FWMBCC Update - March Newsletter

FWMBCC Update - March 2017 Newsletter

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




The eighth leadership class for the FWMBCC’s PATHS Forward program will begin April 1, and it promises to be an eventful, information-packed series of lessons designed to train and encourage young African American professionals to become productive leaders in our community.


“PATHS” is an acronym that stands for “Professional Avenues to Higher Service.” The 9-month program offers an invaluable experience where participants get to meet and participate in discussions with successful entrepreneurs, corporate businessmen/women and civic leaders to expand their networks.


Businesses and institutions are encouraged to register one or more of their young leaders (ages 21 to 40) to become a part of this class. Participation as a sponsor -- the fee is $1,000 per person -- brings recognition of your company to the thousands of members and supporters of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. And, by investing in your employees, it adds to your bottom line as they gain additional business and leadership skills at a reasonable cost.


What is the time commitment? One full-day Saturday retreat; seven (7) monthly three-hour workshops in which dinner is served; one (1) graduation ceremony. Students also will participate in a group project.


Register NOW.




The FWMBCC’s Film and Movie Institute started 25 years ago after Director Gwen Barbee was encouraged to respond to a trend in the area in which “rip-off" artists were cheating parents out of thousands of dollars with the promise of making their kids film and television stars.


Barbee accepted the challenge and started the institute, not imagining it would still be in existence 25 years later.


This year’s event, held at the Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center, attracted students from across the area to receive training in filmmaking, screenwriting and acting. It also honored entrepreneur Jim Austin, a man who has been supporting the Institute from its beginning -- first offering to host it his Renaissance Cultural Center venue.


Also honored was former Dallas Cowboys player Greg Ellis, who was the speaker for “The Rising Stars Annual Luncheon.” Ellis was producer of the film, “Carter High,” which had its regional premiere hosted by the Institute at the Forest Hill Center.

Channel 11 News did a report on this year's Institute.                                                                                                                                                                      




In what was an historic meeting, leaders of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and that city’s mayor travelled to Cowtown for a joint session with the the president and executive board of the Fort Worth Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.


The two groups talked about ways of cooperating in helping to create more economic development for the area, and particularly about providing more opportunity for minority businesses in securing government contracts.


Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, noting that Tarrant County is becoming an “international county,” said, “It’s about partnership. In this complicated world, we need to work together.”


The chairmen of the two chambers, Sultan Cole of FWMBCC and Bob Kembel, presented each other with membership plaques for their respective organizations, making their reciprocity agreement official.

“I look at this as a real opportunity to work together,” said Michael Jacobson, president and CEO of the Arlington Chamber.



The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce - Women's Business Division kicked off the year with a great introduction event at the Texas Wesleyan University Baker Building. The WBD Chair, Yolanda Harper, started the evening with an innovative ice breaker of 'Networking Selfies', which led to the group of women attendees going around the room and meeting each other in an unconventional way, by taking a selfie with one another. The evening continued with delicious  food by chamber member Chef Mimi of Creative Cuisines, great speakers, and an overall high energy for upcoming events.


The FWMBCC Women's Business Division is on to a great start for 2017!
Be on the lookout for more upcoming events.




Last month’s Chamber Open House turned out to be a lively discussion with State Senator Konni Burton explaining her priorities for this year’s legislative session.


Burton, who represents Senate District 10 in Tarrant County, was interviewed by FWMBCC’s Communications Director Bob Ray Sanders, but the audience had plenty of questions and comments as well.


Topics discussed included the state’s forfeiture laws for those suspected of crimes, prisons, economic development and the proposed so-called “bathroom” bill which would require transgender individuals to use the bathrooms of the gender that’s on their birth certificates.


Some attendees continued the discussion long after the senator had left.



Dallas/Fort Worth Airport last month held its annual “DFW Minority Chambers & Advocacy Organization and Distribution of Checks” meeting at its headquarters, and the FWMBCC was among the organizations that received continued support from this area’s major economic engine.


Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW, said the airport is committed to diversity programs, and that “it is now time to double-down on our support for our community partners.”


He told representatives of minority organizations, “Keep pushing us. Keep pushing us. Ask us, ‘Can we do more?’ Keep pushing us. You have my commitment; you have the team’s commitment."


Donohue reported that DFW not only met all of its minority contracting goals last year, but exceeded them.


For the FWMBCC, the airport committed to its annual membership and sponsorship of the Annual Awards Luncheon, Women’s Business Conference and Luncheon, and a workshop presenter.



Four Fort Worth legends were honored at the 2017 African American Bring Meetings Home Luncheon last month at the Riley Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Sponsored jointly by the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, this was the fifth year for the luncheon which recognizes individuals who have helped bring visitors to Cowtown.


Honored with the “Bring Meetings Home Award” this year were: T. Arthurlene (Artie) Jackson of The Drifters Incorporated, and Harnell Williams, with Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.


The “Legacy Award” was presented to Rev. Nehemiah Davis, longtime pastor of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, and Reby Cary, legendary educator, politician, community activist and the author of more than 20 books on black history.


This year’s theme was, “Welcome the World: Meet in Fort Worth.”




Hiawatha Williams, the founder and CEO of WILLIAMS CHICKEN, was the keynote speaker at the Minority Leaders and Citizens Council in February where he talked about the company’s beginning and its success 30 years later.


Williams noted that he started out working for Church’s Chicken, and left that company after he did not get a promotion which he deserved. He founded his own company that has now grown to 38 stores (including franchises) with between 450 to 500 employees and a more than $3 million payroll.


The self-made entrepreneur, who was raised on a farm milking cows and chopping wood,  declared, “We don’t value work any more,” noting that many young people today want to start out with his job rather than begin at the bottom.


“I still pick up paper on the parking lot,” he said. “I still clean restrooms.”


Williams was joined by three other successful men for a discussion of economic development: Rev. Sultan Cole, newly elected chairman of the FWMBCC; Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director for the City of Fort Worth; and Michael McClinton, manager of the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center.


The session was one of the best attended Chamber Day events in a long time, thanks to the excellent speakers . . . and the soul food lunch that featured WILLIAMS CHICKEN.


Women's Business Division:
A Conversation with Ardenia Gould

MARCH 18, 2017



Erin Roseman, assistant director for municipal courts for the city of Arlington, has been appointed to represent that city on the North Central Texas Regional Certification Council. Ms. Roseman was introduced at the February meeting of the Community Influence Leaders Roundtable (CILR), a group to which she will report quarterly about activities at the NCTRCA.



Once again the renowned Dallas Black Dance Theatre is including Fort Worth on its “DANCING BEYOND BORDERS” tour. The troupe will be in Cowtown on March 11 with their stunning performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the William E. Scott Theatre, 3505 Lancaster Ave.


Regular tickets are $32.50, but groups of 10 or more can get discount prices. Groups may contact Courtney Whiteside at c.whiteside@dbdt.com to book groups for the performance.

Other Upcoming Events


March 10


11 a.m. to 12 Noon


CITY OF ARLINGTON & AISD MONTHLY SUPPLIER MEETING -- Purchasing staff from both agencies will be available to meet with new vendors, hand out registration instructions and provide current contract lists. If not currently registered as a supplier or vendor, stop by during one of the events during the year.


Location: Parks & Recreation Administration Building, Parks Board Room, 717 W. Main St., Arlington.


Admission: Free


March 15

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

CHAMBER DAY AT MLCC: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities of being a female leader in Fort Worth

The FWMBCC Women's Business Division will be featured for this months Chamber Day at MLCC. We will have a panel of women business owners in Fort Worth.

