FWMBCC Special Edition - June Newsletter

FWMBCC Update - June 2017 Newsletter

Editor / Writer
Bob Ray Sanders
Assistant Editor / Designer 
Dennise Babiche   

Special Edition - June Newsletter

ANNUAL LUNCHEON WAS TRULY “MAGICAL”
More Than 800 in Attendance

 

More than 800 people packed the Hilton Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom June 2 to hear Earvin “Magic” Johnson inspire a group of young men from the “My Brother’s Keeper” mentoring program, and challenge the Fort Worth leadership to do more to help our youth.

 

Johnson, a basketball and business legend, was the keynote speaker for the 37th Annual Luncheon of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. He wowed the crowd with his sincere message of commitment, resilience, hard work and mentorship.

 

“Don’t ever forget where you came from,” Johnson told the more than 40 young men who were graduating seniors from Fort Worth ISD high schools. At the same time, he told leaders of the community that they had a responsibility to assist those young men -- and young people in general -- in achieving their dreams.

 

“We need to support these young men,” Johnson told the business and civic leaders. Then turning to the students he said, “I grew up poor, but I didn’t have poor dreams. You’re not going to be in this situation as long as you can educate yourselves.”

 

A five-time NBA champion, Johnson spent time with the youths both before and after the luncheon.


Photos courtesy of Fort Worth Independent School District. Thanks to Temitayo Agoro, Justice Anderson, Jaron Johnson, Joshua Burton, Emmanuel Agoro, and Jonathan Morrison for additional photos.

MEMBERS OF ‘MY BROTHER’S KEEPER’ RECEIVE NEW SUITS, FREE HAIRCUTS AND A LARGE GIFT FROM ‘MAGIC’ JOHNSON
 

In preparation for their meeting with Earvin “Magic” Johnson at the Annual Luncheon, all the members of the “My Brother’s Keeper” program received new suits, paid for by individuals and companies who wanted to assist these young men.

 

Several barber shops, including Fort Worth Barber Shop at the Lathery, pitched in and provided free haircuts for all the boys (see photos below). So, when they escorted Johnson into the ballroom and flanked the stage where Johnson was speaking, the appearance of these young men turned some heads.

 

In fact, Johnson remarked more than once, “Y’all really look good.”

 

The organization received a couple of surprise gifts that will help provide programs for young men in the FWISD: The FWMBCC awarded a $2,500 check to MBK, after which Johnson announced -- to the surprise of everyone in the hall -- that he was pledging $50,000 to the group.

Below: Xavier Pichardo and Jayden Ace Guerrero (L to R) of Trimble Tech High School with barbershop employees Jennifer Felli and Rachael Navejar.

CAPACITY BUILDING SERIES KICKS OFF

 

The first of three Capacity Building workshops kicked off in May with two outstanding presentations: one on bonding, and the other on construction law.

 

Brady K. Cox, a principal with Baldwin, Cox, Allen, broke down the in-and-outs, the hows, wherefores and types of bonding to a group of construction contractors who attended the meeting. Cox told the group that there were “three C’s in bonding: capital, capacity and character.”

 

Explaining the legal side of construction was board certified Attorney Cara D. Kennemer who has been practicing construction law for more than 15 years. The group had a lively discussion on everything from lien claims to demand letters to the Prompt Pay Act.

 

Sponsored by Pinnacle Bank, the Capacity Building Series will continue Aug. 17 with “Back of House Services” and Oct. 19 with “Construction Technology.” The workshops are held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Business Assistance Center (BAC), 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth.

BREAKFAST AT THE BAC

2 Rs of the Workplace

 

Does your company hire, train, fire? Whether it's you, the boss, an HR department or a staffing agency, this free breakfast and panel discussion on Recruiting and Retention is just for you. Kenneth Reeves, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development at Freese and Nichols, and Darien George, Managing Partner at Mackenzie Eason & Associates, will offer their thoughts and answer your questions June 22 on successes and pitfalls in hiring and retaining workers.

