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At her Mayor's International Luncheon last week, Mayor Price is Right summed up the area's international trade rather succinctly: "D/FW (International) Airport continues to be our anchor." Her guest, Robert Kaplan, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, summed up the nation's economy as sluggish but recovering and suggested interest rates would
gradually grow.  More of his comments are below.
View photos from the event here and  view pics from a variety of Chamber events, click here .

Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Stress relief No. 1: The holiday season is fast approaching and you know you are going to be stressed. Let B2B Insider offer relief ... and it's not a massage. Thanks to first-class treatment from Leanne Green, director of membership at Ridglea Country Club, here is your to-go Thanksgiving dinner for 10-12 people. No cooking, no stress; just find the silverware and napkins. The Ridglea kitchen krew has a whole turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, rolls and homemade pie. Yes, it is Thanksgiving, but really, really go for the coconut pie. And make sure you order by Nov. 16 and give thanks to Chef and Leanne.

Stress relief No. 2: The holiday season is fast approaching and you know you are going to be stressed. Let B2B Insider offer relief ... and it's not a massage. The outlaws are coming, the outlaws are coming and there is NO way they are staying with you during the holidays. No problemo, thanks to the keeper of the rooms, Justin Smith at Homewood Suites-Fort Worth / Medical Center.  Feed 'em, watch the Cowboys with 'em, converse with 'em and then send 'em on their way. You'll give thanks and they will be thankful with their overnight stay, free happy hour, snacks, Wi-Fi, 2-room suites and free breakfast.

Honey spat amongst the Bs: The Prospective Ms. B bumped into Cassi Nguyen and Mr. B is the one bruised.  Nguyen is a big winner at Kelley's Honey Farms and Mr. B is the big loser with an updated Honey-Do (recipe) List of flan, pecans, ribs, chicken wings, ham, chicken kabobs, yeast rolls and mustard. All can and will be made with honey. All this cooking is in addition to the already lengthy honey-do list of chores. Mr. B hopes the three of you that win a case of 12 squeeze bottles of Kelley's Home Farms sweetness get a sweeter deal than he just got.

Round and round we go: June, June the Baboon is Mr. B's mother. See the B resemblance? (She only was called that behind her back.) Whenever she was provoked past screaming by one of her 13 children, we would smart-mouth back and sing June is Bustin' Out All Over from the musical Carousel. A cast of 36 from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts at the Texas Center for Arts + Academics will be singing that and other hits such as If I Loved You and You'll Never Walk Alone when it performs Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, a love story voted best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine. Katoiya Bell chimed in with two family packs of four tickets for any show Friday-Sunday this weekend or next.

Congratulations to October 19th Prize Winners:

  • Jay McCoy, Conquest Partners
  • Clint Biggs, Underwood Law Firm
  • Kim Satz, TCU
  • Dolores Garza, Smoke Free Fort Worth
  • Amy Shirley, Bank of Texas


A tall order: Jason Duling, tyco security/Johnson Controls, is six-feet four inches and the shortest among his siblings. His sister is 6-4 and two brothers are 6-6 and 6-8. Jason's wife Rachel is a shorty at 5-4 and their two kids are both taller than her.

Airing it out: Handyman Matters
franchise owner Brett Jeffreys' elevator speech includes "we do 1,162 jobs..." Make that 1,163. "We did a first for us," Brett said. "Fixed an air curtain over the front entrance of a restaurant."

Cyber insecurity: Next Thursday at 8:30 a.m., HUB International is presenting a Live Data Breach at the Fort Worth Club that is free with breakfast. Mr. B suggested the "live hack" could be to his bank and "if Hub could conveniently move money into his account..." There also will be info on cyber attacks and live data breaches.

Follow the money: Southwest Bank went over $2 billion in assets as of third quarter reporting.

"Howdy ya'll." Mayor Price Is Right's Twitter likeness is lassoing followers with her 140-character tweets. (that was 108 characters) 

Fedspeak: You think Robert Kaplan, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, has a tough job? He also is a single father of a two-year-old. Kaplan was Mayor Price Is Right's guest at her 2016 International Luncheon hosted by the Chamber. You can take what Kaplan said to the bank:
  • 2016 has been a sluggish performance and enough to show recovery.
  •  He says the Fed focus on monetary policy needs to end and it needs to focus on the "broader economic policy."
  • Texas has managed to survive weak energy and a strong dollar with the migration of people and firms.
  • Energy in Texas was 13% of GDP in 2014; it's 6% now.
  • His No. 1 tip for leaders? "Take ownership...act like an owner."
  • On rates, he sees patient, gradual growth. "There has been too much focus on cyclical and (we need) more on the fundamental drivers."
  • On the Presidential election - "I'm not allowed to take sides. Thank goodness!"
Lucky 13 days to go: TCU Professor of Political Science Jim Riddlesperger says "one party wants to go back to a past that never was; the other aspires to a future that can never be." And... "In the '50s, we had party-based elections. In the '70s, it was issue-based. This is an identity-politics election." 

"People in Colorado call and ask if we can make "grass" salsa. Might be legal there, but not here."

                                                -- Doug Renfro
President, Renfro Foods
Whole lotta Santas: The Chamber is collecting toys for Cowboy Santas and canned food for the Tarrant County Area Food Bank Nov. 22 from 5:30-7:30 at Norris Conference Centers. There will be hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants, silent auction items and TXU-sponsored entertainment -- trumpeter Freddie Jones and his jazz band. Bring a toy and canned food or make a cash donation to Cowboy Santas to attend. 
Not a paid endorsement: Nick Galati finally ensured hisownself a night's sleep. The RHSB Insurance guy put his 3-month old in a Magic Merlin (a swaddle sleepsuit). Now he swears by it.

The Clayton Yes! pre- and after-school care always has been about giving kids a safe, secure environment and parents peace of mind. CEO Jason Ray, on board about a year, says it is trying to advance children's attitudes from "not mind being there to want to be there" in a fun, "Bill Nye kind of learning environment."

Ms. Clean: Technology Team
, which already was moving computers and data centers, has launched a service to clean computer workstations. It worked the past year with a chemist for a formula that is expected to last three months; many traditional cleaners last only until they dry.  President Sherry Green says the mouse is the dirtiest component of any workstation. She sees other applications for the formula, which is dispensed in cloth form.

Love Me Tender: For her 25th wedding anniversary, Sara Waskow of FranNet says she renewed vows by walking down the aisle in Las Vegas to Elvis singing and right up to another Elvis that officiated the ceremony.

Surprised? Tammy Venable, a career navigator at The Women's Center, says at least half the people in its employment program are men. Placements for IT, welding and CDL are commonplace.
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Central Area Council Luncheon - "The Cliburn 40th Anniversary," Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth - SOLD OUT

Central Area Council Coffee at Corner Bakery Downtown

Women's Insight Network: Dine & Discuss - SOLD OUT

Job Links at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Occupational Health

Membership 101 - Orientation

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

Goblins, Ghouls & Grub at Ronald McDonald House

Ribbon Cuttings

Burns & McDonnell
Pier 1 Imports Bldg.
100 Energy Way

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
1226 E. Weatherford
10:00 a.m.

Advance Auto Parts - McCart Avenue
6425 McCart Avenue

View a complete list of Chamber and Member events

Our Fort Worth fold-out maps are free for members who would like to come by and pick them up (no shipping charge). Up to 50 copies per member. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 to schedule pick up.

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Jennifer Vuduris or call (817) 338-3335

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