February 12, 2020
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This week, we're recognizing Emerging Business category winner DPC Healthcare (pictured at right), which partners with businesses and families of all sizes to create healthier communities.

More than 200  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.  

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Bowled over: Mr. B’s cup runneth over with friends at the Tarrant Area Food Bank, so he had to go with a bowl. But not one nearly so big as Empty Bowls, the March 17 fundraising event for the non-profit food pantry and chef’s training school that provides gazillions of food staples to millions of North Texans annually. If you spend one dollar at Empty Bowls, you feed five people!!! Last year, Empty Bowls had food and drink samplings from 46 providers, including Mr. B’s favorites – doughnuts and ice cream. There are hundreds of one-of-a-kind, studio- and gallery- designed bowls for purchase. You can mingle with talented artists and chefs, watch artist demonstrations…take Mr. B’s word…this is THE No. 1 reason in 2020 to take an extra-long lunch break. B2B friend Francie Cooper cooked up two VIP tickets to the event and a side dish invite to a Feb. 29 Appreciation Party.
Feelin’ the love: Back in the second grade Spelling Bee, Mr. B was eliminated when he misspelled love…L-U-V. Southwest Airlines sent him two tickets for the free commercial, but Mr. B never regained his lip-synching in L-O-V-E. Fortunately, Jason Scoggins at Alpha Industries is a love bug savior for Mr. B and others in similar dire straits. Just in time for Valentine’s Day , he has a soulful Soulmates coffee mug set for two. Of course, you need coffee with that and Alpha has the best sources for the best coffees. As part of this heartfelt package, Jason has two 10-ounce bags of Barnie’s Sweetheart Blend and three 10-ounce bags of Marley Coffee One Love Blend (roasted by Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee in Fort Worth).
I’d be Rollin’ with this: Community Storehouse positively changes educational outcomes for low-income children, providing education and literacy programs, and nutritional and hygiene support. To do that, it takes a Community … and some dollars. March 7, Community Storehouse will host an intimate charity concert at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Guests will “Roll” with “A Little More Country” from country music star Easton Corbin. He released his debut album in 2010, featuring two No. 1 hits  "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll with It.”  Since then, he has had seven Top 10 singles. If you don’t win these two tickets that Lisa Wust boot-scooted over, you can find more at the Community Storehouse website.
Why our grass is always greener: When you are El Presidente, you have a lot of speaking engagements. Chamber prez Brandom Gengelbach is speaking Feb. 25 to the Fort Worth Farm and Ranch Club , which has been a program of the Chamber for 65 years. Who knew? Sherry Flow did/does. She is the FWFRC President and also has executive positions with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association . She’s all country. The Farm and Ranch Club promotes, encourages and stimulates the interest and advancement of agriculture and agribusiness in Fort Worth. There’s a monthly luncheon catered by Risckys and membership is $170 a year. Sherry Flows with graciousness and sent over a one-year membership, just in time to hear Brandom Feb. 25.
Congratulations to the February 5th
Prize Winners:

  • Norm Robbins, Mark Jones CPAs
  • Cortney Gumbleton, Locavore
  • Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law Firm
  • Justin Riddle, Greystar
Dancing with a Star: “The first time I ever chased across a dance floor, I was hooked.” Julia Nova went ahead and earned her degree from the University of North Texas in Dance Performance & Choreography. Julia, the veep / commercial business development manager at Bank of Texas, and her husband, James (in)Cognito, started ballroom dancing 2.5 years ago. At the Ciao Amore  International Ballroom Dance Competition in Prague last fall, they won the “Top Newcomer Couple” title and placed first for their choreographed routine. Individually, Julia won “Top Newcomer” over 24 other male and female dancers.
Talk to Chuck: Charles Schwab had a successful media campaign, Talk to Chuck. Today, it would be Walk with Walt (Walter Bettinger), who as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charles Schwab Corporation , walks the talk. Not long after Charles Schwab came to the rescue of the Colonial Golf Tournament , the corporation announced a merger with TD Ameritrade , then followed with a better announcement that its new corporate headquarters would be at Hillwood. Bettinger will keynote the luncheon during the Chamber’s 138th Annual Meeting April 7 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Mike Berry, president of Hillwood, will discuss with Bettinger the long-range plans for the Charles Schwab Corporation. The Annual Meeting is presented by  Frost.
Need to recycle this joy: Tom and Jodi Parker own Chamber Forte Awards category winner All American Tire Recyclers. Tom was truly touched by the honor for all their employees. “Four years ago, we never dreamed we’d be helping support 28 families … it’s a great feeling to wake up every day and know you have that kind of impact.”
And that’s a (red carpet) wrap: The 2020 Chamber Forte Awards category winners, in addition to All American Tire Recyclers (manufacturing/distributing), are DPC Healthcare (emerging) and Electro Acoustics (professional services). The overall winner will be announced Feb. 28 during the Mayor’s State of the City luncheon. Bank of Texas is the sponsor of the Forte competition.
At 57, a long way to go: John Ashour, co-founder of InterConnect Wiring Fort Worth , says he knows when and where he will die. “You know the story of the Lord coming to St. Joseph in a dream three times in the Bible?” John explained. In his own dream, John said he learned “he would die in a field in west Fort Worth at 92 years of age.”  
“Don't ask open-ended questions to 'talkers.' Ask questions with choices or options.”

--Zach Hall, Associate Professor - Marketing
TCU Neeley School of Business
Crossing the Ts: Randy McBride, of The Pied Piper Pest, Termite & Lawn , and Pepper Sims, of Pepper-L Specialties , say the tariff tug-of wars are causing “bid proposal” nightmares. They’re bidding projects today and prices could be drastically different by the time they are ordered. 
Maytag II: Those of you 70 or older might remember the Maytag repairman commercials. Quality washing machines were so good that the repair guy sat idly by with nothing to do...ever. Amber Zuckerman won’t be that idle, but as the new Director of Strategic Initiatives and Community Relations for the National Medal of Honor Museum, she has some time before its 2024 opening in Arlington. Amber had been with the  North Texas Commission as Veep of Development and Community Relations
M&A can be good: March 2, Handyman Matters becomes Ace Handyman Services. Franchisee Brent Jeffreys will have 17 Ace Hardware stores make referrals to him. After an introductory meeting with Ace, Brett said, “I’m more excited than I thought I would be.”
Holy cow! B2B Insider monthologist and marketing maven John Fletcher swears this is true. Feb. 18 is Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day. “Somebody either thought about it or did it,” John said. “I hope it wasn’t a single-seat Cessna.”
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