May 29, 2019
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On May 23rd, Ridglea Country Club hosted the Chamber Engagement Insight, during which 75 new and tenured members networked and learned how to get engaged in committees, councils, and upcoming Chamber events. Speaker Jarred Howard, Fort Worth Chamber's SVP of Small Business and Entrepreneur Support, spoke on the Chamber's initiatives for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Pictured (L to R): Pam Stoker, Stoker Creative ; Cheri McDuff, UMB Bank ; Bradford Hutchins, UMB Bank .
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You and your besties: Fort Worth Magazine’s Best Of party is among the city’s top three, right up there with Locavore’s Cortney Gumbleton celebration of her 1,500 th home-hatched egg and Mr. B’s granddaughter Bam B ino’s 6 th birthday party. This year’s bonanza Best Of party to honor readers’ favorites is June 14 at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards and is described as “ the city’s best food, beverages and bands (on two stages) for a night of drinking, dancing and doggone fun.”   Best Of party girl Natasha Freimark has a pair of general admission tickets for two readers.
Bowled over: Lisa Hasbach is Business Development manager at Pinstripes at Clearfork , so she needs to be a creative seller. She challenged Mr. B to a game of bocce and winner would get to gloat in this blurb. Well, Lisa Pinned-striped Mr. B, the donkey. Fire away, Lisa: “ We are an ‘eat’- ertainment concept like no other, boasting a scratch kitchen complete with Italian imported ingredients. Our Italian/American cuisine and wine, combined with our bowling lanes, bocce courts, ballroom, private bowling suite and outdoor patio and fire pit, make our venue the perfect place for great food and great fun!” Lisa also is offering you a choice of a Friendly hour of bowling or bocce and the first round of house beer or wine for 15…or an assortment of platters from the catering menu to your location for up to 10 people.
  Daffodils for dad? The Smothers Brothers made the line “Mom always liked you best” popular. According to the numbers, you like mom best, too. Approximately $25 billion was spent this year for Mother’s Day. Last year, an estimated $15.3 billion was spent for Father’s Day. That’s 67 percent more on moms. Forget the numbers and the self-pity guys, because Erica Ashinhurst and Gordon Boswell Flowers are equal opportunity givers. $150 bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day and $150 of … ahh … umm. May Mr. B suggest some orchids in a 1967 Chevy Camaro vase or maybe some classic Ghirardelli chocolate. Check out Gordon Boswell Flowers online and win this if you’re a dad or win it for your favorite dad.
Wright way to do business:  One of the negatives about being self-employed is
you never get to be much of a leader within the company. On the bright side, you don't ever have to be a follower. John Wright of  Simple Leadership Strategies  is probably not THE man for solopreneurs. But for every other company, John is DA MAN! He is the doctor of transformations, turning managers into leaders, employees into partners, work groups into teams and customers into advocates. Gather your folks and have John come visit your workplace. Listen for one hour as he showcases his micro workshop --  Creating Meaningful & Lasting Change . Your strategies will change. Quite simple.
Congratulations to the May 22nd
Prize Winners:

  • Theo Halbardier, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Jason Smalls, American National Bank of Texas
  • Alyssa Born, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
  • Genia Sanchez, Kelly @ Samuels Ave.
More for free: The Fort Worth Opera this Friday sneak peeks its 2020 premiere of The Last Dream of Frida and Diego , composed by Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Opera Artistic Director Joe Illick will maestro and the Fort Worth Symphony will orchestrate. Again, it’s free, at TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium from 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Laff riot: Four Thirds Creative mentors students. Partner Michael Ryan passed along a student’s joke: “Why do people eat snails? … Because they don’t like fast food.”
Show your I.D.: Brent Russell, DPC Healthcare : “We were married three years and had a 2-year-old and a newborn before we were old enough to walk into a bar.” He and wife Lori have been married 18 years.
Boot-scooting town: Doug Thompson, Construction Advisory Specialists, is from Nocona, which could be the unofficial leather capital of Texas. There, Enid Justin started Nocona Boot; her brother, John, moved to Fort Worth and started Justin Boot. Doug says Enid had a pink house with a boot as a weathervane. Nocona also is home to Nokona custom baseball gloves. As a young’un, Doug worked lacing up custom leather baseball gloves. 
Education outside a classroom: During a recent higher education discussion hosted by Tarleton State and the Fort Worth Business Press , Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini, who oversees more than 55,000 students, made two interesting points:
  • Describing what makes a student ready, he said, "We are meeting students, the community and businesses at their point of need."
  • "Key to us is communication and collaboration, and being flexible, versatile and reliable in an integrated environment."
“The espresso machine is so complicated only a couple people know how to use it. But you can tell when they do; espresso turns introverts into hyper extroverts!”

--Cyndy Tonniges
TriQuest Technologies
It’s Goin to be big : Brooklyn Goin opens the second of the two WeWork co-working spaces she manages in downtown Fort Worth June 3, this one at 4 th and Main. There will be food, drinks and swag and the common space will be open for the day to come and work without having to reserve/book space. June 6 is an Open House for those looking for space.
Very perky news: “Coffee will not harm you.” So wrote Susan Siemsen PA-C from Baylor Scott & White to Mr. B, confirming his 12 faux-Yeti cups a day was fine. “A recent article in our blog called Scrubbing (said) coffee is even OK with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure. Coffee will not harm you (in pure form, either regular coffee or decaf)! Good stuff! But not when it is added to energy drinks or powders. Not the same. You get the antioxidant benefit only from the real coffee.”
Pit stop: As a promotion for the truck and auto races at the Speedway next weekend, Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing will be revving, racing and generally hanging out Thursday June 6 along 2 nd Street behind the Fort Worth Public Library.
The retiring sort: Goodbye and bestest wishes to Lynda Fox, a loyal B2B Insider reader who is retiring from Interconnect Wiring today.
Flag this! The Chamber is partnering with The Fallen Officers/ Robert L Zore Foundation and Presenting Sponsor Higginbotham in support of the June 15 Garrett Hull Blue Bowl Flag Football (Co-Ed) Tournament at Farrington Field. Proceeds go to the Garrett Hull Family and to the Zore Foundation for a Fort Worth scholarship program. Corporal Hull succumbed to a gunshot wound Sept. 14, 2018. He was 40 years old and a 17-year officer. Teams up to 16 members can register. The game is eight players on the field per team and at least one female must play at all times. You can register here .
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Garrett Hull Flag Football Tournament
June 22 - 8:00 a.m.
Farrington Field
YP Wake UP
June 7 - 8:00 a.m.
Frost Tower
Employment Law Update
May 30 - 8:00 a.m.
Ridglea Country Club

Economic Development Update
June 19 - 8:00 a.m.
Ridglea Country Club
Impact Your Business Luncheon
June 4 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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