February 5, 2020
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Hundreds of Chamber members gathered to celebrate the best of Fort Worth's small businesses during the 2nd annual Forte Awards at The Ashton Depot on January 30th. All American Tire Recyclers, DPC Healthcare , and Electro Acoustics took home the prizes for Emerging Business, Professional Services and Manufacturing/Distribution. One of these three businesses will take home the prize for Best Overall at Mayor Price is Right's State of the City address on February 28 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Pictured: Professional Services category winner Electro Acoustics
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Rodeo now…and then: There may be just four days remaining of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo , but you can live it longingly through March 29 by catching the rockin’ Ruckus Rodeo exhibit at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth . Ruckus Rodeo, by artist Red Grooms, was commissioned by The Modern in 1975. Grooms spent every day at the rodeo that year and his exhibit opened to coincide with the 1976 rodeo. The immense, walk-through work covers 1,237 square feet of gallery space. Sculpture wire, canvas, burlap, acrylic paint and celastic were used to construct the Texas-sized, larger-than-life caricatures of rodeo archetypes. The Modern’s larger-than-life Kendal (jump in the) Lake created and constructed this art masterpiece of two gallery passes AND lunch for two at the exquisite Cafe Modern.
Re-imagine this: All those times you have entered to win a B2B Insider giveaway and haven’t won. Now, fake it and believe you had won and had experienced the joy of the adventure. Spencer Day is doing that, only he’s re-imagining the great songs of Broadway. Day headlines five shows Feb. 12-15 at the Reid Cabaret Theatre at Casa Mañana Theatre , performing from his upcoming album, Broadway by Day. “Day cleverly puts a fresh and unique spin on classic Broadway tunes: Imagine a swinging up-tempo version of "On the Street Where You Live" from  My Fair Lady , a sly, rhythmic take on "One" from  A Chorus Line , "I Don’t Know How to Love Him" from  Jesus Christ Superstar  with an Ennio Morricone bolero twist, and "If I Loved You" from  Carousel  as a bossa nova .” Casa’s Lindsey Rushen-ed over two tickets to the 10 p.m. performance Feb. 15.
Who’s Edgar? When the Prospective Ms. B first said she was doing a “bath bomb,” Mr. B figured he better stay clear if she were going after that nasty ring around the tub! Four hours later, she came out, towel draped around her, all calm and merry. And it wasn’t because of Mr. B, for sure. Those bombs work and Goodwill Fort Worth has announced a new business venture – its S.T.A.R.S. participants (adults with significant disabilities) are producing luxury bath bombs under the name Edgar’s Bath Goods. Bath bombs are hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients that effervesce when wet. They are used to add essential oils, scent, bubbles or color to bath water.  Edgar J. Helms was the Methodist minister who founded Goodwill in 1902. His bath bombs are offered in six original scents and will be targeted for spas, hotels and gift shops. You can buy them online or at the Goodwill Boutique store in Keller. Liz Confiliano will bathe one reader with a basket of da bombs .
Y not me? So, it’s February. Guessing 70 percent of your resolutions for 2020 have fallen by the wayside, 90 percent if it had anything to do with something physical. For those of you on hiatus or those of you who need encouragement, Mark Mourer at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is here to help. He says, “ Y not. Y ou got this. Y es you can.” Mark has a three-month “Plus” family membership to the YMCA, which includes membership for two adults and all tax-dependent children up to the age of 24 living in the household. The Plus is good for access to just about everything at just about every Y between Fort Worth and Dallas. If you enjoy your three months at the Y, you might research its Wellness at Work program for your workplace.
Congratulations to the January 29th
Prize Winners:

  • Theo Halbardier, Merrill
  • Dennis Roberson, Charles Schwab Challenge
  • Barbara Higbee, Tarrant Area Food Bank
  • Taylor Hardy, Visit Fort Worth
Growing families: Marsh McLennan insurance guy Michael Wheaton mentioned his daughter was getting married this Saturday. That led Texas Tornados Leads Group guest Michael Roundtree to crack, “I need your prayers because I have two daughters getting married this year.”  
Y not Fort Worth? The economic development efforts and successes of the Chamber and City of Fort Worth will be on display during the Chamber’s 138th Annual Meeting April 7 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Walter Bettinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charles Schwab Corporation , the area’s newest Fortune 7 headquarters, will discuss site selection drivers with Mike Berry, President of Hillwood. The Annual Meeting is presented by Frost.
Ba-da-boom! JTaylor Partner Sarah Caldwell is doing a free tax talk for entrepreneurs Feb. 11 at TechFW . “I’ve been listening to podcasts about business and humor,” she said. “I should be a laugh riot by then.”  
Better than a Super Bowl ad: Cross Munson is 10. His dad, Dave, owns Saddleback Leather Co. Cross told Dad his backpacks and satchels were too heavy for a 10-year-old. Dad said design your own, big shot. Cross did. Dad produced them and Cross proudly writes, “You know, of my 10 long years on this earth, not all of them have been easy, but they’ve been good. And I’m guessing it’ll be the same for my Hogsback leather backpacks and Hog sacks. That’s why I’m giving Hogsback a lifetime warranty of 10 years. If I’ve made it this long, they can too.” Signed, Cross Munson, Hijo Del Presidente , Saddleback Leather Co.
Tru?  Stephanie Longoria helps find jobs for people through her employer  Workforce Solutions . She won't tell you this, but she even got cousin, Eva, her first-ever TV role, on  Snitch'd.
“I'm a passionate person. Passion can be unstable; logic isn't.”

--Russ Campbell, co-founder
TechFW client Ampcare
Siren celebration: MedStar Mobile Healthcare uses an outside agency to conduct patient experience surveys. Its fourth quarter results were off the med charts. The overall patient satisfaction rating was 96.01. On 10 benchmark categories, MedStar scored significantly higher than the average of the 160 EMS organizations similarly surveyed nationally.
Sweet heat: Mango Habanero Salsa. Peach Salsa. Pineapple Salsa. Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa long has had fruity, sweet salsas. Late in January, it introduced its 31 st product, Blackberry Serrano. The serrano peppers rank the salsa at a medium hot level. “Blackberry has a lot of tangy sweetness, but the serrano heat offers a little something extra,” said company President Doug Renfro. The last addition to the salsa line had been Carolina Reaper in 2018.
More Girl Scouts Cookie Mania: Rachel Navejar Phillips, Marketing Manager for The Rios Group, wrote that she “was a Girl Scout camp counselor at Camp Timberlake during the summers while I was in college. While the pay was decent, we got to have as many boxes of cookies as we wanted. #WillWorkForCookies.”
Future vision: Iter8, the medical innovation district being envisioned as part of Fort Worth’s strategic economic development plan, had a visitor last week from St. Louis. Dennis Lower, President and CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community, listened some and talked some about Fort Worth’s hopes and St. Louis’ successes. Cortex is a 203-acre urban innovation district founded in 2002 “designed and actively curated to accelerate technology company formation…” More than $700 million has been invested. 
Did you know? Entrepreneur magazine says Fort Worth’s FranFund (Sherri & Geoff Seiber) is the nation’s top funding provider for franchisees.
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