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Here they are! Say congrats to our Small Business of the Year Award recipients, and learn about the secret sauce the judges loved about each winner at next Tuesday's Impact Your Business breakfast. L to R: Jimmy Campbell, NORTHSTAR BANK OF TEXAS; Bob Pence, Freese and Nichols; Jeff Rutten and Curt Skallerup, Altitude Trampoline Park; Allisen Prigel, Broadie's Aircraft; Mayor Betsy Price; John Ashour, InterConnect Wiring, L.L.P.; and Greg and Lisa Cobb, Precise Energy Products, Inc.

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Oh my, suite surrender: For 50 years, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau has been promoting Fort Worth and bringing tourists to town. The money tourists spend keeps down the money residents have to spend. To promote tourism properly, CVB employees would have to personally experience a wide variety of restaurants and hotels, the Stockyards, the Cultural District, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Colonial, Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, Texas Rangers and of, course, Texas Motor Speedway. Jessica (she's not) Dowdy will fuel your NASCAR equilibrium with this as-good-as-pit-row deal - two spots in the CVB suite April 11 for Saturday's events, including the Duck Commander 500 championship series race.


He Has Made It Home: Billy Bob's Texas will be hopping Thursday March 26 as part of the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival ... and a little ol' concert from Wade (Guns Up) Bowen. While others might be chowing down, you'll be Red Dirt-ing it with the finest in Texas Country Music. Amy McGehee managed to grab two sets of two general admission Pit tickets. Let others eat; you've got the real beat. 


Pent-up: Mr. B doesn't want to say that Son NoBGood hung out with the wrong Hunterwood street crowd growing up -- today, he steals as a financial planner, one friend is a bodybuilder, another something to do with prisons -- but he didn't hang out with Scott Hoying. Those of you paying attention to Arlington, Texas know Hoying as co-founder of Pentatonix. Those of you paying attention to Pentatonix know it's the hottest ticket coming to Verizon Theater. Those of you paying attention to B2B Insider know that sponsor has a suite there. Those of you paying attention to this a cappella script will thank Mr. Austin and Norma Olmos for two seats in the suite and a VIP parking pass for the March 29 performance. 
Roach quips: Last year, the city of Fort Worth introduced IDEA Works FW, which assists emerging businesses in entrepreneurial development and job creation, and supports innovation-driven operations. This month, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 24, IDEA Works and Pinnacle Bank introduce the Great Ideas speaker series for entrepreneurs. John Roach, legendary CEO of Tandy Corporation, later RadioShack, is the first guest, interviewed by Fort Worth Business Press editor Robert Francis. Roach will discuss ideas that worked and ideas that needed more work. Hayden Blackburn, Director at IDEA Works FW, has a seat for two people.


Congratulations to March 11 Prize Winners:

  • Dalisa McAnally, Comerica Bank
  • Meagan Defreeuw, Fort Worth Club
  • April Sawey, BRIT
  • Mishelle Lancaster, Buzz Fence
  • Lila Boydston, FWISD
  • Jason Whitlock, Merrill Lynch
  • Rose Marie Gomez, Range Resources
  • Evan Eastman, Spectrum Business (Charter)
  • Marilyn Sammons, Lena Pope Home
  • Debra Smith, Pulliam Pools
  • Luke Boughfman, Principal Financial Group

Winners will be announced weekly 

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Another Roach quip: Jim Roach, the Executive Director of the Tandy Center for Executive Leadership, Neeley School of Business at TCU, is not related to former Tandy CEO John Roach "but maybe I should ride his coattails."

They've seen the light: New Chamber member Modern Lantern is VERY modern. Its lamps have no cord. Lights are powered by a special battery and the lamps are portable...take them around the house or outdoors (to the pool? to the garage?) with you.

If he had real Influence...: Chris Fuller had a pretty "typical" 2014. The interesting, talented and engaging Influence Leadership speaker and motivator completed 149 airline flights and 208,000 miles within six countries. Robin, his wife and scheduler, can only dream about him having more work closer to home.

Great line: Jef Drummond, owner of Commodity Recycling Solutions, has a patent pending on recyclable plastics that are bio-degradable. Says Jef: "I love to talk trash." 

Unsolved mystery: Someone opened a Window at IT consulting group Alexander Open Systems (AOS) and out popped this employee and his 20-second elevator speech  ... "Hi I'm Robert Stack, dead movie star, back from the after-life." You may remember Stack from The Untouchables or ...Airplane? Guy's name really is Robert Stack.  


Kid friendly: Defender Outdoors, an incredible retail store with a shooting range on the way, sells family memberships. Mr. B would have joined, but the temptation would be too strong to use replicas of daughter MisBehavin' and Son NoBGood as targets. #BadB! 


Film flashes: Tomorrow night, Red Productions sneak peeks its latest full-length movie, but Red Sanders can't discuss it until approval from the distributor. Last Friday, a short film called Melville that Red Productions shot in Fort Worth, made its world premiere at South-by-Southwest. The mini is a powerful narrative about a young rapper dealing with cancer. "Our goal is to use the short as a proof of concept for a TV series that will be based in Fort Worth," Red said.

Should have kept Nehru jacket, too: Mr. B was at a fashion tutorial last week for men who only wear jeans. Poor target marketing. Anyways, he learned suspenders and double breasted coats are coming back. And cumberbunds are worn pleats up to catch crumbs. Would it be improper for B to ask the YWCA Resale Shop for his double breasted coat and tuxedo back? 

"HGTV and DYI give people a lot of false confidence."
                                                -- Brett Jeffreys, Handyman Matters
on rescuing do-it-yourselfers
Rover on over to this bank: Liesl Manone subscribes to the do-one-thing-and-do-it-right philosophy. Her Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank collects pet food and re-distributes it to private homes. Nothing more, definitely nothing less. Since 2008, it has collected enough for two million meals, including one ton of food from the dogged engineers at Baird Hampton Brown.

Whole lotta sharin' goin' on: The smoke-free Fox & Hound on Bryant Irvin has a smokin' hot deal. Ask Jessie Cole for $50 of free appetizers. Only caveat (caviar?) is you have to bring nine other people.

Frozen is hot! Pop goes the ... watermelon, peach and other flavors this spring. The frozen treats are an avocation of Carolyn Phillips, Donor Engagement Manager of the United Way of Tarrant County. Her pops are made from scratch with farm-fresh local ingredients and include gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options in a variety of flavors, including watermelon + basil, roasted peach + thyme and cantaloupe + mint.

Build it and they will come 1: Julie Wilkins, Wilco Realtors, didn't waste any time seeing the residential and commercial opportunities with Walsh Ranch. "It has a development liaison in Dallas," Julie said, "but we're the first (realtors) on the grounds."

Build it and they will come 2: Connie Blake, long-time queen sheet of furniture in Fort Worth, is off on a new venture and is a new Chamber member. Generational Designs are living spaces for adults ready to downsize, who want to own a home but have no desire to operate one, want large kitchens, storage and lower HOA dues. Ah, who doesn't?

No expiration date: Don Helm of Southwest Professional Associates has been a Chamber member for ... well, forever. He has a lifetime membership, too, but the Chamber isn't sure if it's for his lifetime or its lifetime.

Murphy's Law: This is the perfect event for Am-Bass-Adorables and ribbon cutters everywhere. Murphy Express #8729 -- is that a twitter account or the number of Murphys nationwide? -- is partying at 2 p.m. Friday. Who would go back to work when you can gas up and get away for the weekend?

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