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TCC Northwest hosted the  Chamber  Engagement Insight on Mar. 21. The bi-monthly event gives Chamber members the opportunity to network and learn more about making the most of their membership. Pictured (L to R) are: Jim Ghormley, Expense Reduction Analysts;   Paul Birt, 10,000 Small Businesses - Goldman Sachs; Jef Drummond, Insperity.

The next Chamber Engagement Insight is  May 23.

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Get your tickets here: The Chamber's Annual Meeting sponsored by Frost is next Wednesday,  at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth. In addition to honoring the yet-announced Susan Halsey Award recipient and Ben E. Keith, the Spirit of Enterprise awardee, Chris Strayer, the Chamber's SVP Business Attraction & Retention, will chat with Robert Hess. He is vice chairman of Newmark Knight Frank's Global Strategy practice, a pre-eminent, sought-after service provider and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection. They will discuss the Amazon HQ2 journey, trends in talent/workforce, technology and innovation, global investment trends and markets, and what Fort Worth can do to elevate its profile. Mr. B arm rassled boss Miserly Mistress for a seat for four readers. 
Sunny side of the streets: If you have fast fingers and faster feet, this sunny gift could leave you dancing during MAIN ST. Arts Festival this weekend. If you're not going, don't shed tears; this is good for five years. Tracy Gilmour, fabulous friend to B2B Insider forever, is, more importantly, the Director of Marketing for all 35 blocks Sundance Square encompasses. Everything! All the fine restaurants, the hip shopping, the entertainment ... the experiences. 29 places to eat and drink. 29 places to shop. 13 places to be entertained. Lots of free parking. And all of it is available to you with this $100 gift card good anywhere within Sundance Square. 
Hot "corner" for jobs : Boss Miserly Mistress "suggested" Mr. B might start looking for work. "Oy veys me," Mr. B said. He called Colby Waldrop at CornerStone Staffing, a woman-owned, diversity employer established in 1991 in Fort Worth and the largest regional staffing firm in D/FW. His advice? "Be proactive and intentional in your search; if you want to work in sales at XYZ company, find the sales manager for XYZ on LinkedIn and message to ask for direction or what they like to see in candidates. Be bold and stand out." Colby hisownself is being bold and definitely standing out with a $50 gift card for two readers to Del Frisco's.

A very Valiant effort: Fitness freak Clint (Eastwood) Shumate, who you may recall from OrangeTheory, has added Valiant Life Medical to his Make My Day healthy lifestyle. Valiant offers Myers' Drip-IV hydration therapy, which is a great way to get a high dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream, rapidly infused into the circulation without traveling through the digestive tract. This method often is " life-changing for patients that have digestive issues, such as Crohn's, IBS or ulcerative colitis." Clint says this free Drip-IV blend of vitamins and minerals fights dehydration, boosts the immune system and keeps you feeling good.

Congratulations to the April 3rd
Prize Winners:
  • Philip Vickers, Cantey Hanger
  • Lisa Grigar, Broude Smith Jennings & McGlinchey
  • Lei Testa, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Steve Peglar, Whitney Smith
  • Chandry Manzke, Victory Awning
  • Faiz Merchant, Capital One
  • Erica Ashinhurst, Gordon Boswell Flowers


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Another freebie: Karen Slack, the singer who performed at the Fort Worth Opera's 2018 Stars dinner, will perform in tandem with Opera Artistic Director Joe Illick on the piano May 2 at Broadway Baptist Church. It's a free event beginning at 6 p.m.

This Bud's for Ben: Ben E. Keith , the recipient of this year's Chamber Spirit of Enterprise Award, was founded in 1906. Mr. Keith was Chairman of the Chamber during 1916-1917. The award, sponsored by BNSF Railway, goes to a company with a demonstrated commitment to business growth and community development.

She aced the test: The Chamber's Texas Tornadoes leads group has a drawing of a playing card each week for the person that submits the most leads. Draw the ace of spades and you win the pot, which increases a dollar each week. Kellye Garrett,  Professional Caretakers - In Home Private Care,  drew the ace and won $50 last week.
Who knew? Janet and Carlo Capua at Z's Café picked up on April being national Grilled Cheese sandwich month. They posted 30 ideas on Pinterest for the you're-never-too-old-to-love sandwich. Mr. B's favorites are the Bacon Guacamole and the Fancy Schmanzy.

old-fashioned-drummer.jpg A proud 'MawMaw' moment:  The Original Ms. B, Barbara Higbee at Tarrant Area Food Bank, says her oldest grandson was selected for the 2019 Phantom Regiment, a world class competitive junior drum and bugle corps touring 31 cities this summer. "I'm trying to figure out if there is a way I can manage our culinary program and be a traveling 'groupie' at the same time," she said.

"A lot more men than women are on Twitter, which has character limits. My theory is they have less to say."

--Sandy El-Rayes

TechFW Marketing Director
lion_lying_down_outside.jpg Top 10s:  The  Fort Worth Zoo  is among the Top 5 in reader balloting for best zoo and best exhibit in USA Today's Top 10 balloting. Zoos battling for the top spot so far appear to be Cincy, Omaha, St. Louis, Columbus and Fort Worth. The African Savannah exhibit also is getting strong support for best exhibit. To vote, click here and here .

Oh, brother! Calendar guy John Fletcher reports that today is national Sibling Day. Call yours.

Think Pink: When Sylvia Mercado was 29, with three young children, without any family history and not even old enough to have had her first mammogram, she discovered she had breast cancer. She's soon to be a 32-year survivor, and she and her husband, Joe, have been helping other women and couples deal with the disease. Sylvia works for THR Mobile Health, bringing mammography directly to the community. This year, she and Joe are volunteering as co-chairs for the April 27 Komen Greater Fort Worth More Than Pink Walk, in Clearfork beginning at 7 a.m.

Set in concrete: Speed Fab-Crete, a full-service general contractor and precast concrete manufacturer, has received the 2019 "Quality Merit Award" from the National Precast Concrete Association. The merit award goes to the nation's top-25; two from Texas were recognized.
Looking for an intern? Local colleges are willing to help design a program for internships. "They're easy to set up, like being a mentor," said Candiss Territo, Tarleton State University. David Powers said University of Texas at Arlington would bring students to a potential employer. "Internships can be game changers," he said. They were part of last week's Chamber Impact Your Business panel of six area colleges at Joe T Garcia's discussing Finding Interns & Job Candidates.

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