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Last Wednesday at Cendera Center, Chamber members heard David Cooke, Fort Worth's city manager, give a brief update on this year's budget, some of the big projects going on in all five of our Area Councils, and touch on the City's economic development strategic planning process. In addition, Erma Johnson Hadley, late chancellor of Tarrant County College District, was recognized posthumously with the Chamber's High Impact Legacy Award. Her daughter Ardenia Gould and granddaughter Spencer Gould accepted the award. 

View photos from the event here  and  view pics from a variety of Chamber events, click here .

* David Cooke photo courtesy of Haason Diggs, 360 Media 4 U Photography & Video.
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Sunny days ahead: Sundance Square Plaza is the center of downtown and for the next week -- definitely! -- and next month -- why not? -- Sundance is the center of entertainment and shopping. Saturday night, Sundance lights its 57-foot Christmas tree.  The tree is trimmed and Santa will be around for some sing-a-longs and holiday caroling. St. Nick will spend the night with his reindeer in a hotel suite on the Square then, along with Downtown Fort Worth Inc., will help host the XTO Parade of Lights Sunday.  Both events start at 6 p.m. So much to watch and so many great places to shop for retail and food, and Tracy Gilmour at Sundance made two readers' visits even better with a $50 gift card good anywhere within Sundance Square. 

A diner on their dime: To help hit your drool spot this Wednesday, the Bs were buzzing through Waterside during the weekend, watching the runners and cyclers and enjoying the views along the Trinity River. Oh, and gorging at Taco Diner. We couldn't decide between the slow-roasted brisket, chicken al pastor, Corn Flakes-breaded jumbo (oxymoron) shrimp and chicken & waffle tacos. So we ordered them all. And sided it with all-star fries and the uber-outstanding Mambo Taxi, a frozen sangria swirl. This $50 gift card from Waterside will get you started on your own gorge.

He's no turkey: It being so close to Thanksgiving, Mr. B was a bit concerned with his enlarged Ally McBeal-named wattle, that fleshy growth under the chin. He sure didn't want to be mistaken for a gobbler this time of year. He needed a place to lay low and found it and some help at Hide Away Spa & Salon at Bella in southwest Fort Worth/ Benbrook. Owners Sandra & Jose Munoz have just opened and Cynthia, the Spa Manager, had some tightening solutions that made B's neck as soft as a baby's. Sandra & Jose have done a fabulous job constructing a place for serenity and tranquility. Find out yourownself with this fantastic facial (and possible neck tightener).

Congratulations to November 9th Prize Winners:

  • Philip Vickers, Cantey Hanger
  • Greg Heitzman, Performing Ads Company
  • Kelli Warner, The Ladder Alliance
  • Tiffany DePriest, Polished Family Dental

Turkey call: Have a very tasteful Thanksgiving. Enjoy all your visiting Pilgrims. B2B Insider will return Nov. 30.

Giving thanks: The Chamber has hired Texas-native Brandom Gengelbach as its Executive Vice President of Economic Development. He starts Nov. 28 and as a 4-time Boston Marathoner should, he hit the ground running. He took the long way home by way of Nashville, Indianapolis and Brisbane, Australia. Big Fort Worth hi y'all to Brandom, Alison and their two sons.

Picture this: Phil Crow, hubby of Rattikin Title Company veep Norma Crow, was a TV cameraman at the Texas Hotel Nov. 22, 1963 for the Chamber breakfast with President John Kennedy. Retired after 38 years in television, Phil consults with the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys on television matters.

