March 4, 2020
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Last Friday was Mayor Price Is Right's annual State of the City address, where she spoke on health, education, workforce, economic development and transportation. During this event, she honored four businesses with the inaugural Best Place for Working Parents Award, Electro Acoustics walked away with the Grand Forte Award, and the Chamber unveiled its new economic development website, in partnership with the City of Fort Worth , Thrive In Fort Worth.
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Nichols, dimes and great times: "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" is undoubtedly the most famous of Joe Nichols’ songs and Crickets debatably the best album. “Brokenheartsville,” “The Impossible” and “Yeah” are pretty super, too. Fortunately, there won’t be anything to debate April 3 when Nichols, a four-time Grammy nominee , highlights the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth’s sixth Roadhouse concert event. You and a guest, and about 600 friends of the Ronald McDonald House, will hear ALL Joe’s hits during the annual fundraiser at The Reserve at the Fort Worth Zoo. Brad Thompson & The Undulating Band and a special returning guest (was that Garth on Summit last week?) will round out the entertainment. There are great eats and special treats to bid on. Attendance at Roadhouse is only for sponsors, so this pair from the House’s Ryan Barrera is pretty exclusive.
No bullies in mi Casa! Miss Trunchbull(y), the mean headmistress, dislikes children. She patrols the school hallways looking for trouble and has tons of new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. Matilda, on the other hand, is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and charm. She’s a fav of her schoolteacher, the lovable Miss Honey. You can see where this is going, right? If not, Casa Mañana Theatre has 12 shows of Matilda the Musical between March 20 and April 5. Matilda the Musical, by Roald Dahl, won four Tony Awards. Casa’s Lindsey Rushen-ed over four tickets for the opening performance March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Also, you might check out the three performances that have a ticketed add-on -- Tea with Matilda and Miss Honey.
It takes a community…: In Tarrant County, it takes Communities In Schools, 53 schools to be exact, working seamlessly with 11 ISDs to keep 35,000 at-risk kids in school and on the path to graduation/careers. Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County (CIS-GTC) will celebrate the Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation for its generous support and raise funds to assist more students during its annual luncheon April 2 at the Fort Worth Club . Nationally, CIS is the nation’s leading dropout prevention program with social workers in schools impacting 1.2 million students. Community-minded Melissa Edgerly provided a seat for two readers.
Touchdown! Goal! SCORE! Oh, the excitement of a ticket to a big win yourownself. SCORE Fort Worth (the retired execs that mentor) presents its NEXT Women's Business Forum April 1 at the Hurst Conference Center from 8:30-4 p.m. April 1. No foolin’. No jokes, either, as this is serious business education and networking. There are speakers, workshops, vendors and opportunities for connecting with other women (business only!). Extraordinary women will share practical advice and innovative ideas, highlighted by featured speakers Hope Andrade, co-founder and Partner of GO RIO San Antonio River Cruises, and Alicia Rizzo, COO/Racing Femme Fatale at Kraken Motorsports , which won the 2019 Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. B2B Insider Scored when Suzan sent over a one-day ticket.
Congratulations to the February 26th
Prize Winners:

  • Candy Nickelson, Bank of Texas
  • Linley Overbey, Aloft Fort Worth Downtown
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Ethel Steele, Pope, Hardwick
  • Bobby Mays, T&G ID Systems
  • Steve McCune, McCune Companies
More free: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will open and is free Monday, the first day of Spring Break for many ISDs! Kids can party hearty with the special gallery program Spring Break Wonders. Kids and parents can eat hearty in the award winning Café Modern, which also will be open. Kids under 12 get a free hot dog and bag of chips.
Off menu, after hours: Chicken Salad Chick north Texas trainer Evan Williams enjoys mixing the Cranberry Kelly and Jalapeño Holly salads. Five-franchise co-owner Meggie Schissler, on the way to eight locations, says she likes her chicken salad with banana peppers and Sriracha. Meggie and John Schissler’s fifth Chicken Salad Chick will open soon at Montgomery Plaza .
