Functional Taekwondo of Mansfield, TX

Mansfield, TX – Functional Taekwondo, opened in April 2017, is a hybrid martial art that combines the arts of western boxing, Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) and Olympic style Taekwondo. Their school is suitable for children, teens, adults, families and professional fighters alike. The curriculum is divided into separate age groups and skill levels to ensure a safe, effective, and most of all, FUN martial arts practice to help their students become safe and powerful individuals.

Taylor Kelly, the owner, is a mixed martial artist with a Taekwondo background.  He opened Functional Taekwondo so that he could offer Taekwondo in a structure similar to that of combat sports. The idea came to him when he was training at a gym in Portland, Oregon that offered him a job to teach Taekwondo kicks for MMA competitors. As his ideas evolved and he continued to train, he came to the conclusion that the only way Taekwondo can be effective is if the boxing and Muay Thai foundations were present. Thus, he created a school that offered the same structure and discipline of Taekwondo while offering a complete striking style suitable for self-defense and high-level competition.

What separates them from other typical Taekwondo schools is that they highly emphasize self-defense as the overarching theme and only teach techniques that can be applied against progressive resistance.

Students are awarded a new rank based on how well they can defend themselves. This includes a wide variety of sparring, conditioning, and knowing the necessary steps to take when in a hostile situation.

For children, Functional Taekwondo teaches the fundamentals of stranger awareness, positive character development, and how to deal with bullying through their martial arts training. Studies show that children who engage in martial arts have higher self-esteem, more focus, are healthier, and become more studious in their academics.

“One thing that any customer will notice whether they watch their kids take a class, or take one themselves, is the high level of practicality in what we teach. Even in our cardio kickboxing classes we are teaching legitimate striking technique and everything is very personalized. In our kids classes, it takes a very long time for children to rank up in belts (we don’t give kids blackbelts/junior blackbelts, something that most Taekwondo schools do). That being said, children will be learning how to really fight while developing character skills that will affect them the rest of their lives.”

-Taylor Kelly

In their adult program, you will be getting some of the highest energy and fun workouts of your life. Additionally, not only will you gain strength, improve cardio performance, get muscle tone, burn fat, and have more energy, you will also be learning legitimate skills for self-defense.  If you wish to compete, they also can train you for that as well.

As you can see, functional Taekwondo is not exclusive to just children or adults, it is a program designed for the whole family.  Go check them out!

Functional Taekwondo
1275 N Main St. Suite #213
Mansfield TX




Inspired Education, Inc. of Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX – With a giant heart, H. Marshall Willard has been serving our military veterans for over six years and helping them with their education and skill sets to succeed in today’s competitive job market and improve their well being.  Two years ago Marshall opened the doors to Inspired Education, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit corporation located on Collier Street in Fort Worth. gives Inspired Education, Inc. two thumbs up and appreciates Marshall’s efforts in helping our military veterans.

Inspired Education is a Veteran’s Affairs approved provider for their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (also known as the Chapter 31 program).  Veterans with service-connected disabilities and Servicemembers who are in the process of transitioning from their military to civilian employment are eligible for assistance to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.


Each veteran has their story and message.  My intent is to enable them to achieve their level of success.

-H. Marshall Willard


Marshall assists veterans that are approved by their Vocational Rehab Counselor in the following academic support and training areas:

  • All levels of math and science
  • Accounting (Manual and computerized)
    • QuickBooks
    • Peachtree Accounting
  • Micro and Macro Economics
  • Language Arts

    • Reading – Speed and comprehension
    • Writing – Research and paper development in various formats
  • Personal Finance

    • Budgeting
    • Home purchasing and obtaining financing
    • Business Plan Writing and Development

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Computer and Technology
  • Computer literacy
  • Operating systems
  • Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Office (2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016)

    • Word
    • Excel
    • Access
    • PowerPoint
    • Outlook
    • Publisher
  • Test Preparation for standardized assessment tests


God has blessed me in many ways and I want to use my blessings to help others.