Location: Community Christian Church

Admission: Free

March 16


The City of Fort Worth's Office of Business Diversity Division will be hosting quarterly workshops to help vendors craft convincing responses to invitations to bid (ITBs), requests for proposals (RFPs), requests for qualifications (RFQs) and other solicitations on the third Thursday of the month at the Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX. 76104 on the following dates:

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Click HERE to register


March 25


11:30 a.m. to 1:00 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



March 29


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 Member:


Youth Entrepreneurs
Business / Development Consultants*, Business Counseling, Education

Westpark Discount Pharmacy
Medical*, Medical Service, Pharmaceutial/Herbal, Pharmacist

RRK Real Estate Investments & Holdings, LLC
Real Estate Developers & Investors*

AlphaGraphics Arlington

Camilla Harris Ins Agency Inc
Insurance & Financial Service

Agents DFW
Real Estate

Kelicia Lyons
Political, Public Speaker, Public Speaker



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 - November Newsletter

FWMBCC Update - November 2016 Newsletter

Editor / Writer
Bob Ray Sanders
Assistant Editor / Designer 
Dennise Babiche   
November 2016




The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Division will host a full-day conference for professional women from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 11 at the Amon Carter Center at Lena Pope Campus, 3200 Sanguinet Street.


With the theme,“Creating Strategic Alliances,” the conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Kimberly Ellison, as well as impactful breakout sessions and a dynamic panel discussion that will leave the women empowered and prepared to serve our community, said Business Women’s Division Chair Yolanda Harper.


Harper also announced that this year’s event will be FREE, thanks to some corporate members of the FWMBCC. A professional photographer will be onsite to take headshots for $10.


“This event will be life-changing -- professionally and personally,” Harper said, adding that space is limited and the registration deadline is Nov. 7.


Harper notes, “Ladies, our calendars are filled with work, church and community events, but where are YOU on your calendar? Here's an opportunity to take a day to recharge, reconnect, and refocus with other like-minded women seeking to be better.”


Click the flyer to register online!


Breakfast and Golf Tournament Both a Big Hit


The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce successfully pulled off two well-attended events last month that brought additional income into the organization’s coffers.


The Breakfast and Conversation with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar discussing “The State of Our Money” drew 215 people to the Fort Worth Club October 6. Among the noted guests were Commissioner Roy C. Brooks; State Senator Konni Burton; State Senator Royce West; Former Mayor Kenneth Barr, former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams; Bill Thornton, president of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; and Michael Jacobson, president of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.


Commissioner Roy C. Brooks and Sen. Burton also were on the host committee, along with Mayor Betsy Price, Councilman Jungus Jordan, Deborah Connor of the Fort Worth Business Press, Rosa Navejar of The Rios Group, Glenn Anderson of Turner Construction and Charles Boswell with the Tarrant Area Food Bank.


Co-chairs for the breakfast were Attorney Glenn Lewis and Reginald Gates of Tarrant County College District.


The Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament, held a week later at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless, attracted 128 players who had a great time at this year’s event.


We’d like to thank Gwen Barbee and her troops from the South Tarrant Chamber of Commerce for serving as hosts for both fundraisers.



Gold: Turner

Silver: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Media: Fort Worth Business Press

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to our Breakfast Table Sponsors:

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
District 6 Councilman Jungus Jordan
Tarrant Regional Water District
Tarrant County College District 
Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
United Way of Tarrant County
Origin Bank
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau
Kelly Hart & Hallman



DFW Business Diversity
Coca Cola Refreshments
Texas Health Resources
Cash America
Bell Helicopter
City Fort Worth
Miller Coors
Southside Bank
FWMBCC Office Manager Barbara Bolden and Membership Services Director Dennise Babiche, who worked extremely hard in helping organize both fundraisers, show off the beautiful flowers they received from Golf Committee Chairman Bob Jameson, a chamber board member and President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.



Featured speaker for the October Lunch & Learn Series at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen was Tim Jacquet, senior vice president at Apple Capital Group, Inc.


