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Last week, the Chamber was off to the races with the Greater Arlington Chamber at our Kentucky Derby-themed event at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Members received complimentary derby cocktails and appetizers.   Pictured (l to r): Ryan Noel, Glint Advertising; Nathan Draughn, BB&T; Megan Brown, MB Marketing LLC.
 
Go  here  f or more pictures from our event with the Greater Arlington Chamber.
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Putting my iron into the fire : Often, a financial adviser invites you to a country club to hear a presentation. This month, a country club is inviting and you might run into a few financial advisers. Tuesday May 14 is the annual Chamber / Colonial Country Club pre-tournament luncheon and the first year the tournament will be known as the Charles Schwab Challenge . The voice of the  TCU Sports Network , John Denton, will interview pro golfer Rod Pampling, and the Chamber will have a one-day tournament for every attendee. Pampling is a three-time tour winner and has had his highs and lows in previous Colonial appearances. He knows the course. Mr. B hit a monster five iron onto a 195-yard par-3 and won a seat for two readers. 

Campin' at Hampton: The Prospective Ms. B travels a lot. You would, too, if your partner was Mr. B. Hilton Honors her with points and upgrades. She swears by Hampton Inn & Suites for its big hotel amenities and small hotel customer service. And the free hot breakfasts are just the way to start her day, even if it is 10:30 a.m.  It's unlikely Andria Williams at the Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown ever will see the Prospective Ms. B, unless she decides staying at the B Mansion when she's in town is not the B-all after all.   And this: "If you're not satisfied, we don't expect you to pay. That's our commitment and your guarantee. That's 100% Hampton." Andria sent over a night's stay in a King Studio Suite or a standard King/Two Queen suite. And she guarantees you won't be paying.

garden-ball.jpg Plant me right here: The Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour easily could be a description for the B Mansion exterior. No Gardens Tour might be even better. Historic Fort Worth board boss Cara Kennemer of Underwood Law Firm is guilty for this recommendation to tour six homes in the Park Hill neighborhood. In its 16th year, the Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour showcases private gardens of all sizes during one day. This year's tour is May 19 from noon until 6 p.m. Local artists will be painting "plein air" in each garden; the art is available for sale. The tour benefits preservation programs, including Fort Worth's two cattle baron mansions, the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House and Thistle Hill. Cara tilled two pair of tickets.

Calling all Muggles: There's sooooo much going on at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in May, including a new experience called LaunchPad that is so big it needs a VIP party itsownself to kick it off. LaunchPad looks ahead to the future of the space program. FWMSH also looks back in May, showing the re-created Apollo 11 flight and landing, with new scenes and audio. Finally, the REEL Adventures series travels to class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and a special screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Don your robes and wands, and prepare for a magical evening with hands-on activities that will challenge your skills and knowledge, food that will tantalize your taste buds and the film that started it all. There are five May dates for REEL Adventures and Alexa at the Museum waved her wand and poof! two pair of tickets for May 17th magically appeared. 

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Prize Winners:
  • Richard Brooks, MedStar Mobile Healthcare
  • Barbara Higbee, Tarrant Area Food Bank  
  • Crissy Carter, Corporate Employees Recreation Association
  • Steve McCune, McCune Construction
  • Cara Kennemer, Underwood Law Firm
  • Michelle Jones, Oncor
  • Lauren Calzada, Trinity Habitat for Humanity  
  • Lana Battle, Texas Document Solutions
  • Jeff Thomas, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
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Barter, labor for bottles: Dylan Phillips is six months old tomorrow. "I think she is almost ready to start making popsicles and pulling her weight around here," says her mother, Carolyn Phillips, owner of Alchemy Pops. Maybe commercial work, too? " Gotta get some photos of her holding popsicles."

Huge, huge kudos! That little ol' headquarters in east Fort Worth that American Airlines is building? Sherry Green and Allen Spinner with Technology Team just got a contract to move 7,400 employees' workstations between June 13 and Oct. 21 into the five new buildings.

Head honcho openings: Catholic Charities Fort Worth could be announcing a new leader any day. Tarleton State has formed a search committee, including Mayor Price Is Right, and expects a hire around Aug. 1. United Way of Tarrant County says it will have a selection by the end of summer.  
 
Drawn to humor: Mark Litzler has been the EVP of Development for the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History since December. He started drawing black-and-white "editorial" cartoons at age 5, mostly comments and critiques about his mother's dinner presentations. Today, his drawings run a few times a month on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal. You can see examples if you Google Joe Vanilla.

This is very cool: Jeff Bond, co-owner of ACWorks365 says an air conditioning service call is "$89." What about nights? "$89." What about weekends? "$89." What about holidays? "$89."

"No. 1 mistake of entrepreneurs and startups? They don't know how much money they will need for their idea."


--Cathy Trinh, Financial Adviser

Tarrant Small Business Development Center

Just wondering: Two things Mr. B is wondering about with electric vehicles: 1) How do they pay the gas tax to support "roads?" 2) Will they cause the closure of every "free-nights-and-weekends" electricity plan?

Meet & greet with Valentino, Norman and Pugsley: They are three of the longhorns that walk East Exchange Avenue twice a day as part of the Fort Worth Herd, a most popular attraction in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Herd, a program of Vision Fort Worth and directed by Kristin Jaworski, celebrates 20 years May 10th. Festivities get out of the gate with an 11:30 a.m. cattle drive; Councilman and alumni (not sure if that's people or longhorns) will lead the 20 steers in carriages from East Exchange Avenue to Rodeo Plaza. A brief ceremony is to follow at the Cowtown Coliseum warm-up pens, including a ribbon cutting and remarks from Mayor Price Is Right. 

Uh-oh: There are more than 30 job openings posted on the Chamber website, including a private listing for someone to write a weekly newsletter with prizes to give away. Thought it might be to replace Mr. B, but it says good pay.

Job well done: Every time Allyson Baumeister of CliftonLarsonAllen and the most recent Chair of the Chamber, said "outgoing Chair," she had a huge smile on her face. "The best position," she said, "is past Chair."

Partner up: Happy 25th anniversary to Project Partners. To celebrate, owner Lerii Smith is gifting non-profits with free monthly "Good Advice Over Coffee. A small group gathering of do-gooders to discuss best practices in advancing community causes." Next one is May 9.
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