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Last Thursday at Joe T. Garcia's, Vision FW members gathered for the Young Visionaries series and to hear Caitlin Carter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (left) and Sunny Brous with the Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc. (right) focus on the topic of ALS. Sunny bravely shared her personal and inspirational account with the disease and emphasized that "you know your body better than anyone else. You are your biggest advocate." Caitlin joined the conversation and explained how advocacy worked, where dollars go, and how you could get involved with the organization.

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A bunch for lunch: Son NoBGood forgot Mr. B's birthday (The Hebrew version, which because of shorter calendars and Leap years, is now about three months ahead of our Gregorian version.) Belatedly, he bought dad a $50 gift certificate to The Capital Grille. Mr. B forgot to invite NoBGood. He went alone, much as he celebrated his birthday. He ordered a "Plate" for lunch, which allowed him to select very clammy clam chowder soup and a marvelous Maine Lobster Roll. He asked Capital Grille Managing Partner Gloria (star of stars) Starling for a half order of lobster macaroni & cheese. For just desserts, he had coconut crème pie. He left a tip, too. Staggered to the valet and fell asleep in his driver-less Rio. See if you can do as well with this $50 gift card.

At the car wash: Yes, the aforementioned luxury Rio is a beta driverless, electric import ... and was wash-less until a Labor Day weekend trip to Jerry's Express Car Wash. All that surprising August rain had left leaves and branches in the windshield area, water spots that looked similar to hail dings on the roof and tires so muddy that twigs were growing. Doug Cookston and the Jerry's Express guys were cookin' to The Village People. It took a village of spritzes and sprays to get the Rio back to its original gold medal look. Whether your car is as luxurious as the Rio or similar to Dallas Cowboy Alfred Morris' 1991 Mazda 626 sedan, Jerry's will purty it up an unlimited number of times for one month.

Yo! Are you petrified to pontificate in public? Do you stammer with uh, and, so and right, to get from one thought to the next? Are you flummoxed for content? Stevie Dawn Blakley of Stevie Dawn Inspires can help you face the fears and deliver decidedly dominating dialogue...alliteratively speaking. Whether it's two minutes or 42 minutes, Stevie will Inspire you to communicate your message more effectively. Her workshop Sept. 16 from 2-4 p.m. will cover three phases of public speaking and offer tips and techniques with interactive activities to get "you outside of your comfort zone and into the spotlight." Become a more dynamic speaker with this fun course.

Statement of facts: Assets. Liabilities. Goodwill. Amortization. Yikes, sounds like all the things we missed that one time we skipped our 10th grade economics class. A balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement are paramount parts of a company's financial statements. Just ask your friendly banker. PeopleFund, the nonprofit lender, is making a statement by presenting a lunch 'n learn Sept. 21 at the Business Assistance Center to help you account for your statements. BB&T is the sponsor. The seminar is free, as is lunch by Z's Café. Erika Hersh, loan genius with PeopleFund, found it financially feasible to offer a $50 gift card (eat in or takeout) to Z's.

Congratulations to August 31 Prize Winners:

  • Kourtney Jenke, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Randy Landers, Speed Fab-Crete
  • Brenda Worley, The Learning Center of North Texas
  • Jason Duling, tyco security
  • Erika Hersh, PeopleFund
  • Maureen Maidlow, Lee Johnson Capital Management

A (chocolate) chip off the old block: Walter is 6+. He likes to make cookies, soft and chewy ones. He makes a couple dozen and leaves them in the kitchen at Iron Egg's work site, his father Geof Bowie's place of work. Walter heard he could sell cookies. His eyes lit up. He is working on a business plan. Geof says Walter's entrepreneurial spirit "comes from finding a way of getting what he wants." When asked his favorite cookies, Walter said "a tie between vanilla and chocolate chip." 
Love story: Elizabeth McGee, Assistant Veep of Marketing at First Financial Bank, says she loves shopping thrift stores, though doesn't need wedding stuff pitched by Mr. B "unless we renew our 50th vows in 2018."

The business of winning:  Once again, for the 12th consecutive year, Mr. B is nominating hisownself for the Chamber's Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Northstar Bank Texas. (Deadline to nominate is Sept. 23.) When he is a finalist and the judges do the on-site visit, and ask where the other employees are, B is prepared: "They get 51 weeks of vacation a year." Is your business that good?

Shear genius: Shaggy Jake Richter, an Edward Jones financial advisor, came back from a family road trip looking similar to an actor trying out for some Mountain Man Mike role. "Wife said to keep it," Jake said. He is donating a facial shave to a Junior Achievement fundraiser this weekend. If a certain amount is reached, winner will have access to shave his head, too. 

Spoked! Holy rollers, last week Fort Worth Bike Sharing added its 45th station, this one at WestBend development on the Trinity Trail. 

(On overdone trends) "There are water bottles out there labeled gluten-free."

                                                -- Doug Renfro
President, Renfro Foods

Like father, (not) like son: Mr. B recently met Entrepreneur B -- Benjamin Rand, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development at Tarrant County College District -- and after a little paint-by-numbers introduction, learned that Benjamin is the son of Archie Rand. An artist from Brooklyn, Archie Rand's paintings, murals, collections and books are in museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Sign of the times:
Seen at IDEA Works FW -- "Never mistake motion for action."
Growing Gardens: Kristie Thomas, the ED of Bethesda Gardens Fort Worth assisted living, says the No. 1 myth about nursing homes continues to be "they take your home" in exchange. Bethesda is part of a business conglomerate that includes construction, real estate, Christian broadcasting, assisted living and a non-profit called One Child Matters, which ministers to children and families in 16 countries.

Kudos: The Fort Worth Metro Chapter AFP 2016 National Philanthropy Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser is father and son team Charles and James Powell. Charles Powell is President of Ciera Bank and James Powell is Assistant Counsel for Transportation at the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Also being honored -- for Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation -- is The Miles Foundation, which has provided more than $15.5 million in grants for innovative programs in education, economic opportunity and leadership development. The luncheon is Nov. 17 at Cendera Center.

And triple kudos: Pavlov has won two Grand Awards in the 2016 AdWheel competition held by The American Public Transportation Association for excellence in strategic marketing and communications. One campaign was for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority; the other for itsownself. In addition, Bleacher World named Pavlov's TCU football season poster No. 1 in its Top 25 College Football Schedule Posters of 2016. 
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