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The Fort Worth Chamber's Quality Workforce Development Committee met bright and early Tuesday to give feedback on the Chamber's state legislative agenda for 2017 re: public education, higher education and workforce training funds. Pictured here are Fred Schmidt, Tarrant County College; Dr. Mark Tarpley, Doctors in Training; Dr. Stacy Burrell, FWISD; and Patty Myers, STAR Sponsorship Program, Inc./ Children's Scholarship Fund Fort Worth.

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Petal(s) for a medal: Daughter MisBehavin' has a 2 -year-old girl, BamBino, who didn't realize gift giving went both ways. "Mommy buys me Frozen...birthday!" she screams over and over. Mr. B, who plays the role of Poppa Tex in this family, tried to explain to her that Mother's Day is for moms and that she needed to quit California Dreamin' and get her mother something. "Elsa & Anna blanket," BamBino suggested. This wasn't working so Poppa Tex called Courtney McHendry at Gordon Boswell Flowers and asked for a suggestion. She mentioned so many beautiful arrangements but suggested her favorite, which includes a candle and some chocolates. Mr. B got a BOGO -- one to MisBehavin' and one for a reader's special mom.

Velvet prose:
Marcelle LeBlanc loves to make moms happy. Past B2B Insider giveaways have had lots of moms chattering on about how much they love gift cards from Marcelle's The Velvet Box and how their purchases make them feel. Marcelle, however, didn't shop her stores for a wonderful gift for her mom, a recent visitor for two weeks. "My mom has a new grandbaby, a cutting horse I bought. LOL. It's the closest she's gonna get." Win one of these two $50 gift cards to The Velvet Box and you could be that much closer to chattering away about how great you feel.
Hat trick: Mr. B nominated his mother to be honored by Easter Seals North Texas during its very classy Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon. He sent in a photo of mum wearing her Miami Dolphins helmet and wrote an essay on her career labors...she had six children. She didn't win, again. Being honored this year is another outstanding quartet -- Carol Minker, Rikki Stewart, Myra Stroll and Anne Paup. Lisa at ESNT manned up and got a seat for two readers for the May 4 luncheon at The Ashton Depot.

Thank you, thank you: Cassata Catholic High School is privately funded; tuition is based on a sliding scale and while its cost of educating a child is approximately $8k a year, most students pay less than $1,250. During the last 41 years, more than 2,000 students have graduated. Cassata excels by raising money with fundraisers such as the 19th Annual Noche de Gracias. Community volunteer Tracy Rector is being honored during this year's May 3 event at Joe T. Garcia's with the Spirit of Cassata award. She has worked diligently to create the Cassata Connections Mentoring program, among other things. Teddi (not related to Mitchell) Wiggins has tickets for you and a guest.

Congratulations to April 20 Prize Winners:
  • David Fishel, Higginbotham
  • Dan Claterbaugh, DOCUmation
  • Linda Keas, Goodwill
  • Ilka Irving-Maneice, The Fulcrum Group
  • Meghan Dollar, Priority Power Management

What about Jennifer Grey? GM Julian Swayze is scheduled to open the Courtyard Fort Worth at Alliance Town Center in May. Any relation to Patrick? "Unfortunately no," Julian said. "I wish I had some of his genes to help improve my dancing skills."

No suits for you! During his first day of work at Inwood National Bank, veep Jerry Thompson was asked by President Gary Tipton why he was wearing a suit. "We're entrepreneurs," Tipton said. "You're dressed like a banker!" Thompson has 14 suit jackets he no longer needs, which is perfect timing to donate at tonight's free Clean Out Help Out event at Center for Transforming Lives.

Just desserts:
Evan Eastman of Spectrum Business sent Mr. B this teaser text just before lunch. Three pounds later, Mr. B is sharing, but not the dessert itsownself. "I just finished some goat balls ... Brie cheese in a fluffy-beignet-like shell covered in a blackberry compote," Evan said. "I'm typically a cheap date on expense reports because I don't drink alcohol; I make up for it at the end of the meal with dessert." B2B Insider sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of Texas is on call every time Evan eats out.

