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April 22, 2020

In partnership with  Red Productions , the  Fort Worth Chamber  is highlighting local business initiatives in the Fort Worth community. Victory Awning (right) converted its manufacturing plant into one sewing non-surgical masks, transporter Gozova is donating to feed children and senior citizens, and Sheraton Downtown Fort Worth Hotel is serving as a recovery hotel. Hear their One Fort Worth stories today.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Branch-ing out: Amy Shackelford, GM, Amenities at Branch & Bird in the Frost Tower, says she and cohorts are there for you essential workers downtown. But, what the hey, these deals are so good it’s worth going downtown. First off, if you are downtown and within a mile, any pre-paid order can be delivered free from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., even the scrumptious $9 hot lunch specials. Branch & Bird is offering single portion or more dinners -- perfect for folks who are quarantining -- family-style meals ($8-$12) and cocktail kits, or anything off the limited a la carte menu. Order before 3 p.m. and pick up between 4-7 p.m. Psst: Check out Mr. B favorite Brisket Grilled Cheese. Dinners can be picked up at the takeout counter or via curbside delivery. Up and down, up and down, Amy set a record with 41,724 steps last Thursday. She stepped up with a $50 gift card.
The air above: One day soon, we’ll be out of the house and flying high again. And there’s no better place to do that than iFLY Indoor Skydiving, where GM Dwight Miller has a Spread Your Wings package for two people that includes gear, training, one-on-one instruction and a flight certificate. Dwight says as soon as mission control gives the OK to go out and play, iFly will be open for corporate outings, birthday parties, flight academy and more. You can be a first-timer or already have experienced Virtual Reality and high flights. It doesn’t matter; it’s all fun. From Peter Pan to Neil Armstrong, flight has spirited away our imaginations. Let Dwight make yours become real.
Are these by the numbers? Way back in 1918, during the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Whartons and Scotts were sheltering in their Fort Worth mansion, which is better known these days as Thistle Hill. And the Burk Burnett Building was a ghost town because it did not house any essential businesses. Today, both are part of Historic Fort Worth’s treasured collection of historic properties. And part of the treasured gift shop collection of puzzles. Do you know how popular puzzles are during Sheltering? Underwood Law Firm Partner and Historic Fort Worth board chair Cara Kennemer commandeered the last remaining puzzles, one of Thistle Hill and one of the Burk Burnett Building, to give to a B2B Insider reader. Kennemer, by the way, is a construction attorney if you have issues building your puzzles.
Congratulations to the April 15th
Prize Winners:

  • Brett Bowden, Printed Threads
  • Lisa Boyd, Brackett & Ellis
  • David Murray, Alphagraphics
Calculating the unpredictable: How does a Predictive Consumer Analytics company such as Buxton , a pre-eminent data gatherer and corporate adviser in the U.S., predict anything after a landscape-changing pandemic? “Great question,” said Peter Healey, veep of account management. “Things will rebound. There definitely will be a new normal. GPS is so important; in two days, we’ll know where people are going, what they’re doing. Technology will lead the way on go-forward data … Retailers will make their biggest impact quickly by determining the low-hanging fruit.”
American Idol? During a webinar, Cantey Hanger attorney Doug Clayton asked attendees who was their favorite: SBA EIDL, Eric Idle or Billy Idol?
Over-sold? Should you be aggressively selling or asking for donations during COVID-19 or would you be considered a virus yourownself?
  • Sales sensation Scott Sherwin of Salesmastery (Sandler Sales Training) says, “Now is the time to become partners, not vendors. Change your marketing and talking points to focus on the prospect. Stop pushing your features and benefits, and start a conversation to understand them.”
  • Community giver Carlo Capua of Z’s Café: “Trying to sell right now should be carefully considered; it may come across as insensitive and out of touch. Long-term, if we're focused on outgiving each other to help everyone get through this period of uncertainty, people will want to do business with you more when things return to normal.”
  • Lerii Smith, President of Project Partners, says non-profits should “focus on donor relations. Retaining donors is far more likely than attracting new ones, unless/until current donors lead the way toward an eventual recovery campaign.”
Mr. B asking for a friend: How much housecleaning must you do if no one is coming over?
One less to-do: Susan Shaw, of her namesake Shaw Insurance Agency , said her agents ran a check on five different plans about switching auto for business coverage to auto for personal because of less driving and found insignificant savings.
We all need a chuckle: Whoop Wireless . Say it again: Whoop Wireless. Makes you smile. Mark Strittmatter is veep of sales locally for the Whoopers, who provide 5G connectivity for large buildings.
“Raise your kids like the way you would want them to run your business.”

--Chris Jordan, Electro Acoustics
Founder who works with sons
We all need a laugh: Fort Worth Opera will host free YouTube and Facebook showings of its 20-minute, one-act comedy about love and marriage, Feel the Tango , Thursday from 7-8 p.m. on YouTube Premieres and Saturday 7-8 p.m. on Facebook Watch Party.
Water cooler talk … and eats: While so many offices are closed, break room supplier Canteen had to come up with a new plan. Karissa Feller, regional sales director, says Canteen now offers delivered snack boxes for any number, and Pop-Up markets -- with sandwiches, salads, drinks, etc. -- for companies with more than 100 employees.
Stand-up suggestion: Pepper Sims, owner of Pepper-L Specialties, says stand-up banners are a great way to make your at-home office space look more professional. They block out any unwanted background and promote your brand. And because they’re portable, the signage could be used at an event (if, ever).
DVR alert:  The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion, commissioned by the  Amon Carter Museum,  airs Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at odd hours on KERA public television. Erik Clapp’s 58-minute documentary is a travelogue for the exhibition of the same title at the museum. He followed artist Mark Dion, who re-traced the footsteps of four nineteenth-century artist-explorers in Texas.
Making a difference:  The  Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation,  a local non-profit providing suicide prevention training and education, is offering free, virtual, one-hour QPR suicide prevention training during April and May. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer – the three steps anyone can learn to save a life from suicide. This one-hour, evidence-based suicide prevention training is designed to give community members the skills and tools to help someone at risk for suicide. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope to a person in crisis and find help and resources to save a life. If you're 10-and-up, visit the foundation's website for training dates and times. 
Hurry, it's not too late:  This afternoon at 1 p.m (just before the  Chamber's  webinar with Steve Meek of  Fulcrum ) is the   Governor's Small Business Webinar Series that "will provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, actionable information on COVID-19 recovery resources." Included are north Texas experts to answer questions and resources to find assistance. Register  here
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold. Please see our upcoming virtual resources below.
Wednesday, April 22 - Thursday, April 23
Leaders Online
Friday, April 24
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