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She's caught Frog fever: TCU women's basketball coach Raegan Pebley told a Chamber luncheon yesterday that she has five non-negotiable values for her players so that they may win on the floor and be prepared to enter the business world. It's an acronym, CLIMB. 1) Collective commitment; 2) Learn to lead; 3) Invest back into the community; 4) Mental toughness; 5) BELIEVE. She sure had attendees believing. She's the tall one at left, with Leta Andrews, winningest high school coach of all time, and Susan Farris and Cathy Brown, James L. West Alzheimer's Center.

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Red Hot & Woohoo: Way back in college, Mr. B wasn't a good student. Or an average one. Or an attending one. Each semester, he only took classes Tuesday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Thursday. It was more important to be Ol' South educated with five-day road trips. To Jackson for real southern comfort and Memphis for BBQ. In Texas, we're fortunate that Memphis came to us. In a highly competitive smokin' environment, Red Hot & Blue stands out in many ways and let us count 'em -1) the stew; 2) half-pound hickory smoked baked potato; 3) shakin' bacon cheese fries; 4) countless concoctions and combinations of ribs, chicken, brisket and fish; 5) six to eight special sauces, sweet or fiery; 6) Lynchburg Lemonade and White Russians. Garret Cox, in innumerable ways hisownself, is smokin' hot with this $50 gift card good either in Fort Worth or North Richland Hills. 

Way better than 'Good': First Garret Cox. Now David Cox. (Hoping for a little something from Courtney Cox, too). David is President & CEO at Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth and he is going to be surprised to hear the "rest of the story." A Chamber member, who obviously wants to remain anonymous,  purchased a "box of assorted watches" from for $50. Nine watches, plus some bands. One watch reads Rolex. He brings it to a local jeweler to get two links added. Jeweler adds links and charges $40. Member thinks "$40 for two links?" He picks up the watch from the jeweler, who offers him $5,000. Rolex is REAL and valued at $7,500. B2B Insider gets real every time David offers a gift card giveaway. This one is for $100, which could buy two boxes of watches, which could have two Rolexes, which could be worth $10,000. You never know what $100 at Goodwill might buy.
Really, no bull: The Chamber gave B2B Insider a few shekels last February to make a bid on the Stock Show's Grand Champion steer. Mr. B's bid was only about $235,000 short. So he took The Big Short and bought 1/60th of a 2016 PRCA rodeo ticket for use during the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which starts Friday and runs through Feb. 6. Looking for no-bull, positive publicity, manager Matt Brockman lassoed three and 59/60 additional tickets so B2B Insider would have four tickets for one reader to use for any performance between Jan. 20 and Feb. 4. In addition, the rodeo tickets also include admission to the grounds the entire day. You'll have the run of the place; just don't run in front of any bronc-bustin' brahmas.

You're no skin flint, B: Men, is your skin betraying you?  Have wrinkles arrived via USPS that you didn't order? Are those really brown spots ... or just leftover chocolate from lunch? Are those flakes on your shoulder from your hair or your face? B2B Insider is hopeful you didn't answer yes aloud at work to any or all of those questions. But if you did, you need to trot over (or run even faster) and visit Kimberly Nowell, President and owner of 18|8 Fine Men's Salon. To salve your future face, she has a most fabulous Skinmetics Treatment that is 45 minutes of in-depth cleansing, exfoliation, hydration and rejuvenation with a relaxing neck, shoulder and scalp massage. Ahhhhh!

Congratulations to Jan. 6 Prize Winners:
  • Sarah Green, Colonial Country Club
  • Craig Forster, Principal
  • Keith Hollar, Auldridge Griffin
  • David Cooper, Roach, Howard, Smith & Barton
  • Laura Geyer, BarMart

At attention: John Hill of Iron Egg website design works standing at his desk. He also stands during meetings, such as the Panther City Leads Group he leads Friday mornings. Donnie Boivin of Sandler Sales Training says John stands in the back of the room during Sandler's training sessions. John does acknowledge "it might be awfully rude" if he were to stand if he met you for a one-on-one.

