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Action Ambassador Lashelle Knox, QCS Unlimited, Inc., and Small Business Council Chair Sherry Green, Technology Team LLC, show their Texas Rangers spirit at last week's luncheon to Vote Yes, Keep the Rangers. A special election on the Nov. 8 ballot will ask Arlington voters to approve a City-Rangers partnership to build a new, enclosed stadium for climate-controlled baseball games and year-round activities.

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Being pigeon-holed can be good: Sara Waskow is the owner of FranNet of Dallas/Fort Worth. If you ever consider owning a franchise, talk to her ... first. Great advice, great direction and a great price -- free. Also free today, courtesy of FranNet, is a solo shop that could/should/would be a great franchise in every direction pigeons fly. It's a sure thing, like shooting ducks in a tub or maybe, Clay Pigeon(s). Sara sent over a $75 gift certificate for Clay Pigeon Food & Drink that has a true appreciation for local, organic and fresh ingredients. Everything is from scratch, including the bread, the butchered meats and even the ice cream. It's difficult to plug the menu items because they change frequently depending on seasonal fare. Whether you're a newbie or returnee, you'll fare well eating with chef Marcus Paslay.

Broadway in Fort Worth: It's a bit surprising, but Sergio Garcia is part of the ensemble cast for Casa Maņana Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar, Sept. 10-18. Possible, B2B guesses, with the golf season having wound down (Oh a different Sergio Garcia!). The Superstar has been super for more than 40 years and the Casa version features Broadway veteran Jackie Burns as "Mary Magdalene." Her credits include the Tony Award-nominated revival of Hair and she is one of the longest-running actors to play "Elphaba" in Wicked. Superstar portrays Christ's final days through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The score is by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. Lindsey was in the Casa and grabbed two tickets for any performance.

Just(in) time for the rest of life: Mr. B is preparing his long-term retirement stay at the Homewood Suites-Fort Worth/Medical Center. Free cable, free internet, rooms are suites, free breakfast and 5x-a-week dinner receptions with adult beverages. A pool, a BBQ grill and a mini putting green. And close to doctors and hospitals. Mary had me all set for (rest of) life. Except...Mary went and retired and someone named Justin Smith is going to nurse me along? Mr. B doesn't even know Justin. You probably don't either, so use this one night's stay and free breakfast to let Justin sell you on Homewood. The rest sells itsownself. Maybe you'll room next to Mr. B.

Innovate, change or perish: Renfro Foods was started in 1940. "From when I was a kid," President Doug Renfro says, "100 percent of our sales then are now about one one time, mild, medium and hot picante sauce was considered cutting edge." Today there are flavored salsas such as Black Bean, Ghost Pepper, Mango Habanero and Mr. B fav, Raspberry Chipotle. There is even a Chipotle Barbecue Sauce. The Renfros keep the salsa all in the family. If you call or write, a Renfro will answer. The family answered our call with a four-pack of salsa and barbecue.

Congratulations to August 24 Prize Winners:

  • Matt Allen, Coldwell Banker
  • Leila Peeples, MedStar
  • Nick Martin, Concorde Asset Group
  • Paige Matthis, Central Texas Pain Center



More free: The 2nd Party on the Porch is at Amon Carter Museum of American Art Sept. 17 from 5-10 p.m. It's a no-admission event with art, live music, food trucks and cash bars.  
Even Mac or PC? Peter Bacigalupo could be biased, working at Buxton, which collects data. But his No. 1 tip for businesses is to get "Data! Collect everything you can about your customers."

When eight is enough: The 2016 TCU Frogs football season begins Saturday and in a last-look preseason comment, coach Gary Patterson had this to say about the championship playoffs and whether it should expand beyond four teams. "If it helps us play in the (National Championship) playoffs, great. I think they're going to have to go to eight teams."

Jet-propelled numbers: The projected $17 billion in revenue that Fort Worth-headquartered Lockheed Martin Aeronautics group will earn in 2017 is about 40 percent of all Lockheed revenues, according to Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President. In 10 locations, the division has 25,000 of Lockheed's 100,000 work force. The F-35 program has 78 Texas suppliers, accounting for 39,000 direct employees and $3.4 billion in revenues. Carvalho said the F-35 is just one-third of where it eventually will be financially.
Locked and loaded: At least through 2019, Lockheed Martin will have its name as name sponsor for the Armed Forces Bowl after having extended its deal another three years. 

Eat & treat: Thrillist, a digital lifestyle brand for men, did some research, gained a collective 127 pounds and came up with the "ideal" order at every fast food restaurant. At Taco Cabana, for example, it is a steak fajita bowl, three-pack of chicken flautas, queso and four extra tortillas. Eat that much for lunch and you'll be happily snoozing during work that afternoon.

Could his brother be Chuck? Jeff Norris is new to Fort Worth but already has his name on a building. Jeff is the GM of Norris Conference Centers; his brother is the owner. Jeff had been working IT in Phoenix.

70 years of helping: Cancer Care Services is celebrating its 70th year helping cancer patients and caregivers, and empowering survivors. It does it without government funding. For example, it managed to get $3 million in pharmaceutical grants last year for chemotherapy drugs for 171 patients. Deanna Stuart, Director of Development, says financial stress increases the rate of death by cancer by 79 percent. She says a staffer says, "The despair is worse than the disease." 

"...and thank you to Joe for putting it in my notes to thank my wife, Anne, for being here today."

                                                -- Chamber luncheon speaker Orlando Carvalho
Executive Vice President Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Back-in-school math: "About 20 percent of high school students leave school without a diploma in Tarrant County," said Mike Steele, CEO of Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County. CIS serves at-risk students. In its 24th school year, the nonprofit will be available to 37, 000 students in 57 schools across nine ISDs. You can help by mentoring in a GO Center or becoming a Distinguished Employer of Fort Worth Teens.

Floored by this thought:
Listening one day to Tamara and Lashelle Knox talk about their family commercial cleaning business, Mr. B had an(other) odd thought. QCS could expand its business by offering building floor plans to thieves. NOT QCS! All its employees are investigated and certified before employment.

Just call me: Owner Nikki Maucere, Chief Solution Provider for BluPlume Promotions, came up with a clever title because "it's a little presumptuous at 29 to call myself CEO." 
Not your father's insurance: Yes auto. Yes home. Yes life. And now insurance agents such as Susan Shaw are offering wedding and travel insurance. It's affordable for the protection you get being stranded at the altar or the gate. 
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