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Last week at Joe T Garcia's, MaryAnn Means-Dufrene of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, spoke to Vision Fort Worth about how to avoid over committing yourself, working up the courage to say, "no," and finding your passion and using it as your cause to volunteer. One of our biggest take-aways from the luncheon, Means-Dufrene proclaimed, "make sure that your heart is in your work and your calendar...because we can't do it all."

L to R: Sunny Brous, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc.; Brianna Broussard, Camp Fire First Texas; MaryAnn Means-Dufrene, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Fort Worth Affiliate; Matt Dufrene, United Way of Tarrant Co.; Erin McDonald, Camp Fire First Texas; and Jennifer Dias, Tarleton State University.

See more photos from the event here.

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Sunny side of the street: Back in September, when ESPN College Game Day couldn't get to Sundance Square fast enough to kick off the football season, Mr. B was in the crowd that Saturday. And when football analyst/actor Lee Corso selected Alabama over Wisconsin and donned that elephant head and distracted everyone with the ESPN broadcast, Mr. B managed to "recover" about $150 in Sundance Square gift cards that had been set aside for the crew. It was the first fumble recovery of the 2015 season. Fast forward to holiday season and Sundance is the place to be with Santa sightings, the lit Christmas tree, caroling, the water displays in Sundance Plaza and too much great shopping and eats to mention. Mr. B was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for his early-season indiscretion but he's feeling sporty and giving back two prizes of $75 worth of spending anywhere within Sundance Square. 

Center stage: The holiday season is very near and the B family has grown and grown and now is multi-platinum denominational. The Bs' holiday gathering for Hannukah/Christmas/Kwanza dinner is joyous in most parts, but finding a centerpiece that works on that many levels is impossible. Except if you shop with Courtney McCaleb at Gordon Boswell Flowers. Her elves combined the Beautiful Blue, the Holly Jolly and the Peppermint Pleasure floral arrangements into something so large, so beautiful and so grand that it knocked three (least liked) family members to a smaller table in the garage. That solved two problems with one centerpiece. Courtney always has the right solutions and she has a holiday centerpiece for you. 
Foxhole burrito buddies: Mark Corwin and Jeff Ehrich served our country in Special Operations and they think big. Big tacos. Big burritos. Big quesadillas. Big donations back to veterans. And lunch for big groups. Spec Ops Burritos opened downtown in July and Mark happily flung a tortilla our way that had Free Lunch for Staff branded on it. Let's see -- Jacobs has several floors at 777 Main and its staff will be over Friday. Mark? Maaarrrkkk? OK, so that might be TOO big. How about if your group tacos on down for $50 of food during lunch? At these special opportunity prices, that should feed five or six of your favored staff.

Military salute: Brant Ringler is the Executive Director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and really, how busy could he be. The game and the country's best salute to the military, is one day a year. This year's game is Dec. 29th at 1 p.m. at TCU's Amon Carter Stadium and features the Air Force Academy against California. But here is an idea to keep Brant busy and the Lockheed Armed Forces Bowl in the news all year. Play here in December as scheduled on ESPN and then take the game and military showcase extravaganza on the road to Mountain West sites. February in San Diego. April in Hawaii. June in Colorado. Boise in August. Any time in Vegas. No trip tickets, but B2B Insider worked Brant over for two pair of tickets to the Dec. 29 game.

Congratulations to Dec. 2 Prize Winners:
  • Greg Heitzman, Fort Worth Business
  • Larry Crouch, Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Tricia Carter-Haber, Merrill Lynch
  • Philip Vickers, Cantey Hanger
  • Laura Schroeder, Lakewood Village
  • Amy Rumpler, VG Visuals

Wayne's World: Wayne Carson, the CEO of ACH Child and Family Services, whose mission is to "protect children and preserve families," spoke to a small group of Vision FW early risers recently. ACH serves more than 5,000 children a year and its goal is to get them back in their family environment within 12-to-18 months. "If we can't, then we look toward adoption," Wayne said. ACH has a $40-million annual budget and 250 employees. Some of his thoughtful tidbits on leadership:
  • "I'm aware of my weaknesses because my staff tells me all the time. It's important for them to feel comfortable saying that to the boss."
  • He is most proud of the amazing feedback he receives about his staff.
  • Is bigger better? "Better is better." 
Big Mac on campus: SizeUp LBI has so much research on local demographic areas that small businesses can supersize their game. And now it's free to Chamber members, thanks to a partnership with the Tarrant Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Robin Lasher, director of the SBDC, would be a great guest speaker at your event to explain SizeUp's capabilities and Mr. B's booking fee to rep Robin is very small. Check out the interactive website here.

