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Last Tuesday, 29 members of the Chamber's Women Influencing Business group chartered a coach and spent the afternoon networking with fellow women executives and touring three local women-owned businesses. The tour began at Los Vaqueros Restaurant and visited Renfro Foods, Williams RDM and Harris Packaging.

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Mums the word: Last Mother's Day, Mr. B ordered from a ".com" to have flowers delivered to his mother. Turned out to be as the flowers were delivered on Monday, the day after.  Which was the same day Mr. B was out of the will for being a no-call/no-show. offered a 20 percent discount on the next order, as if. B told the story to Courtney McCaleb, the flower child at Gordon Boswell Flowers. She said Mr. B could order from Boswell and have a better customer experience. You, too, may score some points with this large Boswell presentation of a variety of premium fresh garden flowers for your mom.


Plane-spoken: Many of us hold our Mommie Dearests in sky-high regard. They soar in our minds. And why not pay them back with a flight theirownselves. Rich Aviation Services can do that with its Discovery Flights ($99). Up to three people can join a pilot for a 15-minute, pre-flight briefing, a 30-minute flight and a 15-minute debriefing. Next Wednesday at its Meacham International Airport headquarters, Rich Aviation is hosting a free lunch & learn / open house to discuss its equipment and pilot license training. Included are a few limited Discovery Flights. Win this giveaway for mom and she can get Rich, or don't win and go without mom for free next week. 


Box up this gift: For this giveaway, Mr. B was doing research at Lingerie & Love, a Wiki of sorts for inquiring minds, trying to get the answer all children ask, "Should you buy lingerie for Mom? Or is that a little too weird?" Thankfully, Marcelle LeBlanc at The Velvet Box has the answer. You won't have to buy for mom if you win one of these two $50 gift cards to any of her three The Velvet Box stores. You'll get it for free. With velvety grace, Marcelle's stores feature lingerie and toys, books and lotions, and (continuing?) education classes monthly. It's never too late to go back to school ... and in style.      

Momumental help:
Some of you (us) have mothers that are a bit aged and you (we) are SICK AND TIRED of having to schlep them here and there, pick up groceries "on your way over" and maybe straighten up a bit in here...and there...and over there. Yikes! Is there no help for the weary? Well, there is. Highly-rated Synergy Home Care has background-checked employees that go to homes and do all sorts of non-medical services, even if it's just companionship.  Or its peeps can take go-go-granny out for a trip to the store, a doctor's appointment or even to the park for a little bocce ball. Dave Laurenzo, Mr. Synergy Home Care for FW/D, has a gift of four hours of personal services and transport up to 25 miles.

Campy present: Some moms' angst is not with the aged, but the un-aged. Kids. As Robert Preston once sang, "What's the matter with kids today? Why, it's Playstation! With a capital P that rhymes with T, that stands for Trouble. Right here in Fort Worth." The Music Man hisownself might be a bit old school, but Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro is the new-age way to get your kids away from the video/phone/laptop screens and playing outside. El Tesoro covers 223 acres in Granbury and is open to boys and girls age 6-16. Getting the kid out of the house/your hair for a week is a great gift ... and even better for your child or grandchild. The winner will receive a six-day session at Camp El Tesoro overnight camp during summer 2015. (Tiny type disclaimer: Session options based on availability and exclude equestrian camp.)  You can learn more about Camp El Tesoro at a free preview for the whole family Saturday from 9-1.

Lotion is the potion: Nothing says a happy mother more than a locked door, a tub filled with steamy hot water and sudsy bubbles, and most probably a little Jacuzzi jet stream. Galderma doesn't do that, but how about this...a basket of quality Cetaphil and other Galderma skin-friendly products, including intensive moisturizing creams and lotions and a Restoraderm body lotion, as a gift for your favorite mom. Doesn't even have to be your own. When she gets out of the tub and can get a Galderma after-wash moisturizer and glow, you'll be glowing in her eyes. The gift basket contains 13 Galderma products courtesy of Donna Baird.  