Why the pullout?
Blake Woodard of Woodard Insurance has some explanations of the insurer pullouts from Obamacare. "Most of the insurer withdrawals are from the subsidized exchange market because the people buying coverage are running up far more claims than they and the taxpayer subsidizers are paying in premiums.  Community rating is the fatal flaw in Obamacare.  Community rating means that everyone pays the same price, adjusted only for age, zip code and nicotine. Heroin addicts pay the same price as marathoners." His (edited) suggestions:
  • If your income is too high to qualify for a subsidy, buy an off-exchange policy from an insurance agent or directly from the insurer.
  •  If you have two or more full-time employees, even if both don't need health insurance, you can qualify for a small group employer health policy.
  • If you have 10 or more employees, some insurers will sell you stop-loss insurance so you can self-insure.
Tour(s) de force: Authentic Fort Worth Sights and Scenes, in just about two years, has grown from one ghost tour to 16 separate tours, with 300 people taking part the last week of October. Charles and Jan Norton offer ghost tours, walking tours (Downtown and Cultural District), bike tours, Firestone & Robertson Distilling tours (we'll drink to that) and the newest, a Cowboys and Culture tour.
Greatness: During the Chamber's High Impact luncheon at Cendera Center last week, Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke described the factors that in his estimation make a city great: 1) Jobs, growth, prosperity; 2) Safe and inviting; 3) Stuff to do; 4) Strong neighborhoods; 5) Resilience over time; and 6) Engaged citizens.  

Chatting with Mr. Claus: Billy Bob Thornton is back on the big screen next Wednesday as Bad Santa and the not-so-jolly one will attract a lot of attention. Not to be forgotten, however, the really good St. Nick will be readily available. Thanks to Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and Alliance For Children, he can call or Face Time your child(ren) or yourownself  Dec. 14-15. Go to CallsFromSanta online. 

"I don't think you do anything well without a passion for it...and compassion. Succeeding with a small business means being a people person."

                                                -- Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right
Wild West Santa: For the 32nd year, Cowboy Santas will be spreading gifts, food and cheer to kids in north Texas. The Chamber's event begins at 5:30 Nov. 22 at Norris Conference Center and your $30 or unwrapped toy gets you in for food, drink and some jazzy sounds.

Trek to TECH: Hayden Blackburn didn't have far to go to change jobs, companies and offices. It's about 20 yards from his office at IDEA Works FW to TECH Fort Worth, where he is the new Assistant Director.  Both are based at the City of Fort Worth's Guinn Complex at I-35 and Rosedale.  "Now that we have filled the infrastructure gaps with a mixed-industry incubator and entrepreneur development center is time to start strengthening our community's resources and offerings for doers, innovators and entrepreneurs," Blackburn said.

Not my job, mon!
Hunter Piland is new to the Chamber, working as the Coordinator of Workforce Development and Education, which are more characters (41) than Mr. B gets paid (39). Last week her co-worker, Betty Harvey, twice had her doing 22 push-ups as part of Betty's 22-day 22 Kill Suicide Awareness efforts to support vets.      

Well Worthy: Congrats to Schaefer Advertising and Ascend Concepts. Their marketing collateral work for the Chamber sales materials and annual meeting drew hurrahs in the local Public Relations Society Association competition. Balcom Agency was the No. 1 award winner on the night. Its 10 awards included six top awards in their categories.

Nothing too small for success:
For those of you not too tired from clicking for deals or actually having engaged the mall masses on Black Friday, the Chamber is a proponent for "Shop Small. Shop Local. Shop Chamber." It's Small Business Saturday after Thanksgiving and a perfect time to have your coupons and special promotion discounts posted on the Chamber website. Log-in and post your dealie online before Nov. 21; if you need help with the site, ask membership mom Teresa Pearson for help.
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            Date     Event NameCalendar

Transportation Business Briefing

 Cowboy Santas Annual Toy Drive and Networking Event

East Area Council Membership Luncheon with Carla Jutson, Meals on Wheels, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

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

Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch

YP Wake UP! Bi-Monthly Coffee

Ribbon Cuttings

Springhill Suites by Marriott-Fort Worth Fossil Creek
5301 N. Riverside Drive
11:30 a.m.

Advance Auto Parts
4054 E. Lancaster Avenue
9:30 a.m.

Aeroblaze Laboratory
12819 Harmon Road, Ste. 575
12:00 p.m.

Primrose School of Fort Worth West
3777 Westridge Avenue
9:00 a.m. 

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 60 copies per member. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 to schedule pick up. The Free maps in bulk are only available until Nov. 22!

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

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