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At last week's Job Links meeting hosted at and sponsored by Camp Fire First Texas, Sarah Elshanshory of Catholic Charities and Ronald Bouldin with Private Public Partnership United States Army Reserve conversed about providing a quality workforce.

Job Links is a B2B meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month. Businesses present job openings and relevant information that assists businesses, HR managers, university and general career services professionals. See more photos from Job Links here and go here for more information.
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Are the chips blue, too? Not sure how many folks are going to Mexican restaurants thinking about eating healthy when you have chips, salsa, queso, re-frieds and guacs available, for starters. Long, long, long-time fav Los Vaqueros, however, is making a name for itsownself and the Blue Zones Project in none other than National Geographic magazine (the clothed edition). The Cisneros family's Los Vaqueros was one of the first recognized Blue Zones partner restaurants and its menu offers a skinny margarita made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and tequila. The Blue Zones menu also includes several plant-based items, such as avocado enchiladas, served with fruit. The Cisneros suggest using this $50 gift card to try the healthy option and listen to some mariachis singing the Blues.

Life-changing: You turn 30 and it's time to make changes; you might only have 60 years left. The Chamber/GM Financial Annual Golf Classic (is Classic bragging?) at the two Ridglea Country Club courses is celebrating its 30th tournament. It's making great additions, including a celebrity golfer drawing, a women's golf clinic, a marketplace raffle to which your company can contribute, real lunch from Railhead then real food on the course and not just snacks, beer, a discounted pre-packaged mulligan/raffle ticket purchase and did B2B Insider mention beer. More details to come because the tournament isn't until Sept. 19. Oh, this just in - here's a spot in a B2B Insiderfoursome.

This ad performs: Please indulge B2B Insider as it presents its first Christmas mention of 2016. Santa Claus will be sledding in Nov. 25 - Dec. 11 to Casa Maņana. Before Santa arrives is another show, Million Dollar Quartet, Nov. 5-13 at the Casa. Why is B2B such an early-bird advertiser? Because Greg Heitzman, owner of Performing Ads Company, has presented a unique opportunity with early deadlines. Performing Ads produces most of the Playbill programs for all kinds of staged programs throughout Tarrant County. Greg is offering a half-page advertisement (camera ready, please) in the program for either Casa show. Get your name in lights and market to the thousands that attend these family shows. Do not wait until Maņana.

Oops, our bad ... back: Last week, we were just kidding with this giveaway. OK, the link was bad. So, here's a repeat non-offender -- Mr. B missed the 40-ish age cut off for the Vision FW young Chamber professionals by a whisker ... about 25 years. At his age, Mr. B has to watch his back for two reasons -- 1) young, talented, newsletter-writing whippersnappers and 2) aches and pains. It hurts to stand too long. It hurts to lift anything weighing more than a plastic Raphael Ninja Turtle. Path to Wellness Chiropractic is the path to pain-free activities. Dr. Lauren Letz does a little lift here, a little push there, a little pull that-a-way. Wellness is in sight. Letz see if a complimentary initial consultation, including all x-rays, neurological exam and complete report of findings, might get you on a fitter path.

Congratulations to August 3 Prize Winners:

  • Blake Woodard, Woodward Insurance
  • Dennis Knautz, Acme Brick
  • Malorie Sarsgard, FW Bike Sharing



Imagine the frequent flier miles: Dr. David Mack, assistant dean of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, has been to China 32 times. UTA has an accomplished eMBA program there. Figuring Dr. Mack gets the call every time they need a substitute teacher.

Help out a small business, please: For 12 years, Mr. B has nominated hisownself for the Chamber's Small Business of the Year. In every way, Mr. B represents small. For 12 years ... nada. And that's what Mr. B needs for lucky year 13. Nada of you to enter. He knows you're more outstanding. He knows you actually make money. He knows your Emotional Intelligence is better. But B wants to WIN! He wants the limelight that comes with being a winner of the Small Business of the Year. The fame. The cookie basket. The cover of the Chamberletter. The Chamber insists Mr. B tell readers it's EASY to nominate. Just go here before Oct. 7. (Psst: Please don't.)