This takes the cake: Jason Duling of Tyco Integrated Security says it is estimated that 80 percent of corporate theft is internal. The Chamber bought in and installed cameras in its kitchen and hired additional security guys MPI Protective because the insanely incredibly edible cakes baked by Lydia (not related to Monty) Hall keep disappearing.

Buck stops here, at the top: COO Chandry Buck said she didn't want to brag, then went ahead and did so ... rightfully so. Victory Awning won the BEST OF THE BEST award at the annual Southwest Industrial Fabrics Association convention. "We won the overall award across all categories (for a carport)."  Mr. B wasn't closed to hearing more. "I had a customer tell me I must be really into art with such a cool and artsy name," Chandry said. "I told him that was a good assumption, but nope, I'm just really into awnings."

Word power a priority:
Meghan Parker of Priority Power Management is a favored B2B Insider loyalist. She has a lot to say, too. "I like lots of words," Meghan wrote and Mr. B edited. "Never had any trouble hitting page minimums on school essays."

Fairly jealous: Yes, that was Erika Hersh of PeopleFund hanging with designer Tory Burch, who paired with Bank of America on a women's entrepreneur program and fundraiser.

"My background? Serial entrepreneur. In 2003, I went from catering to computers. They are similar businesses ... both start with C."

                                                -- Sherry Green, President
Technology Team LLC
Seeing is believing: Les Kreis, Managing Partner of Steelhead Capital Management and founding member of Cowtown Angels, says the best idea he has seen (and invested in) with the Angels is Encore Vision, a TECH Fort Worth client. "Its eye drops for presbyopia, which after a certain time will replace the need for reading glasses," he said. "It has an enormous total addressable market." Some tips from Les on investing:
  • Entrepreneurs, "you have to nail the pitch...the 2-minute elevator speech or the 10-minute presentation. It might be your only chance."
  •  Investors, "the dynamics between the entrepreneur and you are different. The investments that seem to work are the ones that are easy relationships."
  • Cities, "spend some money on resources to teach entrepreneurs how to build businesses and how to attract investor dollars."
With a little help from our friends: The EECU Mayfest Run(s) early Saturday along the Trinity River benefits Cook Children's Medical Center. Uniquely, EECU is pairing five celebrity runners with five hospital patients to help them to the finish line. Celebrities include: Tim Burch, EECU; Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys; Sal Espino, Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem; and two other broadcast news celebs.

She's no Patsy:
Brenda Cline, eVeep and CFO at the Kimbell Art Foundation, is the third honoree of the Bob Bolen Civic Leadership Award presented by TCU's Neeley School of Business. Can you imagine how much money she oversees? Previous winners were Mr. Defense Gordon England, and BNSF Railway Chairman Matt Rose.

Pressed to innovate: Cockrell Enovation is going smaller, quicker and more digital. Two presses are out the door, and a new "super-duper HP that fits large sheets and has coatings and all the bells and whistles" is in.  "It really should be great," said Christy Blackwell. "Enovative, that is."

Running with scissors: No wonder B2B Insider had to advertise last week for more Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables. The greeters were greeted with this work schedule for the next week and their future greetings could be muted by sheer exhaustion. Today at 4 p.m., they'll be playing the ol' game of telephone with the ribbon and tin cans at either end while visiting TelePacific Communications at 1320 S. University Dr. Ste. 215. Tomorrow they will be wearing TCU purple for the 4 p.m. visit to Purple Land Management at 210 East 8th Street. Then they run (limp?) over to Central Texas Pain Center, 7235 Boat Club Road, for a 5 p.m. cutting. And those docs use real scissors. Finally, next Wednesday at 4 p.m., they will mortgage their future when each decides to buy a home and get their mortgage while at SSBT Mortgage Group, 2813 S. Hulen Street.

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