Distinguished company: When she becomes President of Downtown Rotary next year, banker Courtney Lewis of CIT will be only the fifth female leader in 107 years. The Fort Worth Rotary began Feb. 25, 1913.
Who woulda thunk it? Mr. B might outlast Chamber Boss Miserly Mistress, who is retiring April 7 after 30 years. Retiring on a Tuesday. She couldn’t even stick around for that Wednesday’s B2B Insider newsletter. In 15 years, Mr. B has had 3,185 prizes for readers. There were more, but Miserly absconded with 315. He has written 9,820 blurbs about Chamber members. She has hacked and slashed the humor, lies and exaggerations from 7,168 of them. 
Top boss: Mr. B’s about-to-B new Boss, Sammie the Slasher, can’t wait to ascend to the throne; she already is bugging B for a nomination herownself for the Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award. The Chamber award remembers and recognizes its 2013-14 Chairman of the Board; she passed away because of colon cancer in December 2014. Halsey was an attorney / Managing Partner with Jackson Walker . The award is for presidents, principals, GMs or CEOs who strengthen and transform the organization they lead with vision, innovation and inspiration. Last year’s honoree was Dr. Michael Williams at HSC. Deadline for the nominee form and one supporting letter ( psst : new secret letter is S for Slasher) is March 13.
State of the city: From Mayor’s Price Is Right’s tablet:
  • Announced the arrival of Linear Labs, which is moving its headquarters and advanced manufacturing plant from Mexico to Fort Worth. Linear Labs is a TechFW graduate.
  • The Mayor introduced, a website with stories and data about how aggressive and focused Fort Worth is to strategically pursue economic development to reach the business goals of the city and Chamber’s economic development plans. Produced by Pavlov, the website is a collaborative partnership between the Fort Worth’s Economic Development Department and the Chamber.
  • The city has purchased 50 acres known as Broadcast Hill, the former home of NBC-5. It will combine combined with the existing 160-acre Tandy Hills Nature Preserve.
“If you bring manufacturing to the U.S., pocketbooks are wide open.”

--Brad Hunstable, CEO
TechFW client Linear Labs
Under water, but not broke: Ashley Lemke, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington , is a leader in underwater archaeology, which does deep dives to examine artifacts, structures and remains of the human past. Last year, she studied ancient submerged settlements beneath the Great Lakes and was in North Carolina to look for evidence of prehistoric peoples in the Atlantic. The Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology (ACUA) recently elected her chair.
Dancing Queen: Easton Corbin undoubtedly will perform “Roll With It” Friday night at the Community Storehouse gala. Tarrant County housing titan Maggie Jones says her father taught her to dance in the living room to Steve Winwood's “Roll With It.” “YES! I’m pretty terrible at it,” she wrote. “I blame (husband) Chris for that since I only get one dance out of him a year at special occasions. Most of our friends are married or happily single and I don’t see many more weddings in the future until our kids get married ... (but) I married well.”
Always bored: Vianei Braun, a Labor & Employment attorney with  Decker Jones, agreed to Chair the  Fort Worth Library Foundation  Board before she knew she would be invited to join the  First Financial Bank  board.  "When it rains, it pours," she said, adding she was thrilled to serve. "Fortunately, I have great partners at Decker Jones and the most supportive husband ever!"
Related to Greased? Josh Lankford, veep of Lankford Media, which helped produce the Chamber’s Forte Awards, describes his forte as “bottled lightning.”
Welcome back: July 1, Alexis Stern is coming home. Almost, sort of...The Richardson native, UT-Austin (and Harvard) educated, Stern will become the leader of the Bass Upper School at Fort Worth Country Day . Twenty six colleagues each contributed one word to describe her as a "student-centered, relational leader and systems thinker who fosters relationships with students and parents, fellow administrators, teachers and alumni to create inspiring and supportive learning environments.” 
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