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The Chamber hosted its first Chamber Engagement Insight event of the year Jan. 31. The purpose of the event is to teach new representatives (and offer a refresher course to current representatives) how to make the most of their chamber membership. Pictured (L to R) at the event are  Art Pena, First National Bank of Texas ; Maureen Maidlow, OverRidge Wealth Advisors and Jim Austin, Austin Company Commercial Real Esta te. 
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So addictive, it should be a Fixture:   Three weeks ago, Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge had an off-menu, life-changing addition. Jesika and Chef Ben Merritt welcomed Katherine Reece Merritt to Fort Worth and the world. Fixture itsownself is a welcome breath of fresh food ideas and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Mr. B knows because he watches happy faces and stomachs from the window. If he ever makes it inside, he's going for the shrimp -- the  shrimp BLT for lunch or the shrimp and grits for dinner.  For starters, though, Mr. B pines for the peanut butter cheesecake.  Ben sent over half a Ben Franklin ($50) gift card for your own starter. 
Definitely Reid this: Melanie Brook is a little bit songbird, a little bit actor and a little bit comedian. All at the same time. It's hard to say where her performance might go, but easy to predict it will be a rollercoaster of laughs and entertainment. She is the Valentine's showcase act at the Reid Cabaret Theatre at Casa Mañana Feb. 13-16 and odds are you will fall in love with her quirkiness. Casa describes her show as "part concert, part variety show, part sing-a-long and heart-to-heart, Melanie sings hits from the golden age of Broadway to the golden age of Ariana Grande in hopes of discovering who the heck she is." Casa's Lindsey Rushen-ed over a pair of tickets to the Feb. 13 opening night show. 
City sweets: Mr. B once interviewed Mayor Price Is Right before a crowd of 60. He wore a bicycle helmet during the interview. He asked serious questions about her grandkids and the after-school ice cream runs she shares with them. He asked her to pick a favorite bodyguard though there were two in the room listening. All that prelude to say Mr. B is QUITE surprised she chose Jason Whitely, a Senior Reporter for WFAA, to interview her during the Chamber-produced State of the City luncheon Feb. 19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Being a real reporter, Jason most likely will ask about the city's strategic plan, the greatness of Alliance, TEXRail, DFW Airport and the Cultural District, her Global Mayor nomination, and Race and Culture Task Force recommendations. Mr. B will be there, banished to the back row to sulk. If you would like to join him, Lydia (door #3) Hall gave him four seats to give away.
92.1 reasons to enter: Jamie Heffernan, a superstar account rep for 95.9 The Ranch - 92.1 KTFW asked Mr. B about some early Valentine's dinner, dancin' and romancin' Feb. 9th. The Prospective Ms. B was quick to answer that Mr. B already was tied up this Saturday night (but not literally). As it turned out, Jamie was asking if Mr. B wanted to do a B2B Insider giveaway of two tickets because HANK FM 92.1 is throwing the biggest Valentine's party in North Texas. There's gourmet food from Ketzler's and the best pure country music around, all from 7-11 p.m. at the Lake Granbury Conference Center. Jamie says there will be an on-air personality or special guest in attendance, someone even more super than herownself.

Congratulations to the January 30th
Prize Winners:
  • Jason Scoggins, Alpha Industries
  • Shaina Dempski, Topgolf
  • Nathan Davis, Aspen Wealth Management
  • Angela Sweet, Silverstone Retirement Community  
  • Michelle Jones, Oncor

The President is stepping down: A Tarrant County College Board of Trustee since 1988, Louise Appleman, the reigning President, is stepping aside. There may be younger blood out there, but not a more active mind.
three_small_dogs_running.jpg Puppy Love : Jennifer Smith will have a kissing booth fundraiser with a bunch of mutts at Clearfork this Saturday. No, you don't kiss Jennifer, the development director at The Humane Society of North Texas. You kiss puppies...awwww...and maybe make an adoption.

Fortified: The 4-Eleven, site of the Forte Awards, is illustrative of the work small business winner 6th Ave Homes produces. "This was an abandoned warehouse and to see you here tonight is amazing," said 6th Ave co-founder Jamey Ice. "People in this room who love Fort Worth, ya'll are making our city great and we're proud to be a part of it."  Debbie Fulwiler, President of Elements of Architecture , entered (and won) a Forte Award because she senses a renewed business energy brought about by the Chamber's strategic plan, Fortify. "The energy has given us new life to what we're doing," she said. "To be a part of this is incredible." 
Working it #1:  Runner Elizabeth Northern, who should be hired if you have long-distance delivery needs, has qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, her second attempt to make the team. Between now and next February, the Tarrant County College researcher will fit in one marathon "or a 50k race." One big difference this time around: "I have never been more exhausted in my life," she said. "These kiddos -- albeit the best things that have ever happened to me, outside of marrying Will -- strained and tested my physical/mental/emotional strength in ways I had never experienced leading up to the 2016 trials."
Working it #2: Dave O'Lenick, an award-winning Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable and Senior Sales Manager with Sheraton Fort Worth, wrote about the recent OrangeTheory giveaway. "The three things I accomplished when I went there were: (1) Did not need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; (2) The ambulance did not have to be called; and (3) I left without incident and was sore only for two days. It is a fantastic experience, so check it out."
"Art is wonderful for introverts until you have to talk to people to try and sell your work."

--artist Jan Riggins, General Manager
Express Employment Professionals

  This business does have nap time Forte Award finalist Carolyn Phillips of Alchemy Pops  had her first child, a girl, in November. She said she is thankful "for the flexibility her entrepreneurial career allows her." She said the Chamber's Forte judges had to sit through a feeding while interviewing her.

Who wants to go shopping? There's a new favorite B, Benita Falls Harper, the Interim Executive Director of the Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund. Mr. B asked her to finagle him a loan. "Always happy to help out Mr. B," she replied.

The man worth knowing: Ryker Thompson works for TCU's department of Student Development. His name tag at a recent Chamber event read: Ryker Thompson, friend of Carlo Capua ( Z's Café, Locavore).

What's behind those cuffed pants legs? Signature Cuffs, removable French cuffs for women, is branching out again with an expansion to its men's line. Cynthia Sadler says due later this year are men's fashion dress socks.

Secrets of success: Tammera Hollerich, owner of Affairs Afloat, is a three-time runner-up in the Chamber's Small Business of the Year competitions...2015, 2018 and 2019. In 2018, her second company, Health Lifestyle Secrets, also was a runner-up. Tammera is writing a book for women in leadership positions. "I started businesses when women weren't in business," she said. "I think I bring a lot to the table for young women entrepreneurs."

Kudos, perfect Harmony: It was just an email but Erin Wolfe, Director of Development and Communication, was bursting from the screen with excitement. The Harmony School of Innovation Fort Worth is a "School of Character," recognized by It is one of 15 schools in Texas and one of just two high schools.

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