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August 12, 2020

The Fort Worth Chamber, with partners, the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber, Fort Worth Now, and Visit Fort Worth, distributed masks and thermometers to Fort Worth businesses across four Fort Worth locations on Tuesday, August 4.
Masks were funded by a CARES Act grant from the City of Fort Worth at no cost to Fort Worth businesses.
Pictured (L to R): John Cychol, Visit Fort Worth; Andrea Timbes, Visit Fort Worth; Leah Hersey, Fort Worth Chamber; Lisette Castillo, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber; Kelly Baggett, City of Fort Worth.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Just ribbing her: Until he met Lisa Hasbach, Mr. B’s favorite pinstripes were New York Yankees Mantle and Maris. Lisa is a sales manager at Pinstripes and oversees catering. Mr. B is her unofficial taste tester and he HIGHLY recommends her new take-and-bake ribs. (The lasagna is good-to-great, too.) Lisa was stir-crazy, sheltering and missing her Bistro, Bowling, Bocce and Brunch mates. Now they’re back to Clearfork, better than bonkers, having sanitized to the hilt and revamped the way it does business in order to keep everyone safe. Pinstripes again is selling FUN, and with this $75 Pinstripes gift card, you can do whatever -- bowling, bocce, brunch, lunch, dinner, events, catering or curb-side, contact-less pickup. Lisa said if Mr. B could mention the ribs again, she might meet him curb-side.
Discover the difference: Denise Hamilton, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, initiated one of Mr. B’s favorite strategic lines: “Not only does our Discover membership include unlimited admission, two guest passes and other discounts, but we get peace of mind from knowing that you're on our side.” Membership does have its privileges and you might Discover yourownself when the museum re-opens tomorrow with a Thursday-Saturday schedule that includes the first hour for members only. And, of course, it’s sanitized for your safety. Unlimited admissions? Yes, an incredible deal with the one-year Discover membership that Denise sent over. Though COVID-19 conditions could affect some perks, the membership includes parking, museum store and cafe discounts, free Stock Show and Cowgirl Museum admissions, special upgrades and members-only events, and admission to more than 250 science centers around the world. Come, Discover!
When the boss is away, the antelope…Jennifer Smith, business development tigress for Fossil Rim, says the wildlife center has “tons of new babies - mostly antelope. They might have been a little extra busy with no one around for a couple months.” Fossil Rim saves species by using its vast acreage as a breeding facility. These days aren’t so quiet. Cars, none autonomous, are flocking to Fossil Rim. Jennifer says the ONLY way to gain entrance is by booking your tickets online because Fossil Rim is selling out daily. Why? Because it’s the coolest adventure around, it’s outdoors and easy to distance and still be social. Fossil Rim recently was voted the No. 1 safari park in the U.S. by USA Today readers. Find out yourownself because Jennifer sent over a carload entry for two readers.
Congratulations to the August 5th
Prize Winners:

  • Lupe Zamora, Zamora Construction
  • Lorene Collier, Alliance Lending Corp.
  • Miriam Carrillo, Unity One Credit Union
More power: Linear Labs, the company with the rotary motor and $69 million deal with the city to make Fort Worth home to Energy 2.0, says “its motor is so torque dense that four Linear Labs M200 motors in a four-wheeled vehicle can provide more peak torque than a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S engine.”
A bird in the Hand: Keegan Hand has been promoted to Director of Development at Lena Pope. She has all the more reason to always have her Hand out.
2020 hindsight: This season marks the 20th for Gary Patterson as a head college coach, all of them with TCU. He said he had the choice of going with departing TCU coach Dennis Franchione to Alabama as defensive coordinator or stay and be head coach. “I wanted to be head coach,” he said, “but that decision (here) wasn’t unanimous.”
Days of our lives: Monthologist John Fletcher says today is Son and Daughter Day. The brats share a day, but Slinky has its own (Aug. 30)?
The Smiths of Scandinavia? Mr. B asked Jason Scoggins, the Juan Valdez of B2B Insider coffee giveaways, if he were related to Don Scoggins, the creamy cool head man at Blue Bell in Fort Worth. “The older I get, the more I learn that my Scandinavian last name isn’t all that uncommon,” Jason said. “When I was passing out masks for the Chamber, I met a Sarah Scoggins. I said, ‘Well, I’m Jason Scoggins. No ‘r’ right? She chuckled and said, ‘That’s right!’”
“Distance learning is here to stay.”

-Kent Scribner, FWISD Superintendent
Ready…start…how: While schools ponder and prepare online / on-site formats, Communities In Schools stays ready. “We are basically prepared to provide our case management services and mental health counseling to students either in person and/or via teletherapy platforms,” said Lindsey Garner, President and CEO. “We converted to telehealth in the spring when schools shut down.” CIS serves 54 schools in the north Texas area.
All Spruce(d) up: Texas artist Everett Spruce lived 94 years, until 2002. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will feature nearly 50 works from private and public collections beginning Aug. 18 in an exhibit called Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce. It captures Spruce’s art from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Well, that was exciting: Jaclyn Leonard, BBVA, was on a plane returning from Washington state when a young woman got very sick. (Hard to miss when she spent 10 minutes in the lavatory throwing up.) Jaclyn says flight attendants and passengers were concerned about COVID-19 until the woman confessed to having a hangover.
Doing It: Dot-IT, a Chamber Forte Award small business of the year finalist, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about five small businesses that survived (and thrived) amidst COVID-19. Dot-It provides safety, packaging and print solutions for the food industry.
Just wonderin’: Mr. B noticed there is a 48-hour moisturizer on the shelves. Is that for people that don’t shower or bath daily?
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, August 12
Women's Insight Network: Dine & Discuss
Monday, August 17
Leaders In Government: Comptroller Glen Hegar
Thursday, August 20
Online Office Hours: Personal Experiences of Race in Society & the Workplace
Tuesday, August 25
Business After Hours
Thursday, August 27
Vision FW: YP Summit 2020
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