-H. Marshall Willard


Do you want to donate to a great cause that is helping our military veterans?  Being a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, your donation will be tax deductible and will be put to great use.

If you know a veteran that could use Inspired Education’s assistance?  Have them contact Marshall at (817) 946-3408  or for more information and how they can get started.


Inspired Education, Inc.
910 Collier Street, Suite 107
Fort Worth, TX  76102
(817) 946-3408

Providing Academic Support to Chapter 31 Disabled Veterans



Fort Worth Electrician – STH Electric, LLC

fort worth's best electricianFort Worth, TX – Serving Fort Worth, STH Electric, LLC strives to stay competitive for electrical contracting work in the DFW Metroplex and provides top-notch work for homeowners and commercial businesses, alike.  Mr. Huerta has been in the electrical business for over 32 years and provides fast and friendly customer service.

In 2010, Stephen and Jacqueline Huerta opened the doors to STH Electric, LLC so that they could create a strong family business that could be handed down to family for years to come.  This family business’s goal is to instill good, hardworking values into its employees.

We wanted to create a strong family business that could be handed down to family for years to come. 

– Mr. Stephen Huerta

Mr. Huerta’s decision to pursue his own electrical business is similar to other small business owners.  He worked in the industry for 28 years as a journeyman electrician with the desire to one day own his own business.  Once he received his master’s license, he was able to make the transition to a business owner.

If you’re looking for an electrician for your next project, give STH Electric a call or visit their website for a free estimate.  They will beat any competitive and written quote. 


STH Electric can be reached at (817) 647-5690 or at  So, give them a call for a free estimate and find out why STH is Fort Worth’s #1 electrical contracting company.

Their services include:

  • Residential and Commercial Electrician services
  • Electric repair
  • Electrical service and upgrades
  • Electrical troubleshooting
  • Service panel repair and replacement
  • Lighting / ceiling fan installation
  • New wiring and construction
  • 220 outlet installation


STH Electric, LLC
8101 Boat Club Road
Ste 240 #206
Fort Worth, TX  76179
(817) 647-5690



Flooring and Installation Services by Premier Flooring

Lake Worth, TX – We had the pleasure of sitting down with Premier Flooring owner, Mr. Lee Scarborough to discuss what we think, is the best Flooring and Installation business in the Fort Worth area.

Lee began his flooring business in July of 2008 while also working full time as the Business Manager for a medical facility and owning and managing several rental properties.  Always enjoying the results of the transformation of a living space when the project was complete, Lee knew that he would enjoy and could succeed in this business.  As Premier Flooring grew, he was able to transition to a full time business owner in March 2012.

One thing that we are sure that you’ll recognize when working with Premier Flooring is their commitment to quality.  Premier Flooring’s motto is “Customer Service is Our Guarantee.”  When it comes to quality, there is no doubt that you will see it when your project is complete.  Lee is committed to using only quality products, which can be found in his store, and ensuring that your installation meets or exceeds your expectations.

Customer service is our guarantee.  A quality product ensures a quality installation.

When you call for an estimate for flooring installation, Lee will personally give you a quote and will bring you material samples, if desired.  His quote will include a line-by-line description of all costs that will be involved in the project so that there are no surprises.  He has a crew of well-trained installers and Lee will be involved until the project is complete as he will walk the job with you to ensure that you’re 100% satisfied.  If it isn’t up to your satisfaction, it will be corrected prior to final payment.  Lee strives for a 0% call back rate.

It’s important to note that when you buy the flooring product from Premier Flooring, Lee can guarantee you receive a quality installation.  If there is a problem, it will be fixed.  Sometimes, when there is a problem due to poor product during the installation, there’s not much that Lee can do if the material was bought elsewhere.  However, if it’s purchased his store, Lee will be able to make it right as he has a direct connection with the supplier.  If you’re planning a project, be sure to contact Premier Flooring for their great prices prior to purchasing the materials from a “big box” store, so that your installation goes smoothly and you get the quality result that you are looking for.