Congratulations to April 22 Prize Winners:

  • Kim McIntire, AM Design
  • Sean Evans, Merrill Lynch
  • Kathy Young, Credit Card Guy
  • Lisa Purselley, Alexander Chandler Realty

Winners will be announced weekly 


I voted ... did I win? Who knew Chamber Big Boss Bill (BBB) was such a get-out-the-vote guy. Mr. B (only one B) already has received emails, newsletters and text messages about the importance of voting. And with all of this attention on agua races, you'd never know there are city council races, too. Early voting started Monday and BBB was first in line and won a toaster.  You should vote May 9 or early (through May 4).  If you do and you post a selfie of you voting or your "I Voted" sticker here (on our Facebook Wall #IVoted), BBB will have a drawing and give one voter a complimentary night's stay in a king suite at the Homewood Suites Fort Worth/Medical Center, courtesy of Mary Ryglewicz.  B2B voted Homewood a very suite place to stay, especially with the free breakfast buffet.       

Name game: Knew Chamber member Tim Knote of Print Pointe is very knice. It's ok to knot pronounce the 'k.'


Cover boy: December TCU grad Tanner Agar started The Chef Shelf while in school and is part of the Frog Alley entrepreneurs at TECH Fort Worth. The Chef Shelf is an online site that sells products from restaurant chefs. Tanner is the cover image (as a model) of the most recent edition of Entrepreneur magazine. He was selected because of a chapter he had written in a book on entrepreneurism. "Having 620,000 copies of your picture out there is a little daunting," he said.


UberCHOPPER: Epic Helicopters had a package deal with the car service. Take a car to Meacham or Love airport, ride a helicopter to AT&T Stadium for the Academy of Country Music Awards and be driven home. The limited offer sold out in 45 minutes ... at $400 a person. 


Betty oops: The Chamber's Betty Harvey produces, manages and emcees the monthly Job Links EXCELerator, where business folk talk with other business folk about job openings, recruiting, employment, folklore, folk songs, etc. Last month, Betty asked presenter Melissa Bustillos "if there were one L or two in her name?" Melissa said, "Which name?" Lots of laughs. Said Betty: I'm not funny on purpose. By accident, I'm awesome."  Get your share of yuks May 6 at the next EXCELerator. 

"Always make your boss look good."
                                                -- Career advice from Mr. B ... er, Richard Casarez
VP for FW Customer Operations at Oncor Electric Delivery
Just warming up: Chris Fuller, our resident traveling man (250+ days last year) as owner of Influence Leadership, is thankful to be home a few days after having been in India with a side trip to Nepal and the Mount Everest Base Camp just 10 days before the earthquake.

Purple reign: Ron Parker was joking (?) when he said TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini had issued an edict that everyone on campus had to wear purple. Parker, the CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, had on a purple tie and electric purple socks while speaking during the Neeley School of Business Executive Speaker Series. A long-time HR executive, Parker said:
  • Culture always will trump strategy.
  •  Diversity is about innovation and disruption.
  • A leader has to balance business, emotional and cultural IQ.
Brick 'tiles': Acme Brick celebrated 124 years in biz this month with a brick "topple" at the Water Gardens. You're probably more familiar with a dominoes topple, as is master toppler Domino Dan Beckerleg. He came on down from Poughkeepsie, N.Y for two days to put together a 4,300-Acme brick design. It toppled in about four minutes.

Lifetime achievement award: Donnie Sherwood of Integra Realty Resources tonight will receive the National Eagle Scout Association's Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, the highest recognition granted by a local council. NESA says honorees have "devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families."

Kudos 2: Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier is one of the Top 100 2015 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, according to Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business and Texas Society of Human Resource Managers. The process for recognition consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices and demographics, and an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

Once upon a wish: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables received directions to a ribbon cutting next Wednesday and it read, "If you get to Whataburger, you've gone too far." What!!!! If you're a Texan, seems as if you've gone just perfect. "I'll have the chop house cheddar burger with extra grilled onions." Oh, sorry. Back to the script. The Adorables will be bringing big wishes to a Wish With Wings in its new building at 3751 West Freeway. The day before at 3:45, they get a first-class edukation at Fort Worth Montessori School, 6901 Granbury Road. Photos from many Chamber events can be seen here.

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