Jacquet talked about “Doing Business with the Government.”

The “Lunch & Learn” series provides an atmosphere for interactive learning and networking while maximizing time over lunch.





Join us for the next session of our “Lunch & Learn Workshop Series” at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. 

Click the flyer to register online!



The Arlington City Council, at its October 25th meeting, voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement between the city and the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA). The city’s authorized annual commitment to the agency will be $39,888.


Arlington’s approved resolution to rejoin NCTRCA and its commitment “relative to participation in providing regional certification and other related services to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Minority and/or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise participants.”


This marks another giant step in Arlington’s commitment to minority contracting. Earlier this year, with impetus from the Community Influence Leadership Roundtable (CILR), the city council adopted a 25 percent goal for Minority- and Women-Business Enterprises to secure contracts on city-funded projects.


“This is historical in that this is going to potentially put Arlington on a  positive road,” said Chaplain Rich Stoglin, who was the convener for the CILR.


Stoglin pointed out that the CILR’s mission “is consistent with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s primary strategy of building a sustainable community, promote understanding, awareness and participation in opportunities in the growing diversity of our community.”


He noted that FWMBCC President and CEO Devoyd Jennings served as a consultant to the CILR when it was organized in 2015.


“On behalf of the NCTRCA board, we would like to thank the City of Arlington for their decision to rejoin the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency which indicates direct support for the certified minority and women owned business enterprises (MWBE) pursuing contracting opportunities with the City of Arlington,” said Board Chairman Andre McEwing.


Left to Right are: Andre' McEwing, Chairman of the NCTRCA, Devoyd Jennings, President/CEO of the Ft. Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Jeff Williams, Deputy Mayor Michael Glaspie, Don Stinnett of the Community Influence Leadership Roundtable, and Chaplain Rich Stoglin, of the Community Influence Leadership Roundtable (CILR).



Melanin Origins, a minority owned children’s book company located in Arlington, has published its first book.


"Brick by Brick: A Snippet of the Life of Booker T. Washington" has sold over 500 copies, and scores of books have been donated to children, libraries and charities across the country.


“Melanin Origins LLC is 100 percent committed to empowering the next generation via literacy and cultural competency,” said founder and CEO Louie T. McClain II.


The company’s theme is “Channeling The Greatness That Lies Within,” and its mission is “to provide quality educational materials which inspire young minds to aspire for excellence while embracing their heritage.”


For more information on the company and the book, go to www.MelaninOrigins.com.




The FWMBCC Day at the Minority Leaders and Citizens Council in October covered a topic that was new to many people: “business invoice factoring.”



Brian Stewart, business development manager for Riviera Finance (a nationally recognized leader in business financing), did an excellent job of explaining the “factoring concept” in which his firm can advance small and medium-sized businesses money for invoices they have trouble collecting.



Riviera, which has been around since 1969, has eight processing centers in the United States and Canada, and is currently serving 1,200 clients. Stewart, who works out of the company’s Dallas office, is no stranger to Fort Worth. His late father is a former pastor of Community Christian Church where the MLCC luncheon is held every week.



For more information on business invoice factoring and on Riviera, contact stewart at bstewart@rivierafinance.com.


FWMBCC Staffer Accepts Honor on Her Behalf


Cathay Williams, the first black woman to enlist in the United States Army, was honored in Fort Worth October 29, by being inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame during a ceremony in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. A bronze star bearing her name has been placed on the sidewalk along Exchange Street.


Williams, who enlisted under the name “William Cathay,”  joined the military on Nov. 15, 1866 at St. Louis, Missouri. She used the first name of “William” because she was posing as a man. Women were not allowed to join the military in those days.


The former slave, who was a native of Independence, Missouri, served two years in the Army before a surgeon discovered she was a woman during one of her stays in the hospital. Williams was discharged, and years later (late 1889 or early 1890) after being hospitalized she applied for a disability pension based on her military service. She was denied the pension, and it is believed she died (at age 49 or 50) around 1892 in Trinidad, Colorado.


