Former 1st Centennial CFO joins Security Bank

   Security California Bancorp, the Riverside-based holding company of Security Bank of California, has announced that Beth Sanders will join the bank as senior vice president and chief deposit officer in Redlands.  Sanders was formerly the chief financial officer for 1st Centennial Bank in Redlands.

   In late January, First California Bank acquired all insured deposits and branches of 1st Centennial Bank.

   Sanders joins Brent Coats, also formerly of 1st Centennial Bank, who joined the Security Bank last month as vice president market manager.  Sanders and Coats will “focus their efforts on establishing an active and well-involved presence in the Redlands and Loma Linda markets,” according to a news release.

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Montclair chamber slates networking event tonight

   The Montclair Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Networking Fiesta” from 5 – 7 p.m. tonight.  The business connections event will take place at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant Y Cantina, 9405 Monte Vista Ave.  Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards to pass out to prospective clients.  Information and reservations: (909) 624-4569.

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Chino chamber slates annual Taste of the Chino Valley event

   The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Taste of Chino Valley is scheduled for 5 – 8 p.m. March 2 at the newly opened Chaffey College Chino Community Center at 5890 College Park Ave.  Tickets are now on sale at the chamber’s office, and will be available at other locations at a future time.  Cost: $15 for adults and $8 for children, ages 5-12, if tickets are bought in at advance; $20 at the door.  Information: (909) 627-6177.

Workshop aims to help I.E. businesses get ‘global edge’

   The Center for International Trade Development and the California-Mexico Trade Assistance Center, which serves the Los Angeles County area of the Inland Empire, including Claremont, Diamond Bar, La Verne, and Pomona, will host the third in a series of workshops on “Developing Your Global Competitive Edge.”  The workshop, which will focus on the essential requirements of U.S. export compliance, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the offices of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, 4900 Rivergrade Road, Irwindale.  Information: Gene Bohatch, (626) 335-4016, or via e-mail at

Stimulus includes money for retired railroad workers

   The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, contains a number of provisions that affect railroad retirement annuitants and railroad workers.  According to a news release from the Railroad Retirement Board, the new law provides for a one-time $250 payment to most individuals who receive railroad retirement benefits, and also provides up to 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits for certain railroad workers who exhaust their rights to the benefits normally provided under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.  Information: (877) 772-5772, or online at

AAGIE to hold annual awards ceremony Friday in Riverside

   The Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire, a Rancho Cucamonga-based organization that advocates for an ethical rental housing industry, will hold its annual awards ceremony Friday.  The 10th annual Awarding Positive Efforts to Excellence (APEX) Awards will “honor rental property staff and service providers for exemplary service to apartment communities,” according to a news release.  The formal ceremony is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Riverside Convention Center.  Cost: $75.  Information: (909) 948-0784, ext. 14.

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Bank releases financial performance information

   Ontario-based ICB Financial, parent company of Inland Community Bank, has reported a net income of $313,000 for the year ended Dec. 31, a decrease of 67 percent from the year previous when the bank earned $963,000, according to a recent news release.  The bank’s provision for loan and lease losses was $2.7 billion for 2008, as opposed to $480 million for 2007.  Total assets for the bank, which is classified as “well-capitalized,” increased 1.4 percent to $253.1 million as of Dec. 31, compared with $249.5 million a year earlier. Information:

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More than 200 homes on the block at March 7 auction

   Zetabid, a home-auction firm, will sell about 250 bank-owned homes from throughout Southern California on March 7.  The company is auctioning single-family homes, condos and town houses, ranging in price from $50,000 to $800,000, and the largest concentration of homes is in the Inland Empire.  According to a news release, Zetabid expects more than 1,000 participants for the auction at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Bidding begins at 10 a.m.

   The company encourages buyers to view homes with a listing agent during the open house, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 through March 1, or by appointment. Buyers can register and bid online at

Colton slates workshops on navigating municipal contracts

   Colton will hold two free workshops for entrepreneurs and vendors looking to learn how to do business with the city.  The seminars are at 10 a.m. March 23 and 25, at city council chambers, 650 N. La Cadena Drive.

   The workshops will cover bid limits and dollar thresholds, requests for quotations, requests for proposals, pre-bid conferences and job-walks, public bid openings and insurance requirements.  City purchasing policies will be discussed, and participants can learn how to become a registered vendor.

   Reservations: Jennifer M. Sims, C.P.M., (909) 370-5047, or via e-mail at jsims@ci.<QA0>

   Information: Laura Morales, (909) 825-2222