."
  •  In 40 years, the population will double again. The outlook for highest population will be No. 1 Collin County, No. 2 Tarrant County and No. 3 Dallas County.
It's fall. Now what? B2B Insider aims to be educational, too. Some tips from Darrell Samuelson at GlennScape landscaping - "Fall is the best time to put plants in the ground because 1) It takes less water to keep them alive and healthy, especially with our water restrictions; 2) The root systems continue to grow and get strong during cold weather months, which helps them in July-August; 3) Landscape companies are usually not so busy and can get to the work quicker, and 4) Nurseries are running sales to get rid of inventory.

Time running out: 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 did golf major loser Sergio Garcia. So B asked Karl Malone, the greatest NBA player to never win a championship. It only takes 45 seconds and you can nominate your favorite business or yourownself here by Sept. 25.

Hog-tied by this: Oscar Mayer has introduced its app, Sizzl, which is a dating app for bacon lovers. Seriously.

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