The Bizz — July 25, 2009

Ontario catering company named district Small Business of the Year
State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, has chosen Impressions Gourmet Catering in Ontario as the small business of the year for the 31st Senate District, according to a company news release. Founder and CEO Sandra Forney started Impressions Gourmet Catering in 1983 and now takes in revenues of more than $1.5 million while employing full- and part-time employees.

Victorville launches investor visa program to boost area economy
In a move to bolster job growth and investment, the Victorville City Council has approved an investor visa program that will make 3,000 EB-5 visas available to qualified foreign investors. Funds from the investments will initially be used for a series of projects at Southern California Logistics Airport, according to a news release.  The program, which will report directly to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will create private and limited partnerships to complete a series of projects at the airport, including a wastewater-treatment facility, electrical generation, intermodal rail improvements and various infrastructure improvements, according to the release.

Edison brings helicopters and jobs to Chino Airport
Southern California Edison will house its fleet of six maintenance helicopters at the San Bernardino County’s Chino Airport, according to a news release. “SCE is relocating its fleet of aviation workhorses from L.A./Ontario International Airport to the less-congested Chino Airport, which features a unique location, access to Southern California’s skies and a convenient location within a 10-minute drive of four other Southern California counties,” according to the release. The 20-year lease with SCE is expected to add about 20 full-time jobs to the airport. Construction of the 40,485-square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2010. Construction costs are estimated at $7 million, Edison officials said in the release.

Water board member to join W. Riverside governments council
S.R. “Al” Lopez, a longtime member of Western Municipal Water District board of directors, will be seated Aug. 3 as the Riverside-based water agency’s representative to the Western Riverside Council of Governments, according to a news release.  Lopez’s district includes Corona and portions of Norco. Lopez was mayor of Corona in 1986 and 1990. He served on the City Council from 1982 to 1994. He owns SR Consulting.

Upland commercial realty group says 2Q showed growth
Michael Polley, president of 1st Commercial Realty Group Inc. in Upland, recently announced that the company has secured a new customer and saw growth in the second quarter. 1st Commercial Realty Group currently represents office, retail and industrial properties, corporations, professional organizations, business associations, investors and individuals in the U.S. and Asia, according to a company news release.

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