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John Vick, president of Walton Development, gave Chamber members at the Southwest Area Council luncheon at Mira Vista a glimpse of more than 1,000 new single-family homes, a new elementary school for Crowley ISD, and a 75-acre community park coming to Chisholm Trail. Dr. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton State University, also talked about Tarleton's new 80-acre campus on Chisholm Trail Pkwy. Presenting sponsor Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth reps are (l to r) Cheri Gibson,  Michael McMahon, Samantha Daggett, and Vanessa Burns.

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Leisurely living: Mr. B is giving this item away, but he may have to take it back and use it hisownself (see giveaway No. 4). It's his early favorite for retirement living and he is hopeful he lasts as long as its name -- Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Worth - Medical Center. Mary, Mary, not contrary, is among the best ever at sales and she has sold Mr. B the Homewood for his last homestead. There's free breakfast every morning and free light dinners Monday-Thursday and so many other things free -- TV, WiFi, beds and pillows ... with sheets, sofas, soap and shampoo, and a pool...with mister, barbecue grills, a putting green, parking and more. My gosh, why not live there? Two of you will get a one night test run.
A safe haven: Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley is no relation to Mr. B. A source said he's not even a real 'B', but a Benny. SafeHaven says Judge Whitley is just Dapper and he is the honoree at its annual men's event -- A Dapper Dinner: Cowtown Style -- April 8 at River Ranch. SafeHaven has this event to acknowledge and support men who speak out against domestic violence. "SafeHaven always has been so important (to Dad), so I'm glad he is the honoree," said daughter Kristin Whitley Smith, a CPA with Whitley Penn. "The older I get, the more I understand why my Dad left the life of public accounting (and a crazy successful business he started) in order to serve in a position that gives back to the community.  It doesn't get more honorable than that. He is most certainly my hero." You can bang your gavel in agreement with these two tickets.

Shaq attack! You need work? Call Ambra. You need workers? Call Ambra. Ambra Cole is one of the great staffers at Express Employment Professionals and she needed some "help" for the Refresh Leadership Live day-long event April 6 at Verizon Theater. Ambra rounded up Marshall Goldsmith, Kaplan Mobray and Shaquille O'Neal to talk about leadership and development, reaching the next level, inspiring the team and effective leadership. Ambra has a ticket for two readers. (Idle thought -- The Dallas Mavericks play Houston at home that night and wouldn't it be cool to sit with Shaq and watch the game.)

All the single ladies: Looking for suggestions for Mr. B. How to tell the Prospective Ms. B that he has a "work" assignment April 7 at the TCU Neeley School of Business Tandy Speaker Series breakfast. The speaker? Greg Forgatch, the co-founder and former President, CEO and board member of dating site eHarmony. He could try, "Sweetie, please come to breakfast with me?" Probably too early in the day for the Prospective, so that leaves seven seats to fill. Forgatch serves on the entrepreneurship advisory board of the University of Miami School of Business. Enter and we'll make it a date.

Congratulations to March 9 Prize Winners:
  • Sonya Cisneros, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Trinity Himes, Alan Carr State Farm Insurance
  • Kristine Lauer, Envision Imaging
  • Matthew Dufrene, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Deanna Garcia, The T

Top this proposal: 19,300 feet up, at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Vince Nelson of Can Academy Fort Worth asked climbing and life partner Bethany Williams to marry him. Still awaiting word on her response as it's a long way down from the mountain top.

No pity party: During high school, Elva Concha LeBlanc says she was told by a counselor that Hispanic girls "don't go to college." She moved to Fort Worth, attended Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas. Today, the Ph. D is President of TCC's Northwest Campus. A quote she lives by is "Pick your future and focus on the results."  

Besties: The deadline to enter the Chamber's Best Workplaces for Women is fast approaching; fast such as March 30.  Among other things, BWW recognizes the importance of employee satisfaction and commitment, and ensuring that it is a top priority in the workplace. Guest speaker for the May 5 awards luncheon is attorney Megan Hottman, aka "," which she says, "is the perfect combination of passion and profession" -- love of cycling and legal education. The competition is sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business and produced by the Chamber's Women Influencing Business. You can enter here.

Target practice: Fort Worth is a bit more western than Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald's former Pennsylvania outpost. Adjusting comfortably, the Chief was getting in a little target practice recently at the community gardens located on East Berry Street. Next up? Slingshot practice with Billy Bob Thornton. (Photo courtesy of Jim Austin)

Fit to be tied: Southwest Bank CEO Vernon Bryant says the FWISD students measuring their progress in the Fit Worth programs are training for a career of "billable hours."

Lean offering: For the 127th consecutive month, boss Miserly Mistress rejected Mr. B's pestering about a raise. So Mr. B went member-to-member discount shopping on the Chamber website and noticed that Skin Deep Laser MD's discount is expiring this month. 20 percent off everything!! And Dr. Laura will go on the road to your office. Mr. B's office, a coffee shop, has scheduled a March 30 SculpSure Fat Reduction services and Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato Day.

"Lockheed people know my favorite quote; it's 'Every commitment. Every day.'"

                                                -- Lorraine Martin, Executive VP
Lockheed Martin

Lots of escorts for crossing streets: Larry Crouch, Director of Development and Marketing at Longhorn Council, Boys Scouts of America, says the council has 26,000 scouts in its area from Denton to Temple.

But who's counting: Mr. B got a text from Son NoBGood, who works at Fidelity Investments. "You gave me a 9 (performance rating) and I'm a" Mr. B texted back: "Huh? I wasn't surveyed. If I had been, I'd only give you a 2."

Always learnin': Frederick Schmidt, who has a 12-word job title at Tarrant County College, says college credits originally were to determine professors' pay and not a measurement of students' progress.

Raining dollars: Last week's weather, fit only for Noah and friends, was a delight to Kim Nemitz with D&G Roof Systems. She said rain helps people identify their roof issues.  "For us, this weather is like pennies falling from heaven."

Here's a tip: Susan Jones with Credit Card Guy introduced a Texas Tornadoes Leads Group discussion that required some Google-work and an extra .39 cents an hour for Mr. B.  Restaurants billing mandatory gratuities are not doing anything illegal, but since Jan. 1, 2014, the IRS has instructed and enforced that the gratuity count as wages and must be included for payroll tax. Open tips, however, are not considered wages.

Tea-sing B? Mother Parker's Tea & Coffee says it sells green beans, but not as part of a casserole. Is that how they make green tea?

You won't re-gift this: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be at An Artisans' Haven @Vagabond Treasures (4236 W. Vickery Blvd.) at 2:45 this afternoon, but Mr. B is there now. Like right now! Because this place has THE BEST one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts from Texas artisans and he wants to get his before the Adorables get theirs. Britta and Paul Haberman also do lamp and jewelry repair and knife sharpening, which could be bad if any of Mr. B's editors show to shop.

Running with scissors:
Maureen Maidlow asked/suggested Mr. B do a B2B Insider mention for her for the Lee Johnson Capital Management (6300 Ridglea Place) ribbon cutting March 22 at 4 p.m. She said there will be beverages, food from City Kitchen and great financial talk. Here's your mention... Maureen. Photos from many Chamber events can be seen here.


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