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April 15, 2020
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In partnership with  Red Productions , the  Fort Worth Chamber  is highlighting local business initiatives in the Fort Worth community. Cockrell Enovation (right) is developing disposable face shields and sneeze guards in its manufacturing facility. Additionally, Encore Live created a campaign to support the entertainment industry, City Club donated leftover food from its kitchen, and Z's Cafe donated sack lunches to Fort Worth ISD families. Hear their One Fort Worth stories today.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Adam & Eve(nings): On social media, Grace Restaurant founder/owner Adam Jones looks quite spry and as happy as mime Marcel Marceau while dancing and delivering take-out food orders to drive-by eaters. Unlike the pre-determined family meal packages being offered most everywhere, Grace remains take-out a la carte . Shrimp & grits, half or whole roasted chicken, chicken fried tenderloin of beef and steaks—filets, sirloins and rib eyes. All are available for pickup from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For you fellow B bacon lovers, it can be had in the wedge salad, wrapping onions or maybe as a side dish if you ask nicely. There are, of course, desserts … a pudding, a cake and diet-defying Valrhona chocolate chip cookies. Adam danced over with a to-go bag that included a $100 gift certificate.
Friend me, please: Webster’s defines Avadel (/ˈavidēl/, noun) as the merger of imagination and analytics into creative geek-dom. David Valentine and Kenn Scott, the owners of fast-growing Avadel Agency , will tell you “we cover your organic social, branding, design, web development, analytics and lead generation (like every other decent agency out there), but we’re the Facebook Advertising Agency with a proven process.” The two team for an educational and entertaining frolic through everything Facebook , including how to make the most of your organic social presence, how to use FB/Instagram advertising to accomplish your marketing goals and tips on setting up Facebook/Instagram ads. Become a bigger presence with either a one-hour online video chat (immediate) or in-person presentation (later) from Avadel.
Lead, or get out of the way:  Do you want leaders moving in the Wright direction? Then you and your company need to hook up with John Wright, founder and President of  Simple Leadership Strategies,  for any of his one-hour leadership sessions. John has offered a few  B2B Insider  giveaways in the past and eight of 10 businesses that have won are coronavirus free and worth $billions$. He’s offering one now that centers on how to prepare better leaders and implement change that is meaningful and lasting. If your team has been falling behind, you still can find the Wright path to success if you win this session.
Congratulations to the April 8th
Prize Winners:

  • Blake Woodard, Woodard Insurance
  • Bill Latham, Acme Brick
  • Benita Falls Harper, FW Employees' Retirement Fund
  • Jan Riggins, Express Employment Pros
  • Faiz Merchant, Capital One
Un-taxing CPAs: You won’t be rushing to the post office by midnight to file your taxes today. CPA Norm Robbins at Mark Jones & Associates thought a good giveaway would be a $50 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon “since we all need one.” He offered up some thoughts on the differences in this tax season:
  • “Busy season just turned into the season that never ends. (After July 15th deadline, we have S Corps and Partnerships Sept 15th, Trusts Sept 30 and Individuals Oct 15th).”
  • “It’s a weird feeling wearing sunglasses on the drive home from work.”
  • “Not going on a summer vacation; this will not be a laid-back summer.”
  • “Work / life balance just got better.”
Surprisingly busy: Jan Riggins, artist and GM / staffing sensation at Express Employment Professionals , says “We’re busier than we anticipated and have had to figure out virtual interviewing / on-boarding very quickly. Warehouse logistics has been very big, and we are finding more and more virtual customer service opportunities.”
Breathtaking: One advantage of social distancing is not having to worry so much about bad breath or the need for deodorant.
Hairy situations: Mr. B cut his hair hisownself. He now will be wearing a hat when he has to zoom to a meeting. But a tip of the cap to Hayden Blackburn (right), executive director of TechFW . “I’m lucky,” he said. “I’ve been cutting my own hair for 10 years.”
And if COVID-19 weren’t bad enough… David Zipprich of Rainwater Business Advisors , the day before Sheltering, ran his car off the road at I-35 northbound just south of I-20, hit the concrete bases of two light poles and flipped his car. “If you’re diabetic, don’t take your insulin to surprise your daughter only to find out she’s not home and you go without food. Your blood sugar crashes and you fall asleep behind the wheel…,” he said. He is recovering from mild concussions, bruised ribs, and black and blue legs. His humor is intact. “Yes, amazed I’m still alive. Fifty percent of my memory loss of the accident is age; the other 60% is from the wreck.”
Freudian slips: Mr. B was a sports newspaper guy for 21 years. His new Chamber boss, Katie (not related to Fredrick) Douglass, earned a Masters of Education in Counseling/Sport Psychology from Boston University. Mr. B is more worried about being analyzed than edited.
“You know you've been isolated long enough when even webinars get you excited.”

--Jason Duling
Johnson Controls Security Solutions
Shuttered in…: … but awnings aren’t selling so Chandry Manzke, COO at Victory Awning , turned her manufacturing plant into a sewing center. Employees and community volunteers are sewing and social distancing at home and at Victory’s warehouse, producing more than 1,000 masks a week. Chandry says they will continue in support of organizations such as IDEA Public School, James L. West Dementia Care, Child Protective Services of Tarrant County and Safe Haven.
Board support: Clear Channel Outdoor and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are taking art to the highways. Assistant curators Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith work with artists to situate imagery and text onto billboards. Program is called MODERN BILLINGS, and artists place works in under-served communities three times a year.
Who woulda thunk it? Hosannas to Indigo Yoga , whose Asanas are being streamed for online classes. In addition to approximately 50 classes a week, Indigo is offering free daily meditation and kids yoga to the public, and free memberships during quarantine for First Responders, medical professionals, government employees and teachers.
Music to my ears: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s new virtual Music Lab offers listening, learning and sharing components. All the listenin’ and learnin’ is saa-weet. There’s also a way to support the Music Lab yourownself.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold while we re-assess and determine next steps for planning.
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