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Happy birthday to WIN! The Chamber's Women's Insight Network (WIN) celebrated 10 years complete with birthday cake at City Club last week. Inspirational speaker Vicki Clark offered delightfully amusing insights on servant leadership. Current and past chairwomen and staff for WIN are pictured here: Lisa Cobb, Precise Energy Products Inc.; Lisa Lankes; Anne Holland, Barney Holland Oil Company, Karel Rucker, Mother Rucker's Sweets; Cynthia Sadler, Signature Cuffs LLC; Julie Hunter, Southside Bank; and Pennie Blossom. 

View additional pics from the WIN 10th Anniversary Luncheon   here

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Who is Ruth? What is Chris? Mr. B was wondering; maybe you were, too. Ruth Fertel was a divorced mother of two that mortgaged her home for $22,000 in 1965 to buy the 60-seat Chris Steak House in New Orleans. A fire ruined the sign and she changed the name to Ruth's Chris. One night while at Ruth's Chris Mr.B perused the entrée complements and decided to make a meal of them -- broiled/blackened large shrimp, Cajun-spiced lobster tail, crabcake, asparagus and béarnaise sauce, crusted bleu cheese, and a dipping sauce of black truffle butter. "Let them eat steak," he mused. "I'll fish in other waters." Thanks to Stephanie Reed, you'll have only great choices yourownself with this $150 gift certificate to Ruth's Chris. 

Artistic presentation: The nation's greatest collection of art is April 20-23 in Fort Worth. MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, presented by Downtown Fort Worth Inc. and produced by Jay Downie, is an intersection of the creative and crafty, music and munchies. None of this comes together as well as festival-ing from a VIP Skybox. PR princess Claire (The Law) Armstrong at Pavlov sheriffs the VIP entrances and she swiped two admission passes (5 p.m., April 20-22, 4:30 p.m. April 23) to get you one night of your choice in prime, elevated viewing of headliners performing at the UT-Arlington MAIN Stage at 9th and Main Streets. Also included is Gloria-ous dining catered by The Capital Grille and one drink ticket per person. (There is a cash bar, too.)

True grit(s):
The past 18 months, marketeer Lauren (Oy) Vay has helped to re-define how Fort Worth does breakfast. The highly successful and usually sold out Business for Breakfast event by the Fort Worth Business Press is serving up eggs, bacon, biscuits and a panel of female leaders next Wednesday, April 5 at the Fort Worth Club.  Marianne Auld, Managing Partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman, and Nancy Jones, President of the North Texas Community Foundation, are among the panelists discussing Women Leaders-Redefining How Fort Worth Does Business. Two readers can get a seat for coffee, croissants and conversation.

Refresh Leadership Live (via simulcast): OK, so it was live last year, but rotating sites brings a simulcast version to TCU this year from somewhere off Key West and the boat of  former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.  Johnson is one of three featured speakers for the April 12 moments of memorable motivation . Joining him are Robyn Benincasa, a champion adventure racer and motivational speaker, and Patrick Lencioni, an author (10 books, five million sold) with a focus on team management. Express Employment Professionals, the official job searcher for Mr. B, again is the local Refresh host and refreshing Jan (not related to John) Riggins has a spot for two readers. 

Congratulations to March 22nd Prize Winners:

  • Kristine Lauer, Envision Imaging
  • William Gasaway, J.B. Hunt
  • Glenna Standish, Standard Utility Construction
  • Nathan Davis, Aspen Wealth Management 

Sun is always shining: Sunny Brous Erasmus, director of Development and Events at Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail and board member in VisionFW, has ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease and an uncertain future. She is blogging about her journey. At times, it is a wild and wacky story about her loving husband, friends and supporters -- she named her JA Spring Bowlathon team "The Britney Spares." At other times, it is about the thought-provoking challenges surrounding a terminal illness, and the firestorm it leaves in its path and aftermath. Mr. B hopes you will grab the opportunity to feel the warmth by reading about and sharing in Sunny's journey. 

