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July 1, 2020
FACES & PLACES

This week the  Chamber  distributed reusable masks to Chamber members in an effort to protect employees and keep Fort Worth open.
 
The masks, produced and provided by  Saddleback Leather,  were distributed at  Visit Fort Worth  at no cost to Chamber members.
 
Pictured (L to R):  Mike Coffey, South Area Council Board Chair,  Imperative Information Group,  and   Netty Matthews,  Fort Worth Chamber.
PRESS YOUR LUCK
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Happy 4th; make it safe
Saddle up: Son No B Good sent Mr. B a link with this note: You should buy this, Dad. Mr. B clicked and read: “Front Pocket Leather Satchel --This bag was designed and built to be the strongest, most durable and longest lasting leather satchel there is. Let us know if you find something tougher. They’ll fight over it when you’re dead. ” No B Good is a financial planner and it appears finances aren’t the only thing he is planning when Mr. B is no longer. The exquisite Front Pocket Leather Satchel comes in coffee, dark coffee brown, chestnut and black, and is only one of hundreds of incredibly crafted leather goods produced by Saddleback Leather. The bag is made of tough full-grain leather, lined with pigskin for durability and built with only a few pieces of leather, minimizing seams and weak points. Mr. B was weak-kneed looking at all the leather goodies that Dave Munson and the Saddleback Leather team produce. Get your tablet ready for this perfect fit.
Floral fireworks: Mi Cheri Kirkman knows your pain. The second quarter of 2020 was filled with anguish. Sparks were flying … indoors and on the streets. This Friday, according to Monthly Muser John Fletcher, keeper of the calendar, is Forgiveness Day. And there absolutely, positively is no better way to ask forgiveness than with a July 4th arrangement from Gordon Boswell Flowers, the unofficial official arborists of B2B Insider . Nothing says summer like the ’65 Mustang and ’67 Camaro arrangements. Mr. B has much forgiveness to beg and bought six of each (even that’s not enough), but his favorite is the Mustang. It’s a very colorful bouquet with yellow alstroemeria, red miniature carnations, white button spray chrysanthemums, blue delphinium, blue sinuata statice, leatherleaf fern and sword fern. Notice the red, white and blues? Forgive Mr. B, please, he has only one for a special reader.
Rabbit Redux …: Or giveaway redux. Cyndy Tonniges, HR guru at family business TriQuest Technologies, says a giveaway from a few years ago didn’t make the cut in the recent TT remodel. She wanted it to find a good home. Here’s the description from back then -- The technological mapping systems on your phone or laptop are marvels. Scrolling up and down and every which way, however, is not always so easy. Enter Joe Shankles, who has expanded coverage in one "screen," no scrolling necessary.  It is a work of art, an aerial view of Fort Worth / Dallas. The photo is enlarged to 60 inches wide and 48 inches high and framed with black edge trim.
Congratulations to the June 24th
Prize Winners:

  • Donna Thomas, EECU
  • Scott Fredricks, Cantey Hanger
  • Jennifer Johns, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
HE SAID, SHE SAID, THEY SAID
So long, Sir! Next Tuesday, Chamber CEO Bill Thornton will retire. Mr. B always will respect that Mr. Thornton made hisownself fair game and a large target to be included every and any way in B2B Insider .
Curtain up, roof raised: Taylor Hardy, Associate Film Commissioner and Marketing Manager at Visit Fort Worth, on Miss Juneteenth , the movie written by Fort Worth native Channing Godfrey Peoples about Fort Worth, shot in Fort Worth and premiered June 18 in Fort Worth –“I first learned about “Miss Juneteenth” in March 2017, just a few weeks after I began working full-time at the Film Commission. The past few days I’ve been filled with joy as the film received national attention …and high praise, with a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and New York Times critics pick! I feel so grateful to have had a part in bringing this film to life.”
Who was that masked man? Anybody and everybody! And Fort Worth businesses can get up to 250 free masks until 9:30 this morning at various locations in Fort Worth.   Funding is from the city through its CARES Act grant.   
But what about this minute? HR guru Mike Coffey, owner of Imperative Information Group, on the question of employers tracking remote workers – “Do you really care as long as the job is getting done?”
Not monkeying around: Zoo-m in on this project. The Fort Worth Zoo, again, has been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoos in North America. “Our zoo has provided great memories and fun for our city for over 100 years,” said head cheerleader Mayor Price Is Right. You can vote here through July 6.
“Growing up, you either worked or you volunteered in our household.”



--Mayor Price Is Right
Private services: Buried in the recovery are large funeral services. “Mostly grave-sides and cremations,” said veep Elaine Piekarski at Greenwood-Mount Olivet-Arlington. “Some families plan to have a memorial service at a later date.”
Food for thought: Because of COVID-19, Karissa Feller of Canteen says the no-touch refreshment center is coming sooner to workplaces. Imagine ordering a drink from an app at your desktop, laptop or phone and having the refrigerator door open automatically. And there’s more…
I Dream of Genie: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, The Cliburn and Texas Ballet Theater will be live sharing a festive 4th celebration Saturday from Dickies (Socially Distanced) Arena. You can watch it all on WFAA, including special guest Major Attaway, Broadway star (Aladdin) and a Fort Worth native.
Welcome to your future: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU’s Neeley School of Business, says COVID-19 is a disruptor no one could have imagined. Here’s what he envisions:
  • “We are going to see states get together for “mega-regions” that will be doing international trade deals and diplomacy.” The city-to-state and state-to-national relationship will be vastly different, especially in healthcare and economics.
  • Two tiers of education, online and on-campus. There will be very few luxury brands.
  • Your business partner most likely will be some form of AI.
  • Alexa on steroids…a seamless IoT from business to home.
  • Self-driving cars with ads and entertainment. Individuals won’t “drive” except on very local roads.
  • New sources of energy and food; much of our protein will come from the air.
Oh, baby! David Murray at AlphaGraphics Fort Worth offers Chamber members a 33% discount on the first order and bonuses a gift hamper. Mr. B held out for a pack of diapers before sending in his purchase order.
UPCOMING EVENTS
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.
Tuesday, June 30
Virtual Business After Hours
Thursday, July 9
TCU Preview
Friday, June 26
Women's Insight Network:
Dine & Discuss
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