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For more than 10 years, Mike Flynn and Southland Property Tax Consultants have sponsored -- THANKFULLY! -- the Picture of the Week in the B2B Insider, helping to give birth to Mr. B, the only boy in his family of four daughters. McKinzie, 23, sells suites and seats for the new Dickies Arena. Kendall, 20, is a junior at TCU, Brenna, 18, a senior at Trinity Valley School, and Delanie, 14, a freshman at Trinity Valley. Brenna is preparing to represent Texas in the Miss Teen USA Pageant this summer. Her story and interview are here in this week's Fort Worth Business Press.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Mikey likes it: Tooling the Kia Rio up and back along West 7th Street, Mr. B has been craning this way and that way, wondering when Michael Crain would be opening MidiCi, The Neopolitan Pizza Company in the Left Bank area. Yay, the pizza is delivered! Neapolitan dough is "light, thin, soft and chewy, with a high crust." It is made to eat with knife and fork. If you decide to take the fork in the road away from ordering pizza, the Italian Salad is quite the stallion. Crain may have more occupations than any person in Fort Worth, but he wasn't too busy to send over $50 worth of gift cards. Michael says MidiCi "brings friends together," so if you don't win, get your friends and go for the FREE margherita pizzas from 11-2 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

Canvassing: Mr. B doesn't have a creative bone in his body. Even B2B Insider is filled more with lies and exaggerations than creativity. So when Julie Wright at Painting With A Twist sent over a gift for two for a two-hour class where "we take you from a blank canvas to your finished masterpiece," Mr. B shuddered and laughed. Julie says "bring friends, wine, beer and snacks; we'll provide all your painting supplies and artist instructions. ... (and) you'll get to take home your completed work of art." The Bs did a similar night at a pottery place. The owner begged Mr. B not to take his. "It will ruin our reputation!" If you're more artsy, go paint the town with Julie.

A show with personalities: During the struggle to understand good and evil throughout Jekyll & Hyde, one "glass-is-half-full" benefit of dual personalities is overlooked -- having a lover for each personality. That's not really cheating, is it? Based loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story, Casa MaƱana presents nine performances March 3-11. Casa describes it as a "brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart ... one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman, and the two women in love with him, unknowing of each other or his dark secret." Casa's Lindsey Rush-ened over with two tickets for the 8 p.m. opening-night performance March 3.

Stones-Start Me Up: Have an idea for a startup business or just interested in knowing what working for one might be like? Here's your chance ... very fast forwarded. Startup Weekend Fort Worth is March 2-4 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Cameron (Innovation Director) Cameron sent over an all-access pass for two readers that gives you the option to participate or just watch and eat. Friday night is idea night, with a dinner and keynote from Dr. Sean Wise, the "Mark Cuban of Canada." Saturday and Sunday are scramble / work days and Sunday night is dinner and Pitch Night to celebrity judges who select the winner(s).

Congratulations to the February 7th Prize Winners:
  • Blair Park, Harris, Finley & Bogle
  • Darien George, Mackenzie Eason
  • Jackie Pierce, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
  • Nicholas Martin, Concorde Asset Group
  • Debra Smith, Pulliam Pools
  • Chris Harmon, City of Fort Worth
  • Bill Kresser, BBVA
  • Jade Tinner, Two Men And A Truck
  • Norma Davila, Power Source Partners

Opinions matter here: The Chamber's advocacy team is looking for your input on issues affecting Texas' businesses and policies. About 10 minutes of your time and no, in this poll you can't vote for TCU or Texas or A&M. None of the info (James) garnered will be sold; it's just research to shape the Chamber's local outreach efforts. 10 minutes .. by Friday. Thanks in advance. 

: A McDonald's very Big Mac is speaking at TCU next Wednesday, which reminded FW Police Department payroll cop Jami Hoffman of a "true story. I worked for the ad agency that handled the North Texas McDonald's accounts...and...literally bumped into Ronald McDonald coming out of the restroom at the office. I just gasped and stared..." Probably the shoes.

Kudos: The BMW guys at Autobahn Motorcar Group are really beaming beemers after having been selected 2018 BMW Dealer of the Year by DealerRaters. Numero uno out of 342 in the U.S.

Never, ever give up! Erika Hersh of PeopleFund doesn't have high expectations today. "He bought me tulips and roses while we were dating, but then marriage came and he decided I didn't like flowers any more," she said. "It's a running joke, but I still haven't seen another flower! I'll keep my fingers crossed, though."

Greatest of all time? Mr. B always has bowed to the incredible mathematical/business mind of Patti Steelman (right). And now that she has been promoted to EVP and Chief Financial Officer of the Chamber, he will find new and hopefully increasingly effective ways to slobber about her greatness. And then, perhaps, a raise above his 39-cents pay could be in Mr. B's future. Dearest Patti has been VP and Controller for about 18 years. She brilliantly oversees the Chamber Foundation and several wildly, incredibly successful SPACs created by the business community to support specific ballot measures.

Aces all around: Tina Gibson of Ace Tire on 1st Street near downtown Fort Worth was describing the business's location. From the gallery, behind the ropes, Michael Wheaton of Wortham Insurance said, "Just tell them you're a real bad slice from Topgolf."

On success: "I continue to fail forward."  

-- Jason Duling,
Johnson Controls
Golf lessons: Cindy Tonniges' teen won a week of camp at The First Tee of Fort Worth in a recent drawing. Little did we know he has much to live up to. Cyndy, who does a bit of everything at TriQuest Technologies, was on her 7th-grade golf team. "My skills reflect the 7th-grade level." More impressive, his grandmother is a scratch golfer, shooting 70s in her 70s.

Beer, here!
So long, farewell to Marvin Branch, community marketing manager for thousands of bottles of beers on the wall during 28 years with Coors and then Andrews Distributing. He is retiring and headed south to Port Aransas to be near his daughter, son-in-law and grandson. "I will always be the Fort Worth guy in another city."

My Pop's bigger than your Pop: Two years ago, Carolyn Phillips was searching Craigslist to buy a pop-up cart. Today, the Alchemy Pops owner is about to move into her first retail spot and is a finalist in the Emerging Business category of the Chamber's Small Business of the Year awards, to be announced next Tuesday during the sold-out Mayor's State of the City luncheon.

New laws tax the brain
: Susan Roberts, a Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen, opens her new tax laws presentation with an IRS button that reads: "We're not happy until you're not happy." Among the myriad of a million changes are several on entertainment deductions. In general, employers can't deduct an entertainment expense unless it is entertaining for its own employees. Meals of employees who travel can be deducted at 50 percent, but when its meal and ... golf or bingo or rodeo ... only the meal garners the deduction.

Beach bum: Raegan Bell of Bell Brothers Moving, Storage & Delivery says summer moves to the east coast (read: beach) are her favorites. "I usually agree to go work on those."
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Impact Your Business Workshop, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Central Area City Council Update, Presented by Bank of Texas

Southwest Area Council Coffee, Presented by BaylorScott&White All Saints Medical Center

Vision FW (For participants ages 40 and under)

Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch

Ladies Book Club

Ribbon Cuttings

MiDiCi Pizza
629 Stayton Ave., 76109
10:30 AM

Ideal Dental - West 7th
628 Harold Street, Suite 124, 76107
10:00 AM

Rapid Recovery Center
6301 Oakmont Blvd., 76132
4:30 PM

Medical City Fort Worth
900 8th Avenue, 76102
11:00 AM

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