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#WeVoted: Chamber staff sported their voting stickers this week and so can you. Election Day is May 9! If you vote and post a selfie and  your "I Voted" sticker here (on our Facebook Wall, #IVoted), Mr. B 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. 
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Try Thai: Hopefully, it will be construed as judicious rather than repetitious to fawn over the food at Thailicious. The ambitious menu at the Lumsum Corporation restaurant at I-30 and Hulen is auspicious because it's nutritious ... and very delicious. This $50 gift card is not fictitious and if you've never won, don't be superstitious and not enter for this Asian delight. $50 easily buys two dinners or four lunches.

 

It takes a village: Way, way back in the 20th century, Mr. B had a chance to win the first-grade spelling bee, but he was spilt to second place when he misspelled mlik, the white stuff people drink. It was a seriously traumatic defeat. He could have used something such as the Child Study Center, a nonprofit that allows children to reach their full potential, regardless of their ability to pay. To do that work, the Child Study Center needs to raise funds and its big fundraiser is May 14 within Sundance Square Plaza. The Party on the Plaza is one of the most anticipated of the year with food and drink and fun, fun, fun and Kim Dyer satiated our dire need for two tickets. 

 

Planting this thought: Looking for something green and flowery because of all those April showers? Saturday May 16 is the fourth BRIT Prairie Day at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Thanks to presenter Jetta Operating Company, the BRITsters will be very showy from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities include guided prairie walks, composting, children's crafts, solar oven cooking, face painting and balloon twisters. Children will also learn how to build bug houses and paint using leaves. You can go for free, but only can win this one-year BRIT membership in B2B Insider.     


A Byrd in hand is worth...:
Tracy Byrd is no stranger to No. 1 hits, notably Ten Rounds With Josť Cuervo and Holdin' Heaven. And the Beaumont belter is no stranger to charitable work, contributing time and dollars to several worthy causes. He'll be in his comfort zone May 15, the featured performer at the Northwest Heritage Gala for the Northwest (ISD) Education Foundation. This pair of tickets to the evening at River Ranch includes beer, brisket and boot-scootin'.

TECHnically speaking: What if you could wear protective gloves and still have remote access and control of Bluetooth devices and GoPro products? What if you could play irons and wedges with the distance you want and the precision, accuracy and playability that Ben Hogan demanded? What if you were old and could read without reading glasses? The types of innovations that could change the world are part of what is occurring daily at TECH Fort Worth, which will showcase an assortment of its clients' work May 13 during the IMPACT luncheon. There's a showcase at 10 a.m. at TCU followed by a lunch at 11:30. Speaker is Al Guillem, a TECH Fort Worth graduate that IPO'd at more than $100 million and now is valued at $1 billion. The Tekkies iClouded tickets for two readers.

Semi-Tough ticket: This should be quite the "education" luncheon for the Cultural District Alliance with a Dead Solid Perfect speaker, Dan Jenkins, who will talk His Ownself about life's mysteries and Unplayable Lies in the golf world. The 38 essays that make up Unplayable Lies are an ode to the game Jenkins loves. The Fort Worth icon, a father, sportswriter, columnist and author, is guaranteed to stick a few irons in the fire just in time for Colonial. His talk, May 14 at 11:30, might only be matched by the food (Clay Pigeon) and drink (host site Times Ten Cellars.) Angela Hall at Vestar/West 7th has a seat for two people. 

 

 

Congratulations to April 29 Prize Winners:

  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Kim Smith, Leaman Container
  • Michael Davis, Go Higher Internet Marketing
  • Patricia Aspan, Spectrum Painting
  • Shaunna Gheen, Riverbend Bank
  • Chuck Bouligny, Ascend Concepts
  • Lynne Swihart, Balcom Agency
     

Winners will be announced weekly 

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HE SAID, SHE SAID, THEY SAIDSoundBytes
Every dollar counted: Allen Spinner of Technology Team, a previous Chamber Small Business of the Year honoree, said when the recession hit in 2008-9, "we had to take that first dollar we ever made off the wall and spend it."
    
Name game: Finally, after six+ years in business, Darrell Samuelson of Glennscape Landscaping has been addressed as Mr. Scape.

It's just business: Fort Worth Texas magazine will start a print and digital business magazine this summer tentatively called FWInc. It has hired dogged Fort Worth Business Press reporter Scott Nishimura as Executive Editor.  

 

A rather large canvas: Pat Aspan of Spectrum Painting is geared to brush back and forth, up and down because TCU students are heading out for summer. It's her only time to get the dorms re-painted for the next pond of Frogs. 

 

Big, big salute: Friday is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Thank you! Thank you!   

 

Mr. President, Mr. President! Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama. That might make some nice references. Ann Compton, a dean of White House reporters, is the speaker for the Chamber's Annual Meeting June. 5. She has reported on seven U.S. Presidential administrations. Get more information here

 

More greatness: The Velvet Box will open in Lewisville -- its fourth location -- mid-to-late summer. 

 

Prince of puns? Hamlet? "Is that a Ham and Egg Omelet?" asks Mike Davis of Go Higher Internet Marketing. Fort Worth Opera's final performance of Hamlet is May 10.   

 

Worthy honor, worthy winner: To honor the memory of Susan Halsey (Jackson Walker attorney and former Chamber chair), The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth named one of its annual awards The Susan A. Halsey Founder's Award. Inaugural winner is Ben Loughry, the former everything at Integra Realty Resources.   


"There is more to franchising than french fries."
                                                --  Sara Waskow, FranNet
 a franchising matchmaker, of sorts
Give him the check: Tina Gibson is the diamond of Ace Tire & Service and a member of the Texas Tornadoes Leads Group. She informed the group that Lupe (Zamora Construction) likely wouldn't be attending this day because "he promised to buy my lunch." Lupe actually showed a bit late, but without his wallet. Forget Tina; he had to get another member to buy his lunch.

Shared family business: The family of Zareen Khan, a founder of Bloom Real Estate, also owns a well-known Camp Bowie spot for boxed lunches. Fortunate Bloom associates got to be taste testers for the new breakfast menu.

 

Staying power: Enjoying way more than her 15 minutes of fame is blogger, humorist, financial writer and actress Dina Gachman of Fort Worth. If you're wondering, she is related to Arnold Gachman of Gamtex Industries. His first cousin is Dina's father.  


Howdy, pardner: If you get a phone call soon from Texas Monthly Custom Publishing, it's not a scam (or about the water elections). The publisher has been hired by the Chamber to produce its 2016 newcomer magazine. The editorial publication is for new Fort Worth residents, businesses and college students and an advertising opportunity for you to reach the newbies.

Ahhhhhh: A relaxing afternoon is on tap for Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables next Tuesday at 3:45 at Hideaway Spa & Salon, 12201 Bella Italia Drive. It's called Hideaway for a reason -- exit Hwy. 377 south, go through Benbrook, past the stables, past Whitestone Golf Club...if you get to Whataburger...Tomorrow, very early at 8:45, the Adorables will be doing the Mexican Hat Dance for bountiful breakfast burritos at Sombrero, 201 W. Rosedale. For photos from many Chamber events, click here.

Timing is everything: At a Chamber Network Mania, Mr. B asked a funeral home director if he had a list of business referrals. "By the time we get them, it's a little late for that."
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