8 posts categorized "Emerging Business"


City Pig BBQ of Fort Worth wins contract to serve pork - lots of it - at NFL Tailgate

Super Bowl City Pig 002 Tarrant County businesses continue to see contracts from the big game.

Alan Davis of City Pig BBQ, 2001 8th Ave. in Fort Worth, reports he’s won a contract to serve 4,000 servings of pulled pork and cole slaw at the NFL Tailgate VIP party on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s 823 pounds of pork butt, Davis says. He’s still calculating how much slaw he’s going to have to produce, given that it has to be served up in 4,000 two-ounce cups.

For Davis, who’s about to celebrate his one-year anniversary in Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood next month, the contract is a vindication of sorts.

“People thought we were crazy to open there,” he says, of locating a restaurant in an unassuming strip shopping center at 8th and Arlington.

Over the weekend, he hung a red Super Bowl banner – red signifies a Super Bowl-contracted business – over his restaurant.

Davis says 2010 came in better than his expectations.

“We have good days and we have bad days,” he said.

- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram


Woman-owned Grapevine firm has concrete barrier contract for Super Bowl

MEB Construction, a woman-owned construction company based in Grapevine, reports it has the concrete barricade contract around Cowboys Stadium for the Super Bowl. Eve Clark,  president, says her crews have already completed one phase of the project. “We start the removal process at midnight after the game,” she says. “We plan on getting those streets back open for everyone.” Clark says the firm won the contract through the Super Bowl's Emerging Business program for women and minority-owned vendors.

- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram


NFL holding small business workshops in Dallas, Fort Worth, this month

The NFL wants to leave a mark with North Texas small businesses.

Besides its Emerging Business program, which guarantees registered, approved women and minority-owned businesses a shot at bidding for Super Bowl XLV contracts, the league is sponsoring two Playbook Workshops this month open to any small businesses. (Here's our print story from the Dec. 26 Star-Telegram on Tarrant County small businesses beginning to learn they've won Super Bowl contracts.)

Cost was $39.95, but has been cut to $19.95. The first workship is this Thursday Jan. 6 at SMU. The second is Jan. 25 at TCU.

To register for the SMU workshop, visit the Super Bowl Playbook site and enter SuperBowl45 as the discount code.

Bud Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU, is heading the SMU workshop with retired Cowboys great Chad Hennings.

The SMU workshop will be 7 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the SMU Cox James M. Collins Executive Center, 3150 Binkley Ave.

The half-day TCU workshop will be in conjunction with the Neeley School of Business. It will be 7 a.m.-noon Jan. 25 at the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU campus. Registration info will be available at the Neeley site beginning Tuesday.

Speakers and topics include:

  • The Values-Based Enterprise: Making Meaning to Make Money, Raymond Smilor, Neeley School of Business.
  • .Instilling a Winning Culture in Your Company, Paul Spiegelman, CEO, The Beryl Cos.
  • Using Social Media to Market and Advance Your Business, Stacy Landreth Grau, assistant professor, marketing, Neeley School.
  • Success in Business—Concrete Tools for Growing Your Business, David Minor, founder emeritus, Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.
  • Finding Capital and Financial Resources to Grow Your Business, panel.
  • The Power of Partnership-Important Resources for Any Business, panel.

The TCU workshop will also include a small business expo, with representatives from the Fort Worth Business Assistance Cengter, Small Business Development Center, North Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commerce, TECH Fort Worth, and North Texas Angel Network.

- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram


Super Bowl's ticket offer boosting sales for women, minority businesses

The Super Bowl's Emerging Business Challenge -- spend at least $500 with one of the women or minority-owned firms in Super Bowl XLV's business resource guide, and get entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the game -- is yielding some results.

"We are tracking over $700,000 in sales with more than 150 transactions to date," Robbie Douglas, director of business development for the Super Bowl Host Committee, said.

