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Last week, Visit Fort Worth, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the City of Fort Worth, Bell, Lockheed Martin, Hillwood Properties, Niles City Sound, Firestone & Robertson Whiskey, Hear Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Film Commission hosted the Fort Worth Now House in Austin at the SXSW Festival.

The #BellAirTaxi was among the popular exhibits showcased at the 32,000-square-foot Fair Market venue. More than 800 of the 2,000+ visitors took advantage of the simulated unmanned flight using virtual reality technology. Bell projects the air taxis to be in use by the mid-to-late 2020s.

To see more photos of the SXSW event, click here.
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This would bowl me over: Jessica Garcia says Pinstripes at Clearfork expects 1,500-to-2,000 for its open house April 6; she says Mr. B is the only person in a 7-6-1 area code that wasn't invited. Pinstripes officially opens the next day and it is the latest and greatest thing in pinstripes since Aaron Judge. Pinstripes features way better-than-bar-food, provided by Scratch Italian Kitchen, bowling, bocce, bars, bar mitzvahs, brunch, buffets, banquets ... heck, two weddings already are booked. And yes, you are allowed to play bocce during the cocktail hour and up 'til The Wedding March. If you aren't familiar with bocce, it's next to curling in the dictionary. Jessica got B2B Insider's p-interest raised with a free brunch and bocce for four.

This is a rockin' prize: The world's largest playable guitar -- all 43.5 feet of it -- is in Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's exhibit GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. This is where the cool people hang until May 6. Rocked The World offers an entertaining, engaging and educational hands-on experience, showcasing the science of sound; the evolution, engineering and design of the guitar; and its cultural impact. Every age group has its connection to the guitar, from classic rock songs and concert memories to film soundtracks and video games. The exhibit features hands-on and video displays, interactive kiosks, sound stations for different musical genres, and photos, posters, graphics, illustrations and banners. We asked Alexa for tickets and she responded with four general admission vouchers.

Fit to be tied: Is Mr. B the only person working out that hasn't been to Orangetheory Fitness? Even the Prospective Ms. B sweetly savors and shares her daily sweaty splat point total. In just eight years, Clint (Eastwood) Shumate says Orangetheory is the fastest growing fitness studio. It is in 25 countries with more than 1,000 studios ... faster to 500 than McDonald's, Subway, Wendy's and Starbucks. Certified coaches, hourly classes, individual attention, digital results. Orangetheory has corporate accounts and Clint can offer free "lunch and learns" at your offices to explain. He sent over a free week for one individual to start a journey to fitness.

Fore goodness sake! The First Tee of Fort Worth is not really about golf lessons. It's about life lessons. Its multiple programs use golf as the platform to nurture kids 7-to-18 toward a more successful life. The First Tee of Fort Worth has half-day and full-day camps from June through mid-August at Rockwood Golf Course, Squaw Creek Golf Course, Benbrook Par 3 Golf and Driving Range and its Briscoe Elementary location. Zero handicapper Mark Mourer's caddy brought over a choice of camp admission for one kid.         

Congratulations to the March 14th Prize Winners: 
  • Kirsten Ward, Ridgmar Wellness
  • Jeremy Byrd, Habitat for Humanity
  • Riza Nolasco, Fort Worth Housing Solutions
  • Cameron Cushman, UNTHSC

More Fortify-cation: The second of four pillar opportunities as SVPs at the Chamber is filled. Jarred Howard, with a business background in economic development, marketing and banking, begins April 3 as SVP of Small Business and Entrepreneur Support. He comes from BNSF Railway, where he was Regional Leader of Economic Development for the southeastern U.S. The Chamber's goals for Howard are to develop free entrepreneur and small business support services; help establish a Start-Up Fort Worth Foundation; and work with the city of Fort Worth to implement incubators and innovation labs around target and emerging industries. He graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University.

Finding blame
: Chad Snyder of Colliers International plays in a Tuesday night league at Topgolf. And not very well lately. "I gave up drinking for Lent and it's had a terrible effect on my game."

Good tip on 'Bad Idea': Fort Worth's Red Productions' comedy film, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, is streaming on Amazon and free for Prime members.

Don't dash this idea: Now that Molly the Trolley is free, Mr. B is wondering how close the privatized Dash is to fruition as a mobility circular between Molly downtown and the Cultural District ... and maybe the Near Southside.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood: Now that Mr. Rogers is on a postage stamp, ad man Lee Rogers says he's able to send more personalized mail.

Sounds very Boss-y: Pointwise, one of the Chamber's 2018 Small Business of the Year winners, has an executive named John Steinbrenner, as in George. Well, almost. "My father-in-law, Carl Mitten, who died last April, was a physician.  He once attended a conference that had NY Yankees-great Dave Winfield in a booth signing baseballs. Carl went up to Winfield and said, 'Please sign this for my son-in-law, John Steinbrenner, who by the way, is from the Cleveland area like George is.' Winfield looked up in surprise and said, 'The Boss said that there are two types of Steinbrenners from Cleveland -- rich ones and not-so-rich ones.'  Carl laughed and replied, 'Well, my son-in-law's not rich.'"

Can we be No. 1? Robert Sturns, the City of Fort Worth's Economic Development Director, says the competition for a skilled workforce in North Texas is fierce. "There are 14 communities with more than 100,000 people. All are vying for top talent." He says a skilled workforce is not just for attracting companies, but for retention, too.

"Entertainment? If you are having fun, you can't deduct it."  

-- Susan Roberts, Partner
tax firm CliftonLarsonAllen
Actually, we are No. 1: The seven states with the largest net increase in jobs between 2007 and 2017, according to CareerBuilder, are: Texas (1,699,505), 460,000 more than second-place California; New York, Florida, Washington, Colorado and Massachusetts follow. Occupations that have grown the most? Registered nurses, 397,315 more jobs, and waiters and waitresses, 328,431 more jobs. Percentage-wise, it's home health aides (46 percent) and web developers (38 percent.).

Still guiding: Jeff Thomas, District Executive Director with the YMCA, hosted the Southwest Area Council at the beautifully awesome outdoor YMCA Sports Complex ... during a 41-degree morning. The complex is the old Blue Raider Stadium. Jeff goes way, way back with the Y. Says his Indian Guides name was Thunder Road.

Axe-ually: Professor Jeffrey McGee, Department of Management at the University of Texas at Arlington, was surprised to hear Fort Worth had a place for competitive axe throwing. He was more surprised to hear the owner was Ryan Griffin. "He is one of our undergraduate students," McGee said. "I had no idea."

Bank on her success: Cynthia Sadler had talked with plenty of entrepreneurs during her 30-plus years in banking. Never thought she'd be one. During January 2017, she founded Signature Cuffs LLC, which are removable, faux-French cuffs for ladies. Sixteen styles so far, including a collegiate line licensed for TCU and a new Cowgirl Chic line. She also uses Chamber member Expanco, Inc. for her packaging needs.

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