January 29, 2020
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Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop on Camp Bowie held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its first Fort Worth location January 22nd. Attendees networked and ate some delicious pie, then ate some more pie, devouring all the the 4" delectables. 

For more information or to schedule a ribbon cutting for your business, contact Yolanda Henderson .

To view a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, visit Fort Worth Chamber events here .
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Companies grow; this one hatches: Mr. B told you so. He said not-so-way-back that John and Meggie Schissler were going to be the hippest chicks with their Chicken Salad Chick, first hatched in north Fort Worth, which hatched one in Hurst, which hatched one in Burleson, which hatched the latest one on Camp Bowie. Whether it’s classic, savory, fruity, nutty or spicy … whether it’s a scoop or a sandwich, Meggie and John are working the salad station every morning about 2 a.m. Only the freshest. There are all kinds of side salads, pastas and soups, and buttercream frosted cookies to die for. Meggie, at 5 a.m. after her shift, sent over a package of two large Quick Chick flavors, two large sides, three buttercream flower cookies and two CSC cozies.
Not canned humor: Tuna Does Vegas is the fourth in the Tuna trilogy, preceded by Greater Tuna; A Tuna Christmas ; and Red, White and Tuna . For non-natives, Tuna, Texas is the third smallest town in the state, tucked into the brains of Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard. The two-person, 40-character plays are satirical and small-town South. As you might imagine, the entire town of Tunas are fish out of water in Vegas when Arles Struvie and his wife, Bertha Bumiller, are there to renew their wedding vows. Joining the cast are showgirls, gamblers … even Elvis is in the building. That building would be Casa Mañana, which has nine shows scheduled Feb. 29 - March 8. Casa’s Lindsey Rushen-ed over a pair of tickets to opening night, Feb. 29. BTW, if daughter Charlene Bumiller is in Vegas, this show is for mature audiences.
Does Paris ever make appearances? Son No B Good asked Mr. B: “If we got Debra Smith at Pulliam Pools to build us one and Lupe at Zamora Construction to GC the build of a studio apartment, would you retire out back?” Mr. B was thrilled to be asked … and pleased to say no. Son, for retirement, Mr. B has a suite, he has a pool and he doesn’t HAVE TO BABYSIT your kids in his rocking chair home— Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Medical Center.  The Suites are the sweet life, with Monday-through Thursday complimentary buffet meals and adult drinks, and complimentary breakfast every morning. Pool, misters, charcoal grills, a putting green…you have all that No B Good? Two large TVs, a fitness center and business center (do retirees have business?), all with complimentary parking. Wanna be Mr. B’s neighbor? Kelly (on the) Case sent over a complimentary night’s stay to check out a Studio King Suite.
Un-defying gravity…plop! BTW, Mr. B's grandson, still unnamed but he’s only three, loves his T-Rex(s), all 44 of them. When one was being attacked (accidentally) by his older sister, Bam B ino, and Olaf, grandson jumped from the balcony of the staircase to protect T-Rex. Grandson has a broken foot. He won’t be flying any time soon, but when he does, GM Dwight Miller at iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Hurst said that isn't going to happen at his place. Bring him over, Dwight said, and we’ll teach him to fly. That might be a while, but in the meantime, Dwight can help you take flight with this Spread Your Wings package for two people. No balcony jumping, but you will be airborne within the realm of iFLY's virtual reality opportunities.
Congratulations to the January 21st
Prize Winners:

