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In addition to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo closing out with a bang, so did Vision FW's annual YP Night at the Rodeo event. The night kicked off at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame with a  taco dinner catered by Taco Heads and concluded with a rodeo performance next door. Over 200 tickets were sold, making this event yet another crowd pleasing, boot stomping, taco slinging, cowboy hat toting good time.

L to R: Michelle Regan, Higginbotham; Dr. Bronson Lester, Healthsource; and Sean Buckley, Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C.

View additional pics from the event here and a variety of Chamber events here.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Bowl-ing for dollars: For the 15th year, the Tarrant Area Food Bank will host its Empty Bowls fundraiser so none of its clients' bowls ever will be empty. From 10:30-1 p.m. Friday Feb. 17, attendees can shop for beautiful art from more than 500 local artisans and sample the bowl-friendly food provided by about 50 of Fort Worth's top chefs.  If you have a fat wallet, you can bid during the Celebrity Bowls Live Auction and/or a silent auction, buy raffle tickets and browse the PopUp Shop for one-of-a-kind, handmade, anything-but-bowls sale items. There's an online auction through Feb. 16 featuring bowls autographed by Emmitt Smith, Jordan Spieth, Adrian Beltre and others.  Francie Cooper, Director of Community Events, is B2B Insider's top chef for these two VIP tickets to Empty Bowls.

City-scaping: Mayor Price Is Right has been busy lately, Face Timing live at the Stock Show and Rodeo with Mark Zuckerberg about a potential bike lane on the Facebook feed, and at the inauguration with President Trump chatting up economic development. Still, she manages to find time for the Chamber's annual Mayor's State of the City luncheon Feb. 22. The Chamber and presenting sponsor Southwest Bank will host the Mayor's talk on 2016 happenings and 2017 plans. Four of you can join Mr. B in the way, way, back of the Fort Worth Convention Center. Before the luncheon, the Mayor will join the Chamber and Northstar Bank in announcing the Small Business of the Year winners.

I Spy Bill Nye: 9-11 Tribute Exhibit, Dino Labs and Dino Dig, Energy Blast, Cattle Raisers Museum, Children's Museum, Hidden Treasure, Think, Air gosh, the list of things to do and see at the  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History could take a week's vacation. And that doesn't include stepping into Dream Time and Innovation Studios. Alexa Canipe at the museum can't get you a week's vacation, but she can get you in with these four tickets for admittance to all exhibits; they are good through spring break and all of March.  

Meet me at the Summit: The United Way of Tarrant County is co-presenting an Economic Summit for Non-Profits from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Lena Pope Home and the featured speaker is Robert S. Kaplan, President and CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. If you are a non-profit, think of the opportunity to meet Mr. Kaplan. Wonder what's in his wallet? The Economic Summit examines what the economy has in store for non-profits and other health and human service leaders when it comes to philanthropy, workforce and service demand. Daryl Wagoner, who vies for longest job title in Fort Worth -- Senior Public Relations & Communications Manager, Marketing & Communications United Way of Tarrant County -- has two pair of tickets.

You'll die laughing: The finest arts students at the Texas Center for Arts + Academics will perform Dearly Departed Feb. 17 and 18. How fine? The play was nominated for a Betty Lynn Buckley Award for Best Play and won the Betty Lynn Buckley Award for Best Actor in a Play. The Turpins live in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt and prove that living and dying in the south are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Amidst the chaos of father Turpin's funeral, the family turns for comfort to its friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits. Two readers and three of their friends will enjoy the laughs, thanks to Katoiya Bell.

Congratulations to February 1st Prize Winners:

  • Glenda Hartsell, City of Euless
  • Melissa Edmonds, Carlton Staffing
  • Bryan LaRue, Novacopy
  • Rita Hale, Norris Conference Center
  • Jeff Hunter, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Lindsey Rushen, Casa MaƱana

Things to do, places to go: Bob Jameson, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, had high praise for hoteliers, restaurateurs and entertainment folks at the CVB's Annual Meeting & Breakfast last week. "Thanks to you," he said, "our visitors here have more things to do than ever." Jameson said 8.8 million visitors crashed our party last year. Five percent were international travelers and they accounted for 15 percent of the $2.3 billion spend.

Speaking of...: Clint Riley, who had been Executive Director of Texas Center for Arts + Academics, has picked up a few titles. He now is president and chief executive officer and is the Board's CEO. TXCAA also has hired Pamela Acker as chief development officer.

Swahili while you swaddle? Lara Ingram, PR Princess with J.O., is back from maternity leave. At three months, she is teaching her son phonetics. "I can teach Isaac Spanish and Italian and some Swedish (family there)," she said. "He makes sounds like vowels and phonetic level sounds so I am going with it. He'll be ready for algebra soon, I'm sure."

Staying grounded: "When Mayor Price hired me," said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport, "the thing she didn't ask is 'Sean, you ever handle a protest before?'''

Welcome to the neighborhood: The Neiman Marcus at Clearfork opens Friday.

This is a guy you want living next door: A tip of the stethoscope to Dr. Neal Richmond, Medical Director for MedStar Mobile Healthcare and MedStar EMS System. He was named Medical Director of the Year at the Texas EMS Conference. That covers all your pre-hospital care.

Soaring: iFly Indoor Sky Diving is not some fly-by-night fad. The iHurst location is one of 69 internationally, according to marketing maven iDana iAgust. iHeadquarters is in iAustin.

Wide target market: Dave Laurenzo's Synergy Home Care DFW has a 22-year-old client and a 100-year-old client.

"I believe the Facebook data center (in Fort Worth) will be the largest in the world."

                                                --  Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
quoting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Get out of jail free card: Jason Duling of security firm tyco / Johnson Controls, says he has a questionnaire for potential clients that he could use. However he'd prefer to case your building "like a criminal might  ..." He says, "I'm going to look around and show you your weak spots, your pain points."

Restricted club: Amy Shackelford says the Spirits by Sedona folks at Cendera Center love their tastings. What she wouldn't say is how you get invited to be a taster.

Numbers guy: Richard Haldeman is new to Fort Worth, new to the Chamber and the owner of franchise Mathnasium(s) of Ft. Worth West. The math-only learning center for grades K-12 should be open by March. It's a  new (ad)venture for Haldeman, whose career had been in healthcare.

Trial balloon: How is your tagline? Am-Bass-Adorable Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters is testing a new one. Many of you have heard "we do eleven hundred and 62 jobs." He has added "but customer service is No. 1."

Dirty secret: About twice a decade, Mr. B finds a coupon for professional house cleaners to come really clean everything he sweeps under the rug at the B Mansion. They are coming today. Yesterday, Mr. B spent the day cleaning so he wouldn't be embarrassed to have them see what he sees daily. You would never do that, right?
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            Date     Event NameCalendar

Job Links Meeting - Texas Wesleyan University

West Area Council Luncheon with Dr. Ed Schneider, BRIT, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

State of the City Address, Presented by Southwest Bank

Fort Worth Sister Cities, US-Japan Security Alliance

Impact Your Business Media Workshop, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

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

Cowtown Marathon Volunteers Needed

Ribbon Cuttings

January 31, 2017, (Southwest AC)
Ensemble Coworking
1617 Park Place Avenue, Ste. 110
4:30 p.m.

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