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May 6, 2020

On Monday, the  Fort Worth Chamber  partnered with the City of Fort Worth, the  Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and Visit Fort Worth  at the  Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel  to #ProtectTheFort! Volunteers distributed personal protective equipment, including KN95 face protection masks, gloves and hand sanitizer, to local small businesses.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Standard of excellence: Nothing says exclusive and timeless like the gifts in the Tiffany Blue Box. And nothing says Tiffany for Business , such as B2B Insider businesses, like Juan Carlos Torres. Dapper and debonair, Juan Carlos screams class while helping curate your company’s recognition program within the Tiffany for Business brand. The collections include exquisitely crafted gifts and awards, plus business accounts can experience an onsite Tiffany-branded shopping space specifically customized for the team. Juan Carlos raided the showcase for a Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant . It’s a delicate duo of engraved tags on a simple link chain, exuding sophistication and elegance in sterling silver with a Tiffany Blue enamel finish. Someone’s mom will fall in love again.
Un-masking a solution: Who was that masked man? That was the ending line of most every The Lone Ranger television show through the ’50s and into the ’60s. The Lone Ranger wouldn’t be so alone these days. Want to go out? Social distance and wear a mask, please! So important is mask-making that Chandry Manzke turned her Victory Awning manufacturing site into a sewing center, with employees and volunteers making 1000s of masks a week , most all given to charitable organizations. You need a mask? Your company having visitors and you need guest masks to be available? Chandry wrangled 20 from her inventory for a B2B Insider reader.
Signs, signs, everywhere a sign: It’s a sign of the times that the hottest orders are for things such as restaurant curbside service, we support essential service workers, closed for COVID-19, wash your hands, six feet starts here, etc. Or maybe you want to order a banner after arranging a sponsor agreement like Jerry Jones and it could be standing behind you during Zoom calls. David Murray, owner and CEO of AlphaGraphics Fort Worth , is hearing, seeing, designing and making signage he never would have guessed. He always knew signs were essential ; just walk into a building and count the ways. Alphagraphics Fort Worth offers ALL kinds of signage for ALL sorts of businesses and David signed off on a $100 certificate toward an order.
Congratulations to the April 29th
Prize Winners:

  • Brant Ringler, ESPN
  • Melanie Miko Davis, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty
  • Nicole Fincher, Downtown Fort Worth Inc.
Donate here: Unrelated, but timely after yesterday’s North Texas Day of Giving -- Cathy Sheffield, whose company, ThinkGiving , advises and strategizes with non-profits on raising dollars, says, “Getting the first gift is hard, but getting their second is harder. There’s only a 47% retention rate.” Sheffield said tax savings ranks a surprising seventh on the list of reasons people give.
Missing (a) link: Adrianne Porcelli is Chief Creative Officer at purpledoor marketing . While answering a question during the Friday Online Office Hours at the Chamber’s LinkedIn page, she explained significant do’s when building your company page on LinkedIn. “Specify what your business is about. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile in your e-mail signature. Place a LinkedIn follow widget on your website’s home page and/or your blog. Post great content regularly. Follow other companies.”
Join the conversation:  Mr. B already has been on the  Chamber's  new online discussion forum. He said he was very intrigued about the opportunity to engage quickly with peers on a variety of business, HR, resources/supply chain and leadership topics, but didn't see a category for "newsletters that exaggerate and make up items." Said Chamber President Brandom Gengelbach: "This virtual resource aims to provide local small businesses with leadership and guidance during COVID-19 and beyond.” The forum is open to anyone that registers.
Asking for a friend: Mr. B wants to know – “Is there a “too late in the day” to shower? Do you even have to shower every day?
Asking for himself: Justin Dorsey, a senior HR exec at Ben E. Keith , wants to know – “While working from home, is it acceptable to move the door locks from the inside to the outside of your kids' bedrooms? Hypothetically speaking.”
Not gonna happen: The City of Fort Worth teamed with PeopleFund to make up to $1.7 million available for small business loans. Your dutiful servant, Mr. B, asked Erika Hersh, PeopleFund’s Regional Lending Director, about a B2B Insider giveaway. “Sure,” she said. “That sounds like a great idea!”
New plan of attack for Mac: “We have been amazed by the generosity of our Fort Worth community,” says Angie Gallaway, Chief Development Officer at Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth. “It continues to be committed to supporting RMHFW families, which has been so heartwarming. We no longer have volunteers come to the House to prepare meals, so we have been raising extra funds to cater in dinners. This has also created a beautiful opportunity to partner with local restaurants and support them.”
“I have a mother (entrepreneur) that's really good about minding her own business.”

--Entrepreneur Nikki Maucere,
owner, BluPlume Promotions

Puzzled by this: Kim Matthys, Area Accounting Lead for HDR , on why she wanted to win the recent puzzle giveaway of Historic Fort Worth-designated properties. “I would cherish a great puzzle or two and these would be classics! What a great treat. You can tell Netty (Matthews, Chamber veep) the last puzzle I did only took me five months to finish. I was proud; the box said 2-to-4 years!” That puzzle was 1,000 pieces.
COVID-19 picture of the week: Tarrant County College’s Elizabeth Northern, marathon extraordinaire, is running her office at home with co-worker Penny, 3, “helping out. She’s three going on 13,” Elizabeth said. “She’s great at making picnics, doing puzzles and sending passive-aggressive glares toward Will (husband and WNC real estate mogul) and me while we attempt to work.”
How remote do you go? Benjamin Robertson, Vice President | Director of Business Development at Byrne Construction Services , says his remote team touches base as a department for 5+ minutes every morning, and schedules a weekly lunch or happy hour for “hanging out.”
Dollars to dine: Bank of Texas , led by Mark Nurdin, a former  Chamber  chair of the board, has donated a whopping $100,000 to Communities Foundation of Texas to help pay out-of-work hospitality employees to prepare and deliver meals to those in need.
Artsy kudos: Fine Line Group is the lead benefactor for a $100,000 initiative named The New Normal: An Artist’s Response to COVID-19 that supports Fort Worth area artists. Awards of $2,000 or $5,000 challenge local visual artists to create works that reflect their experience living through the pandemic. The project is expected to “culminate in the creation of an important and profound body of work that interprets and documents the uniquely Fort Worth experience during these uncertain, surreal and often worrisome times.” There is no fee to apply during the three cycles between now and June 10.
Creative kudos: Congrats to Tarrant County College for two gold and two silver honors in the international 2020 MUSE Creative and MUSE Design Awards competition.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold. Please see our upcoming virtual resources below.
Friday, May 8
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