January 15, 2020
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On December 12, Heim Barbecue on the River hosted Vision Fort Worth , the Chamber's Young Professionals group, for its December YP Meetup, its final event of the year.

Vision Fort Worth current and prospective members networked over cocktails and barbecue at Heim’s newest location. This month’s MeetUp is January 29th at Funky Picnic Brewery . Register to attend !
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Serious. Not mezzing with you: Many of you know Mr. B’s history: Will wash dishes for food. He got his start at a small spot, washing and drying alongside Nehme William Elbitar of Chadra, Lebanon. Mr. B washed for food. Nehme washed for a chance to cook. Today, after years at local Lebanese restaurants, he and his wife, Christina, own Chadra Mezza and can he cook!!! Everything is the best you’ve tasted; it’s so difficult to choose that Mr. B suggests the buffets. Experience it all and learn to order from the menu. Lunch buffets are Monday through Saturday (vegetarian on Wednesday), and there’s a pizza and pasta buffet Wednesday night and Mediterranean seafood and lamb buffet Friday and Saturday evenings. There always are salads and the greatest garlic knots in the history of knot-tingham. Christina served up a $50 gift card.
OMG, s’mores and more: Marketer John Fletcher , B2B Insider’s calendar chronicler, tells a story about bringing a box of Girl Scouts Thin Mints to an Arlington Dairy Queen and offering one sleeve to the counter guy if he would use the other sleeve to make two Thin Mint Blizzards. The rest is DQ history. But not as great as Girl Scouts cookies history. Our locals, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains , start 2020 sales Friday and you can buy until March 1. ALL of the net proceeds raised stays local. Each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk- taker, Leader) may sell cookies door-to-door, at booths and through the  Smart Cookies platform. Top five selling cookies nationally are Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich and Trefoils/Shortbread. There’s an app to find a local salesperson if you don’t win this package of one case of S'mores and one case of your choice , baked for B2B by Jenny Luedecke-Keys.  
Love is in the air:  Y’ALL MEANS ALL, Visit Fort Worth’s lovely and gracious welcome to everyone, will be rockin’ during its Annual Meeting breakfast Feb. 14, the day of love. The Annual Meeting celebrates the local hospitality industry and Visit Fort Worth knows how to do events (Rotten Tomatoes score of 99.) Inside, once past the lobby of love, will be a festive celebration of Fort Worth’s gifts to tourists. This year’s breakfast highlights include a keynote address by legendary music producer and Fort Worth’s own, T. Bone Burnett. He has worked with stars such as Elton John, Allison Krauss, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Taylor Swift and Leon Russell. His film/TV credits include The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Hunger Games, Walk The Line, True Detective and Nashville. Mayor (Betsy) Price Is Right will receive Visit Fort Worth’s annual Hospitality Award for her efforts to promote the city. B2B Insider has a seat for two readers. You do not want to miss this event!
Ride sharing: Speaking of hospitality, as B2B was just above, Vicki and the Peden family are about as hospitable as they come in Fort Worth, ya’ll. A decade or so ago, the Pedens launched Cowtown Cycle Party rides through downtown Fort Worth. More recently, the Pedens are the franchisee for Pedego Electric Bikes – Fort Worth, which has ridden into the emerging business final of the Chamber’s small business competition, the Forte Awards. Trip Advisor rates Pedego Electric Bikes-Fort Worth 5 th among best outdoor activities in Fort Worth. The Pedens offer sales ($1,600-$5,500), service, rentals and guided tours on their bikes. A gift card to a visiting relative would be a yoke/spoke gift! Vicki is offering two daily rentals.
Congratulations to the January 8th
Prize Winners:

  • Mark Mourer, YMCA
  • Debbie Tubbs, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Marguerite Jones, Tarrant County
  • Stacy Vann, Deloitte
Work(ing) on it: Chris Strayer, the Chamber’s Executive Veep for Economic Development, says “workforce is always the No. 1 question” from site seekers. Being transparent, Strayer also said more and larger contiguous spaces (300k-to-400k square feet) would be ideal deal-makers.  
A hole-y day: Monthologist John Fletcher says today is National Bagel Day and Pothole Day.
Not a bot: During Mr. B’s forced two-week holiday hiatus, there were some slow times. So, he checked out Chamber members. One, Summit Casing Equipment (oilfields) is huge, with services available in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and New York, and a number of international markets. Summit is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and says “our priority is meeting your needs, no matter what.” So Mr. B called New Year’s Day. Sure enough, Aldo answered.
Real deal: D/FW International Airport is offering terminal weekend parking – Thursday through Sunday -- for $10 a day. (Mr. B’s Kia Rio only takes half a space…will $5 do, DFW?) Order before March 1 and it’s good through June 1.
Why businesses help schools: Stunning number from Communities in Schools (CIS)… O nly one in five at-risk youth can identify a trusted, caring adult in their life.
“Customer service is No. 1. Always has been. Always will be.”

--Oscar Oaxaca, Owner
Wells, Wells, Wells: Mr. B hopped down to the Fort Worth Public Library (Central) Sunday with granddaughter B am B ino to listen to storyteller Rosemary Wells, the creator of the popular Max & Ruby book series. She also donated her original artwork from “Bunny Mail” to the library’s collection. Wells has written and illustrated more than 120 books for children, more than 40 of those featuring bunny-siblings Max & Ruby, who also star in a Nickelodeon TV show. 
Take this to the bank: Courtney Lewis has lived this life before. She was part of the Texas Bank-Compass Bank-BBVA mergers during 2006-2007. Earlier this month CIT (Commercial Investment Trust) closed on Mutual of Omaha Bank, where she is a Vice President. “ Most people did not realize Mutual of Omaha owned a bank. The insurance brand and Wild Kingdom history overshadowed the bank.” Courtney said CIT is the No. 1 factor in the world, is No. 2 in renewable energy finance and No. 4 in rail car leasing. “More tools in my belt.”
The Big 5-0 : Happy Mr. B-day/year to UNT Health Science Center.
Kudos: Chamber Action Am-Bass-Adorable Reggie Grant of United Way of Tarrant County won the 2019 Charles Cox Service Award. He attended 6,157, 271 events last year.
Work/play/vacation balance: Fort Worth is introducing an award recognizing Best Places for Working Parents. Mr. B's entry to win included "every room in the B Mansion that daughter Mis B ehavin' and son No B Good couldn't find him." Your business workplace is probably better, with plenty of perks for peeps.  Take a quick self-assessment today  to see if your company qualifies. Businesses also will be able to see comparable peer results. The Best Place for Working Parents will be recognized at Mayor Price Is Right’s  annual State of the City event Feb. 28.
Click icons below for details and to register
January Meetup
Jan. 29 - 5:30 p.m.
Funky Picnic Brewery
Forte Awards Night (Small Business of the Year)
Jan. 30 - 6:00 p.m.
The Ashton Depot
Table of 10
Feb. 6 - 11:30 a.m.
Kelly Hart & Hallman
State of the City
Feb. 28 - 11:15 a.m.
Fort Worth Convention Center
Annual Meeting
April 7, 2020
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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