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Fort Worth Housing Solutions, formerly the Fort Worth Housing Authority, showed off its rebranding when it hosted the Job Links Excelerator event at its main campus April 6. Employees, candidate providers, and Chamber members gathered to network and learn about community programs from FWHS Vice President Sonya Barnette. FWHS will present the 2015 Job links Business of the Year Award at next month's forum on May 4.

L to R: Sonya Barnette, Fort Worth Housing Solutions; Betty Harvey, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Glenn Nixon, Fort Worth Housing Solutions.

See more additional photos from the event here  and videos on our YouTube Channel.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

This is smokin' hot: The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation's Cigar Smoker is May 4 and it's a unique event with premium cigars, fine wines, spirited liquors and a dinner prepared by El Chefe Prefontaine of the Fort Worth Club. In its 19th year, the idea for the smoker goes way, way back to 1901, when Fort Worth ladies asked local gentlemen to donate "the price of a good cigar" to help raise money to build a local library. Tickets are $275, and foundation head book keeper Leslie Oliver sent over a raffle ticket, your one chance in 350 to win, and you don't have to attend. Winner chooses between 1) a trip St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; 2) A trip to British Columbia, Canada; or 3) A trip to Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

Never ceased to be amazed:
Mr. B noticed The Wonder Bread Years was on tap at McDavid Studio as a Broadway Specials presentation by Performing Arts Fort Worth and got all excited about re-visiting with Kevin and Winnie and the whole neighborhood. He missed the "bread" part, which means this toast is more to growing up a Baby Boomer in the '50s and '60s and not the '80s. Wednesday, April 27 is the first of six performances (April 27-May 1) of this one-man show manned by comedian Pat Hazell. Hazell is one of the original writers for Seinfeld, a Tonight Show veteran and recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to normal nostalgia. B2B Insider went Bass fishing and got two tickets to opening night.
More bat than glove: Mike Napoli's play in left field last year for the AL West champion Texas Rangers was acceptable because his bat was so potent. His footwork in fielding mis-adventures led to the creation of Napoli (the ballet), which is being presented April 29-30 by the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, a program of Texas Center for Arts + Academics. Students are expected to show more footwork finesse and won't lose sight of their surroundings under the (stage) lights. And this Napoli, too, will be a home run. TCAA's Katoiya rang our Bell with a set of four tickets for two readers to see either performance.

Low prices just got lower: Next Tuesday, the Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables are Berry Berry happy to help re-open Berry Good Buys at 10:30 a.m. at 1701 W. Berry. Berry Good Buys is a social enterprise/retail store that sells gently used products to raise funds for the great work SafeHaven does with women and children. This re-opening features a new look, new merchandise and the same fantastically low prices. Even Mr. B, at 39 cents an hour, can afford to shop and not shoplift. Go and ask for Mr. B fav Joanie Khoury, and she will be Berry Berry happy to offer good buys. In fact, she is Berry Berry happy to offer this $50 gift card good at the store any time.

Congratulations to April 13 Prize Winners:
  • Frances Ramos, Salon Dexterity
  • Ed Ownby, Southwest Office Systems
  • Sherry Green, Technology Team
  • Adrienne Sullivan, Bell Helicopter
  • Courtney McCaleb, Gordon Boswell Flowers
  • Lisa Mann, Easter Seals North Texas

Getting a decade of credit: If you don't win a Mother's Day prize above, you could splurge on the big day and send mom on the Chamber's Fall trip to Ontario and Quebec. It's October 1-8, 2016. Ontario and Quebec have everything from spectacular natural wonders and fabulous scenery to beautiful old towns and the delights of culture-driven modern cities. Click here for a detailed itinerary and a reservation form. This would count for a decade of Mother's Day gifts.

Content with this content: From Lee Rogers, The Rogers Group advertising, comes one of the great selfie biography opening lines --"A victim of way too much education" -- Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas Law School, University of Colorado School of Bank Marketing -- Lee had to die from boredom at two careers, law and banking, before entering the advertising industry in 1975, well before most of you were born.

