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In most sports, the home team frequently is favored. But it was different during the 30th Annual Chamber Golf Classic held last week at Ridglea Country Club. The "away team" led by Mira Vista Country Club GM Greg Hatch, beat the field to win top team prize, which was a free round of golf at Mira Vista CC. Greg hatched the victory with the help of golf mates Sam Randolph, Brock Stephens and Mark Walton. A special thanks to GM Financial for sponsoring one scorcher of a tourney.

See teams and raffle winners here.
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No frog legs were served: Oklahoma football greats Barry Switzer and Troy Aikman got to Fort Worth Sooner rather than later for this weekend's big football matchup against TCU. Dining at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, the meat of their conversation centered on the divergence of brothers growing up in the same household -- sports-nasty Skip Bayless and food fabulous chef Rick Bayless. The meat of their meal was a bone-in Prime Ribeye for the coach and a Prime Porterhouse for the QB. In a razz-berry cheer to Skip, they had the escargot (snails) as an appetizer. They said cheers to theirownselves a few times by clinking Super Bowl rings over delicious Del's Delights. Thanks to Prince of Proprietors Greg Kalina, you can have a meal for two fit for a superstar at the Super Bowl champion of steak houses.

Azle on my mind: Nestled on 100 acres in Azle is The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat. B2B Insider is going to make the (Kelly) Case that you should venue this, either as a staycation or as advance scouting for your company's next retreat/team-building exercise. Amidst the 50 acres of pecan trees are 11 cabins with ... beds! And pillows and sheets, TV, coffeemaker and other standard amenities. Nearby are the Fort Worth Nature Center and boat rentals and guided fishing tours. The retreat is best known for its weddings and special occasion events, but its beauty, porches, fire pits and concierge services that can do whatever(!) make this one-night stay from Kelly an escape without ever leaving.

Fit to a T: "Like the rainforest featured in our stores, we believe customer service is a rare and precious commodity." That's the opening welcome of all franchises with Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More. Jackie Pierce owns the Big Frog on West 7th and all she mostly says is "Yes, we can do that." In fact, the only "no(s)" Mr. B heard pierce the conversation were no minimums and no art/setup fees. Big Frog can handle any custom design. Even Jackie has difficulty at times deciding between all the options. She says one reader can have 10 custom white shirts OR six custom black shirts OR four custom hoodies.

Just do it! Far from the Madden-ing work week, Communities In Schools will fundraise Oct. 14 at Ridglea Country Club when it presents Wine Women & Shoes. Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Though the event is titled "Women," every Toms, Dick and Harry are invited. There will be bites of food, including Cole (Haan) slaw. While there, you could win a dream closet of your Choo-sing. Rachel Peters, CIS' director of events and marketing, was explaining the event and had Mr. B's attention at "stilettos." This one ticket will put you head over heels.

Congratulations to September 14th Prize Winners:

  • Vicki Peden, Cowtown Cycle Party
  • Donna Baird, Galderma
  • Debbie Findley, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
  • Nate Calzada, Trinity Habitat for Humanity
  • Faiz Merchant, Capital One Bank
  • Marisa Medina, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
  • Stephanie McBride, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
  • Clyde Steelman, Education Service Center Region XI

She tell-ers like it is: Petty Revis, the Director of HR at Unity One credit union, looks for tellers with a "great attitude, great customer service skills and at least the ability to count." 
Give her credit: Mary Robb talks about her business with the fervor of a passionate preacher. Honesty! Transparency! Customer Service! Caring associates! "We're Better Business Bureau (certified) in eight counties," said the owner and founder of Covenant Credit Repair. "A credit repair company getting customer service awards. Imagine that! It is what sets us apart."

Power-ful brand: John Schissler, franchise owner of a Chicken Salad Chick, says one day the power in his area went out. "I was forced to close and throw away about 250 pounds of chicken salad," he said. As he was at the dumpster, a customer drove up and, despite his explanation that it was unsafe, still wanted to know if she could buy just one pound. "Once people get a craving it's hard to get Chicken Salad Chick off their mind," John said.    

Networking benefits: Alchemy Pops
and Cockrell Enovation are teaming up to help the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Oct. 8 is the Gear Up to End Hunger bike race with Mayor Price Is Right the lead biker. Carolyn Phillips, owner of Alchemy Pops, is borrowing the Icicle Tricycle owned by Cockrell Enovation.  "100% of our pop sales ($3 each) will benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank and we'll be serving our frozen pops from Cockrell's tricycle for the first time," she said. 

He's a jewel of a recruiter: Greg Kubes is back in the Chamber. "Nine years ago, at a Chamber event, I met an Edward Jones financial rep and I became one," he said. After a successful run as an advisor, Greg is the company's new recruiting director for this region.

Dress for success: Betty Harvey runs Job Links among other things for the Chamber. Give her a microphone and she does her schtick. Last month, at TCU, she wore a teal/turquoise dress. "I couldn't buy it in purple," she cooed, "but it goes well with purple." The next Job Links is Oct. 5 at The Women's Center

"I love the tradition of you clapping before I even (begin to) speak."

                                                -- Speaker Shannon Shipp,
                                                                      Director, TCU Neeley Ethics Initiative

7 percent (un)solution: Just seven percent of respondents to a poll about career paths for Express Employment Professionals said they are exactly where they thought they'd be. Fifty-six percent said their career path is completely different than what they had envisioned.

Politics for $200: Political junkie Dan Donohoe, Sr. Veep and Director of Government Relations for Comerica Bank, had some interesting tidbits for the bank's clients and friends just before Monday's first presidential debate.
  • Historical nature of being the first woman to run for President will move the needle, but just slightly.
  • Libertarian Gary Johnson's projected 10 percent could affect the outcome, as did Ross Perot's 19 percent in 1992.
  • If the Electoral College ends tied at 269, the House of Representatives selects the President and the Senate selects the Veep.
  • Donohoe says Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania are where the election will be decided. He said Ohio has voted the winning way 13 in a row and 28 of the past 30 elections. 
Block party: Maureen Maidlow, an Arlington resident, is voting YES to the continuation of taxes for a new Texas Rangers baseball stadium. The Lee Johnson Capital Management business development rep says she is helping to solicit pro votes. "They call it block walking," she said. "I call it street walking."
Even if they're fired? Colette Reinhardt, with Frontline Source Group, says the staffing company offers a 5-year warranty on direct hires. If someone leaves or even is promoted, Frontline will fill that spot on a pro-rata basis.

Star among stars: Cynthia Cuellar worked many years for Recovery Resource Council. These days, she is the business development manager, calling on psychiatrists, counselors and social workers for Starlite Recovery Center. Alcohol and drug addiction is personal to her. Starlite is a 99-bed facility in the Hill Country.
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Business Hall of Fame - SOLD OUT

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)

Night Vision: Acre Distillery Tour & Tasting

YP Wake Up! at Brewed

Ribbon Cuttings

Benkei Ramen LLC dba Oni Ramen
2801 W. 7th Street


SKU2U Fulfillment, Inc.
14401 Sovereign Road, Suite 101

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