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It's here: Golf week at Colonial Country Club with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial pro-am today and the 72-hole tournament starting tomorrow. At last week's Chamber Colonial kickoff luncheon, former champion Bruce Devlin (left) was interviewed by John Denton (right) of TCU Sports Network. Devlin was an 8-time PGA tour winner and is a golf course architect out of Arizona. But Texas was very good to him; he  won championship trophies in Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston. View more pics of the event here.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Rock the Fort: Once upon a time, Chamber intern Adrian Johnston would draw and doodle  to get B2B Insider published weekly. Then she figured there had to be more fun to life than just B-ing ... and definitely more money. So she sang a few tunes and soon she had a hit record and was singing in another country -- the Bluebird in Nashville. She's on stage May 30 for Rock the Fort at Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork. Live music, featuring Adrian and Curtis Grimes, food trucks and an open bar to benefit Lena Pope Early Learning Center and its Chapel Hill Academy. Asked Adrian for two tickets. Said she only had one for herownself, but said to check with Pinnacle Bank. Money man Tony Prenger came through with a pair.


Pet project: One tenet for a successful business is to do one thing and do it right. Think Raisin' Canes. Curly's Frozen Custard. And Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank. It is not a feed bank where you can make withdrawals. Just deposits...of pet food or money for pet food or volunteer time to market for more pet food. Don't Forget to Feed Me helps pet owners keep their furry friends at home no matter the circumstances. It collects food and then supplies it to distribution partners. You can imagine how many friends Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank has, although probably not very happy one-column print headline writers. Liesl Manone called on one friend, a west-side groomer, for this $50 gift card for get-purty services. 


Key points: Long story short, as an April Fool's joke and to celebrate Open Carry, Mr. B decided to dress up the patio of the B Mansion and use a .45 as a door handle. Bad idea. The faux door handle was stolen, used in a robbery and Mr. B is writing this from the pokey as an accessory. With his one call for bond, he phoned Jan (not related to Steven or Liv) Tyler and asked that she send one of her expert crew at Cimarron Window and Door to adorn the B Mansion with a Schlage brand handle set. You know you'd hate to be robbed while incarcerated. You'll get a steal of your own if you win this Schlage set, your choice of finish, from Cimarron.   

Playing dress up:
June is the No. 1 month for weddings. July is the No. 1 month for divorces. Which means you'd better use this $50 gift certificate to Pence and Panache Bridal Boutique in Burleson pretty darn quick. Use it during May with a 20 percent off jewelry coupon and you'll be in high cotton, or linen, or lace. Pence and Panache has top designers and Randi (Cofer) sales assisters to get you everything for your wedding, prom or big night out. *Must supply your own bride and groom.

Who is in your contacts list? Amphibian Stage Productions has an actor who knows an actor who knows Baron Vaughn, and voila! Baron will be performing standup comedy at Amphibian June 5 & 6. Vaughn is one of the stars of the new Netflix series Grace and Frankie, playing Lily Tomlin's adopted son. Natalie (not related to Jay) Chapa, provided two tickets to any 2015 Amphibian main stage performance.



Congratulations to May 6 Prize Winners:

  • Caroline Strand, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Travis Gallatin, Southwest Bank
  • Jennifer Johns, Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth
  • Chris Botvidson, Ascend Concepts
  • Joy Wade, City of Fort Worth

Winners will be announced weekly 


Big things in small packages: Joe's Run benefiting Samaritan House is June 6. THUMBTECHS' Diana Dugan once was costumed as mascot Joe the Parrot, but she said she "is so short it was more like Joe the Parakeet."

A Buffett Bride: 65 friends and browsing parrotheads will join Lisa Powers, Camp Bowie District, and Todd Miller, Worth Benefits, May 30 in Key West when they marry. Todd admits the benefits of marriage to Lisa are quite worthy.  

Dogged worker: Realtor Mary Margaret Davis loves dogs. She has three and says "they are my real estate team." Davis has an easy manner; she won't hound you to buy or sell.  


Tug of war? Mr. B is a bit stressed about all the travel success Monta Noe has had organizing trips for Chamber members. As mentioned previously, Tuscany is next up this fall. All this concierge excellence got Monta promoted to Marketing Manager! That's great for Monta, but Mr. B only cares about Mr. B and he worries Monta could be traveling away from her genius oversight and operation of the B2B Insider giveaways.  


One step at a time: The Zonta Club of Fort Worth presents its second annual "Zonta Says NO" exhibit May 26 as part of the organization's campaign to end violence against women.  The exhibit has a pair of shoes for each of the 119 Texas women murdered in 2013 by their intimate partners and five pair of children's shoes for the children murdered with them.  The shoes were donated to The Ladder Alliance, an organization that teaches computer skills, self confidence and self-sufficiency to at-risk women.       


Party heartier: Vicki Peden, Managing Partier at Cowtown Cycle Party, says the company has bought land across the street from Rahr Brewery and will construct a 2,400 square-foot garage and retail store. The store design will be in a "shipping container." Once finished, Cowtown Cycle Party tours of near Southside will be added to the downtown spokes.


This is sweet! Sugar & spice and everything nice...blah, blah, blah. Just the sugar, please;  Mr. B's favorite new Chamber member is Sumer Searcy, owner of Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee Co.

History lesson: Melinda Reitman runs the The Wahl Company, which manufactures one-off tools mostly for the energy and aviation industries. During a sales call at Meacham Field, her first time there, Melinda felt a special affinity because her mother learned to fly there in a Piper Cub in 1943. On its wall, Broadie's Aircraft has photos of some of the buildings from the '40s.

"I don't fax where I live.'
'Where do you live?.'
'In the 21st century."

                                                --  Evan Eastman, Spectrum Business,
when asked to fax something

Miles of smiles: Terry Buckner says Meals on Wheels delivers meals and smiles, nearly a million of each annually. Recipients have choices of menus, including dietetic and gluten-free. Approximately 35 percent of volunteers are from corporations, including 60 XTO Energy volunteers that rotate on four routes a week.

Would need a very big raise: Mr. B would like to pass along to Chamber boss Miserly Mistress that today, according to montholgist John Fletcher, is Be a Millionaire Day. Mr. B is wondering if, not when, that ever is going to happen.


Ensure quality: When shopping for insurance you might ask your broker who insures him/her. Susan Shaw of the Shaw Insurance Agency says she insures several brokers. "What does that say about the products they're selling?" she said.   


Engineered for success: Mr. B is usually awestruck by the history of many businesses. Terracon Consultants, Inc. is 20 years in Fort Worth and 50 years old last month. The engineering/consulting firm began in Iowa and now has 150 offices and 3,400 employees worldwide.

Maui wowie: The Hawaiian Falls-White Settlement is like no other in the area. It has an event center that seats 250, an arcade/restaurant that Tassie (not related to Jake) Gaither describes as a family pizza place on steroids and an adventure park for corporate team building. Am-Bass-Adorables will be ziplining there next Tuesday at 4:15. To see photos from many Chamber events, click here.

Waaaay big: As the City of Fort Worth works on its budget talks this summer, City Manager David Cooke said, "we have become a city of three 'Cs -- Cowboys, Culture & Construction.' Growth in Fort Worth is unbounded to the north, west and southwest. The only thing stopping us is Oklahoma, Mexico and maybe Austin. We have to plan for it and we have to invest in it."

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