 

Here is the link to register. Feel free to share.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-at-the-bac-june-2017-tickets-34292769597

Breakfast At The BAC - June 2017 - eventbrite.com

www.eventbrite.com

 

 

                                                        Photo Credit: Cecil Fuqua
Pictured: Perri Gaffney, left, and Majorie Johnson

 

JUBILEE THEATRE PRESENTS "HAVING OUR OWN SAY: THE DELANEY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS."

This play is based on the true story of Bessie and Sadie Delaney, two sisters who at the ages of 101 and 103 were given the rare opportunity to share the first 100 years of their lives . . . as they lived it. They saw it all first hand: the entry of the electric light bulb into the home, the first automobiles to drive on city streets, and even indoor plumbing.

They were both daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South and actually lived in Harlem during its renaissance. In addition, they each celebrated successful careers; during a time when being a common domestic was all that most "colored" women could hope for in a job.

Your entire family would enjoy this production, and it is a perfect entertainment outing for church groups, social clubs and family gatherings. There are discounted tickets for groups of 12 or more.

The play will run through June 25. For tickets call 817-338-4411.

Join us on Thursday, June 8th at our newest chamber member, PlayTri's, Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!

3409 N. Tarrant Pkwy
Fort Worth, TX

www.playtri.com/fortworth


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Other Upcoming Events


June 10

 

JAZZ ON THE TRINITY -- Live jazz music featuring all-star performers at Panther Island Pavilion.

 

Admission: VIP, $199; Reserved Seating, $85; Lawn Seating, $45.

 

For More Information, go to http://www.jazzonthetrinity.com.

 

 

June 20

 

8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

WORK SAFE, TEXAS SUMMIT -- An information-packed morning focusing on workplace safety and how to prevent fatalities.

 

Location: Stockyards Station, Fort Worth

 

For more information: worksafetexas.com

 

 

June 22

 

5:30 to 8 p.m.

 

24TH ANNUAL DR. MARION J. BROOKS LIVING LEGENDS AWARDS -- A night honoring area citizens who have dedicated their lives in service to their community. The honorees are Bishop Robert Sample, Paulette Turner Gwen Barbee and Robert T. McDaniel

 

Social Hour: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Awards Ceremony: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

 

Location: Fort Worth Public Library, 500 West 3rd St., Fort Worth

 

Admission: Free

 


 

June 25

 

11:30 to 1 p.m.

 

BUSINESS PLANNING - THE OVERVIEW --This session explains the reason to write a business plan and the Do’s and Don’ts. It will reinforce the importance of accurate financial projections and the market research needed to help you understand your industry, target market and competition.

 

Location: Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth

 

Contact Information: 817-871-6025

 

Admission: Free

 

 

June 28

 

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m

 

FWMBCC NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION --

Members are invited to this monthly session to learn about the benefits, services, and programs that the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce has to offer. All attendees are encouraged to come prepared with a 30 second introduction.

 

Location: Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, 1150 South Freeway, Suite 211Fort Worth, TX 76104

Contact Information: Dennise Babiche at dbabiche@fwmbcc.org

Welcome New Members:


Insperity
Consultants*, Human Resources*


Croxton & Croxton, Incorporated
Consultants*


Nakia Cole
Photographer*, Photography*

Testimonials


Five successful members of the FWMBCC “testify” to the benefits offered by the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber. Meet Dr. Marie 'Doc' Holliday, Jeffery Postell, Larry Kemp, Trelaine Mapp, and Ken Hampton.

M. A. Holliday FWMBCC
Dr. Marie 'Doc' Holliday
Trelaine Mapp
Jeffery Postell
Larry Kemp
Ken Hampton
Ken Hampton
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FWMBCC Update - May Newsletter

FWMBCC Update - May 2017 Newsletter

Editor / Writer
Bob Ray Sanders
Assistant Editor / Designer 
Dennise Babiche   
May 2017

HIGHLIGHT


BASKETBALL GREAT EARVIN “MAGIC” JOHNSON

TO HEADLINE FORT WORTH BLACK CHAMBER ANNUAL LUNCHEON

 

Young Men from “My Brother’s Keeper” To Be Honored
 


Five-time NBA champion Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the keynote speaker for the 37th Annual Luncheon of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce (FWMBCC) June 2. The event will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.