If you’re interested in getting new floors, a bathroom remodel, or a new kitchen backsplash, be sure to give Premier Flooring a call for a free, no obligation estimate.  We are sure that when you meet Mr. Scarborough you’ll realize why his business is the premier choice for Fort Worth area residents!

Get your project started today by calling Premier Flooring at (817) 221-4444.



Cherie4art Embroidery . . . Not Your Average Home-Based Business

Nestled in an Handley neighborhood of Fort Worth, owners Cherie and James run a fabulous home-based embroidery business. Quite possibly, one-of-a-kind, Cherie4art provides exceptional value and service to their customers.

Mr. and Mrs. Curry began their business adventure in May 2013 after Cherie was laid off from a supervisory position at a large apparel decoration company. Just as other small business owners in Fort Worth, the Currys saw the opportunity to open their own business to use their great skill sets to build a prosperous future for their family. This was a no-brainer given the fact that they have great talents that left them both unfulfilled and under appreciated while working each and every day for another employer.

We saw the opportunity to work on our own future rather than to continue building someone else’s company on her talents, especially at a time when we both felt unfulfilled and under appreciated working each day for a traditional employer.

Cherie began her quest working in the decorative apparel industry working as a machine operator to pay her way through college to study art and later becoming a commissioned paint artist in New York City. Post college, she found herself in one position or another for over a decade and finally decided to invest in herself by purchasing her own machines. Her background is definitely evident in her products through her keen since of design and layout learned over the years.

James focuses on the administrative aspects to the family business through his experience in web development and business in general. This experience has shown to be beneficial as the outsourcing of website services, art conversion, and administration task are handled in house.

Cherie4art delivers a superior product than other embroidery shops. Their keen ability to convert logos and art into stitches using thread is shown in their products. By being able to digitize all of the art in house, Cherie4art does not send it out overseas via the internet as many embroidery shops do. By also plotting each stitch in a CAD style program manually, Cherie has more control than many other shops. It is important to know that embroidery and decorated apparel is a commodity business, however, quality is definitely controlled by the artist.

Cherie4art has unique ability to offer services to other larger shops that choose not to carry skilled artist on their payroll any longer. They were able to step up to the plate when these businesses opted to use software programs that auto digitize and found that their quality fell below standards.

Home-based business have the challenge of overcoming the inability to have customer’s to simply browse and come by as they are used to with brick and mortar shops, but with the cost of real estate rising in DFW we would have to increase our costs to rent that shop; we choose to go to the customer instead at no cost to them.”

Because Cherie4art has everything in house, their overhead is low, their turnaround time is fast, and the customer has more control over how their final product looks and represents their brand.

Don’t be fooled by this business being operated in their house versus a storefront. Although they have the right professional equipment in their home, the quality output is great. Furthermore, they have the tools and agreements with other businesses possessing larger machines to handle the big orders. Being a home-based business does not mean that the product is inferior to the larger companies’ products.

One thing that Cherie4art struggles with is overcoming the customer’s innate opinion that browsing a store is required prior to purchasing something. Recent increases in DFW real estate has caused many local embroidery/screen printing businesses to close their shops or be swallowed by other large companies. Being home-based allows them to compete and produce more for less if the customers are willing to work with them . . . which they should!

One thing that can’t be left out is the fact that the namesake of the company and lead artist, Cherie, is a Deaf entrepreneur. Obviously this creates awkwardness as customers often wish to speak with her directly on the phone, which is impossible for her. Communication with Cherie4art is primarily through email. This does not pose much of a problem as art and logos are visual; but customers naturally like to speak to business owners. Knowing this, Cherie, being an articulate Deaf individual and excellent at lip reading, goes the distance and will meet customers where they can speak in person. This author feels that this is an attribute . . . not a limitation

Are you looking to support local businesses in Fort Worth? Contact Cherie4art for your next embroidery or apparel project. You can find them at:

Cherie4art Embroidery
(214) 702-6872