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Calendar: June 23, 2014

Friday through Sunday 6/27 – 6/29 The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host the BizFest Entrepreneurship Competition at Jean McClung Middle School located at 3000 Forest Ave. in Fort Worth. The three-day workshop will teach Fort Worth high school students how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures, offer hands-on practical training for aspiring entrepreneurs and encourage students to pursue a higher education and become future business leaders. The program is delivered by the University of Texas – Pan American. For information go to

Thursday 6/26 The Tarrant County Small Business Entrepreneur Expo will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 2600 Westport Parkway in Fort Worth. The expo will feature a day of free professional business workshops and networking. For information and a complete list of workshops go to or call 817-676-6074.

Saturday 6/28 The YWCA will host a Family Community Services Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sycamore Community Center located at 2525 E. Rosedale St. Twenty vendors will showcase services available to assist residents in their daily lives in the Polytechnic and Eastwood communities. The event includes financial education classes, offered in Spanish and English, by YWCA banking partner and sponsor JPMorgan Chase. For information contact Charlene Hurst at 817-841-7936.

Monday 6/30 The YWCA will host a Financial Coaching Clinic at 6:30 p.m. at the historic YWCA located at 512 W. Fourth St. in downtown Fort Worth. Attendees will meet with a financial coach to review personal financial issues and learn about credit and debt management, budgeting and expense tracking and savings. To register contact Renee Griggs at 817-841-0867.


Tuesday 7/1 Texas Woman’s University will host Executive MBA program information sessions at 6 p.m. in room 501 of the Administrative Conference Tower at TWU’s Denton campus located at 304 Administration Dr. The Executive MBA program is designed for individuals in professional or managerial positions who want to enhance their business knowledge and career possibilities. Classes are open to men and women. Students are able to earn their degree, while working full time, in 15-24 months by taking courses online and on select Saturdays. For information go to or call 1-800-283-2291.

July 5 to August 3 Jubilee Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors at the theater located at 506 Main St. Preview performances are July 5-10 and ticket price is $20. Opening night is July 11. Ticket prices after preview performances range from $25 – $30. For information or to purchase tickets go to or call 817-338-4411.

July 5-31 The Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA) will present the Selections 2014 exhibition and panel discussion at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center located at 1300 Gendy St. Designed to showcase the spectrum of artwork being produced in Fort Worth and the surrounding area, this collaborative effort brings together dozens of pieces in various media for one comprehensive show. An opening reception will be July 11 from 6-9 p.m. This year’s exhibition will feature select works by artists from 12 FWADA member galleries: the Art Galleries at TCU; Artspace 111; the Atrium Gallery at UNT Health Science Center; Firehouse Gallery; Lakeview Gallery, Tarrant County College Northwest Campus; McAnthony’s Multicultural Center; Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery & Studio; SiNiCa Studios; Uncommon Angles; the Upstairs Gallery; Weiler House Fine Art Gallery; and William Campbell Contemporary Art. For information contact Shea Patterson Young at 817-735-0301 or or go to

Thursday 7/10 The Women’s Energy Network (WEN)-North Texas Chapter will host its July luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fort Worth Petroleum Club located at 777 Main St. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Betsy Price will be guest speaker and present a discussion titled, “Determination, Passion and Energy: How to Become a Great Woman Leader.” A question-and-answer session will follow her presentation. The cost to attend is $35 for WEN members and $50 for prospective members. Register online at For information contact Whitney Randolph at




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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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