Elevator speeches: Shari Fricke of EMR Elevator is quick with her one-liners. When asked her favorite dessert, she said, "A buffet." Shari also says she is in the business "of lifting people up."

How to succeed in business: Last night, Mr. B was looking at the out-of-date December Costco Connection so he wouldn't spend any more money on great deals, and happened upon a "business" gift giving tips article. And right there with two tips was Gail Cooksey of Cooksey Communications, who communicated that she likes to send calendars adorned with her really, really gorgeous works of watercolors. We can't show off so well with our artwork, so her second suggestion might work just as well...send food! Breakfast or lunch for the office, or better yet, an ice cream social.

Sure shot: Jerah Hutchins says calls have been flooding in to the Defender Outdoors Shooting Center. "More people are calling to take classes and be members," she said. "However, it's Day 3 and I have yet to see one."

Cracked that nut: Texas Ballet Theater danced to record holiday numbers, though not as good as Amazon's. The ballet, which serves as resident company for venues in Dallas and Fort Worth, pirouetted through The Nutcracker and The Nutty Nutcracker performances and broke records for attendance and revenue despite eight fewer performances. The $1.6 million in revenue is about 18 percent of the annual budget.

Lobby rat: In Mr. B's never-ending quest to get a raise above his 39 cents per career pay, he has enlisted the contingency assistance of David Parker of Longbow Partners, which was recently cited for excellence in lobbying and governmental affairs by Southern Political Report. Also recognized in Texas was law firm Jackson Walker.

Bid you adieu: Mr. B offered to jump-start the "From the Vault" benefit auction party with an opening (and last) bid of $5 on all of the approximately 200 "de-accessioned works" owned by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The auction is Sunday Jan. 24, with a preview Saturday, and includes art and artifacts, such as works on paper, paintings and sculpture. Estimates for artworks range from $150 to $5,000. Late breaking news: (Unfriended) Kendal (jump in the) Lake of The Modern has just bid $10 on every item. Mr. B is eliminated before the start.

"The only 35-year career today is the one you build yourself."

                                                -- Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence  
TCU's Neeley School of Business

Can you make it that long? It is just four more days until "Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions Day" in the Chase calendar.

Exclusive leads:
Bob Mitchell, networker extraordinaire with the Whitney Smith Co., says he co-started a leads-type group capped at 50 members 30 years ago. It still meets every other week and Bob says about 10 of the members have been engaged since that first meeting in 1985.

Cheers: Former Studios 121 producer Paul Leone left to brew something new in New York and now is the Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association.

Hiyo! Silverado: Mr. B almost forgot to mention that Silverado Senior Living's An Alzheimer's Love Story: The First Day of the Rest of My Life is one of's "Best Alzheimer's Videos of 2015."
You should attend: Next Thursday is one of the year's best Business After Hours and it's only January. The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel is the host with the most as the Chamber's Small Business of the Year finalists are introduced to members. Great food, greater prizes, greatest introductions. The winners will be announced Feb. 16 during the Mayor's State of the City, also at the Worthington. The finalists:
  • Emerging Business -- Alpha Industries * Cowtown Cycle Party * Ventavia Research Group;
  • 1-10 Employees -- Blue Jean Networks * M-Pak * SYNERGY HomeCare;
  • 11-50 Employees -- CMIT Solutions of Fort Worth * Sutton Frost Cary * The Baker Firm - Fidelity National Title;
  • 51-150 Employees -- Firefighting's Finest Moving & Storage * Sellmark Corporation * Simplifi Holdings.
Sharpen those scissors: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables continue their sweatshop-type labor with two more ribbon cuttings in the coming week. (Demand is so high that the Chamber could raise the $50 RC price and give a commission to Mr. B.) With scissors in hand, the Adorables will (and an editor) will be at Rudy's "Country Store" & Bar-B-Q at 6800 North Freeway next Tuesday at 1:45. With full stomachs, they will head Wednesday to the Edward Jones office (5517 S. Hulen) of Jerry Hawn, who will instruct on making more money so they can buy more ribs at Rudy's.

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