The guide, open to the public at www.northtexassuperbowl.com/TheGuide, contains the profiles of more than 900 "emerging businesses" certified as women or minority-owned and approved to be in the guide, which the Super Bowl is promoting to the National Football League, NFL entities, hotels, convention and visitors bureaus, and other entities for their use in awarding contracts for next February's game in Arlington.

To enter the drawing, spend at least $500 with a business in the guide, and fax the invoice to the Host Committee at 214-224-0149. For every $500 you spend, you're entered to win another two tickets.

- Scott Nishimura


Tarrant women, minority-owned firms look for piece of Super Bowl pie

Delicelee Kaysmith Here's our recent story on some Tarrant County firms that have thrown themselves into the mix for Super Bowl business.

- Scott Nishimura


Rhenda (Photos, clockwise from top left: Delice Lee; Kay Smith; Alyce Jones, Jan Brefczynski and Rhenda Gray) 


NFL in town as Super Bowl planning moves into high gear

Yes, the 2011 Super Bowl is still 10 months away. But planning is in high gear, and this week is a big one for local organizers. A large contingent of National Football League officials will be in town to meet privately with officials from the Super Bowl Host Committee and hotel owners, among others.

Traffic, security and accommodations will be among the topics of discussion.

The NFL is scheduled to meet with local hospitality officials at the Fort Worth Club on Wednesday. "Super Bowl 101" is the title of one program, for the Hotel Association of Tarrant County.

The third and final Emerging Business Workshop will be from 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Dallas Convention Center Theatre Complex, 650 S. Griffin St., in Dallas. Frank Supovitz, NFL senior vice president events, is among the speakers; Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert is also scheduled to attend.

Here's a short video clip featuring Robbie Douglas, director of business development for the host committee, shot at the second Emerging Business Workshop:

-- Kathy Vetter


Watch the live stream from the emerging business workshop


Registration closed for Thursday Emerging Business workshop

Want a seat at Thursday’s NFL-North Texas Super Bowl Committee Emerging Business workshop?

First, you must already be registered. Second, if you are, better get to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington (Lot 10, Entrance H) early for the 9 a.m.-noon event. It’s the second of three planned workshops aimed at introducing woman and minority-owned businesses to contracting opportunities connected to next year’s Super Bowl XLV in Arlington.

For the first workshop last fall, organizers expected several hundred participants and got 1,000.

For Thursday’s?

“I think we’re pushing 1,800,” Tony Fay, host committee spokesman, said Wednesday.

With those numbers swollen, the organizers closed registration Tuesday and plan to stream the event live on the Host Committee’s web site, www.northtexassuperbowl.com, said Robbie Douglas, director of business development for the host committee.

“We cannot accommodate any new businesses” in the workshop, she said.

You can still be approved to participate in the Emerging Business program without having attended one of the workshops, organizers noted.

The online video also will be archived. Businesses “will not miss any key information,” Douglas said.

The workshop will be on an end zone party plaza, and there’s seating for 1,300, Fay said. To accommodate the expected larger number of participants, organizers will likely open a second room at the stadium with a closed-circuit TV feed, he said.

Some business owners who didn’t register in time have called the Host Committee offices, asking if they can camp out overnight to get in, Douglas said.

Other business owners have wondered why there’s limited seating capacity in a stadium that can hold 100,000, Douglas said. Another event is scheduled for the same time on the field, she noted.

Businesses interested in participating in the Emerging Business program – among the criteria, they must be 51 percent woman or minority-owned and controlled -- face two deadlines: March 31 to register at www.northtexassuperbowl.com, and May 31 to get certified as a woman or minority-owned business.

Business owners who meet those hurdles must also fit in the categories of goods and services in demand for the big game.

Businesses that clear every requirement get their profiles listed in a guide that the NFL, Host Committee, sponsors, hotels, municipalities, convention bureaus, and others will have access to, in awarding contracts for the Super Bowl. See the web site for more details.

- Scott Nishimura, Super Bowl XLV business reporter, Star-Telegram