San Bernardino PR firm moves to new suite

     Dameron Communications, a San Bernardino-based advertising-public relations firm, has moved to a new suite within the offices of 255 N. D St.

     The company more than doubled its office space, from 1,000 to 2,200 square feet. 

      “The move from Suite 210 to Suite 303 became necessary when Luxor Properties Inc., the new owner of the… building, leased most of the second floor to the San Bernardino County Public Defenders’ Office,” a news release states. “This required all but a few tenants on the floor to relocate their offices.”
 
     “Luxor Properties Inc. was able to offer Dameron Communications great incentives on another suite within the same building,” the release said. “This not only allowed Dameron Communications a much easier move than if it had to relocate to another office building, it also gave the agency the added benefit of more space.”

I.E. business leaders join SBA-lender board of directors

Two leaders in the Inland Empire business community, Karen Dill Bowerman and Bill Carney, recently joined the board of directors for Enterprise Funding Corp., a nonprofit Redlands-based U.S. Small Business Administrationlender.

Dill Bowerman is dean of Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration, and Carney is president and CEO of Riverside-based Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

Enterprise Funding provides SBA 504 loans for Inland Empire retail, industrial, and service industry businesses that are expanding or relocating. Since its formation in 1983, the organization has approved more than $500 million in projects and helped to create or
retain more than 8,500 jobs in the Inland Empire.

For information, visit www.efc504.com

Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer to bring local business community together

The second annual Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer will bring together local businesses representing hundreds of industries and companies in the region from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way. Cost: $20 per person. The event is sponsored by: Arcadia, Colton, Corona, Greater Riverside Hispanic, Hesperia, Highland Area, Irwindale, La Verne, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Southern California Black, and Yucaipa chambers of commerce, as well as many other Inland Empire business organizations. Information: (909) 560-2800, or visit www.iemixer.com.

Claremont resident named director of alumni relations at Western U in Pomona

Claremont resident Russel Heskin has been named director of alumni relations at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. Heskin most recently served four years as associate director of alumni relations for Pomona College in Claremont. As Western University’s director of alumni relations, Heskin will be tasked with promoting alumni services and programs on and off campus. His first day will be Oct. 6. Information: Visit www.westernu.edu.

Upland Library to host seminars aimed at equipping job seekers

Toby Solrzano, a graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, will present two sessions of “Your Next Position.” The first session, from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, will cover the steps in the search for a job. The second session, from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 23, will cover how to prepare for a job interview. The free seminar is in the multipurpose room of the Upland Public Library, 450 N. Euclid Ave. Information: (909) 931-4205.

Coca-Cola Foundation pledges $500,000 to Claremont Graduate University

The Coca-Cola Foundation has pledged $500,000 to Claremont Graduate University over the next four years to support the Drucker Institute’s Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation will be used to increase the first-place Drucker Award from $35,000 to $100,000, beginning in 2009. The second place award of $7,500 and the third place prize of $5,000 will remain unchanged, according to a press release.

Shares of Fleetwood Enterprises moved off NYSE’s main exchange

     Stock shares of badly-bruised recreational vehicle manufacturer Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. were moved by the New York Stock Exchange from its main exchange to the Arca electronic market on Monday.

     The move happened when shares dropped below $1.  The company is reeling from several quarters of losses amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

     Shares are expected to be moved back to the New York Stock Exchange’s main trading exchange when they rise above $1.10.

     Shares were priced at $1 by 8:30 a.m. pacific standard time on Tuesday morning.

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Second annual Business Breakthrough to offer opportunities to Inland Empire entrepreneurs

The second annual Business Breakthroughwill take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St.

Representatives from the state Employment Development Department, Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, and Service Core of Retired Executives, will be on hand.
According to a press release, “The Business Breakthrough event will give small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet one-on-one with SBA preferred lenders, receive free, on-site business counseling and meet with a variety of local business product and service providers.” The event and parking are free.
Information and registration: Keyneica Jones, (951) 413-3450, via e-mail at np@moval.org, or visit www.moreno-valley.ca.us.

Financial awareness events coming to Highland Public Library

     Sheila Donovan, financial consultant with Inland Empire Wealth Management, will give two financial awareness presentations on Oct. 7 at the Highland Public Library.

     The first, “Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT,” will start at 6 p.m., and the second, “Covering the Basics of Life Insurance,” will start at 7 p.m.

     The library is located at 7863 Central Ave, Highland CA. Please call 909-425-5398 or e-mail sheila.donovan@lpl.com for reservations.

BOE releases gasoline consumption figures for June, 2nd quarter 2008

The state Board of Equalization has released gasoline consumption figures for June and complete figures for the second quarter of 2008. June gasoline consumption declined by 7.5 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the agency
In the second quarter of 2008, Californians used 191 million gallons less than the second quarter last year, a decline of 4.8 percent. The second quarter of 2008 marks the ninth consecutive three-month period to show less gas consumption.
June 2008 diesel fuel sold for use on California roads totaled 260 million gallons, which was 8.4 percent below that of June 2007. Diesel use in California declined 9.0 percent in the second quarter of 2008 from the same quarter a year ago. The decreased consumption reflects both the impacts of higher diesel prices and the slowing economy, which is associated with less freight movement on California roads and highways. California diesel prices were up 64.6 percent compared to June of 2007.
All monthly, quarterly, and annual figures can be viewed on the BOE website at: www.boe.ca.gov/sptaxprog/spftrpts.htm.
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