Where you lead, we will follow: Tucker Mullins worked himself out of the lead of the Lone Star Professional Alliance leads group. He was promoted at Key Personnel and is going to open additional area offices. He is such a leader that it is taking three to replace him at LSPA -- Tamara Payne, Ensemble Coworking, Clayton Collins, Keller Williams Realty, and Chris Gebhardt, Lackland Security.

A wholly Alliance: There are 425 companies in the AllianceTexas developments and 6,000 acres of the original 18,000 still to be developed. To service those businesses and preparing for growth, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority is close to announcing a 5-times-a-day, round-trip route with stops downtown at the ITC, and up north at Heritage Trace Parkway and Alliance. Might start as early as Sept. 26. Might eventually connect with the Denton bus system. Might be a last-mile provider available. Might be about 90 minutes round trip. Might wait to hear more.

Bedded bliss: The headline was Tips to Bring into the Master Bedroom. Mr. B thought he was on the wrong email list. He opened it. Whew! It was from Keller Williams Realty team Mike and Stephanie Garza. Their top tips for where you spend a third of your life? Neutral colors, soft lighting window treatments for a sense of privacy. Do not have unnecessary electronics, excess furniture and outdated bedding.

Managing the managers: Leadership coach Amber Antolik of Antolik Group passed along some research about the workplace. (1) People quit their managers, not their job; (2) 82% of the time, the wrong person is hired to manage; (3) Only 10% of people possess the talent to manage.

Kudos: Warren Douglas VP/Creative Director Steve Hanthorn has earned a Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation, the highest national honor awarded at the local level. 

"This here (cell phone) is an UNBELIEVABLE medical tool."

                                                -- Dr. Stuart Flynn
Dean UNTHSC / TCU Medical School

Dell-ving into the future: Jim Stikeleather, during his last week as Chief Innovation Officer at Dell, was the featured speaker at the first Entrepreneur Summit founded by TCU, IDEA Works FW and the Fort Worth Business Press. Some observations before he rang the bell at Dell:
  • "We've always done it that way is on the tombstone of many companies."
  • The S&P 500 started with companies that averaged 80 years in business. Today, the average of the top 500 is just 14 years.
  • "Is privacy dead? Maybe yes, maybe no." He sees a major disruption as to how privacy is handled during the next 3-to-5 years and isn't sure yet who will be the winners or the losers.
  • More companies will give product away in exchange for service contract agreements.
The Devil in Angel investing: During a recent breakfast on Angel investing, Tech FW Director Jorge Varela said Texas is ranked No. 2 in the country for investments from Angels. He says Angel investing is high-risk -- 85 percent of the companies disappear, five percent are zombies (break even) and 10 percent have a 27-to-32 percent return. He offered that the "shotgun approach, not sniper approach, was smarter; "it's better to spread money over 20 investments than to just pick and choose a few."

Book 'em dano: Thanks to the 409 anonymous Chamber members (you know who you are) that answered a Communications Survey. It was then communicated to Mr. B that B2B Insider wouldn't be so popular if it weren't for the giveaways. Two respondents, Jerry Miller, Jerry's Express Car Wash, and Patty Genster, G.L. Seaman & Co., won the Chamber's coffee table book in a drawing among entries.

Mr. Outdoors: Carter Smith, the executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will receive the Botanical Research Institute of Texas' International Award of Excellence in Conservation this November. He's a hunter, angler and seventh-generation Texan. The agency has 11 different divisions, including Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal and Inland Fisheries, and the Texas Game Wardens. 
Hope ribbons are only thing being cut: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables are where you generally wouldn't want to be tomorrow at 4 p.m. Even host Lumin ER, 4520 Camp Bowie Blvd., only wants you around during emergencies. When needed, though, Lumin is an illuminating place to be. Today, the Adorables will be handed their cell phone doctorates from Dr. Smart Phones, 4628 SW Loop 820. The Dr. is everything it's cracked up to be.
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