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East Fort Worth Business Association

EFWBA was created to give East Fort Worth business owners a place to meet, and a to have a voice for the advancement, development and improvement of the infra-structure in East Fort Worth, and to provide an atmosphere for businesses to interact and develop relationships for friendship, community and business.

Our meetings presentations cover events and politics affecting the business environment. We provide civic and community information, plans for development of new businesses, roads, trade areas, recreational areas and Educational projects of vital interest to East Fort Worth.

EFWBA advocates for the advancement, development, and improvement of the infra-structure of East Fort Worth (this includes street design, zoning, landscaping, and beautification projects), reviewing and critiqueing issues and projects of interest to business and community of East Fort Worth.

P.S. You still have the opportunity to pick up your "We're Open for Business" signs at Kwik Kopy (call 817.451.6276 to arrange a pick up). This is a great way to inform the community that you are open for business.

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Please feel free to share the link with others and use that opportunity to encourage them to visit a future EFWBA meeting.

In other news:
Vision East Lancaster

EFWBA has long known that Lancaster Avenue was once a thriving buisness district, a shopping destination for many on the east side,and it slowly deteriorated after years of neglect by the City.

Five years ago, EFWBA started a committe called "Vision East Lancaster" to get Lancaster Avenue back to the thriving business corridor it was in the past.

Our efforts are paying off! Scott Gordon, of NBC5, filed this report.

East Lancaster Avenue Getting Boost

President's Message


by Jason Ray

Your EFWBA Board of Directors meets each Thursday following the membership meetings. The meetings are pretty straightforward – review the last meeting, discuss upcoming programs, review financials and other normal business items. For the last year, just like the membership meetings, the board meetings have been held via Zoom.

At the February board meeting we began to think seriously about the prospects of returning to in-person meetings. It was encouraging to hear about President-Elect Mike Whisen and and Past President Wanda Conlin’s planning for the Association’s traditional November banquet. It is too early to say how “traditional” this year’s event will be but I am glad we can start looking forward to something that allows us to gather in person to reconnect and celebrate. For now, I encourage you to not book too much of your early November social calendar. We’ll have more information about the event in the coming months.

In the meantime, we have a couple of great programs coming up. On March 4 you will not want to miss our speaker, Dr. Kathleen Powderly. I’ve attended a training led by Dr. Powderly and I can attest to how engaging she is. She really knows her stuff! At our March meeting she will help us understand the impact of the pandemic on our children. In April we’ll have our mayoral candidates forum.

With 10 filing for the job, we almost have a football team of candidates from which to choose. Our hope is that you’ll better know the candidates and their perspectives on East Fort Worth after the forum on April 1. EFWBA Board Member Linda Fulmer is leading the effort to organize the forum and has excellent plans in place. Please join us for the forum and anticipate a 90 minute meeting so that we get as much information as possible from the candidates.

It sure feels like 2021 is building some very positive momentum! I hope you are experiencing the same feeling. If not, please let me know how the EFWBA can be of assistance.


Daylight Savings Time starts March 14

Invite your friends & save the date for our April 1st Mayoral Candidates Forum

In other East Fort Worth news, a transportation consultant will be engaged in the next couple of months by Trinity Metro to assess East Lancaster for transportation options, including a bus rapid transit system that will meet transportation needs and serve as a stimulus for economic development. The consulting engagement will be the first step of many and this is a good time to get familiar with the project. I would not be surprised to see the project as the subject of one of our EFWBA meetings in 2021.

Monthly Meetings

Our First Thursday of the Month meetings (currently on ZOOM) present timely discussions by prominent business people on events and politics affecting our local business environment. Pre-lunch networking gives you time to meet other Eastside business owners.

We provide civic and community information, development projects & politics of vital interest to residents and business owners in East Fort Worth.

Learn more: Meetings

Postponements: Due to Covid, we had to cancel the annual EFWBA Banquet and Awards presentations.

You can still support by making a donation to the EFWBA scholarship or library book fund.

Donations can be sent to:
Attn: Don Boren, EFWBA Secretary
PO Box 8861
Fort Worth, TX 76124

I was honored to recently receive a phone call from the owner of the Mexican Inn restaurants, Chris Carroll.

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Chris heard the banquet was cancelled but he wanted to support the cause and is sending in a generous donation for the effort. It is wonderful to have friends like ours at Mexican Inn! He also gave us several $25 Mexican Inn gift cards to give out as Door Prizes! You must be present to win.