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This month, Tarrant County Community College provided FWISD high school students with the chance to get a jump start on careers in aviation, transportation and logistics. Students were given the chance and a hands-on approach to explore training programs, meet industry representatives and practice interview skills at TCC's Alliance Airport facility. Pictured is a group from Carter-Riverside High School. The event is co-sponsored by the Fort Worth Independent School District, the Chamber, and United Way of Tarrant County.

See more event photos here  and videos on our YouTube Channel.
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Get Down(ie) with Jay: There are just a few weeks until the April 14-17 Main St. Arts Festival, which moved up to No. 2 in the world last year after Venice's festival flooded and everything there was sold at a discount as a runny watercolor. Fair Claire of Pavlov, B2B Insider's Main Artiste, arranged a package that will put you one-on-one with founder Downtown Fort Worth Inc. and producer Jay Downie. The grand package is admission for two to the VIP Skybox (hors d'oeuvres and cocktails included), which overlooks the UT-Arlington MAIN Stage at 9th and Main Streets, on either Friday or Saturday. Friday's performers are Band of Heathens and Luke Wade; Saturday night features Poo Live Crew, "Blues-A-Rama" with Wanda King, Tutu Jones and Sumpter Bruton, and Maceo Parker. And there's more...the package includes a $100 gift certificate good for any art purchase(s) made from participating artists at MAIN ST.
The suites life: The first thing you notice walking into the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth Cityview is Hall of Fame, on-her-game Rosie at the front desk. And you can expect the rest of your stay here to go as all-star-ian as that encounter. This Holiday Inn Express & Suites prides itself on service, from GM Sharon to B2B Insider pal Iris. From the rooms to the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool to the in-house fitness center or next door (free access) health club, everything is in the express line to a suite stay. Nothing tops entertainment opportunity than Main Event right across the street. And after your long day and fun evening of activities, get some rest in this room for a weekend night and be on your way after a free breakfast in the morning.

Guns and (sweetheart) roses: South Texan and Prospective Ms. B is more of a gunsmith than Mr. B, whose father was a bi-lingual rabbi and part-time accountant in a Cuban neighborhood in Miami Beach. Neither of Mr. B's father's professions conjured up thoughts of gun ownership. The Prospective, however, is a frequent visitor to the east side's Winchester Gallery, where the gun store and the shooting gallery folks know her by her first name, Prospective. Winchester's range has 20 pistol ranges and two for rifles and automated target retrieval systems. You can even rent a firearm (or buy one next door) and you rent by the lane, not the hour. B2B Insider Cupp-ed this shooting session and firearm rental for a party of four from big gun Diana.

Agent Marvel: When Mr. B heard a few years back that Bette Midler was going to star in a new play, he thought, why repeat "Cannibal: The Musical!" Midler did open "I'll Eat You Last: a Chat with Sue Mengers" on Broadway in 2013 and it is being produced here April 7-May 1 at a local playhouse. Mengers began as a receptionist in 1955 and by the 1970s was the first female "super agent," representing stars such as Barbra Streisand, Candice Bergen, Michael Caine,  Cher, Joan Collins, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Ali MacGraw, Steve McQueen, Nick Nolte, Tatum O'Neal, Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. She had an acerbic wit and thanks to B2B Insider sponsor Comerica Bank, four of you and a guest can hear Broadway actress Karen Murphy loud and proud Saturday night, April 9.

Congratulations to March 16 Prize Winners:
  • Hal Mayo, AISC Lending Services
  • Blake Woodward, Woodard Companies
  • Leslie Hunt, Decker Jones
  • Maribel Moreland, EECU
  • Astrid Salarda, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Donnie Boivin, Sandler Sales Training
  • Michael Craine, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's
  • Pepper Sims, Pepper L Specialties
  • Maureen Maidlow, Lee Johnson Capital Management
  • Sherry Flow, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Ronnie De Manna, BB&T
  • Carolyn Phillips, Alchemy Pops

Waxing nostalgic: The Star-Telegram article on the 50th anniversary of The Rare Breed movie premiere got multimedia marketing mogul John Fletcher reminiscing. "I was 14 at the time and remember standing ... well, not very close at all ... to Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O'Hara." John's father, Earle, was general manager of KXOL radio and "we had comp passes to Six Flags, the movie theaters and concerts. One of our other perks was receiving cases of Butch Hair Wax, which was great for my crew cut; I don't need it now that my hairline has receded to my ears."

New place to visit: The Small Business Administration's Wayne Huddleston, a local, has moved his SBA office to St. Croix. Seriously. He says he has a spare room for vacationers.  

