Schwarz Paper Co. signs lease for property in Rancho Cucamonga

   Newport Beach-based Voit Commercial Brokerage, a member of CORFAC International, has directed a local lease transaction worth $2.5 million.

   Schwarz Paper Co., a provider of customized supply chain management solutions, has signed a three-year lease on a 186,960-square-foot industrial property for $2.5 million.  The property is located at 8449 Milliken in Rancho Cucamonga, in close proximity to the 15 Freeway.

   Peter Castleton of Voit’s Anaheim office represented Schwarz Paper in business deal.  The lessor, Prologis, represented itself.  Prologis is a worldwide owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities.

Women business owners will convene in Ontario for NAWBO meeting

   Women business owners are welcome to join the National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO) for their monthly meeting with Robbie Motter — CEO of Contacts Unlimited and one of the  Founders of For You Network, a NAFE Affiliate network — who will give tips that will enhance how you turn your contacts into business connections.

   The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel near Ontario Airport, at 222 N. Vineyard, in Ontario, on Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.  The cost is $35 for members and corporate partners, $50 for non-members and $25 for students.

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ICF International assists SB County in earthquake study

   ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) — a Fairfax, Va.-based environment-climate change technology consulting company — is providing assistance to San Bernardino County for the Golden Guardian Exercise, a statewide exercise from Nov. 13 – 17 that will examine the effects of a simulated 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the San Andreas Fault.

   The exercise is occurring in two phases. First, the initial response phase simulates the immediate hours and days following an earthquake. Then, the disaster recovery phase, a one-day exercise, examines the issues that remain 30 to 90 days following an earthquake.

Riverside meeting will discuss funding for green technology

   City managers and economic development directors from cities throughout the Inland Empire will meet with U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency representatives on new funding available to the region through a report commissioned by the Green Valley Initiative.

   The meeting is hosted by the Green Valley Initiative and will take place from 3 – 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Inland Empire Economic Partnership offices at 1201 Research Park Drive in Riverside.

   Each city will present their project ideas to EDA representatives to determine whether they might qualify for the funds. It’s an opportunity for them to get an idea of what new projects are in the planning stages for the region, and how the EDA hopes to spark the growth of green technology in the region.

SB Co. workforce board helps businesses recruit employees

   The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board is helping Four Points by Sheraton and Lowe’s home improvement store expand their businesses in San Bernardino County by providing free recruitment, hiring, office space and other services.  These services are saving money for both companies and aiding in the creation of 150 new local jobs for county residents. 

   Lowe’s plans to open a store in Highland in late November.  The Workforce Investment Board assisted in the recruitment of 125 employees by screening applicants, coordinating interviews, posting open positions on its county Web site and providing labor market, employment salary and demographic information.

   Four Points by Sheraton is preparing to open a new hotel in Rancho Cucamonga.  The workforce investment board is currently assisting by providing their staff with office facilities free of charge. Once ready, Four Points by Sheraton management will utilize the workforce investment board’s services to recruit 30 to 40 workers for positions including the front desk, restaurant and lounge and other positions at the hotel.

Report: San Bernardino has most expensive earthquake insurance

   Homes in San Bernardino have the most expensive annual premium for earthquake insurance under California Earthquake Authority insurers, according to a CEA report recently released in anticipation of The Great Southern California ShakeOut happening on Nov. 13.

   A 1996 one-story, wood-frame home’s annual premium, factoring in certain assumptions, would cost $1,040 in San Bernardino, $910 in Chino, $648 in Chino Hills and $648 in Riverside.

   A 1976 one-story, wood-frame home’s annual premium, factoring in certain assumptions, would cost $1,663 in San Bernardino, $1,453 in Chino, $1,036 in Chino Hills and $1,036 in Riverside.

   The CEA is a publicly-managed, largely privately-funded organization that provides residential earthquake insurance through private insurers.  The authority has about 770,000 policies in force, representing about 70 percent of residential earthquake insurance policies in California.

Cabo Yachts lays off several workers in Adelanto

   Brunswick Corp. — a Lake Forest, Ill.-based boat engine, fitness equipment and bowling-billiards manufacturer — has laid off 100 employees at a Cabo Yachts facility in Adelanto, according to information published by California’s Employment Development Department.

   Cabo Yachts manufactures yachts for boating enthusiests.

   Some companies offer relocation packages to a number of employees that show up on the state’s data, but a spokesman with Brunswick could not be reached on Tuesday.

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San Bernardino’s economic mission to Mexico could create trade opportunities

   San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and Emil Marzullo, interim director of the city’s Economic Development Agency, both said on Friday that they hope talks can set a flight path for an airline or two to make direct flights between Mexico and San Bernardino International Airport.

   City Hall officials said that their recent journey to Mexico marked the first time San Bernardino has sent an official trade mission to that country. The conference met over the weekend in Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, and discussed trade with officials on Monday and Tuesday. The group returns on Wednesday.

   Besides the possibility for international flights, the trade mission’s outcome could result in opportunities to import and export products and commodities to and from San Bernardino International Airport.

   –andrew.edwards@inlandnewspapers.com

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Mimi’s hosts grand re-opening of its San Bernardino location

   Mimis Cafe will celebrate the grand re-opening of its San Bernardino restaurant with a series of community events including more than $3,000 in gift cards and coupons for guests and an official ribbon cutting with city officials on Thursday, Nov. 13.

   Leading up to the official ribbon cutting, Wednesday, Nov. 12, will be a day of delicious fundraising with a portion of proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter. Guests can experience the redesigned restaurant and sample Mimis Cafes new “Just Enough” — a collection of favorite menu items now available in smaller portions — and “Comfort Classics,” prepared fresh daily from scratch.

   The San Bernardino restaurant follows the Laguna Niguel reopening as one of the first of Mimis Cafes 139 locations to feature the newly-updated dcor, which will eventually roll out nationwide. The design also includes a full service bar with specialty drinks including the Mimitini and Fresh Squeezed Margaritas.

   The San Bernardino Mimis Cafe is located at 395 E. Hospitality Ln. and restaurant hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, please visit www.mimiscafe.com

About Mimis Cafe

Mimis Cafe is a collection of upscale casual dining restaurants with 139 locations in 22 states. Mimis Cafe is a unit wholly owned by Bob Evans Farms, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ ticker symbol BOBE) known and loved for its full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with high-quality, eclectic cuisine, unparalleled service and tastefully appointed dcor.

AmPac makes $3.97 million loan to local entrepreneur

   Grand Terrace-based AmPac Tri State Certified Development Co. — a certified lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) — closed a $3.97 million loan for real-estate acquisition, construction and tenant improvements, and equipment for a leading manufacturer of laboratory supplies in conjunction with Desert Community Bank — a division of East West Bank.

   The transaction allowed a woman-owned business to develop a state-of-the-art facility that the owner hopes to add 14 workers to over the next two years.

   AmPac is a nonprofit lender committed to providing small businesses with capital resources for growing and expanding.  AmPac partners with banks, commercial real-estate brokers, nonprofit business service providers, and other community economic development entities who share the mission of serving entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs.

   For more information, call (909) 915-1706, or visit:  www.tristatecdc.com