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The Chamber's Women's Insight Network held its first Dine and Discuss of 2019 Mar. 28 at WeWork, Clearfork presented by UTA College of Business. Six tables of six women visited over lunch - tables had varying topics of discussion, ranging from social media savvy to going into business with a spouse or partner. Pictured at the event (l to r) are: Erika Hersh, PeopleFund; Paula Mills, PeopleFund; Sherri Seiber, FranFund, Inc.; Lulu Hernandez, Weaver; Sammie Arriola, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

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The MAIN event: Here is why the mind-blowing MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, produced April 11-14 by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, is No. 3 in the U.S.: 27 city blocks of FREE arts and music; 223 juried artists from nearly 1,300 applications; approximately $4 million in art sales representing 15 artistic media; three stages and entertainers including Reckless Kelly, Jenny and the Mexicats, Fort Worth's Austin Allsup, Jason Eady and many more; food, glorious food, with smoked turkey legs, Texas BBQ, gumbo, bratwurst, corn dogs, frozen treats, funnel cakes and on and on; wines and craft beer; a kids' area with invention Maker stations, LEGO building, sand art, caricatures and face painting. There's more, but no more space so check out the website. Pavlov's Claire Armstrong danced over with four admissions to the VIP Hospitality Tent on the evening of your choice, a commemorative poster and $30 in food and beverage coupons on top of the The Capital Grille delicacies in the VIP area. 
Good Will Hunting:  Mr. B has a busy weekend April 19-21. He is cast as Elijah for a Passover Seder and Bugs on Easter Sunday. Elijah has to be dapper, but invisible, and Bugs needs to be furry and happy. It took trips to Goodwill stores in Arlington, Burleson and Keller, but Mr. B got the rare finds he needed. While there, he also found a chef's hat and a pair of pink men's jeans in case he gets asked to play a character at Empty Bowls and Race for the Cure. One store had a 3-carat diamond ring and another a Fender guitar. Goodwill has everything, it seems; if not in store, then online. Goodwill Industries' Fort Worth goodwill ambassadors Liz and Shay sent over a $100 voucher for you to find gems yourownself. 
Providing food for all: Mr. B needs to shop for groceries where Francie Cooper shops. For every dollar the May 1 Empty Bowls fundraiser for Tarrant Area Food Bank raises, five meals are produced. And she's not talking bologna sandwiches. Empty Bowls is amazing; it feeds your heart with joy and your stomach with fabulous fare from more than 40 restaurants. Walk with friends, talk with chefs, watch live demonstrations (wood turners and glass blowers) and shop among the rows and rows of artfully decorated bowls from local artists and celebrities throughout Will Rogers Memorial Center. These two VIP entry tickets give you an early start, some extra hobnobbing and freebies. 

Dowager Violet Crowley would be appalled : The Chaperone, playing April 19-21 as part of the Magnolia film series  at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, may give you a sense of Downton Abbey déjà vu. It is directed by Michael Engler, written by Julian Fellows and stars Elizabeth McGovern. The Chaperone, too, is a period piece ... the 1920s. McGovern is hired to chaperone a 15-year-old dancer to New York for the summer. The dancer is a free spirit; the chaperone is a toe-the-line wife and mother. The summer is a struggle of ideas and generations. Kendal (jump in the) Lake Smith sent over a pair of tickets for three readers to any of the seven weekend performances. 

And, we're off...:  Yes, w e're off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Doesn't that make you feel like singing? Casa Mañana would be happy if you were ... and were planning to attend its Children's Theater presentations April 19-May 12. Yes, Toto, I don't think you will be in Kansas. But we're confident you and Dorothy are sure to enjoy Fort Worth. Grab Scarecrow, The Tin Man and that Cowardly Lion and follow the brick row of Camp Bowie to the emerald jewels of Fort Worth. Just be back for what's-behind-the-curtain time because Casa's Lindsey Rushen-ed over a family 4-pack of tickets to opening night, April 19. 

