President's Message

EFWBA Members and Friends,

We are going to keep up the momentum of the successful mayoral candidates forum with an IN-PERSON meeting in May. There are many reasons why you will want to attend this meeting on May 6:

Our door prizes are coming back stronger than ever:

As you can imagine, RSVP’s are critical for making sure we have enough lunches for the meeting.

Please click here:

to reserve your spot (and lunch) at the May 6 meeting. RSVP’s must be received by April 30th to ensure we have a lunch for you (and your guest).

Now, if all that doesn’t get you to the meeting, we will still take care of you. EFWBA Board Member Mike Whisenand of Whiz-Q Stone ( has lined up his crew to broadcast the meeting as a Zoom webinar for you. The Zoom details are below:


Jason Ray
Clayton Youth Enrichment
1215 Country Club Lane
Fort Worth, TX 76112
Direct: 817.345.6636
Office: 817-923-9888 x3321
Cell: 817-301-6891

Department of Treasury

The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead. Treasury

The links below are to PDF documents which download directly.

U.S. Chamber

Small Business Update: The Latest Stimulus Details and Changes to PPP Loans -

Journal of Accountancy

PPP application forms released - Journal

Dallas Business Journal

DFW non-bank business works to bring PPP to underserved communities (subscription required to read full article) DBJ

The Street

New Small Business PPP Loans: How to Apply - The Street

Next meeting
May 6, 2021

with LUNCH!

Sponsored by our friends at:

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Our Guest Speaker for May is the new Chief of Police, Neil Noakes.

Chief Neil Noakes has been with the FWPD since 2000. He has served in multiple ranks across the department in areas such as Patrol, DWI, Motors, and Internal Affairs. Prior to being named Chief of Police, he oversaw the South Command as Deputy Chief.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration form Tarleton State University and his master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Texas Christian University (TCU).

He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 137th Administrative Officers Course and TCU’s inaugural Leadership, Executive and Administrative Development program (L.E.A.D. #1).

He also enjoys working with youth engagement programs such as Operation Progress, Read2Win, All Pro Dad and the City of Fort Worth’s Education Initiative.

We will be taking RSVPs for lunch. If you plan to eat, you must RSVP for this meeting by Friday, April 30th, to ensure the catering service has time to prep the meals.

You can still attend the in-person meeting, even if you don't eat lunch.

If you are still social distancing, you can join in on Zoom. Details will be posted later and also in the newsletter mailed to you.

Thank you for your reservation.
We will see you at the meeting!

May 6

Meeting at the new Fort Worth ISD Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), 1050 Bridgewood Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76112.
Corner of Bridgewood at Bridge, (the former Kroger store building) same parking lot as Dollar General.

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EFWBA Membership Meeting

May 6, 2021 12:00 p.m.

Please click the link to join the webinar:

One tap mobile : +13462487799,,81380378001#

Passcode: 618706

I hope to see you on May 6!

Thank you for your support of EFWBA. Take care and shop local!

You are Invited!

We invite every business owner, professional person, firm, corporation or non-profit organization, to join us for our monthly meetings where you will meet other business owners, individuals and city officials that influence our lives.

The mission is still the same today for this long-lived organization. It was founded in 1974 as a 501(c)4 so that it could be involved in non-partisan political issues. Working with the neighborhoods and Fort Worth City Government offices for the betterment of East Fort Worth sometimes leads to involvement in the political arena.

Monthly Meetings

The meetings will be held online, using Zoom software.

Please follow the instructions on the left of this page to download and install Zoom on your phone or tablet, so you can participate in the meeting.

If your computer does NOT have a camera, you can still listen in and see everyone else, and your name will show in your "hollywood square". This is where the Chat function really becomes helpful.

Call Kat if you need help!

To install Zoom on your computer phone or tablet, start here: ZOOM

NOTE: You don't HAVE to install the app, but it makes attending a meeting easier, and ensures that all your equipment works. For one client, the web version did NOT recognize his studio-style microphone, but after installing the full app, the equipment worked just fine.

In the top right corner, click the orange "Sign up, it's FREE" button. Complete the information they request - birthday, work email. They will send a confirmation email to the address you provided. Check your email, click the large orange "Activate Account" button.

Answer the next question about school use (no)

The next screen will ask for your first & last name, and for you to create a sign in password. Don't forget to write down the password you create! Then click the "Continue" button.

You can skip the request to invite friends. The next page is one you should screen-shot and keep, as it will contain your personal meeting URL, for when you HOST a meeting. (Most of the time, you will be attending a meeting hosted by someone else. But this would be a good time to test out your equipment, by Zooming with another person on Zoom.)

When you click on Start a meeting, the full application will download on your computer. If the download did NOT start, click on the link just below: "Don't have Zoom Client installed? Download now".

The Zoom install package will be in your browser Download folder. open the folder and double click the zipped file to open it. Follow the install instructions.

Once it has installed on your computer, use the APP, not the website to attend a meeting. You need the Meeting number and the magic password to attend.

If you get stuck, or have questions, call Kat, our computer tech expert at: 817-451-6276.

mexican inn cafe logo

and East Fort Worth Business Association Partnership

 original location

When the original Mexican Inn building on East Lancaster began sliding down the hill in the back, Chris Carrol, owner of the Mexican Inns and Spring Creek Barbeque restaurants, made a wonderful decision for East Fort Worth. He would build a new facility on the same property after demolishing the old building.

My son Jim and I owned and published the Greater Meadowbrook News at the time, and Jim decided we had to have an interview and pictures before the demolition took place. Those of us who have been here for some time loved the beautiful old tiles and atmosphere of the original building and Jim wanted to preserve as much as we could.

Chris Carroll was delighted to meet with Jim and the pictures were made and the history shared.

big money check

When the new building was completed and a grand opening date was decided on, Becky Carroll came to our Oakland office to determine how we could form a partnership for the good of East Fort Worth. Becky and I decided on a Spirit Night where East Fort Worth Business Association would get the people there and Mexican Inn would share the proceeds from the evening with us. That was in April of 2006 and we have been partnering twice a year since. No restrictions were put on the use of those dollars. The partnership has meant $28,000 over the years which East Fort Worth Business Association has used mostly for educational projects!

East Fort Worth Business Association has been an organization involved with economic and neighborhood issues for more than 45 years. We advocate for local businesses and support the neighborhoods in quality of life issues. Our focus in the past few years has been to make East Fort Worth an "Education Destination". We give student monetary gifts to help with school necessities, and we have bought books for nine elementary schools which feed into Eastern Hills High School.

Our partnership with Mexican Inn, thanks to Jim Conlin, has been strong and fruitful for East Fort Worth Business Association and for Mexican Inn. Check the photographs on the wall at the East Lancaster location for examples of Jim's work.