 

With the theme, “In the Business To Develop Champions,” the luncheon will shine a spotlight on young men who are part of the “My Brother’s Keeper” mentoring program which President Barack Obama established in 2014. Johnson, who is president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers (where he spent 13 seasons as an outstanding player), was one of the initial co-chairs of My Brother’s Keeper.

 

Johnson is one of the most high profile businessmen in the country with interests in a variety of successful companies, including being part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks (the 2016 champion Women’s National Basketball team).

His appearance in Fort Worth, however, will not be to talk about his own success story, but the importance of economic partnerships in local communities – including with entities like the Black Chamber -- and the necessity to mentor and help prepare young people to succeed, said Ken Holdman, senior director of strategic account development for SodexoMAGIC, a company of which Johnson owns 51 percent.

 

Forty high school seniors of the Fort Worth My Brother’s Keeper program will be in attendance at the luncheon to hear Johnson’s challenge to them. President Obama, through a Presidential Memorandum, started My Brother’s Keeper to be a coordinated federal effort to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Nearly 250 communities in all 50 states have accepted the president’s challenge.

 

“Yes, it’s ‘Magic’ that we are able to have an entrepreneur and businessman of his caliber to address our luncheon,” said Devoyd Jennings, president and CEO of the FWMBCC. “While many of us know him from basketball, the things he’s done with at-risk communities throughout the country have been phenomenal. And we’d love to see him do some of those things in Fort Worth.”

 

Jennings added that with the focus on My Brother’s Keeper youths, “I’m convinced that we will be developing new champions for new games in the future.”

 

Ken Holdman (fourth from left) of SodexoMAGIC, met with FWMBCC board members and staff to plan Magic Johnson’s visit to Fort Worth. Also attending was Rickie Clark of My Brother’s Keeper.



For ticket and sponsorship information, call the FWMBCC at 817-871-6538 or online at http://bit.ly/2oHije5.

 
 

 
 

AFRICAN AMERICAN CONTRACTORS CONVENE TO HAVE FRANK DISCUSSION WITH CITY OF FORT WORTH OFFICIALS

 

More than 25 African American contractors came together on a Saturday morning last month to have an open dialogue with representatives for the city’s MWBE office regarding how more minorities can win bids to do business with the city.

 

The two-hour meeting was a frank discussion, with many contractors talking about their frustration with what they saw as obstruction by the city and prime contractors, and with city officials exposing the “myths” about alleged negative experiences of some business owners.

 

Representing the city were Gwen Wilson, business development manager for the Fort Worth MWBE’s Office; Patty Wilson, senior contract compliance specialist; and Tasha Kilgore, contract compliance specialist. Also participating was Devoyd Jennings, president and CEO of the FWMBCC.

 

In addition to the general contract discussion, the entrepreneurs were encouraged to consider bidding on a specific job with prime contractor Aqua Metrics Project which has been chosen to replace more than 200 water meters in the city of Fort Worth.

 

Most participants agreed that this was a very informative and most productive meeting.

LEADERSHIP SET FOR MWBE COMMITTEE


Devoyd Jennings, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce has been elected vice chair of the MWBE Committee. He will be serving with longtime associate John Martinez, president of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce who was elected chairman of the committee.


Jennings and Martinez have collaborated on a number of issues that will help group and support minority business in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

CITY AND BLACK CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP PRODUCING RESULTS
 

The City of Fort Worth’s partnership agreement with the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce has proven to be a win-win for the City and the FWMBCC member group, according to Gwen Wilson, business development manager for the city’s MWBE Office.

 

“The City’s focus to utilize more minority businesses on construction projects increased significantly in the second quarter of FY 2017,” she said. “The city granted more than $1.3 million to six (6) African American-owned businesses who were first-time bidders.”

 

Wilson added, “The agreement between the City and the FWMBCC has provided more indigenous businesses with unique opportunities to grow capacity, participate on larger-in-scale projects, and eventually emerge into larger Prime contractor roles with the City.”


