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Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) President and Executive Director Dr. Edward Schneider spoke at a Chamber West Area Council luncheon held at BRIT last week. He explained that BRIT is a non-profit and its neighbor, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, is a municipal entity. Yet, there's collaboration and "it is going to grow." Together, there is a "world-class" opportunity. Pictured here are Dr. Edward Schneider and Tommy Dold, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, presenting sponsor of Areal Councils.


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This is not a joke: Twenty years ago, there weren't many four-day weekends. Maybe Thanksgiving; maybe if Christmas were on a Thursday. These days, there are more than 50 a year, thanks to Four Day Weekend, the longest running comedy show in the southwest. Performing Arts Fort Worth and Sundance Square are presenting a Four Day Weekend's 20th Anniversary Show at Bass Performance Hall March 9. The anniversary show will feature the award-winning comedy troupe performing hilarious scenes and sketches created from audience suggestions. You and a guest will hear the members' stories and anecdotes about their 20-year journey from unknowns to performing for Presidents and major corporations.

Not crossing, but on the border: Growing up in Miami Beach, Mr. B's avails for Mexican food were limited. Ok, zero and zilch. Not until he reached Dallas in the early '80s did he know the heavenliness of butter, salt and salsa on a hot flour tortilla. And not until 1982, at the corner of Knox & Travis, did he learn about the awesomeness of fajitas. Thank you On The Border, the father of fajitas in Mr. B's brain. Thirty five years later, On The Border has way crossed the border into greatness. It even has vegetable and gluten offerings. Mr. B says forget the calorie-counting for one meal and use this $50 gift card from Rudy and Brandy to splurge at the Bryant Irvin location.

Go West young man: Jet Song, Something's Coming, Maria, A Boy Like That, Tonight, Gee Officer Krupke, I Feel Pretty...Are there many (any?) soundtracks better than the hits parade from West Side Story? Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics are spellbinding in another take-off in the long line of Romeo and Juliet love stories. It's New York, two gangs, and a Jet ex-member falls in love with a rival-gang Sharks' sister. Casa MaƱana has 10 shows March 4-12 and Lindsey Rushen rushed over a pair of tickets to the 7:30 March 7 performance.

If I win, can I call in sick?: The Emergency Center Fort Worth is not your father's doc in the box. It is for emergencies! and can perform services that other non-hospital clinics can't. Lesly (no relation to Truman) Capote has helped to open the fairly new The Emergency Center on University Drive in the Cultural District. Sure, she would love your business, but she says the med staff would prefer you to be healthy. Toward that end, Lesly has two free flu shots for prevention and has thrown in two The Emergency Center t-shirts and coffee mugs. (Though Chamber prize princess Monta Noe has your gift package at her office, she will not be giving the flu shots.)

Congratulations to February 15th Prize Winners:

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  • Chris Carter, Hilton Fort Worth
  • Ethel Steele, Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Taplett
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Kreskin: At the Chamber's State of the City luncheon today, expect Mayor Price Is Right to mention that Fort Worth will jump from 16th to 14th in the ranking of largest U.S. cities after the 2020 census. She says D/FW will be the third largest metro area in about 15 years, surpassing Chicago.

He has his Hall pass: Jack Huff, principal at Transwestern, has been elected to the 2017 North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR) Hall of Fame. He is going in May 4 with John Scovell, founder and chair of Woodbine Development Corp.

Planting these thoughts: Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) President and Executive Director Dr. Edward Schneider is in the International Water Lily Society Hall of Fame. Schneider wrote his doctoral thesis on the Amazon (not Prime) Water Lily, whose leaves have a diameter up to seven feet. Schneider said of the Hall, with a smile, "It's not a very prestigious group." Schneider spoke at a Chamber West Area Council luncheon held at BRIT.
  • He said just seven plant species supply 73 percent of food consumed. Most of the plants we're eating now are genetically engineered. 
  • Plants provide oxygen and also are used for medicine, drugs, fuel and lumber.
  • BRIT and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have a Memorandum of Understanding to save rare plant species. Example -- In Texas, there are just 40 native species of orchids. TPW has only two botanists.
Smurf talk: The Chamber's Betty Harvey, hosting Job Links at Texas Wesleyan University, likes the school's ad campaign -- Smaller. Smarter. "It defines me," said Betty. Next Job Links is March 1 at Catholic Charities.

Speaking of Texas Wesleyan: University President Frederick Slabach is justifiably proud of what is going on at his school and the east side. The city and the university combined have spent $36 million to improve Rosedale Avenue, the entrance to the campus and an office building across the street. Another $20 million is nearly raised for a new student center and meeting area in the center of campus. Enrollment has quadrupled during the past five years and a totally online MBA soon will be available.

Milestone: That Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards is the 1,000th Courtyard by Marriott in the Americas.

I wanna go! Want to join Chamber-ites in October for seven fabulous nights in Peru? Mr. B thinks you get the days, too. Thursday, March 2nd, at 6:30 p.m., Jet Vacations agent Carl Monticelli will detail the Oct. 23-31 trip. The info session is limited to 40 respondents. RSVP to Monta Noe, mnoe@fortworthchamber.com, with your name and contact information. You will be emailed a confirmation with session details. Click here for more details about the trip.

"I'm nervous. I'm used to talking only to furry animals."

                                                -- Dr. James Davis,
Arlington Heights Animal Hospital
                            A Chamber Small Business of Year finalist

That percolated quickly: Co-founders Riley Kiltz and Collin Sansom of Craftwork Ventures opened Craftwork Coffee Co. 13 months ago. The coffee / co-working space on Camp Bowie will get a cousin shortly with a launch of a second location in the Near Southside. "The decision to expand was driven by a desire to create a network of workspaces for our current members to utilize throughout the city," Riley said.

Listen, leaders: The No. 1 leadership tip of Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics? "Listen. When you listen, you learn," he said. "When you help people to be successful, they tend to follow you anywhere." Carvahlo says LMA has three guiding principles -- "Do what's right. Respect others. Perform with excellence."
 
Love was in the air: Cancer Care Services celebrated real love stories for Valentine's Day. Its Couples Dinner for clients had a romantic atmosphere with music, candlelight and small tables for two. Great conversation, a photo booth and Love Letters written to each other kept the magic alive. It was mostly volunteers that created the memorable event for couples during their difficult time fighting cancer.

Aligning for health: Texas Health Alliance has opened its 48-bed, expanded in-patient unit. A larger and updated emergency department is scheduled to open in April 2018.

Grandmommy of them all: In 1999, Shirley Peterson was one of the first CMIT Solutions franchisees, right after its name change from Computer Moms. Hers was selected CMIT Solutions Franchise of the Year in 2014 for best practices, customer satisfaction and continued growth. The CMIT does not stand for Computer Moms IT, but Completely Managed IT.

Called on the carpet: That "largest ever" convention signed by the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau mentioned here last week? It is 15,000 rooms during 2020, not 1,500. Mea culpa.
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