Because none of her descendants could be located, FWMBCC Communications Director Bob Ray Sanders, was asked to accept the honor on her behalf.


“It is my privilege to rise on her behalf and represent this remarkable woman,” Sanders told the crowd. “Although she is new to me, and we don’t know of her direct, blood descendants, I proudly feel as though I am a part of her -- that I am one of her children. I know for a fact that I most definitely am standing on her shoulders.”

Other inductees into the Texas Trail of Fame last month were: Loyd A. Jinkens, a rancher and prize-winning horse breeder known as “Mr. Quarter Horse”; the North Fort Worth Historical Society (prevationalist); Vicente Oropeza, an entertainer from Mexico who popularized trick roping; the Great American Cattle Drive of 1995 (event); Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh, cattle ranchers and philanthropists; and Texas Rangers Leander Harvey McNelly, John Barclay Armstrong and Francis Augustus Hamer.




Other Upcoming Events



November 1

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


DALLAS/FORTWORTH AREA VENDOR FAIR HOSTED BY TARRANT COUNTY PUBLIC AGENCIES -- Tarrant County Public Agencies are collaboratively holding a Vendor Fair at one centralized location (Tarrant County Resource Connection). All Small, Minority, Women, Historical Underutilized or Disadvantaged Businesses and Enterprises are encouraged to come out. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet the decision makers from different businesses throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, attend workshops, participate in one-on-one interviews with buyers, network and learn about both current and upcoming bid opportunities. Upcoming bids and contracting opportunities included the $250-million Texas Live Project with the City of Arlington and the $138-million Water & Waste Line Relocations and Improvement, Bridges, Design & Construction of Park with the City of Fort Worth.


Location: Tarrant County Resource Center, 2300 Circle Dr., Fort Worth


Admission: Early Registration is $20 online; registration at the door is $25


Contact Information: mwbeoffice@fortworthtexas.gov, or call 817-212-2674


November 4 and 5


5:30 p.m. (on 4th); 4 p.m. (on 5th)


OCTANE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE -- A FOCUS ON HEALTHY LEADING -- Octane is a bi-annual conference focused on providing a context for leaders to refuel by providing learning opportunities and PRACTICAL tools that ignite focused purpose, high performance and effective practices. This conference is a component of EIGHT Leadership Development Group. Octane specializes in providing innovative, cutting-edge information that is practice-oriented to help you lead with a higher level of effectivness.


Location: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 820 Thousand Oaks Drive, Hurst


Admission: Early Bird Registration, $83.23; Conference Registration, $117.54


November 11


11 a.m to Noon


CITY OF ARLINGTON & AISD MONTHLY SUPPLIER MEETING -- Purchasing staff from both agencies will be available to meet with new vendors, hand out registration instructions and provide current contract lists. If not currently registered as a supplier or vendor, stop by during one of the events during the year.


Location: Parks & Recreation Administration Building, Parks Board Room, 717 W. Main St., Arlington.


Admission: Free



November 21


10:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.


PRODUCTIVITY HACKS -- Every third Monday of the month Idea Works FW shares best practices and discusses popular tools and hacks that can help you stay on track, increase productivity and improve efficiency on small and large tasks.


Location: 600 East Rosedale, Fort Worth


Admission: Free


Contact Information: rob@ideaworksfw.org


November 23


12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


FWMBCC DAY AT MINORITY LEADERS AND CITIZENS COUNCIL -- The speaker for this session will be Louie T. McClain II, founder and CEO of Melanin Origins, a black book company in Arlington that has published its first children’s book, “Brick by Brick: A Snippet of the Life of Booker T. Washington.” A catered lunch is available for $7.


Location: Community Christian Church, 1720 E. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth


Contact Information: Jeremiah Anderson at janderson@FWMBCC.org


Welcome New Member:




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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