  • Steve Lackey, SporTherapy
  • Kirsten Woodard, Master Plan Communications
  • Doug Clayton, Cantey Hanger
  • Robert Chan, Firefighting's Finest
  • Devan Peplow, TechFW
  • Courtney Lewis, CIT
  • Lei Testa, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Ana de Venter, American Red Cross North Texas
  • Juan Torres, Tiffany
  • Maureen Maidlow, Overridge Wealth Advisors
  • Julie Hunter, Southside Bank
Red Carpet night: Tomorrow night is the Chamber’s Forte Awards gala at The Ashton Depot …Think Oscars, Grammys and Emmys rolled into one spectacular party. Three category winners will be announced and the winner among those three will be presented as the Chamber Small Business of the Year at the Feb. 28 Mayor’s State of the City luncheon. The finalists are DPC Healthcare, Rollin’ n Bowlin’ and Pedego Fort Worth in the emerging business category; Muckleroy & Falls, All American Tire Recyclers and Dot It Restaurant Fulfillment in the manufacturing/distribution category; and ElectroAcoustics , Avadel and Clarity Homes in the professional services category. Click here to get your ticket.
A Boss Miserly Mistress going away prank? Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law Firm construction attorney and Chair of Historic Fort Worth Inc., called Mr. B to alert him he is on the non-profit’s 2020 Most Endangered List. 
Girl Scouts Cookie Mania: The recent Girl Scouts cookie giveaway left Carol Childress of Cook Children’s Health Foundation pondering: “Are diets really worth it?” Cyndy Tonniges of TriQuest Technologies also was pondering: “How many New Year’s resolution diets are hijacked by GS cookies? And it doesn’t have to be instantaneous; I always buy enough to freeze and hopefully make it through half the year.” 
Quite a salute! Tomorrow, there’s a private luncheon (no invite, Mr. B) celebrating and previewing this year’s Congressional Medal of Honor Society convention …which will be in Fort Worth during September. Yes, Fort Worth will host the recipients of the highest commendation for valor presented to those in the armed forces since the Civil War. Approximately 50 of the living recipients will attend the convention. “It is an incredible honor for our community to host the annual convention,” said Bob Jameson, CEO and President of Visit Fort Worth . “This is the first time the convention is in Texas, much less Fort Worth, a city and a state that consistently demonstrate great appreciation and regard for our men and women in service and our veterans who have served.” 
What do you really think? Raegan Bell, Bell Brothers Moving , has an unusual, straight-forward business pitch -- “We do all the moving because moving sucks.”
“If you don' fail occasionally (in business), then you are not trying hard enough.”

--Mayor Price Is Right
This is Advocacy! When she was with Trinity Metro, Mr. B teased Rebecca Montgomery that he could walk from his east-side B Mansion the seven miles downtown faster than taking a bus. Today, Rebecca is Senior Vice President of Advocacy at the Chamber and she recently went to bat for Brian Woods. He has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and lives near Texas Motor Speedway, caught in what he described as a “no-man’s” land for transport services. He wrote to the Chamber, Rebecca contacted Trinity Metro and its ACCESS program is a perfect fit for Mr. Woods. 
Adopt-a-team: Some Super Bowl trivia for your party -- the Kansas City Chiefs were formed as the Dallas Texans. The Texans, trying to grow their market in competition with the Dallas Cowboys , played exhibition games in Fort Worth at Farrington Field in 1961, ’62 and ’64. The Chiefs lost Super Bowl I to Green Bay, but beat Minnesota in Super Bowl IV. In that victory, NFL Films mic’ced KC Coach Hank Stram and it’s an all-time, must-watch classic available on YouTube.  
Long live the new Queen: “I can’t believe I beat Marnie, the reigning queen of Action Ambassador of the Year the last bazillion years!!!!” Ya think Pepper Sims was excited to win for 2019? The Am-Bass-Adorables are the face of the Chamber at ribbon cuttings and events. They help! And it helps they get paid $175 an hour, so you might consider joining. Pepper owns Pepper-L Specialties , a promotional products company. Marnie Stites has been with Guardianship Services 29 years, mostly as Director of Resource Development and Communications.
No tips, please: John Porhamer, Cowtown Insurance, also is a long-time Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable. During the Stock Show , he’s an ambassador of sorts, part of the Equine Greeting Team and Rodeo Contestant Shuttle. 
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January Meetup
Jan. 29 - 5:30 p.m.
Funky Picnic Brewery
Forte Awards Night (Small Business of the Year)
Jan. 30 - 6:00 p.m.
The Ashton Depot
Table of 10
Feb. 6 - 11:30 a.m.
Kelly Hart & Hallman
State of the City
Feb. 28 - 11:15 a.m.
Fort Worth Convention Center
Annual Meeting
April 7, 2020
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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