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The advice in this newsletter is not intended as legal information nor should it be interpreted in any way as suggestions, ideas or permission for duplicity or aberrant behavior. Not bad, Mr. Non-Lawyer. But not good enough to protect your interests and maybe Matilda Jordan of LegalShield is your answer. She had plenty of answers at a recent Impact Your Business event. The video from this Chamber event can be viewed here.

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Web gems: Under the watchful eye of the Prospective Ms. B, Mr. B did some judicious research at The Velvet Box website for great ideas in case he won this treat of $50 gift cards to two readers. The gift card does not come with watchful eyes; there are only helpful and educated sales peeps at each of Marcelle LeBlanc's four locations. Halloween costume opportunities are overflowing right now, including spider web eyelashes, spider thigh highs and tights, red devil accessories, faux leather bunny masks, and, of course, the all-time best seller, the French Maid kit. There is product, too, some of it "guaranteed, " which made Mr. B wonder if there were jobs for mediators in this kind of dispute.  

House(buy and)hold: When Abby Slayton of There's No Place Like Home said her store is a "brokerage," Mr. B was looking for some tips. He had a few extra pennies from his 39 cents an hour paycheck and was wanting her advice for "stocking" up. "We don't do penny stocks," Abby said. "We broker furniture and accessories." That allows buyers to order directly from more than 800 lines of manufacturers' home furnishings and the direct order saves you about half off retail prices. Abby is helping you stock up with a set of 1000 thread count sheets in either queen or king size. 
Goblets and gifts: Twenty seven years ago, a group of folks threw a party and collected some Christmas gifts for deserving kids (not their own). Today, the Fort Worth Margarita Ball is one of the biggest and best parties for children's charities. It's formal, too, though boots are accepted as Texas formal. The magaritans offer fun, live music, dancing, dining and many varieties of margaritas while collecting toys for the underprivileged. Inwood Bank keeper of the vault Carolann Morris has tickets for two to the Nov. 21 party at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel Fort Worth.

Wear your Kinky Boots: What better way to Saddle Up for Social Studies than with ... wait ... Kinky Friedman? The kosher kinkster is speaking at the Fort Worth Convention Center Thursday Oct. 29 as part of a benefit for Samaritan House. This is about social studies being a verb, not a noun. So Kinky, author of Cowboy Logic, will be studying the social aspects of being a Texan, a Republican, a Democrat, a Trump...Samaritan House's Christie Mosley-Eckler has two tickets for a reader.

Congratulations to October 14 Prize Winners:
  • Rita Hale, Synergy DFW
  • Tim Halden, FW Bike Sharing
  • Kathryn Miller, The Senior Voice
  • Terry Buckner, Meals on Wheels
  • Pam Alphin, UNT College of Pharmacy

No jet lag: Wade Wallace, regional president Southwest Bank, had the microphone for a Chamber-Fort Worth ISD State of Education luncheon earlier this month at Cendera Center. A Lockheed Martin jet thundered overhead. Quick on his feet, Wallace deadpanned, "There goes one of our former students now."

Sweet treat: Business advisor Doug Cannon at the Tarrant Small Business Development Center is a graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, a Cordon Bleu School. For Halloween, he has prepared a caramel corn ice cream. Tarrant SBDC is a partnership between the U. S. Small Business Administration and Tarrant County College.

Hot lead for cold day: Want to get in the face of potential clients or customers? You might try the new promotional product from Pepper-L Specialties. It's a mini egg-shaped chapstick.

Early caroling: Roger Carroll of Cowtown Graphics & Signs has an order for more than 300 different signs from newcomer GDC Technics, which is at Alliance.

Family Ties: That Nick K. Martin of Concorde Asset Group hanging out with Vision FWers is the grandson of well-known community philanthropists Nicholas and Louella Martin.

3-Day weekend: @Work Personal Service is offering 4 hours of free temporary help to new clients on the Chamber's Member Discount Coupon section. Don't tell franchise owner Jonathan Jenswold, but Mr. B and B2B Insider are each going to sign up as new clients, put the hours together with a long lunch and Mr. B gets a Friday off.

Stress? What stress? During last week's Impact Your Business breakfast at Joe T. Garcia's, speaker Vicky Scott of Masterpiece Consulting & Coaching had an interesting video to "showcase" her talk on Maximize Your Productivity; Minimize Your Stress. It was Lucy & Ethyl in The Chocolate Factory Scene from I Love Lucy. One point driven home by Vicky during her talk was this question -- Do you get a chance to do what you do best every day? " The Chamber has started videotaping Impact Your Business sessions and they can be viewed on YouTube here.

This tweet just in:  Only have 140 characters to say that the Chamber is atwitter it was recognized as a Top Fort Worth organization on Twitter by the Texas Social Media Research Institute. @FTWChamber #woohoo!

"Fear is the No. 1 enemy of moving forward."

                                                -- Nilda Simeon, client
 Fort Worth Business Assistance Center
Planting new roots:  Dr. Edward L. Schneider has impressive credentials...Dr., Dean, President, CEO. Beginning Dec. 15, he adds Executive Director (and another presidency) to his resume, assuming command of The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). His roots include more than 30 years of botanical executive administration experience. Only one question -- how did a guy with 18 years in sunny San Marcos and 18 years in sunny Santa Barbara, CA., end up most recently building the Chaska, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest? Was weather not a consideration?

Into the future: The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation honored board member Will A. Courtney, Sr. with the Will A. Courtney, Sr. Legacy Fund for planned giving.

Time flies when you're having fun: Texas Wesleyan University, already celebrating 125 years, tomorrow at 11:15 dedicates its Rosedale Renaissance retail development, highlighted by the Canafax Clock tower at the entrance to the campus. Mayor Price Is Right will be there and after tick tock, tick tock, tick tock during a 30-minute ceremony, there's a free BBQ lunch.

This works: According to jobs consultant CareerBuilder, more than a third of employees call in sick despite feeling well (fake shock goes here). And a third of employers have caught employees lying about being ill by checking social media (LOL). On the other hand, 54 percent of employees have gone to work sick because they felt the work wouldn't get done otherwise. (Got to be Type A's.) Most memorable excuses for workplace absences:
  • 1.    Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.
  • 2.    Employee was stuck under the bed.
  • 3.    Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.
  • 4.    Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.
  • 5.    Employee's wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.
We love free stuff:  Witches and wind instruments should populate the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Halloween concert benefiting the Center for Transforming Lives (formerly YWCA) Oct. 30 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. No charge to hear classical and pops favorites, but donations are accepted. Prizes will be given for the most fun and unique costumes.

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