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March 18, 2020
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New  Chamber  member  Guaranty Bank & Trust  celebrated its grand opening in Downtown Fort Worth on Monday, March 16. Putting the mantra "support small business" into action, Guaranty bought coffee for everyone who walked into Buon Giorno Coffee, its neighbor across the street. Kudos to Guaranty for putting smiles on faces and for supporting small business in this time of need!  
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Very neighborly: Last week, OverRidge Wealth Advisors celebrated 50 years of providing superb financial advice with a gathering at Heim Barbecue and Catering . The past few weeks, you probably haven’t been celebrating much in the markets and superb is what you may be needing. President Andy Heinz hasn’t been at OverRidge 50 years; he succeeded founder and long-time leader Lee Johnson and changed the name to the street he grew up on in Arlington. OverRidge manages all of its portfolios in house, bringing advisors and money managers together for clients. It provides financial guidance on the stock market, retirement planning, long-term care, life and disability insurance. If you weren’t at Heim, OverRidge’s Maureen (Magnificent) Maidlow ensured a good time anyway with $50 to spend at Camp Bowie neighbors Chicken Salad Chick and Buttermilk Sky Pie .
Fete fashionistas: Mr. B delivered 6,117 still-tagged articles of un-worn clothing from ex-Prospective Ms. B’s six closets to Goodwill Fort Worth  community engagement extraordinaire Liz Confiliano as a donation for the April 16 Project Goodwill event. (While there, he got a pair of heavy wool Wolverine socks for next winter for FIVE cents.) The 7th Project Goodwill design competition/fashion show, at Ridglea Country Club , is a fundraiser that challenges local designers to make wearable garments using $100 worth of unconventional materials from local Goodwill stores. Last year’s winner, Kate Oxley, a teacher, designed a dress made entirely from adult diapers and deconstructed Christmas ornaments. Dollars from Project Goodwill help to empower people with disabilities, disadvantages and other barriers to employment so they may achieve maximum independence. Liz Con-ned a pair of tickets from boss David Cox. (Last night, this event was postponed; Liz will stay in touch with winner and arrange for tickets for new date.)
Sure, I have an hour to waste: Mr. B has not asked for a raise (futile), in his mind to help Fortify the Chamber’s exciting strategic plan. Because of that, Mr. B has had to add a side gig, consulting…offering advice about how to use made-up, exaggerated and outrageous “news” about people to raise interest and drive revenues. Says his fees are $600 an hour or $700 a day. “If I work an hour, my day is ruined, so I came up with a day rate,” Mr. B said. After five weeks, Mr. B has had no takers and asked B2B Insider about doing a one-hour consultation as a giveaway. “Because it’s free, do you think the winner would at least buy the coffee?” Mr. B asked. One hour of consultation. This giveaway might have your best odds of winning than any giveaway in history. 
Congratulations to the March 11th
Prize Winners:

  • Christa Lopez-Reynolds, City of Fort Worth
  • Daisy Valk-Lopez, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Rocky Cleveland, Rock Iron
  • Mark Strittmatter, Whoop Wireless
The viral effect…: Working at home? It’s a down time for the supplier of break room food and drinks, which would be Karissa Feller at Canteen . Office closed? Randy McBride, the Pied Piper of Texas’ Pied Piper Pest, Termite & Lawn Services , has fewer places to spray. Pepper Sims, Pepper-L Specialties , says ALL electronics used in promotional items are made in China. Tonya Falzett of HR Additions and Financial Additions recruiting services is starting to hear more “hiring is on hold.”
…on the other hand: Rocky Cleveland of Rock Iron says home inspections are brisk. Spring is a time for homebuyers to be active and low, low mortgage rates are an added boon.
School daze: Mayor Price Is Right confirmed that Mattie Parker, Chief of Staff for her and the Council the past five years, is leaving to head a Rainwater Foundation -led cradle-to-career project in the ISDs.  
Going big for small: The Chamber has some upcoming projects and events geared specifically for small businesses, including a newsletter, which Mr. B hopes doesn’t put Mr. B out of hisownself’s small business. Also planned are “video storytelling” opportunities, enhanced social media (“you tag us, we tag you”), a small business summit and Small Business 9-1-1, which connects you to Chamber members that can help if you have a business emergency.   
Half full? Monthologist John Fletcher says today is “Forgive Mom & Dad Day.” Daughter Mis B ehavin’ is doing so, but Son No B Good says there’s no forgiving Mr. B. 
Yeah, but who’s the guy: NBC 5 Most Valuable Personality (MVP) Deborah Ferguson and Chamber Big Boss Bill (BBB) Thornton are this year's honorees of  The Multicultural Alliance. The organization promotes inclusion, diversity and understanding while working toward eliminating bias, bigotry and oppression. Programs include Interfaith Dialogues, Seminary Interfaith Retreat, Camp CommUNITY, MCA Table Talk, People’s Art Collaborative, presentations and workshops.
Name game: Tahimi … the h is silent so it sounds like Ty-mi. In her first job in the U.S. from Venezuela, a co-worker called her Tai. Her name tag translated that to Ty. Tahimi liked Ty and it has been that ever since. Ty’s last name is Hargrove and she does financial reporting at GM Financial.
“How do I handle stress? The right word that popped first into my mind was ‘vodka!’”

--Lisa Cobb, co-owner
Precise Energy Products
Trap door: Mr. B lost his ball in the sand at the 13 th hole at Meadowbrook Golf Course . He called Sand Trap Services . Sales sensation Milinda Hall answered the call, but said Sand Trap doesn’t do golf courses; it mostly cleans grease traps at restaurants. Some big name clients, too, including McDonalds, Billy Bob’s Texas, Joe T. Garcia’s and Dickies Arena
What’s your score? Calvin Dennis of Insperity says an increasingly popular HR measurement tool is Production Standard (revenue) per Human Capital (employee or robot cost).
Jetsons 2.0: The future look of aviation was to be in Fort Worth this week, thank you Visit Fort Worth. AeroDef is THE conference and trade show for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Lockheed Martin and Bell are among the sponsors when it's rescheduled..
Kudos: Cathy Neece Brown, veep of development and outreach for James L. West Center for Dementia Care , has been recognized with 2020 LeadingAge Public Trust Award for work with the aging.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our March and April in-person programs are currently on hold while we re-assess and determine next steps for planning.
Leaders Online:
A Focus On Funding & Employment
March 18 - 2:00 p.m.
Leaders Online:
Setting Up A Virtual Office
March 19 - 2:00 p.m.
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