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Joe T. Garcias' La Puertita was packed with attendees at last week's Impact Your Business luncheon featuring Dr. Shannon Shipp, Director, Neeley Ethics Initiative, TCU Neeley School of Business. Dr. Shipp's topic "Does Your Business Have an Ethics Policy? It Should!" explained the key components of a code of ethics, highlighted problems with many codes of ethics and provided examples of how codes of ethics are used to make decisions.

L to R: Craig Barnes, Shield Engineering Group, PLLC; Dr. Shannon Shipp; and Jean-Marie Alexander, also of Shield Engineering Group, PLLC.  
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Goodness, what prices: According to our monthologist, John Fletcher, today is National Thrift Shop Day. Your first thought? Probably non-profit Goodwill, which uses store sales proceeds to offer job training to help people with disabilities and disadvantages achieve their maximum independence. This century, Goodwill is online with ShopGoodwill and recent sales at the site included a Gibson Bass Mandolin ($1,550), Jimmy Choo shoes ($56) and a Gene Autry Cowboy guitar ($61). A Vera Wang lace wedding dress was $166. Locally, Goodwill goes name-brand upscale at its Keller store and there seemingly are 18,127 other good will hunting locations throughout FW/D. Director of Administration & Marketing Shay Dial Johnson always is on board to party hearty on big occasions such as National Thrift Shop Day and you will, too, with this $100 gift card.

Just- in-Case ... we all win: When country broadcast media mega-star Justin Frazell and wife Casey started Pickin for Preemies in 2005, they had no idea what would happen. They only knew they were serving and helping. More than $1 million dollars later, they are back with concert No. 11, which begins at 5 p.m. Thursday Sept. 8 at a large Stockyards honky tonk. The money raised goes to support the programs for families with preemies at Cook Children's. The hospital's foundation has picked two preemi-um tickets to eat, drink and be dancin' fools during the concerts by more than 20 acts. Each ticket includes a seat at a table, a buffet dinner and one drink ticket.

Where the Dalton Gang hides out: If April Dalton were born during this month, B2B Insider is guessing she'd be August Dalton. August means distinguished, respected, esteemed, acclaimed and more, and whether its August Dalton or April Dalton, we agree. So, too, is the west-side Fairfield Inn & Suites that she oversees ... with free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, an indoor pool, and spacious rooms. Whether it's a staycation or stashing relatives, this room with all the freebies is good August 'til April.

The OMG spa: In his never-ending quest to rid hisownself of love handles, Mr. B ventured out on a girls getaway weekend at The Woodhouse Day Spa Fort Worth. The spa says it is tranquil and transformational. It is that ... and way, way more, including the most seductive haven for sleep. Mr. B fell asleep in the luxurious lounge waiting to begin to become more beautiful. He fell asleep during the manicure and hand rub, the soothing, heated pedicure treatment, a hot volcanic stone and four-handed, deep-tissue massage, and during his facial. New gal pal Megan said there wasn't a love handle room, but the cellulite treatment was a good substitute, though not a sleep aid. Here's a $50 gift card for you to fall sleepily in love with The Woodhouse Day Spa.

Congratulations to August 10 Prize Winners:
  • Steve Timmons, Fort Worth SEO Expert
  • Scott Casey, Baylor Surgicare at Oakmont
  • Lisa Cook, Camp Fire First Texas
  • Susan Stratton, Mary Kay



At the beginning of a rainbow: Yesterday, the installation of Dawe's Plexus No. 34 was completed at the Amon Carter Museum, a dream come true for Associate Curator Maggie Adler. Gabriel Dawe, a Dallas artist, weaved 60 MILES of sewing thread into a rainbow. It will be prominently displayed for two years. Maggie says Dawe is "emerging greatness. I told him he needs to start charging double what he charged us."  
Not yes people, but don't say no: Jason Lamers, former Chief of Staff for Mayor Price Is Right and now an internal communications conductor for BNSF Railway, said, "You can see the smoke coming from (Price's) ears when she hears 'that's the way it's always been done.'"  Lamers was moderating a Q&A with Price last week at the Business Assistance Center. Said Price: "What makes me mad? Say 'No' to me or we just don't do it that way. If you talk through things, there's almost always a better way." 

 "You laugh, but these are your prospective employees": A cemetery plot salesperson calls bereaved family before 6 a.m. the morning after a death. A business defrauds the government with two sets of books. Employees at a country club are told they are allowed a certain amount of theft. "All of these stories are true; I can't make this stuff up," said Shannon Shipp, Director, TCU Neeley Ethics Initiative, during a Chamber luncheon last week. More from the captain of the Shipp:
  • The source of much ethical thinking is based on teachings at religious institutions. And today, the fastest growing segment of the population has no religious affiliation.
  • A company code of ethics should cover legal requirements, internal compliance and ethical judgment and/or aspiration goal.
  • Biggest problems with an ethics code is a company's failures to update and reinforce. 
Singles hitter: Jared Treesh, a commercial lender with Worthington Bank, is knocking off major league baseball parks at a record pace in an effort to visit every team's. San Diego's Petco Park is the latest. Wonder if he has to re-visit when a team replaces its stadium? (re: Arlington, TX.)

Very entrepreneurial: TCU's Neeley School of Business and the Fort Worth Business Press have a tentative agreement for space at the school to recognize the newspaper's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The first class was announced last month. In the future, Neeley will work with the Business Press on the selections and it eventually could be a statewide honor.

 And 1...The inaugural enshrines included Amon Carter posthumously. His grandson, Luther King Capital Management's Mark Johnson, accepted the award. 

"I would tell myself to get out of the way. Put down that bag of fear. Just go! Trust yourself!"

                                                -- Debbie Cooley, M-Pak
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A business model to model: Camp Gladiator workout program has approximately 800 locations for those fit to be tied. And at very few of those locations do they have to pay rent. City parks, however, do have fees.
Fantasy police: Be a volunteer policeman ... without the guns. Fort Worth Police would love private businesses and residences with video surveillance to voluntarily register your addresses. Police say video surveillance is "one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime."

We'd Stand by Her: The beautiful voice of the Nationwide Insurance commercials running during the Olympics belongs to Rachel Platten. Her 2005 album reached No. 5 and had two Top 10 songs, "Fight Song" and "Stand by You." She plays at Texas Christian University Sept. 30.

Well done: Blake Woodard of his namesake insurance company won a catered lunch from Center for Transforming Lives last week in B2B Insider. "When I called their office and learned about their mission, I told (Le Chef) Sarah Greif that we will be paying for catering," Blake said. "There's no way I will take a free meal from an organization helping people through difficult times by creating work opportunities. Thanks for introducing us to them through B2B." 
Santa sighting: Because B2B Insider already had its first Santa/Christmas mention during July, holiday tidings and tidbits are fair game. Chamber-supported Cowboy Santas just had a beer-infused kickoff, with another event planned for October. For the first time, the roly-poly ones are partnering with the Tarrant Area Food Bank to do a food drive along with the toy drive. Architects/planning company Bennett Benner Partners is working with local high school engineering students to do some "can-struction" and build a Christmas tree and other decorations with the donations. November 22nd is the big event, with a silent auction, jazz band, food from multiple vendors and jolly networking.

Plateful of pilates: Next Wednesday at 11 a.m., Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will cue their body, mind and spirit into balance at bodybar Studios Fort Worth, 3232 West 7th Street. 
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