Hidden gems in all that junk: Erin and Cody Rodgers were at the Fred Sanford and Son national meeting for junksters and walked away with several awards. OK, it really was the Junk King franchisees conference. The Rodgers received an award for best year-over-year growth, a Good Samaritan award and a revenue award. Cody and Erin earned an all-expenses paid trip to Miami in March.

Party animals: Quorum Architects has developed a bit of a niche -- animal shelters. Quorum is working on the Chuck Silcox Fort Worth shelter and already has done work on shelters for Carrollton, Richardson and North Richland Hills, among others around the state.

Force of nature: A preview of Star Wars: The Force Awakens screens twice at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater, an IMAX Dome, Dec. 18. The force is not with you. The screenings are sold out. The full run at the Omni begins Dec. 18. .The Museum is the only theater in Texas and one of only a few across the country screening Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the original IMAX 15/70mm film format.

Party on Rio: When addressing the fellow Bs at Balcom Agency, do so with caution. Balcom hasn't moved, but Ballinger Street has; it's a few blocks east because of various highway construction, says Lynne Swihart, Balcom's director of production services for which she is branded Poof. Done. Effortless™. She said 9-1-1 operators were confused, so by order of the Captain of the Fort Worth Fire Department Fire Prevention Addressing Division, Balcom officially is on Rio Grande Avenue.

Drilling down: Mike Herman, the CFO at Newark E&P, says not all energy companies should be judged the same. "Some are hedged more and for longer periods...well capitalized companies or companies with strong capital sponsors have better staying power. (Success) is also dependent on which plays  -- Permian, Marble Falls, Utica, parts of Eagle Ford, etc -- the companies are involved with." He expects more bankruptcies and forced asset sales.

"Leadership is not rocket science ... I'm a testament to that."

                                                -- T.D. Smyers
 COO at United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County

It's back: JR Holland, after four years of casual dress at First Tee of Fort Worth, is back stylin' with his unique bow-ties after having taken a job with Texas Health Resources.

For woman only: Mr. B didn't find ads for this online Cyber Monday, but Marcelle LeBlanc says it's The Velvet Box's No. 1 seller for the holidays. From Germany, the Womanizer, which "will knock your socks off."  Marcelle said the manufacturer is "GUARANTEEING" success or your money back. "It's the only thing we offer money back on. The first week we had it, we sold out in two days."

I was at work all day: G-mail and several apps allow you to delay sending emails so envision this scenario. Employee bats out 10 e-mails set to go out between 1 and 5 p.m. All the while, she (why not?) is on the golf course.
Take it to a vote: Mr. B (39 cents) often has thought that Mayor Price Is Right ($29k) is quite underpaid, nearly as much as hisownself. In May, voters could give her a raise next October to $60k. Mr. B is wondering if the city needs a weekly newsletter.

We want Konni, we want Konni: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables are without scissors and ribbon next Wednesday. Instead, about 11:45, they will have made their signs and placards for Texas Senator Konni Burton, who has opened an office at 933 W. Weatherford. Photos from this and many other Chamber events can be seen here.

Top greeters: Kudos to David George of Raymond James Financial Services. He made it rain money everywhere he went and is the Am-Bass-Adorable of the fourth quarter. And kudos, too, to Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters, who was honored with the annual Charles Cox Service Award, and Ambassador of the Year Marni Stites, Guardianship Services, Inc.

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                  Date     Event Name

Vision FW: New Member Breakfast

Leaders In Government with Speaker Joe Straus, Presented By Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - SOLD OUT

Celebrity Bartending for Cowboy Santas

Chamber office closing at 3:00 pm for the holidays and will reopen January 4, 2016

For a complete list of Chamber and Member events visit here.


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