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May 13, 2020

In partnership with  Red Productions , the  Fort Worth Chamber  is highlighting local business initiatives in the Fort Worth community.  Christ's Haven for Children (right) is serving displaced children in need, 6th Ave Homes is offering several deals on construction, virtual tours and redesigning rooms, and  Fort Worth Community Arts Center  is accepting videos from artists for its 2021 showcase. Hear their  One Fort Worth stories  today.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Don’t sleep on this offer: Are you a 25 percenter? Maybe a 50 percenter. All of us will move at ourownselves’ safe pace. Whatever that is, whenever that is, Dave O’Lenick, senior sales sensation at Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel , has your back…and shoulders and legs. Yesss! Get comfortable on a large, luxurious Signature Sleep Experience bed during this two-night “Recovery Get-A-Way” at the Sheraton Fort Worth with free breakfast in the Chef’s Table restaurant, complimentary parking and the beautiful Fort Worth Water Gardens outside the hotel front door. After having Sheltered for so long, you probably should visit the fitness center, then swim a lap or two or 10 in the heated indoor pool. Sundance Square and the Near Southside are a short walk north or south. Get away with the fabulous weekend Recovery Get-A-Way.
Mamma mea culpa: The week leading up to Mother’s Day was not so good for Mr. B. In Wednesday’s B2B Insider , he typed “Mum” into your response line to win the Tiffany pendant and his computer system did an auto correct to Mum B’s email address. She’s 90 and was quite confused as to why she got 248 emails with Tiffany in the subject line. Then he accidentally sent Mum B a transposed digit for his Zoom code and she spent Mother’s Day with a very nice family of 11 in Nairobi. The good news for you is the iconic Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant, courtesy of Juan Carlos Torres at Tiffany for Business , still is available. 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. The Double Heart Tag Pendant is a delicate duo of engraved tags on a simple link chain, in sterling silver with a Tiffany Blue enamel finish.
Ready to go wild: Just as the world was closing because of COVID-19, B2B Insider did a giveaway for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose. Jan Riggins, Express Employment Professionals , said she wanted to win because a tour would be inspirational for her artistic endeavors. Evan Eastman, Spectrum , said he loved Fossil Rim as long as the Jurassic Park soundtrack was blaring. Fossil Rim opened Monday (online only reservations) with two newborn giraffes. A fan contest produced their names: Raven, in honor of a six-year-old girl who passed away in January, and Forest (nominated by Trees, a bar in Dallas?). Fossil Rim’s business development dynamo Jennifer Smith is ready to go and if you want to see the Forest through the trees at Fossil Rim, she has a car pass for two adults and two children.
Congratulations to the May 6th
Prize Winners:

  • Denise Wilkerson, Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
  • Mary Chilton, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
Teed up? The Todd Company may have seen more Colonial golf tournaments than anyone. First, Jerre, now son, Britt, have been the media group for the tournament. Britt is sure he’ll be there if the tournament does kick off the re-formatted tour June 8-14. “It is bittersweet,” he said. “Tournament without fans or corporate sponsors? Charles Schwab will be elated (being first up on tour) and that counts big. It’s great for the players, the PGA Tour, Fort Worth and Schwab.”
Three things: Mr. B is wondering what happened to the hyphen in re-open? He’s curious about the New Normal when the Old Normal didn’t seem so Normal. And if remote working is going so well, why does Alyson McDonald of Welcomemat say mid-day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the heaviest activity times on Facebook?
Should you CARES?  Yes, definitely, if you have fewer than 25 employees and received no CARES Act funding.  Facebook  has contributed $250k for grants up to $5k to pay for rent, mortgage, inventory, working capital, payroll, IT or innovation and/or marketing efforts. It's all part of Protect the Fort, an effort of the  City of Fort Worth’s  Economic Development Department, the  Fort Worth Chamber , the  Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber,  the  Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber , and  Visit Fort Worth . Today is the launch and you can apply   here.
COVID-19 picture of the week: A Mr. B source says Suzanne Groves, Executive Director of Communications, PR and Marketing for Tarrant County College , is “pretty University of Texas crazy.” This is Suzanne’s pandemic painting, which she is using to grace note cards and t-shirts. They are on the Hook ’em Horns Facebook site and all sales benefit the UT Student Emergency Assistance Fund.
Nerd update: Dallas Rainwater, self-proclaimed “nerd” with  MomentUs Wealth,  says he was once a consultant for Excel spreadsheets. “So much fun,” he said, sheepishly.
More on nerds: “I'm a big ol’ neuro-science nerd,” said Sandi Mitchell, CEO of Apex Catalyst Group. “I read everything I can understand about the brain and how it affects us as leaders and decision makers. All of my leadership clients get doses of neuro-science nerdiness throughout my classes, whether they want it or not. I can't help myself.”
“(on selling) 'No' doesn't mean 'no' until we get a restraining order.”

--Russ Campbell, co-founder,
TechFW client Ampcare
Join the conversation: Mr. B wants to be your “go-to” person during these trying times, but he is so technically un-savvy that he hasn’t figured out how to “go to” the Chamber's new online discussion forum. So, always helpful Brittany at the Chamber shared the link and the rest of you un-savvys can join Mr. B there. The purpose of the forum is to help each other, so Mr. B asks, “How can I help.”
You’ve been warned: Mike Coffey, President of Imperative, is a human resources professional, licensed private investigator and HR consultant. His company does extensive background checks. On a recent Chamber webinar, he warned about the importance of understanding new issues about ownership, insurance, liability and security of company and/or employee equipment being used in a remote working situation.
Making IT work: CEO Nikole Dickman says Envoy Managed Services’ just-launched TeleTek is free for entrepreneurs and small businesses until June 30. TeleTek offers on-demand, remote technology support.
Firing on all cylinders:  Asked if she had been out much since Texas re-opened a bit May 1, Christy Jones ,  Vice President of Marketing and Communications for  Camp Fire First Texas , said, “I was not in the 25% occupancy even when 100% was an option.” Christy says Camp Fire’s April foray into an online gala had 350 “active” viewers. In the past, the live event had drawn 300-450 people.
Distance education: Jan Norton, owner of Authentic Fort Worth Tours, says social distancing is not a problem for her walking tours of downtown and the Cultural District. “Maximum of nine and minimum of two guests, masks, social distancing and a microphone so the guide can be heard,” she said. “Great reviews. Brendan (man with the mic) is very talented.”
Kudos: To Sunny Lowe and the Blue Jean Networks team. It was selected to INC Magazine’s 2020 Best Workplaces.
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.
Wednesday, May 13
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Thursday, May 14
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Friday, May 15
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