Not worried about weight gain: Bill (not related to Fran) Curci, the GM of Ruth's Chris Steak House, says if it were his very last meal, he definitely would want Ruth's Chris' 40-ounce Tomahawk rib eye and the sweet potato casserole with vanilla ice cream as a sider and as a dessert.

Dollars and sense: Ginger Lawhon wasn't too taxed for an early morning rendezvous to hear her husband Mack, the chairman of 550-employee Weaver, address a crowd during last week's TCU Neeley School of Business Tandy Breakfast Speaker Series. Some smack from Mack:
  • He got into the industry because a psychologist said he had an aptitude "perfect for accounting."
  •  On leadership -- " A business plan ... it's your vision. If you don't have a map, you're going to get lost."
  • On mergers -- "If you don't have cultural compatibility, you might as well get up from the table."
  • On recruiting -- "We've done well in west Texas with candidates that have worked at McDonald's, at Dairy Queen...worked with customers. They have a good work ethic."
  • "Making money is not our purpose; it's a good attribute."
Banker on a budget? Ron Casey, long-time Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, was discussing the Woodhaven National Bank merger with Pinnacle Bancorp to long-time east-side supporters. "If you're going to be bought, Pinnacle is the right bank," he said. "I told them I'd stay at least two years, but I'd stay longer. Especially now that I just got married and don't want to go on a budget."

Wrong day invite: Missy Cowart of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth invited Mr. B over for a Wednesday meeting and proceeded to extol/rave/brag about the in-house Taco Tuesdays. "Best in Fort Worth!" she exclaimed.

[On complaints] "I'd rather you tell me the truth than go to Yelp.'"

                                                -- Jay Coates of Pegaso Mexican Diner
Potty talk: Brett Jeffreys of Handyman Matters built a miniature toilet tank to take with him on speaking engagements. Why? Because 75 percent of the houses his employees enter have running toilets. He shows how simple it is to change your flapper. Don't forget to turn off the water at the tank or at the curb. He says everyone should own a curb key to shut off water, which also should be done when you are traveling. DO NOT DO what Steve Troy of Synergy Home Care DFW did. In the dark, at 3 a.m., he hurried to the wrong cutoff and turned off his neighbor's water.

B always looking out for you: The Chamber normally isn't open Saturday, yet Mr. B knows you still would be looking for freebies. Join him every Saturday at There's No Place Like Home, where Abby Slayton serves a layout of pastries from local bakeries, fresh fruits and a champagne punch or mimosas from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. But don't make your purchase of fine furniture and accessories just yet. Come back between 4-9 p.m. for a second look. That's when Abby serves fine cheeses, fruits and nice wines. Says Abby: "We like the California Red by Menage a Trois...and the Sofia Riesling by Frances Coppola." Also free are her design services.

Just observing: Purim Thursday, Good Friday Friday.

Pay to play: Texas Wesleyan President Frederick Slabach says the school's new football program will be self-funded (approximately $625k) by the increased enrollment that will be created by adding the sport. He said there have been more than 100 inquiries related to football.

Med alert: Initial plans for a $120 million ($80 million from the state) UNTHSC Interdisciplinary Research Building are complete and entering the design phase. UNT System College of Pharmacy Dean Myron Jacobson is a key member of the planning team given that all classrooms and laboratories of the College of Pharmacy will be in the new facility. Construction is expected to begin Fall 2016, with occupancy in Fall 2018, potentially coinciding with the TCU-UNTHSC medical school. Among the building's highlights will be an Innovations Lab that sets the tone for advancing active, team-based learning. The building also will house two of UNTHSC's research institutes.

Don't shoot your dad: Saturday and Sunday is a special youth-only turkey season in Texas. Cabela's has a $250 gift card for the youth weighing in the heaviest turkey. Better check with the store for details and gobbledygook rules.

Aging very nicely: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opened in two classrooms May 21, 1941 at De Zavala Elementary School.  This May 21st, its 75th anniversary, admission will be discounted to $7.50. Also, the wait-in-line to register Museum School will observe its 65th anniversary April 9.

Speaking of aging well ...:
You can park another honor for the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. It officially is a Lone Star Legacy Park, according to the Texas Recreation and Parks Society.

New on the menu: Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County is hosting Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables next Tuesday at 3:30 for a ribbon-cutting at its new site, 5740 Airport Freeway. Got Mr. B to thinking that one day, Google or Apple could donate, instead of cash, driver-less cars to make deliveries. And until that day, Uber or Lyft could donate drivers. That is something to chew on.


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