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The Chamber honored four businesses at the inaugural Forte Awards Jan. 24. 
Pictured (L to R) representing their businesses: Carly Burson, Tribe Alive; Jimmy Williams and Jamey Ice, 6th Avenue Homes; Marshall Dow, Silver Creek Materials Deborah   and   Jerry Fulwiler, Elements of Architecture, Inc. 
Visit our gallery to view more photos from the event. 
Follow this link to learn more about the Forte recipients.   
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
LOVE is in the air: One day, Mr. B aspires to be a silver fox. If the fox part isn't attainable, perhaps he could just eat at one. Angela Hall, GM & Director of Marketing of Trademark properties WestBend and Waterside, has. The restaurant sits on the outskirts of her WestBend property and she was willing to share a romantic meal for two  -- not with her; pick your own guest -- and tell you about WestBend's date night possibilities if you need to produce some romance time during February. Nothing says Be My Valentine more than a selfie in front of the LOVE sculpture. Except, of course, the meal for two.

LOVE is in the air: Paul McKinney is worried for you. "How many of you have hunger pains, brain fog...feel as if you're slogging through your day?" he asks. "I was, too, until I started eating at Buffalo West." Truth in marketing forces Mr. B to include the fact that Paul is owner of Buffalo West, where he promises the BEST steak experience in the area. Trust, Mr. B, there's that and a whole lot more. You could place your own stake inside or on the patio for a week or so and be well fed (and much heavier) between the lunch, dinner and kids menus, the Sunday brunch and the incredible, edible salad bar. You should, however, start your meal with the bread pudding: home-made and covered with Irish Cream whiskey, brown sugar and pecans. Go West young'uns with this $50 gift card.
love-hearts2.gif LOVE is in the air: You could look this up, or take Mr. B's word that Google analytics show nobody in Tarrant County says Happy Valentine's Day more often, more efficiently and more fabulously than Gordon Boswell Flowers. Best Boswell botantist Erica Ashinhurst says, "   All you need is  ... and roses." But there's more, much more. If you're buying for Mr. B or you are the Prospective Ms. B, the beauties Shimmering Elegance, Lovers Tulips and Orchid Bouquet would sure show the love. Erica rose to the holiday occasion with a Valentines floral up to $150.
LOVE is in the air: Kelly (on the pillow) Case whispered sweet nothings to Mr. B via email. More important was the message: "How would you like to give away a romantic staycation?" Yes!!!! If you bring the romance, Kelly can provide the bed and complimentary breakfast at the fabulous Homewood Suites by Hilton Medical District and depending on the night you choose, a complimentary happy hour. This hotel has it all, from firm mattresses to soft sheets, mini putting green, BBQ grills, business services, lobby built for leisure, Internet access faster than Usain Bolt, two room TVs and, if you don't plan on leaving the room, plates and utensils. Oh, one other Case in point: it's a king-size suite.

Congratulations to the January 23rd
Prize Winners:
  • Kendall Riddell, Project 4031
  • Erika Hersh, PeopleFund
  • Brent Russell, DPC Healthcare
  • Kathy Lanier, JODesign, LLC
  • Shannon Rosedale, Catholic Charities
  • Adrienne Sullivan, Bell
  • Pepper Hudson, Pepper-L Specialties
  • Wesley Gentle, Arts Council of Fort Worth
  • Denise Wilkerson, Easter Seals North Texas
  • Jennifer Smith, Humane Society of North Texas
  • Leila Peeples, MedStar
  • Maureen Maidlow,  OverRidge Wealth Advisors
  • Trisha Branch, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Park 'n Ride without the park? Michael Kaiser, Director of Design
 for The Beck Group, when asked which transportation innovation would drive the most change in commercial real estate the next 25 years: "Autonomous vehicles: For one thing, they're going to reduce the requirement for parking. That's a game-changer because, right now, so much of what we design is around parking."

Not your father's arts & crafts: Wonder what a fine arts education is like in one of Fort Worth's schools? Chelsy Merrill is the new director of fine arts at  Fort Worth Country Day. She oversees programming for 1,065 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. An exhaustive list of programs include: b allet; band and orchestra; choir and show choir; theatre, musical theatre and technical theatre; playwriting; art history; drawing, painting and ceramics; photography; and print and digital media.
Life's miracles: Five years ago, at age 40 and after years of trying, Sandra Houston of Trinity Habitat for Humanity delivered a baby girl. Sandra, Trinity's sponsor relations manager, named her daughter Mila, a derivative of milagro, which translates from Spanish to "miracle."

What's Cook-ing at Walsh:  Cook Children's will "go west" to open a pediatric urgent and specialty care facility by the end of the year. Construction (Linbeck) has begun on an 8-acre site at I-30 alongside Walsh Ranch. Cook Children's sees more than 400 patients a day in its urgent care locations. The facility will have technology infrastructure to offer tele-medicine services via a private video conferencing system. There also are plans to integrate adaptive play areas.

Name game: You really can bank on Gina Keena (it rhymes!) at Capital One.
"I want my final season to be a celebration of the music we make together."

-- Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
vacancy_sign_desk.jpg Jobbing: While the Big Bs, Bill and Brandom, have been out Fortifying the Chamber, Mr. B decided to try to fortify hisownself. He asked boss Miserly Mistress for a raise. "Ah, no!" she replied. Instead, she directed him to the Job Board on the Chamber's site. Lots of jobs posted. Is your company taking advantage of the free opportunity?
Pack rat? Rustling through some old files, John Porhamer, President of Cowtown Insurance, found his original application to join the Fort Worth Chamber. Date was Dec. 13, 2002, and cost for membership was $395.

An educated move: Twenty percent of Tarleton State University's transfer students come from Tarrant County College. So it made sense for Tarleton to authorize $2 million in expenses to expand its presence at the TCC Trinity River Campus. Tarleton and TCC have a long-standing partnership that includes dual admission, transfer agreements and a financial aid consortium. Tarleton will move into the first building of its ownself's new campus in southwest Fort Worth in August.
Happy birthday... to Son NoBGood. He never has won a B2B Insider giveaway ... and won't today.

Hit me with your best shot...: Susan Shaw of Shaw Insurance says she has a Bah Humbug! hat she insists her husband, Howard, wear when he's grouchy.

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