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This year's State of the County, held at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, featured Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, who offered the skinny on transit, health care, education and the proposed new Texas Rangers stadium. In addition, the Chamber proudly honored UNT Health Science Center and Texas Christian University MD School with the 6th Annual Vandergriff Award.

L to R: Don Whelan, TCU; Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC; Dr. Stuart Flynn, MD, TCU; Mark Nurdin, Bank of Texas; and Judge Glen Whitley.
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Suite sounds: Martina McBride's rendition(s) of Somewhere Over the Rainbow are better than the original. Listen to them before you argue. She says it is her favorite song and her passion shows. She also shows this Friday night at Verizon Theater with Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope and Hudson Moore, and two tickets to the suite just rained down on us. The concert is THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. McBride has six No. 1 hits, 20 Top 10 singles and is a four-time female vocalist of the year. She is a star! The suite has indoor private seating or "patio seating." You'll receive two spots in the suite and Jim's VIP parking spot. Only enter if you're available this Friday.

Flights of fancy: Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and an officer with the parent corporation, is on the board for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. As Lockheed boss man in Fort Worth, he oversees development of the F-35, which undoubtedly will be Smithsonian bound one day. Sept. 27, Carvalho is bound to the TCU campus, where he is the breakfast guest who will be interviewed by Dean (He's A) Homer Erekson during the Neeley School of Business Tandy Executive Speaker Series. B2B Insider Cole-luded with Elaine at TCU for a table of eight.

Table this thought: Are you jealous of those pretty fancy coffee table books the Chamber gives out to speakers at its events? Do you realize, as does Mr. B, that U2 probably never will be a speaker at a Chamber event? It's too bad because those books have beautiful pictures of all the great things energizing Fort Worth and a historical timeline, for those who don't know who Amon G. Carter was. It would be great to have a book to show off and promote the city to visitors at your home or office. Oh, you could buy one, but wouldn't it be great if Mr. B snuck past tyco security cameras and into the Monta Noe prize closet for a book for two readers.

Who wants to be labeled? While rummaging through Monta's closet, Mr. B found some other items that were quite interesting. Like a purple wig and mailing addresses for all 2,313,467 Chamber members. Did you know we're the largest Chamber in north Texas? Already in nice label form. Mr. B offered to recycle them for use hisownself, but Monta was having none of that. "We sell those," she said. "It's my tip money." If you need an advertising help, these labels will enable you to directly reach every Chamber member business. Valued at $300.

Congratulations to September 7th Prize Winners:

  • Tyler Underriner, Dallas Mavericks
  • Scott Ward, Unity One Credit Union
  • Cynthia Sadler, Bank of Texas
  • Dan Claterbaugh, DOCUmation
  • Rhonda Taylor, Congressman Joe Barton
  • Cathy Lewis, Lewis Labels
  • Peter Lindsay, Sproles Woodard
  • Melissa Edmonds, Carlton Staffing

Border patrols: A really, really cool exhibit -- Border Cantos -- opens Sept. 24 at the Amon Carter Museum. Photographer Richard Misrach shot the U.S.-Mexico border and composer/musician Guillermo Galindo collaborated. His instruments were made from left behinds of border crossers. Together they provide the sights and sounds of the border. 
Bargaining power: Good news for Mr. B. Mackenzie Eason & Associates has signed a five-year Masters Service Agreement with the City of Fort Worth as its pre-eminent executive search firm. Managing Partner Darien George, an old pal, is scouring city departments to see which might need a newsletter.

Finding a united way: Kenn Scott, owner of a marketing company, won last year's Business Plan Competition, presented by the Business Assistance Center and Capital One, with a plan to produce digital exercise videos and music for kids slowed by obesity. The company is entered with 26 others for the first Kernel grants from the United Way of Tarrant County. The United Way funding is from private investors and is for "social innovation." Winners announced Nov. 2.

Front and center: Now semi-famous, Tamara Payne of Ensemble Coworking on her cover spread in the Fort Worth Business Press -- "I paid the reporter," she joked. 

Secure in his thoughts: R. Brian Stewart's title at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is Program Security, Integrated Fighter Group. Mr. B asked if his job title means "if you tell me anything, you have to kill me?" Mr. S responded, "It means if I don't win the (B2B Insider) gift card, your power may not work for a while." 

It's all relative: Pat & Jan Tyler, owners of Cimarron Window and Door, each earned $6,700 their first year out of college in the '70s. He was with Boise Cascade, she a teacher. "We weren't poor," Jan said. "Our first year, we bought a car; second year, a house." 

"I like what they're doing on (highway) 360. I grew up in Grand Prairie and they have been working on 360 every day of my 63 years."

                                                -- Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley

Niche ownership: "I hired a COO this year who is calmer (than me)," said M-Pak owner Debbie Cooley. "You need to find out where you belong. I don't belong in operations or accounting."

A wealth of health: Wheels for Wellness is rolling into downtown this Saturday, September 17th. Husband Paul will pull his 1958 Chevy Del Ray named "Big Red" from Monta's closet and showcase it. It's free from 10-3 and PSA testing to detect prostate cancer is also free. Go to the Chamber's Member Event calendar for details on this and dozens of other upcoming member events.
When small is big: Last day to be nominated or to nominate yourownself is next Friday for the Chamber's Small Business of the Year awards.

Putting for dough: Mr. B was out of bounds Sunday more than Dallas Cowboy Terrance Williams. Fade out of bounds right. Hook out of bounds left. Mr. B tried to sign up for the Sept. 19 Chamber Golf Clinic -- The "Business" of Golf,"  which is in conjunction with the 30th Fort Worth Chamber Golf Classic. Tried to ... but this is a clinic for women! Attendees will learn about the "6-hour sales call," how to be "business successful" without having to be "golf successful" and, of course, on-course beginner tips on putting, pitching and driving. Click here for info to putter around with other female business leaders.

Taxing math: During his Chamber State of the County interview last week, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said property values are higher and taxes are higher, but that tax as a percentage of personal income dropped from .444 percent to .374 between 2004 and 2014. He also pointed out that Tarrant County is No. 1 in Texas for job growth and No. 4 nationally. Another interesting tidbit: As the county considers a bond proposal for JPS, the county hospital, Whitley reminded that the last bond proposal was for $40 million in 1985.

The pivot: When Stevie Dawn Inspires began, it was an online training company centered on Emotional Intelligence. Today it is mostly live seminars and one-on-one coaching. "Online is great if you don't like meeting with people," Stevie Dawn said. "I LOVE people."

Job mob: Mr. B loves to check out the Chamber's job board, dreaming about how much other people are making and how his life and the Rio's could be different. You can post for free, as did ambulance service MedStar, which last week was looking for a Customer Integration Manager. The Chamber is also looking for an economic development student intern.

Eat, drink, be a reader: In its collection, the Fort Worth Library has more than 3,600 cookbooks. In January, it will present talks from local kitcheneers, including  Shelby Schafer of the Kimbell Art Museum
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30th Annual Chamber Golf Classic, Presented by GM Financial - SOLD OUT

Chamber Women's Golf Clinic

Women's Insight Network (WIN) Network Social Hour, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Business Hall of Fame

West Area Council Coffee Connection, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

Job Links at The Women's Center of Tarrant County

State of Education, Presented by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Vision FW Events (Chamber's 40 and under programming)

"Table of 10" Mentoring Lunch at Cafe Bella

Night Vision: Acre Distillery Tour & Tasting

YP Wake Up! at Brewed

Ribbon Cuttings

Texas Health Hospital Clearfork
5400 Clearfork Main St., 76109
8:45 a.m.

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