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Sixteen of Vision FW's young professionals (YPs) took a trip to the state Capitol April 8 during the 84th Legislative Session to become more involved with their representatives. The group was recognized on the Senate Floor by Senator Jane Nelson (R-Fort Worth) and Senator Kelly Hancock (R-Fort Worth). They were able to watch a heated debate from the Senate Gallery and met with Political Analyst and Editor of The Quorum Report Scott Braddock. YPs met with Representative Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) for a photo op on the steps of the north entrance. After a tour of the Capitol building, the group met with Representatives Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) and Ramon Romero (D-Fort Worth). 

View pictures from the event here.


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Shake shack: "To be, or not to be..." Mr. Be can tell you it's (be)tter to be than not to be with these two tickets to the May 10 final performance of Hamlet during the Fort Worth Opera Festival. Perhaps Shakespeare's greatest phrase -- the other 30 or so lines that followed didn't seem to grab hold with equal ferocity -- is the opener to a soliloquy from Prince Hamlet, who is contemplating suicide. He bemoans the agonies of life but asks how the alternative possibly could be better. Any way you sing it, as the Opera rockers will do, it's a classic and thanks to Chris and Sheran at the FW Opera, you might not have to miss it. Chris Robinson baritoned over two tickets to the 2 p.m. performance May 10.

 

Shot class: Your family really is likely to live "Where the West Begins" and no place better to be edukated about gunslingers than Defender Outdoors Shooting Center. It opens guns a blazin' this summer and should be among the finest facilities in north Texas. Quick draw Jerah Hutchins hit a bullseye with this Gold Level family membership to Defender. It covers up to six people for no range fees, invites to events, complimentary WiFi and more. If you're not shooting, you can shoot the breeze in the retail area. 

 

Fashion police: Mr. B has been known to shop Goodwill, regularly looking for his golf clubs that he has thrown into water hazards, and golf attire. For $1.75, he found a pair of purple and yellow checked golf pants, which must have belonged to LSU love Patricia Cole at Decker Jones or Jake Richter of Edward Jones. Fashionistas do very well at Goodwill, and to prove it, 10 will compete in "Project Goodwill," a fashion competition in the style of "Project Runway." Local fashion design folks were given $100 to spend at any Goodwill Fort Worth store. Thursday, April 30, models will strut the designs during a seated dinner, luxury silent auction and a wine raffle at TCU. A reader will win two tickets to Project Goodwill and after you digest the food, drink and top designs, you'll also have $100 to spend at a Goodwill Fort Worth store.     


Alice & Arabesque: The Texas Boys Choir
had a Wonderland annual gala last month, with lots of costumes and dancing and money raising. Those costumes will come in handy May 1-2 when Alice in Wonderland is performed as the spring ballet. The story of curiosity, exploration and excitement is told by dancers from the school's Academy Dance Company, Dance Company II and Jr. Dance Company. Laura (yes, I'm related) Kinkade pirouetted a pair of tickets to either performance. 

 

 

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A tale of two people, one name: Greg Kalina, general manager at Del Frisco's, was on a panel recently to discuss customer service. Each attendee made an introduction, including another Greg Kalina, a retired restaurateur (steakhouse), who now gives free business advice as a volunteer for SCORE

Pivot points: Broadie's Aircraft, a Chamber Small Business of the Year award winner, re-booted its business in 2012 with a new building, new vision, new mission and new emphasis on culture. Vice President Allisen Pringel highlighted the changes within the family-owned business during a recent Impact Your Business breakfast.
  • The work environment is laid-back, employees are not micro-managed; employees are empowered and they are engaged because people like their jobs.
  • There is an intensive hiring procedure and training, training and more training.
  • Each month there is a small, in-house social event and there are frequent larger outside-the-office events to build chemistry.
  • Realizing it had aircraft in for repairs for months at a time, it increased its product offerings by adding interior refurbishing.
Speak of what you knoweth: It was difficult to do business development and marketing work for Rich Aviation Services and not have the urge to fly. So Paige Oliver is taking pilot lessons and her aptitude, attitude and altitude are soaring. Curious about flying and worried about the cost? RAS offers a discovery flight that seats three with a pilot for $99.

 

Meow moment: The Exploding Kittens card game, one of the more successful Kickstarter-funded projects in history with more than 217,000 backers, had a YouTube video contest. The video submitted by J.O., a local creative group, received the most likes and won the competition. Last Friday, J.O. hosted a party to premiere the exclusive card game, which is about the exploding feral cat problem.

Sticker shock: Angela Pitts of Replacement Roofing knows shingles. She doesn't know stickers and she's frustrated and flabbergasted by the infestation of thorns covering her three acres. Darrell Samuelson of Glennscape Landscaping stuck her further by saying it's a bit late for a pre-emergent.

But who's counting? The Fort Worth Business Exchange, a Chamber Leads Group that meets Wednesday at noon, has a $20 annual dues charge. So Mr. B was curious when BBVA banker Bill Kresser announced dues receipts at $575. Mr. B drilled further and got a huge laugh from the members. It seems Tamara Drilling of ZZZ Chair was short of cash one day and remains on a payment plan.  


"We do extensive background checks...we are the police department, you know."
                                                -- Patty Revis
Fort Worth PD recruiter
 
Born yesterday: Rita Hale, diva of development for Synergy Home Care, mentioned she was looking for Certified Nursing Assistants. "We do a check; we make sure they don't have a background."

Seeing the light: When Better Homes & Garden calls, you don't ask questions. Modern Lantern sent three of its cordless lamps to the magazine for possible inclusion in the July issue. "That's all we know," co-owner Carrie Fitzwater said. "It's free PR. They're even sending our lamps back."

Will they still be smiling? By week's end, Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables could be dragging. Membership maven Teresa Pearson has them scurrying about to ribbon cuttings Thursday, Friday and Tuesday. It's like a ... a ... job? Tomorrow, at 3:45, it is a visit to Skinique Med Spa & Wellness, 3160 N. Tarrant Parkway. Friday at 4:15, maybe some meditative time at Counseling By Penny Haight, 4545 Bellaire Dr. S. Next week, at 11:45 Tuesday, they're off to Pence and Panache Bridal Boutique, 113 NE Johnson Ave. in Burleson. Photos from ribbon cuttings and most Chamber events can be seen here.

Classy gesture: Studios 121 celebrated its four Telly Awards for commercials and online video last night by presenting mini-Tellys to the four companies for which it did the work.

Follow this: Stress balls are available in the shape of hashtags, which is ironic because of all the stress caused by irresponsible twits who tweet. Another cool promotional item, courtesy of Pepper at Pepper L Specialties, is a credit card holder that attaches to your mobile phone. It also folds open to act as a stand for your phone.

Wine styling: It isn't too late if you want to be among the 50 other Chamberites in Tuscany this fall. Just carafe out about $3k and be (mostly) wined and dined in sumptuous Montecatini, centrally located to access all that is Tuscany. There will be wine tastings, dining with wine, cooking classes with wine and a visit to the Mediterranean Coast, followed by wine. Wine don't you check out the Oct. 28-Nov. 5 trip here. April 24th is the early bird deadline.
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