She said the City will continue to work with the Black Chamber “to assist with meeting the aspirational goal of awarding 25 percent in construction contracts to businesses owned by minorities."

LEGACY TEXAS BANK EXECUTIVES AT
MLCC “CHAMBER DAY”

 

LegacyTexas is a commercially oriented, North Texas community bank serving local entrepreneurs, businesses and families for more than 60 years. With over $8 billion in assets and 44 locations in 19 North Texas cities, it also is one of the largest locally based banks in the area.

 

Derric Hicks, the bank’s VP/CRA Commercial Lending Officer, was a guest speaker at FWMBCC’s “Chamber Day” at the Minority Leaders and Citizens Council April 19. He and bank officer Tim Coats were interviewed by Jeremiah Anderson, the chamber’s economic development officer.

 




They talked about products that the bank has to offer, as well as
homeownership and small business loans.

OPEN HOUSE FEATURES GUESTS FROM
THE PARENTING CENTER

 

One of the main missions of the 41-year-old The Parenting Center in Fort Worth is to reduce the number of child abuse cases in North Texas, according to Executive Director Paul Gravely, the guest at the FWMBCC’s “Open House” last month.

 

During an interview with Economic Development Manager Jeremiah Anderson, Gravely said his organization serves between 13,000 and 18,000 clients each year, 15 percent of whom are court-ordered.

 

Gravely, who was accompanied by the center’s outreach specialist, Carlos Duher, stressed that child abuse “happens in low-income families and high income families. It happens when there’s more stress in the home.”

 

The non-profit organization is in the business of “empowering families,” Gravely said, emphasizing that “parents are the first line of defense against child abuse.” That why the non-profit organizations offers parenting classes on over 50 topics.

 

For more information call 817-332-6348 or go online to theparentingcenter.org. The parenting advice line is 817-332-6399.

AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE BUSINESS TO CELEBRATE 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 



 

As a student at the segregated all-black Charlton Pollard High School in Beaumont, Texas, during the late 1960s, Wyntress Booker Ware could not have dreamed that she would one day come to Fort Worth and become one of the most successful African American business owners in the Metroplex.

 

But she has done just that.

 

On May 16th the Fort Worth-based public relations company she founded, Ware + Associates, will commemorate its 30th anniversary. The firm, which started with a home office and one employee back in 1987, has grown into a company with seven employees and an impressive client lists, including the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Tarrant Regional Water District and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T).

 

Several local officials came together on April 24 to recognize Ware’s amazing accomplishments at a special dinner at the Fort Worth Club. Among those offering praise and commendations were U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, the office of State Rep. Nicole Collier, Fort Worth councilmembers Cary Moon and Kelly Allen Gray, and Devoyd Jennings, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.

 

Granger presented Ware with an American flag, symbolic of the one that she will have flown over the U.S. Capitol in her honor and delivered later.

 

Ware + Associates has been awarded a 10-year advertising contract with JCDecaux, the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide. Ware will be responsible for generating local and regional sales throughout the term of the contract. DFW Airport’s new advertising program will consist of 75 percent digital advertising displays.

LOCAL BUSINESSES SPONSORING LUNCH FOR FWMBCC MONTHLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS

 

A new sponsorship program, which kicked off last March, gives small businesses an opportunity to provide lunch for the Chamber’s board of directors meetings, thus saving the FWMBCC that annual expense.

 

The first company to come on board was the Sonyia Byrd law firm. Attorney Bird has offered her services to the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1991. She has had her own practice since 1997.

 

Byrd and representatives of her firm, located at 1111 E. Berry Street in Fort Worth, came to the March board meeting, introduced themselves and provided a brief description of their services.



Visit Sonyia Byrd's website for legal assistance: 
http://www.sonyiabyrd.com/

 

 

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At the April board meeting lunch was sponsored by Real LOVE, a non-profit youth development organization whose mission is: “To provide youth with the skills to create next generation leaders who can compete on a global platform.”

 

The LOVE acronym stands for "Leadership, Obedience, Victory and Excellence."