A city itsownself:
The Texas Rangers open their 2017 baseball season Monday night against defending American League champion Cleveland. When they open play in 2018, the adjoining TexasLive development will be live and will include a 100-foot-wide TV screen a Lockhart Smoke House, a Guy Fieri restaurant concept, a Professional Bull Riders bar, a Revolver brewery on site and an upscale hotel on the way. The outdoor American Backyard is planned as a 5,000-person concert venue and Ranger Republic is an all-Rangers retail store.

Potentially good idea: A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, a film Red Productions helped produce, won the Best Ensemble Cast Award at South by Southwest. In addition to Red Sanders, other locals listed as executive producers are Craig Kelly, Kelly Capital Partners, and Luther King and Lisa Rettew, Luther King Capital Management. Early rating on IMDB is 7.9

Clearly, no fork in the road for this project: Paxton Motheral is Vice President of Cassco Development Co., which is developing Clearfork, 650 acres along the Trinity east of Bryant Irvin. The Edwards family has had interests in more than 7,000 acres since first accumulating land in 1848. Paxton says it won't be "fully developed in my lifetime"; Cassco's passion and dedication to the land and the city is such that it has controlling interest in every facet of the development except for the Texas Health Resources hospital. Paxton spoke to the Chamber's South Area Council at Lena Pope Home:
  • The original 7,000 acres was from West 7th south to Oakmont, and from the Fort Worth Zoo west to Benbrook.
  • Cassco donated 181 acres to Fort Worth for the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
  • This $500-million, first-phase development includes two million square feet of office space, 1.2 million of retail, 2,500 residential units, two potential hotels and 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. 
  • Retail will include half a dozen luxury retailers and a dozen restaurants. 
  • The popular Trailhead -- exercise classes, farmers market, everything for bikes -- will get a second building and tenants announced this summer.
  • Artspace 111 has been contracted to find unique art; one piece already in place is the windmill that anchors the plaza area.
Housekeeping: B2B Insider had the mother of all mistakes last week. Cassco's Paxton is a Motheral,  one  l. 

Happy birthday to you!Vision FW , the  Chamber 's young business peeps group, turns 10 this year and is celebrating / laying out future plans this Friday during a Birthday Bash and Art Walk in the museum district.

"The hazard of inviting university presidents to talk is they talk too long." 

                                                --  Frederick Slabach, President
Texas Wesleyan University

Not in the cards: BB&T's Ronnie De Manna, an officer with the Chamber's Vision FW, says, "...ages 21 to 40, but we don't card."

An animal on the loose: Kathy Stern of Gorrondona & Associates voted for the Fort Worth Zoo in USA Today's Top 10 competition. She doesn't have enough work to do so she sent this along to encourage others to vote, which deadlines today. "I voted for our zoo because they do an ape-eeling job. They always know how to lion 'em up at the gate and herd 'em in! The price is not too deer compared to other venues and the reward chimpionship! They just get a seal of approval! (Sorry, I just felt like creating Pandamonium today!)"

They're No.1! The Texas Small Business Person of the Year, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, is Deborah Paris, president and manager of StraCon Services Group, a Fort Worth defense contractor. "Our personnel are focused on assignments that support the government and many of our efforts provide direct support to our Navy, Marine and Air Force Warfighters," Deborah said. StraCon does anything that makes Warfighters work mo' better. And being 2017 winner? "Complete surprise! This is a team award. We really have a world- class group that is dedicated to providing quality services and products to our Warfighters."

Movin' on up: The Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen, for the first time, has been invited to participate in the late-night desserts event of this weekend's wine and food festivities. Barbara Higbee, the Kitchen Manager/Original Ms. B, says, "I hope I can stay awake that late!"

Home sweet home: Home-office business folks owe a big thank you to your friendly tax lobbyists. Last year, the home-office deduction (Safe Harbor) write-off was raised from $500 to $2,500. No itemization is necessary.

Kudos: Lackland Security has earned employer service awards for Texas from the American Legion and a disabled veterans group...Booth boss Skyline Sector 5 won Best of Show itsownself at ExhibitorLive! ... Texas Wesleyan University's men's basketball team won five NAIA tournament games and is champion for the second time, having also won in 2006.
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WIN: Coffee & Conversation, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

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


Ribbon Cuttings

Tom Thumb
2400 W. 7th St. 

Firestone Complete Auto Care
8925 Tehama Ridge Parkway
11:30 a.m.

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