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On the rise: Kolache bakery stirs up Fort Worth breakfast scene

Investment bankers Wade Chappell and Greg Saltsman didn’t know anything about baking or how to make kolaches when they started their own kolache delivery business in Fort Worth. The two friends just loved eating the Czech pastries but couldn’t find a product they liked locally.

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Fort Worth's new thoroughfare plan aims for more variety in street design

Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan aimed at accommodating continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment with a greater variety of streets and more efficient traffic flow.

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Holt Hickman, businessman who helped preserve Stockyards, dies at 82

Longtime Fort Worth businessman, philanthropist and preservationist Holt Hickman died Nov. 15, 2014, at the age of 82.

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Fort Worth denies three building permits amid TCU overlay debate

City Council members will consider appeals on the three single-family permits Tuesday.

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Taking a RIDE: Fort Worth-based network saddles up for broadcast

As a media executive and owner of television studios, Michael Fletcher has been pitched some ideas before. Like the one from a local preacher who wanted to bust prostitutes and drug dealers – on air – and urge them to come to God.

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Tech Notes: Tech company aims for bi-lateral equvalence

The Shinerunners solar car

RPM2, a subsidiary of MedHab, a TECH Fort Worth client, has launched its website and made its athletic training product available for retail sale.
RPM2 (Remote Performance Measurement/Monitoring) is a device that helps athletes and coaches determine bi-lateral equivalence of the legs by compiling data into easy-to-read dashboard reports sent to the user and coach. Athletes that are bi-laterally equivalent are stronger, faster and perform at a higher level, according to a company news release.


MedHab’s health care technology allows providers to customize physical therapy regimens to meet the individual needs of patients in clinic and remotely.
The initial target market is running and triathlete clubs and coaches, sports performance training facilities and specialty retail running stores.
“RPM2 is pre-set with five range of motion exercises, two “gait” exercises, two “pressure” exercises and one for biking, specifically geared for triathletes or long-distance cyclers,” said CEO and inventor Johnny Ross.
Ross has 20 years’ experience in the health field, including 15 years with Johnson & Johnson. Keith Hill is the RPM2 retail market manager. He received his undergraduate degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Western Illinois University and has spent 24 years in health care and business professions.
– Robert Francis

Mouser-sponsored car wins solar award
The Ben Barber solar racing team, sponsored by Mansfield-based Mouser Electronics Inc. for the second straight year, won the State Energy Conservation Award from the state of Texas.
The award, presented to the solar car team displaying outstanding engineering excellence, was presented at the conclusion of the Solar Car Challenge, a week-long race that began in Fort Worth and ended July 30 in Los Angeles. The Challenge includes driving time of approximately 880 miles, spanning Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California with check points, rest stops and overnight stays for the students along the way.
The team from Ben Barber Career Tech Academy in the Mansfield Independent School District, which also received a special proclamation from the Texas State Senate, also finished fifth overall in the Solar Car Challenge in a field of 14 teams.
Cristian Almendariz, a senior at Mansfield High School who was both an engineer and driver on the Ben Barber team, was presented the Marks Award as the Student Most Embodying Solar Racing Spirit.
– Betty Dillard

Sellmark partners with UTARI
Sellmark Corp. of Mansfield is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) with the goal of creating new technology for outdoor lifestyle products for consumers.
The collaboration will allow students and leading faculty researchers to perform Sellmark-funded research to create and improve existing products, as well as commercialize new technologies.
“Working with UTARI gives Sellmark access to some of the excellent minds at the forefront of technology and development,” said Sellmark President James Sellers.
UTARI, formerly known as the Automation and Robotics Research Institute (ARRI), changed its mission a year ago with the selection of Executive Director and retired Army Lieutenant General Rick Lynch. UT Arlington and UTARI are now focused on becoming the hub for commercialization of research, partnering with leading corporations to promote applied research opportunities for students.
“We provide opportunities for our partners like Sellmark by having an interdisciplinary team of engineers working together in a state-of-the-art facility,” said Lynch.
Sellmark’s president has a unique perspective on UT Arlington. A former graduate research assistant with ARRI, Sellers has a long-term relationship with the university’s program and its efforts. Sellmark recently gave a $25,000 endowment to UT Arlington for advanced optical systems, which was matched through the university’s MavMatch program for a total donation of $50,000. Additionally, a gift of $15,000 was given to the university to support research.
Sellmark, founded in 2000, is an ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturer with brands such as Sightmark, Firefield, Pulsar, 12 Survivors and Southern Crossbow. The company’s products include a variety of outdoor and shooting products such as digital night vision, night vision accessories, crossbows and survival gear.
– Robert Francis

Tablet point-of-sale
Fort Worth-based First American Payment Systems, a payments processor, has announced a new tablet-based point-of-sale device, the 1stPayPOS tablet point-of-sale system. The cloud-based, payment application is designed for brick and mortar businesses of all sizes looking to replace cash registers with secure payment acceptance and reporting capabilities.
“We pride ourselves in listening to our business customers and delivering solutions that help them better manage expenses and reconciliation, while driving sales and profits,” said CEO Neil Randel. “With the 1stPayPOSsystem, business owners have one-touch access to analytics while improving the customer experience at the point of sale.”
The 1stPayPOS was engineered to provide a turnkey solution for businesses and is available as a free download from the Apple App Store. The initial package includes a tablet stand, cash drawer, receipt printer and encrypted card reader. Future releases are scheduled to include applications specifically designed for restaurant and salon owners.
– Robert Francis

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