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May 27, 2020

In partnership with Red Productions, the Fort Worth Chamber highlighted several local business initiatives in the Fort Worth community during the past two months. YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is utilizing its Y Feeds Kids program to address Tarrant County's food insecurity, while Satori Capital is taking steps to protect its employees' physical and emotional well-being. Hear their One Fort Worth stories today.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Is it chicken or is it salad? Meggie and John Schissler had big plans for the March 18 opening of their fifth Chicken Salad Chick , including a year of free chicken salad for the first 100 guests. Well, that didn’t happen and they had to Shelter-in-Place all those chickens for a month or so. Quite a bit of squawking, too. Meggie says the Montgomery Plaza location is open now and the team “has done a great job and is having a grand time” plucking and clucking. The grand opening celebration won’t be until fall and 99 of you can get in line behind Mr. B and still win chicken salad for a year. Mr. B hopes you won’t have to have the same chicken salad all year because he wouldn’t be able to decide between Olivia’s Old South or Fancy Nancy, hold the pecans. For now, Meggie and John have some chicken salad, sides, Koozies and more for one reader.
Fore! A green(s) light to play: Think there’s an appetite for golf? The numbers from Sunday’s Woods-Mickelson-Brady-Manning TV charity match would indicate “through the roof.” It was a perfect preview for the star-studded Charles Schwab Challenge June 8-14 at Colonial Country Club. The first PGA tournament since Shelter-in-Place began in March is a wonderful TV-only showcase for the players, the Colonial, Fort Worth and, of course, Charles Schwab. No fans. A few volunteers. A medical staff. Social distancing … between caddy and player? A lot remains to be answered, which makes it must-watch TV. The Todd Company handles marketing for the tournament and media mogul Britt Todd will be on site. He and Tournament Director Michael Tothe putted over a swag bag of Schwab and Colonial tournament goodies – 2 tournament hats, a pin flag autographed by past champ Kevin Na and a Ryan Palmer Foundation t-shirt -- to comfort you while you watch.
People part of PeopleFund: The Little Art Bus is the first local business to receive a Fort Worth Microloan Relief Program from the partnership of PeopleFund and the City of Fort Worth. The PeopleFund Fort Worth office led by Erika Hersh, Regional Lending Manager DFW, is a non-profit lender and certified community development financial institution that offers capital to existing businesses, new businesses and non-profits. The Microloan terms for Fort Worth businesses affected by COVID-19 are zero payments with zero interest the first six months, interest rates maxed at five percent and terms up to 78 months. The Little Art Bus brings a creative art experience to your front door. And no mess is left behind. COVID-19 made a mess of Nikki Little’s business until PeopleFund and the city stepped in. Erika is feeling generous and arranged for a prize of a $50 gift card from Fort Worth Historical.
Congratulations to the May 20th
Prize Winners:

  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Susan Medina, SKM Strategic Communications
  • Kirsten Woodard, Master Plan Communications
  • Tyler Emler, United Way of Tarrant County
Bet on him: Zach Hall, Associate Professor of Marketing at TCU Neeley School of Business, tells an interesting personal story about his “startup.” At 15, he was pretty much on his own. He was able to pay his bills and his schooling by gambling, eventually becoming a professional poker player.
You just have to hold it: When the Texas Rangers hold a 4-Day ‘Concert in Your Car’ Outside Globe Life Field June 4-7, Michael Barnett of SBL Architecture is left to wonder. Says it’s “kind of like the old drive-in theater days. We can bring our own food and an ice chest full of (?) and then wonder where all the port-a-potties are. Not sure how to social distance in the port-a-potty world.”
Lena on us: Keegan Hand, working from home with two “littles” herownself, says COVID-19 interrupted everyday life, but not Lena Pope’s counseling therapy and trauma treatment for local children, teens and families. The non-profit launched a free Family Helpline for anyone overwhelmed with the stress of caring for children amid school closures and limited social interaction. And Counseling Services pivoted to offer tele-therapy, more than 1,500 virtual counseling sessions so far.
Getting out, being Wild: Pretty good turnouts for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, which re-opened May 11. It averaged more than 300 cars per day with a high of 750 the first Sunday.
Free 30-second videos: Mr. B was leery. He thinks Spectrum alone keeps USPS in business. So when Evan Eastman of Spectrum Business told Mr. B about a FREE 30-second video, there had to be a catch. “No, there are no strings attached,” said Greg Alvarado of Spectrum Reach. Free video info here. “There is a self-service portal,” Greg said, “but I’ve been doing this for years and have them contact me. There’s no cost to use me.”
COVID-19 art:   13 artists   have received $2,000 in the first grants of a $100,000 total from  The New Normal: An Artist’s Take on COVID-19 . The  Fine Line Group  in partnership with Gallery of Dreams and support from the Alice L. Walton Foundation, the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation , and Kit and Charlie Moncrief, give The New Normal: An Artist’s Take on COVID-19 grants to keep artists working. The 13 were selected by a panel of eight from the city’s arts institutions.
“The stores are performing well. I'd call it pent-up demand.”

--David Cox, President & CEO
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
Casting their future: Last week’s Cast Iron Restaurant giveaway brought back memories for Elizabeth Northern, a research analyst at Tarrant County College. “Will (realtor, WNC ) and I stayed at the Omni after our wedding, and we had brunch downstairs at the Cast Iron the next morning. The first person I ever said ‘that’s my husband’ was the omelet guy at the Cast Iron!” They celebrated anniversary No. 6 last Sunday.
Sheltering elsewhere: Julianna Viertel, Director of Sales and Marketing for Aloft Fort Worth Downtown, says “our weekends are seeing a lot of local people wanting to get out of the house.” Ya think?
Pitching in: Hope From Home, a partnership between Michael & Karen Ryan of Four 3rds Creative and the Chamber , is highlighting local non-profit organizations on Facebook and Instagram as they discuss their challenges and ways YOU can help. “With our videos, we’re attempting to help non-profits with awareness,” Michael said. “At the same time, we’ve noticed people expressing a desire to help, but without knowing how. We want to connect these people with the current and future needs of the non-profits in a way that is accessible for everyone.”
Even steer are stir crazy: The steers in the Fort Worth Herd couldn’t figure out social distancing for their twice daily jaunts, so Visit Fort Worth steered them in a different direction. The new Herd Experience is 15 minutes of storytelling featuring the longhorns and demonstrations by the drovers. It’s at the top of each hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays and holidays at the observation deck, east of the Stockyards Livestock Exchange Building. Get the free digital tickets only at the Fort Worth Herd website.
Thoroughly Modern: Modern Family has ended. Modern TV has launched. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's film and video collection will present bi-weekly screenings of videos by leading contemporary artists. Next one is Saturday at 7 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, May 27 (today)
WIN Roundtable
Friday, June 5
Charles Schwab Challenge Preview
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