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April 29, 2020

In partnership with  Red Productions , the  Fort Worth Chamber  is highlighting local business initiatives in the Fort Worth community. Higginbotham is partnering with local restaurants to deliver meals to first responders and nonprofits, and Lockheed Martin (right) is donating to food banks and providing distance learning grants to partner school districts across Tarrant County. Hear their One Fort Worth stories today.
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Garlic knots, too? The great Chadra Mezza and Grill touts dining within its northern Lebanese hometown of Chadra as “a celebration of life. Friends and families gather for great conversation, fine Lebanese wine and mezza – a procession of meats and salads.” Ok, so maybe in Fort Worth these days, it has to be curbside or delivered. Still, there is great reason to “celebrate life” Chadra-style with this $50 gift certificate. Four days a week, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Chadra is preparing ultimate meals that feed 4-to-6. Prices are $40-to-$50. A recent week included pizza and pasta, Heavenly chicken, a gyro, bar and stuffed shells and meatballs. Mr. B dreams of retiring at the all-you-can Chadra lunch bar. It would be Heavenly.
Mon Chéri: Mr. B is considering sending his mother, Bossy B, a Mother’s Day card listing everything he did, does and will do wrong with a note: “Just kidding, Mommie Dearest.” If that doesn’t go over well, he is sending two dozen roses from Gordon Boswell Flowers . Cheri Kirkman, GM of the official florist of B2B Insider , definitely is essential these days. She and staff, all distanced six feet, are petal to the metal, arranging and assembling 23 awesome flower choices for your mumzy. Have a tailored request? They can handle. Need to adopt a mom? They can do that. Mr. B’s favs are the Mother’s Joy and Polka Dot & Posies. Pick your own; Cheri is offering one reader a Garden Basket.
What a great haul: May-to-August had been considered the peak moving season until the coronavirus put a boot-like lock on most moves. Robert Chan of Firefighting’s Finest, Inc. says the COVID-19 effect on “our day-to-day routine makes this the best time ever to schedule a summer move.” Movers are essential and they still are on the move; reputable companies – such as Firefighting's Finest -- are taking necessary precautions to keep you and your possessions safe. Robert understands the financial burden of living through this pandemic and says rates are great to help customers with their financial burden. He covered rates for one haul with this $225 certificate.
Congratulations to the April 22nd
Prize Winners:

  • Tami Koplin, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Kenn Scott, Avadel
  • John Ainsworth, Kimley-Horn
This is over my head: Within 36 hours of last week’s hail, Mr. B received 13 calls from roofers offering to take a look at the B Mansion – drone style. Yes, social distancing in the realm of roof repair. Roof czar Jeff of Jeff Eubank Roofing Co. explained how it works. “Typically, a person is standing in the yard or a parking lot. Drone photos will offer a general sense of a situation -- yes there appears to be hail damage or no. If any damage is suspected, a follow-up physical inspection always should be performed. Most residential roofing contractors offer this service at no charge so homeowners should be very wary of anyone that charges to ‘look’ at their roof.” Jeff warns that recent changes to Texas law have tightened with regard to insurance coverage, so check online.
Fortifying: Chamber EVP Chris Strayer says 85 projects are in the eco dev pipeline, the highest number in two years. He described a project as when “we have valid scope of work, number of jobs to be created and a total investment figure.” Of the 85, 36 have been since Jan. 1, 2020 and, incredibly, 15 since March 1. Ninety percent would be new to the area, the rest local expansions. Sixty percent have some component of headquarters attached.
Spring cleaning? Mr. B noticed his dress shoes are covered with dust.
Not an easy answer: During an East Area Council LinkedIn session on leadership, Chamber President Brandom Gengelbach asked, “Do you think difficult/challenging business conversations can be done better or worse remotely? I find some people don't want to have crucial conversations over Zoom, but at the same time I feel like I can think more clearly and confrontation doesn't seem to be as intense when you're on a Zoom call. Thoughts?” Two vastly different answers:
  • From Randy Roberson, President, Sandler Training of Fort Worth: “Brandom, crucial conversations in person, if possible, from the same side of the desk.”
  • From Dale Berkebile, Business Growth Partner: “Brandom, these are all communication tools, so if someone is scared to join a difficult conversation on Zoom (or other platforms), I'd say that is more out of avoidance of difficult conversations than it is about the medium they are using. I'd challenge them as to why they see this as a different form of interaction (online vs. in-person).”
2020 COVID-19 photo of week: Colby Waldrop, Cornerstone Staffing , has a motley crew at home. “It has definitely been a challenge and a change of pace for our family.” Colby says he and wife Jessica (dyslexia therapist for elementary age kiddos), home school “two crazy kids (Lincoln, 7, Kennedy, 3), my spoiled lazy assistant (pup Bella) and one cute, but ornery bunny (Thumper).”
She does know her tech: With two kids at home, Cyndy Tonniges is fleeing to her office at TriQuest Technologies . “It gives me space, plus I do not have to fight for bandwidth at home.”
“TikTok is the next GREAT social media platform. Ask your kids.”

--Kenn Scott
Avadel Agency
Green lighted: Acre Distilling & Coffee Company is working its re-imagined parking lot off Jones St. with more than 350 solar panels to generate 100 percent of the power needed for the distillery. Founder Tony Formby developed the idea, over whiskey, with Circle L Solar veep Kevin Warren when Warren was an Acre bartender.
Different kind of convention: Joy Bradley, the National Sales Manager for the Fort Worth Convention Center , says “all events for April and May were cancelled, but we were able to move a few to late summer / early fall and some to next year. I do have several groups I’m working with on future years, 2022-2026. FWCC is an overflow homeless shelter, so we have staff running three shifts to keep up with the 24/7 requirements.”
These guys are GOOD! Texas Center for Arts + Academics is hosting a FREE event called TCAA Artsathon Live! next Tuesday evening on Facebook. It will be a variety-style showcase streaming pre-recorded videos and live segments that feature art, dance and vocals from students, faculty and alumni.
Kudos: Balcom Agency won Best of Show at the regional American Advertising Awards, the first for a Fort Worth agency. Topping its 21 total awards was the Cavender’s This Is How We Live video campaign.
Kudos, too: Reliant , as part of parent NRG Energy’s $2 million donation to pandemic relief efforts in Texas, has donated $25,000 to the MedStar Mobile Healthcare Foundation to support first responders.
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