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Several Tarrant County cities were represented at last week's Tarrant County Days at the Capitol, which drew more than 220 business leaders, elected officials and engaged citizens to Austin for crucial conversations with our state delegation. Those in attendance included Fort Worth Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray; Fort Worth Councilwoman Ann Zedah; Sal Espino, Trinity Metro; North Richland Hills Councilman Tito Rodriguez; Carol Trevino and Oscar Trevino, Mayor of North Richland Hills.

See who else came to Austin in  this album.

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Wine (wisdom) & Dine:  Mr. B just got scheduled in for overtime March 22 washing dishes. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Wine Director Kendall Cree has another fabulous Wine & Dine scheduled, this one with Jonata Vineyards (owned by Screaming Eagle and near Santa Barbara.) Starting at 7 p.m., Jonata winemaker Matt Dees will walk guests through five courses and five wines, which means Mr. B is washing lots of glasses quickly. To whet: A fire-seared Ahi Tuna with Jonata's The Paring -  Rosé  of Pinot Noir 2017; Ora King Salmon Crudo with the Hilt Vanguard, a 2016 Pinot Noir; a Cherry Smoked Moulard Duck Breast with a Cabernet Franc, and Braised Veal Osso Buco with the "Todos," a red blend. The Honey Dessert wine is part of your sweet sensations after the meal. Mr. B whined to Kendall for leftovers hisownself and a   
seat at the table for ONE READER.

Fashionable place to be: The Puttin' on the Pink Fashion Show & Luncheon, hosted by The Kupferle Health Board of the Texas Health Resources Foundation, is March 27 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The fun, the food and the fashions have a deeper purpose: Raising dollars for mobile health outreach to underserved women, including: digital screening mammograms, breast diagnostic procedures, well-woman exams, cervical and colon cancer screenings, and cardiovascular risk assessments. A volunteer crew of approximately 75 has put together a showcase of fashions from Betty Reiter, Hadleigh's, Nardos, Squire Shop, Tootsies and You Are Here. J.R. (bow-tie) Holland, the Senior Director of Major Gifts - Fort Worth for the THR Foundation, major gifted B2B Insider with a seat for two readers.

Rising to the top: Mr. B and Julianna Viertel, Director of Sales and Marketing at the hip, hip hooray Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, digitally courted on this giveaway for more than 18 months as she help to spearhead the hotel's opening. Finally, they have made room for each other in their lives. Dining and drinks at the WXYZ bar and breakfasts at Re-Fuel. Working out at the fitness center and lounging at the pool with pets. What a life. Julianna can enhance yours, too, with this weekend night stay for two in an Ultra Savvy Suite with chilled champagne in your suite and complimentary valet parking for one car. 

Dog  gone entertaining: Kenyans Tony and Tipper are the most unlikely looking Superpower Dogs. Yet, they hit the big screen Friday at the Omni Theater at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Their story, along with those of Reef, Halo, Henry and Ricochet are featured. The immersive IMAX Superpower Dogs adventure showcases "the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most remarkable dogs ... we'll never look at our best friends the same way again." The Superpower brand even has an opportunity for you to celebrate your dog's amazing abilities by sharing a story and photos. Alexa Canipe, the Marketing and Communications Manager at FWMSH, provided four museum admissions and four movie passes good until July 31. 

Congratulations to the March 6th
Prize Winners:
  • Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, City of Fort Worth
  • Allan Cardozo, Pavlov
  • Brant Ringler, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl 
  • Angela Hall, WestBend & Waterside

Don't forget!  Friday is the final day to get in your nomination for the Chamber's Susan Halsey Executive Leadership award. Click here for all the info.

She fits it to a T: Jackie Pierce, the 7th Street super Frog owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, has purchased a second location, this one at Alliance Town Center. Five years in, she says one of her more memorable printed t-shirts was for a graduate: "Got my business degree, now mind your own."
Not monkeying around: Toyota Motor North America and the Fort Worth Zoo have agreed to a 10-year, $2.5-million partnership to develop and support the Toyota Children's Ranch and Petting Corral. Adjacent to the Zoo's Texas Wild! exhibit, the petting corral should open during May. In addition, the next three births at the zoo will be named Avalon, Prius and Yaris. (That might not be true.)

To the point: Angel investor at TechFW to entrepreneurs..."If you don't have a business plan, you're not getting an investment."

In your face: Nikki Maucere, owner of BluPlume Promotions, says the coolest thing she saw from the recent promotional items show in Fort Worth was a miniature video brochure. Businesses can channel their inner Taylor Swift -- she sent one to VIP fans -- with a Videology Video Brochure; open it and a video automatically starts playing. About $50 each, Nikki says.

exhibition_painting.jpgArt of the (free) deal: Figuring that you're exhausted mentally and physically with the brats out of school this week. Here's a free idea: In addition to being able to view the Amon Carter Museum's exhibition Greatest Hits: From Remington to O'Keffe, today through Friday from 1-3 p.m. are Sketch-A-Day and Mini Masterpieces. The family can draw or sculpt ... or both.

"Electric vehicle home charging searches are more than 50,000 a day on Amazon."
--Edward Morgan, TechFW
Founder, Revitalize Charging Solutions

Weighing in: Jennifer Lutz, business development for Forte Award honoree  Silver Creek Metals, says the average American will trash 600 times his or her body weight in recyclables.

More trash talk: Joseph Hansen, operations manager for Republic Services, says the No. 1 factor in businesses choosing a waste services company is "PRICE!" He says recycling is a factor, "a big one," but contamination up to 30 percent remains a problem for sorters.

Growth numbers: From 2013-2017, the fastest growing cities in north Texas were small and north of Dallas. The top 5 were 1. Prosper (56 %); 2. Little Elm (40.6); 3. Fate (37.4); 4. Anna (32.9); 5. Princeton (30.2). In Tarrant, the cities among the top 25 were 11. Trophy Club (18.2); 15. Burleson (13.8); 16. Mansfield and Southlake (12.6); 21. Azle (11.3); 24. Keller (10.1) and 25. Fort Worth (9.8).
piggybank_saving.jpg Tell-ing statement:  Adrianna Alvarez is THE teller at Mutual of Omaha Bank. Still, she says it isn't too busy with foot traffic. Mr. B told her he still deposits his 39 cents pay with a teller. He asked Adrianna the average age of lobby depositors. She said, "over 60."

Take a bow: 1) Tarrant County College's student newspaper, The Collegian , was named best in state by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors committee. It was recognized over the four 4-year schools that were entered. 2) City of Fort Worth's Economic Development team won the 2018 M/WBE Inclusion Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association. 3) Luther King Capital Management was selected TCU Neeley Business Alumni of the Year.
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