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Ain't no mountain high enough for these YPs to Summit. Last week, 184 young professionals attended the Chamber's inaugural YP Summit at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel. Speakers included Mike Berry of Hillwood, Matt Homan of Dickies Arena and a series of panelists touching on the ins and outs of running a small business, transportation advocacy, business attraction and keeping YP's in the Tarrant area.

Go  here  f or more pictures from YP Summit. 
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Welcome, Sir Charles: It's a blessing when Memorial Day Monday follows Sunday at Colonial Country Club. It's hard work out there Tuesday through Sunday, especially for those that have to host their company's booth. And the walking...18 to 72's such a challenge. This year's challenge is bigger and better: the Charles Schwab Challenge. A new name, a new Presenting Sponsor and the same great golfers, great course, great fans and great times. Tournament director Michael Tothe swung mightily and reached the Chamber offices in two with a pair of Wednesday-Sunday, wild and wooly Champions Club VIP badges for one reader and two daily passes  for another. Getting either would be Fore!tunate. 

colorful-fireworks.jpg Neil Sperry have a supporting role? So, let's say you got invited to a garden party featuring a series of concerts with Queen, Elvis, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, U2, Mozart (in memoriam), Pink Floyd and women who rock. Sign you up, right? And if the music of Harry Potter, a fireworks and a laser light extravaganza were thrown in? OK, Mr. B, you had me at Queen. That's only the partial lineup of this year's series of Concerts in the Garden produced by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Attend one, attend all, at a table or on the lawn; there's no better music series for which to fawn. Katie White sent over a two-ticket voucher for lawn seating for three readers. The voucher can be used for any concert, depending on availability.

I'd feel like an All-American: When Dave O'Lenick, super sales guy with the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, invited Mr. B to the Chef's Table for dinner, B anticipated getting great cooking tips from Chef Sheraton. However...Chef's Table is EVERY table; it's the name of the restaurant for American-style dining delights within the hotel. All day, every day, there's a meal to be had.  With this $50 gift card, you'll have your choice of -- huge breath -- brisket, burgers, BLTs, barbecue, fried chicken, jumbo shrimp scampi, soups, salads, wraps, tacos, quesadillas and more. Then the pie, glorious pie -- apple, key lime and chocolate peanut butter are tops. A tip of the hat to all the Sheraton Chefs! 

Picture this: The Arts Council of Fort Worth has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Let us count the ways. More than 800 artists were featured in its nine galleries last year, its Texas Artist Coalition, the brilliant Art Tooth program, gallery openings, studio spaces, artists talks for the community, the black box Hardy & Betty Sanders Theatre, the 500-seat performance venue W.E. Scott Theatre ... Which makes the June 1 Celebration of the Arts a true celebration. The event features an art sale with original works, heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and live entertainment. For the first time, the Arts Center is offering the opportunity to name a gallery; advancement director Wesley (he'll be) Gentle says you could open your wallet and gently take out a few shekels and be a name sponsor for a year. In the meantime, these two tickets for the celebration are free. 

Congratulations to the May 1st
Prize Winners:
  • Susan Derstine, Cornerstone Assistance Network  
  • Ronnie DeManna, Third Coast Bank
  • Kellye Garrett, Professional Caretakers
  • Carla Eakman, Courtney & Courtney Properties  
  • Chris Key, Fort Worth Housing Solutions  
  • Amy Shackelford, Branch & Bird
  • Stephen Fink, Spirit of Texas Bank


Be neighborly: When Ethel Merman sang There's No Business Like Small Business back in 1954...that was it, wasn't it? OK, maybe it was show business. The point is that there really is no business like small businesses; those with fewer than 100 employees are 33.5 percent of the nation's workforce.
Through Sunday, it's National Small Business Week. Support one...or two. Chamber SVP Jarred Howard will be and you can read  about his fondness for supporting small here.  

Can't dance around this:
Andrew Coffey is the son of Mike Coffey, President of Imperative Information Systems, and a dancer with the Royal Ballet School in London, probably the world's best. All, however, is not great. "Don't know if you've ever smelled ballerino shoes," Mike snickered, "but they stink!"

mug_dark_beer_wood.jpg We'll drink to that: Doug Wilson, Market President at Frost, and wife, Cheryl, enjoy walking tours while traveling. In Vancouver, they very much enjoyed "The beer makes history better tour."

Have to be smarter, folks: The five most common mistakes people make when applying for a loan, according to the Tarrant Small Business Development Center: 1) Don't know their credit score; 2) Don't know their personal net cash flow; 3) Don't know the amount they want to borrow; 4) They have no skin in the game; and 5) They quit their job, then apply for a loan to start a business.

Hallelujah! Mayor Price Is Right on Chamber Executive Vice President Brandom Gengelbach: "Gonna start calling him Pastor Gengelbach; he preaches and gets EVERYBODY pumped up."

Facebook 101: Late last month, the Chamber co-hosted a Facebook business page and ad tutorial before a large crowd. Some FB factoids:

  • The info for 2 BILLION users is going through the data center in Fort Worth, which is 100 percent powered by water and wind.
  • The city says 74 percent of small businesses it has surveyed said Facebook has grown their business.
  • 20 percent of the time that mobile users are online is spent on Facebook or Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.  

"I get bored easily; Handyman Matters is perfect for me. It's something different every day and I have my own schedule."

--Brett Jeffreys, Handyman Matters

It's his cowboy hat: Jim Austin , the self-declared Fresh Prince of Real Estate, self-declared himself willing and able to help out the State of Texas with its online campaign... "What Makes You Texas." He was one of seven businesses statewide selected for the promotion and recently participated in a photo shoot in the Fort Worth Stockyards at the  National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum , which he and wife, Gloria, founded. Once completed, the businesses will be featured at

On target with Chamber: Reservations are being taken for ads in the official C hamber   2020 Fort Worth Area Map and Resource Guide, which targets newcomers and visitors. Which is a lot of folks, folks. Ad rates begin at $399 and more than 14,000 maps will be printed and delivered beginning fall 2019 and throughout 2020. Interested? E-mail Scott Robertson at Target Marketing with your name, company name and phone number. 

Garden-ing: Did you know Monday is the start of National Public Gardens Week? The  Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Fort Worth Botanic Garden  are jumping the gun to host Lunch in the Garden this Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Performers from  Fort Worth Opera  and  Texas Ballet Theater will sing and dance during the free event. Bring your lunch or buy on site.

Kudos: The Chamber is one of 22 economic development agencies nationally to be recognized by Site Selection magazine during 2018. The Chamber has been honored 10 of the past 15 years.

Kudos, too: JDog Junk Removal and Hauling is top dog in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's Veteran-Owned component of its annual Spirit of America salute to small business. And Bob Ferguson, long-time former top gun at Marsh Wortham, won the prestigious Vision Award from UNT Health Science Center , the university's highest community service recognition.
This four-color street map covers Tarrant County and includes a special inset indicating the location of the DFW International Airport in proximity to Fort Worth and Dallas. Grab your FREE copy of the 2019 version  here , or email us to order multiple copies.

*Single copies are free, or bulk orders can be made in our  online store !
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