I do, I do:
Angela Hall, West 7th marketing maven for Vestar and Chair of SteerFW, also has 17 years of event planning experience, mostly weddings. Who wants to get married on West 7th?

A little draft-y in here: Next Thursday night in Chicago is the first round of the NFL Draft. (Go Cowboys!) For the first time, two Tarrant County high schoolers have been invited by the NFL to attend. A'Shawn Robinson, a defensive tackle from Alabama, played at Arlington Heights. Josh Doctson, a receiver from TCU, played at Mansfield Legacy. Doctson is the son of Tracy Syler-Jones, the TCU Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communication. TCU Coach Gary Patterson also has been invited.

Outspoken? Guilty as charged! Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson is a most entertaining speaker. She doesn't mince words. Without objection, here are her summations from last week's Fort Worth Business legal breakfast:
  • "If I'm really lucky, (the slides) will last until 9 and I won't have time for questions. I can't talk about what you want to talk about anyway (Ethan Couch)."
  •  "Domestic abuse, in my opinion, is one crime we really need to address. We made protective orders easier by putting them online and requests are up 44 percent."
  • "The goal is diversion out of the criminal system -- rehab, jobs and a taxpayer. Remember, I'm a Republican."
  • "Brady is our emotional support canine. We got him in January and right away he assisted on five sexual assault cases. When he does something wrong, it's a Brady Violation."
  • "I grew up in Amarillo, that hotbed of feminism."
  • "Why are mental health cases increasing? I don't know; how's that for an answer? ... Are we as a society becoming unhinged? I'm gonna get in trouble for saying that."  
Eagles have landed: Wayne Canter says Bullseye Promotions has 65 Eddie the Eagles flying solo (grounded solo?) in Texas, Colorado and Arizona to signify drop off locations for Operation Gratitude, which supports U.S. military forces. Wayne says the Eagles are "so well trained that they never fly away, even in spring winds. And so far, not a single vet bill for hail damage."

The Force was with them: Last Friday, April 15, a couple of hundred students from Benbrook Middle School spent an un-taxed Junior Achievement Day at Lockheed Martin. They got to meet and listen to General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.

"Many of you know I'm big on exercise. I exercise not to be thin. It's because I like good food and a 'little' bit of wine."

                                                -- Betsy Price Is Right
Mayor, City of Fort Worth 
Hi, my name is: Am-Bass-Adorables are the face of the Chamber. They are so popular that the Chamber needs more. Send two photos with two different hairstyles (if bald, only one) and your top makeup tips to Teresa Pearson at the Chamber. You must have been at your company three months and obviously must be able to skip out when necessary. Rewards include luncheons and sarcastic but flattering mentions in B2B Insider. And mountains of free food. More members means more businesses, which means more events, which means more fun, which means greater need for Adorables.

LOL: Red Sanders and his Red Productions team screens his latest film A Bad Idea Gone Wrong tomorrow night at TCU Moudy South. Two thieves break into a house and accidentally set the alarm system. Now they have to figure out how to get out. Oh, there's also an unexpected hostage in the house.

Not a morning person:
The response subject line to win last week's Leadership Breakfast tickets was I was a Straight A student. Dolores Garza, Smoke Free Fort Worth campaign manager, wrote, "I barely graduated kindergarten because you had to be there so early, but grad school was pretty easy. It was after work."

Duets: If you were Matched up elsewhere or busy Phishing, you missed eHarmony co-founder Greg Forgatch at the TCU Neeley School of Business Executive Speaker Breakfast Series. Forgatch said eHarmony wasn't a dating site, but sets of algorithms built to help singles find a marriage partner and cut the rate of divorce. He has been married 31 years in June and says he and his wife are well matched, though "she doesn't always agree with that."

Running with scissors: If you're in the Region(s), drop by the bank (3017 West 7th St.) tomorrow morning at 8:45 and join the Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables as they ribbon cut and unlock the vault under the very watchful eyes of President Scott Jones.

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