Congratulations to the March 27th
Prize Winners:
  • Jan Riggins, Express Employment Professionals
  • Keith Kothmann, Construction Cost Management
  • Pepper Sims,  Pepper L Specialties
  • David Reeves, City of Fort Worth
  • Felicia Abram, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Shalyn Trantham, HUB International


Book 'em, Dano:  Film Fort Worth, part of Visit Fort Worth, has movie star status with Kelly Case at Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton Fort Worth / Medical Center. Kelly makes the case: "It's made a huge difference, sending us leads left and right. Had no idea there was this much opportunity with film." Kelly says the Dickies Arena impact already is being felt: "Dickies Arena is going to be incredible. We've never seen November bookings (two George Strait concerts) like this."

Herd on the Street: Bobby Williams, owner of Christian Brothers Automotive, just bought a house with three acres. Three longhorns were conveyed with the house. Seriously. "So now I'm learning about the world of cattle. No longer Big Hat, No Cattle!"

Bell-adonna: Some of the best (outrageous?) stories come from Raegan Bell of Bell Brothers Moving. "A big, week-long moving job for a customer in Aspen, CO. They called last minute and asked if we could send a third truck," Raegan said. "I was hesitant because the only driver I had available was my lead packer, who is used to driving a cargo van, not a 26-foot bobtail in the mountains and snow. Sunday, about 2:30 a.m., our mastiff (guard dog) decided it was time to give birth. The sound of 15 pups crying had me convinced there was no way my lead packer needed to drive by herself. I joined her and the crew for the week in Aspen. They worked and I read a book by the fireplace, sat in the hot tub, took long baths with no kids knocking on the door... And I only felt a little bad that I left my family to care for mom and 15 pups."

Ain't no mountain higher: The International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Conference is in Fort Worth next week and Vicki Peden, Lead Pedal at Pedego Fort Worth, said the new Pedego Patroller Edition for law enforcement, security and safety personnel will "kill the competition. Can't wait." She said she will participate in workshops and be an exhibitor.

Welcome back: Alcon Laboratories is about to return as itsownself. Novartis spins it out as a separate company next Tuesday. New York Stock Exchange ticker will be ALC.
"Nobody knows Bob Hess, but me. Sign up now (for the April 17 Chamber Annual Meeting), sign up often. He's the Amazon HQ2 site guy. We'll talk about technology out of Japan and China coming here. He'll tell us how we're viewed by his team."
--Chris Strayer
Chamber Senior Vice President
Stairsteps: "When the economy goes up, our student numbers go down," said Kirsten Fowler-Cooper, the Executive Director of Community Education and Engagement at Tarrant County College. "And when the economy goes down, our numbers go up."

The Ultimate Texan: Amon G. Carter, Sr. founded the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and had connections to many major Tarrant County corporations, including Lockheed Martin, Bell, American Airlines, Amon Carter Museum, KXAS-TV, WBAP and General Motors, among others. The Amon G. Carter Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to worthy causes. Former Star-Telegram columnist Dave Lieber has written a play, "AMON! The Ultimate Texan" and it will premiere May 9-25 at Artisan Theater in Hurst.

Feeling confident: During March, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail narrowed the field for its JA student Company of the Year to four. Next month, the teams (freshman to seniors) compete for a chance to go to Atlanta during August for the FedEx Junior Business Challenge championship. "WHEN our team wins in Atlanta, FedEx gives our JA office $75,000," said Cindy Hames, President of JA Chisholm Trail.

Kudos: Bob Pence, Chair of Freese and Nichols, will receive a Leadership Excellence Award from the Baldridge Foundation next Tuesday in Maryland.

Kudos, too: Meggie and John Schissler, franchise owners of two Chicken Salad Chick, have been recognized as QSR magazine's "Young Leaders to Watch." They will be featured online and in the June 2019 print issue. It doesn't say, but Mr. B guesses QSR is Quick Serve Restaurants.
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