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We are the Champions! Congratulations to the four businesses named Chamber Small Business of the Year yesterday. Winners of the competition, sponsored by Northstar Bank, were saluted before the Mayor's State of the City luncheon and mentioned by herownself during the event. In addition to plenty of marketing and networking, each winner receives $1 million that they must earn theirownself and free mints any time they visit the Chamber offices. The winners: L to R: Glenn Monroe, Northstar Bank of Texas; Troy Moncrief, Baker Firm-Fidelity Title; Mayor Betsy Price; Kristi Raney and Olivia Ray, Ventavia Research Group; Sunny Lowe, Blue Jean Networks; Robert Chan and Pat Dodson, Firefighting's Moving & Storage.

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This fiesta is fresh: Jay Coates-of-many-colors quality Mexican foods only has been in Fort Worth about 17 months after a mini lifetime in Dallas. "I wish I'd made this move 10 years ago," he said. "People in Dallas have strange impressions of Fort Worth." Jay came Westward Ho to Bluebonnet Circle to own/operate Pegaso Mexican Diner, a fast-casual, high-quality Mexican restaurant and caterer. He describes himself as a Mexican snob. After a year of experimenting with menus, he confidently is marketing the new concept. Be a snob yourownself with this catered lunch menu (no alcohol) for up to eight people. 

Rent free: Mr. B had to "rent" the Prospective Ms. B's niece so Mr. B could see Schoolhouse Rock at Casa Maņana 10 days ago. He had become addicted when his kids, daughter MisBehavin' and Son NoBGood watched on TV. While at the theater, Mr. B noticed that his favorite musical, Rent, was coming to Casa in a few maņanas, February 27-March 6. It's an unforgettable story of artists and musicians and their struggles with money, their careers, their loves and their health. The play won a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards, including a Best Musical, and was on Broadway for 12 years and 5,123 performances. Casa Maņana property managers Lizz and Laura rented out a pair of tickets for two readers to one performance, opening night Saturday Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.
 
Feeling much safer: A thief rifled Mr. B's desk drawer -What was the thief thinking? Mr. B makes 39 cents an hour. - and stole a $50 restaurant gift card, but not a $50 Visa card. Go figure. This thief didn't realize $50 was $50. Mr. B called tyco to keep future undesirables out and the integrated security savants came out and put dollar store locks on each drawer and two door video monitors installed at the entrances to his half cubicle. No commercial job is too big or too small for tyco.  And tyco was kind enough to replace the lost restaurant certificate with its own $50 gift card good anywhere you eat or shop.

P is for portable: Sometime between now and the end of the year you will have a party or visitors or worse, visiting in-laws and outlaws. And you won't want them traipsing through your house, especially if it's 20 or so folks over for a soiree. You're going to need the most important seat "outside" the house, a sanitized portable restroom. Cally Smoke of MMG Construction is the head heroine and she was flush with blush when B2B Insider asked for a weekend delivery, rental and removal of one event-grade portable restroom. It might also be useful if you are potty training a two-year-old. This can can be reserved any weekend except July 4th.


Congratulations to Feb. 10 Prize Winners:
  • Carole Robinson, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
  • Chris Key, Fort Worth Housing Authority
  • Brittany Weaver, Bourland Wall & Wenzel
  • Mark Grace, Gus Bates
  • Kristi Wiley, AIDs Outreach Center
  • Dalisa McAnally, Comerica Bank
  • Michael Crain, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International
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She be stylin': Pat Aspan of Spectrum Custom Painting got certified for Federal work and landed a start/test job at the NAS Joint Reserve Base. Had to dress appropriately, including required work boots. "Did you know there are more than 380 women's work boots to choose from," she said, showing off her walkers with a steel toe design. "I'm having to learn how to walk again."

In a jam:
Mr. B was somewhat perplexed and surprised ... ok, stunned ... to find out that B2B Insider taskmaster, template-maker and Chamber social media superstar Christine Gores is redundantly, passionately addicted to Monster Jam(s). She says, "my addiction was fueled by my role as a movie extra in Serving Sarah (2002). A small portion of the movie was filmed in Will Rogers Coliseum with monster trucks." Not sure even Will Rogers would fall for that.

Signature for sale: But not autographs. The event planning team for Sedona Productions at Cendera Center has added a spirits division. It's not a ghost tour, but a tasting of your specially-designed signature drink. It also has added a photo booth for you non-selfies.

A smokin' good time: Michael Wheaton, Lucien Wright Insurance, golfed at Willie Nelson's course in Spicewood -- Pendernales Golf Club or Cut-N-Putt. He said the whole course "smelled like burned rope."

Even more giveaways? Chase calendar, according to monthologist John Fletcher, says today is My Way Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day. We're going to B kind to others today, but we're only going to do it the Mr. B way.

AD vantage: POSO stands for Point of Sale Outdoor Media. Ray Rodriguez' Grapevine company sells approximate 4-foot by 7-foot static landscape signage at retail centers. "We sell to (ad) agencies in Chicago, New York and L.A. and bring the money back to Texas," Ray said.

Finding their Apex: Junior Achievement had a major brainstorm and achieved a senior milestone - a Reverse JA in a Day. Students receive the entire JA lesson in one day rather than the traditional format of once a week, and at a hosting company rather than in the traditional classroom location.  During lunch, students were able to ask questions about the hiring process, finding a job, etc.

"If I dressed like this all the time, I'd be a handyman you couldn't afford."

                                                -- Brett Jeffreys, Handyman Matters
in a suit for a Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable activity
When to change your name: FedEx Office took about three years after buying Kinkos. Technology Components Southwest lasted about three minutes after having been bought by EFC International. Sales star Tom Buddenbohn said, "We sold our 12-year-old distribution company supplying unique fasteners to assembly and manufacturing clients. EFC will keep our Fort Worth warehouse (Felix Street) and expand our inventory. It also is keeping our entire team here."

Community resource: Recovery Resource Council, which treats, educates and assists those with addictions, receives 75,000 phone calls a year, many from court treatment center referrals. It has no appointments for services because of no-shows, so lines form at 7 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of the 3,500 mostly-adult clients treated annually are not insured. Sixty-plus percent of funding is from state contracts. Around March 1, a separate facility for military veterans and their families should be open.

Picture perfect: Pier 1 Imports has taken most of the space where printing presses used to be in the Star-Telegram's former building at I-20 and 35W. Pier 1 uses it for most of its in-house photography shoots.

Technically speaking: Mayors Price Is Right of Fort Worth and Mike Rawlings of Dallas say developing a technology workforce is Texas' No. 1 heartache. "If we don't," Rawlings said, "companies won't continue to come here."

Let's Get Ready to ...ribbon cut? If it's the Main Event, Michael Buffer has to be announcing it, right! Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will rumble and not stumble tomorrow when they visit Main Event Entertainment, 2601 Presidio Vista Drive. This one is up north, off Heritage Trace, a nice complement to the Main Event south off I-20. Main Event has video games, bowling, billiards and food for all occasions.

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