 

The purpose of the group is “to collaborate and partner with other community leaders on behalf our youth in order to make a greater difference at every level,” said Executive Director Charmaine Herron.

 

 

For more more information on the organization, go to info@projectreallove.org or http://projectreallove.org/




 
Interested in sponsoring a meeting for our Board of Directors? 
Contact Barbara Bolden at bbolden@fwmbcc.org or call 817.871.6538

NEW FORT WORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXEC PAYS A VISIT TO FWMBCC

 


Brandom Gengelbach, who joined the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce last November as its executive vice president of economic development, came by the FWMBCC office May 1 to become better acquainted with President and CEO Devoyd Jennings.

 

Coming to Fort Worth from Tennessee, Gengelbach is a business professional with foreign and domestic experience. Before coming here he served for three years as vice president of business development for Smelter Service Corp, an aluminum company in Mount Pleasant, Tenn.

"Collaboration is the theme," Jennings said. "Brandom serves on the WMBE Committee with me, as well as Southeast Fort Worth, Inc. board."

He added, "This is a huge deal for collaborative inclusion. The facts are that Fort Worth has a low number of African-American businesses for a city of its size, and corrective steps must be taken to resolve this disparity.

"The fact that we have too many low performing schools on the east side of I-35W, and two high of an unemployment rate in Stop Six, Texas (20 percent) -- of which our Mayor Price acknowledges as an area of opportunity for promise -- takes all hands on deck. Brandom, as the economic development vice president for the Fort Worth Chamber, takes note of the situation to seek answers for a solution of this economic and educational situation. Economics and Education are the two principles of the Fort Worth Black Chamber's agenda!"

 

After he was selected for the job at the Fort Worth Chamber, Gengelbach told the Star-Telegram, “There is no better place in the country to live, work and raise a family than Fort Worth and the surrounding area. Fort Worth is truly the envy of the country right now in terms of livability and economic development and I’m thrilled to be joining the team.”

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FORT WORTH BLACK CHAMBER AND PINNACLE BANK TEAM UP FOR CAPACITY BUILDING SERIES

 

Pinnacle Bank is sponsoring a three-part “Capacity Building Series” with the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce beginning this month.

 

Module 1 of the series, set for May 23, is on “Bonding & Construction Law,” which will cover everything you need to know about bonding with a presentation from construction law attorney Cara Kennemer. Kennemer will address the following:

-- Lien & Bonding Protection

-- Project Close-out Settlement

-- Payment Negotiation

-- Sub-General Contractor Dispute Resolution

-- Contract Review: Prime to Sub-Contractors

-- Contract Review: “You” to a Sub-Contractor

-- Contract Review: Owners to General Contractors


Other Upcoming Events



May 15

 

11:30 to 1 p.m.

 

BUSINESS PLANNING: THE OVERVIEW -- This session explains the reason to write a business plan and the Do’s and Don’ts. It will reinforce the importance of accurate financial projections and the market research needed to help you understand your industry, target market and competition.

 

Location: Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth

 

Admission: Free

 

Contact Information: 817-871-6025

 

 

May 31

 

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

FWMBCC NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION --Members are invited to this monthly session to learn about the benefits, services and programs that the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce has to offer. All attendees are encouraged to come prepared with a 30-second introduction.

 

Location: Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, 1150 South Freeway, Suite 211, Fort Worth

 

Contact Information: Dennise Babiche, dbabiche@fwmbcc.org

Welcome New Members:

 

Vincent Payne
Apparel/Industries/Consultants*, Designer / Industrial


Sigamone Price
Title Examiner


Turner Insurance Group, LLC
Financial & Financial Advisors*, Insurance, Insurance & Financial Service

Testimonials


Five successful members of the FWMBCC “testify” to the benefits offered by the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber. Meet Dr. Marie 'Doc' Holliday, Jeffery Postell, Larry Kemp, Trelaine Mapp, and Ken Hampton.

M. A. Holliday FWMBCC
Dr. Marie 'Doc' Holliday
Trelaine Mapp
Jeffery Postell
Larry Kemp
Ken Hampton
Ken Hampton
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