The Bizz — July 21, 2009

Bank to open IE office in August
Los Angeles-based 1st Enterprise Bank, which serves businesses across Southern California, will open its Inland Empire Regional Office in early August, according to a news release. “We have a very experienced and capable staff in place for that regional office, and we look forward to it contributing to our continued strong growth,” the release stated. The bank, which was founded about three years ago, reported $377,000 in second-quarter earnings compared to a loss of $17,000 during the year-ago period in 2008. The Inland Empire office will be located in Ontario, 3281 E. Guasti Road, Suite 875.

3G Pomona coverage extended
AT&T has announced a new cell site to increase 3G wireless coverage in Pomona. “The new site will improve coverage for area customers and businesses,” a news release says. The new cell site expands upon AT&T’s “growing 3G, or third generation, wireless network in the greater Los Angeles area. With 3G service, customers in and around Pomona now have more options in how, when and where they can use their mobile handset devices, access the Internet, retrieve and send e-mail or view a variety of entertainment services.”

NAIOP chapter to host breakfast
The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties — Inland Empire is holding its “Anatomy of Development” breakfast at the Ontario Airport Towers on Aug. 12 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  A panel will discuss topics such as “project overview, leasing updates, financing assistance and development bond info,” according to the chapter’s Web site. The event includes a tour of the building. The moderator is Michael Morris of Morris Venture Partners. Panelists include Greg Devereaux, Ontario city manager; Michael Day, vice president of CB Richard Ellis; J.R. Wetzel, managing partner of PGP Partners; Stacey Sanchez, senior community loan officer for CDC Small Business Finance and executive director of SoCal Reinvestment CDFI. The Ontario Airport Towers is located at 2855 E. Guasti Road in Ontario. For chapter members, $35. For other NAIOP member, $40. For developing leaders, $20. For nonmembers, $45.

Zamoff joins Best Best & Krieger
Jamie Zamoff, who has extensive administrative experience with international law firms, has joined Best Best & Krieger LLP as chief operating officer, the firm announced Monday in a news release. Eric Garner, managing partner, said the firm will draw on Zamoff’s experience “to shape BB&K’s day-to-day operations.” With nearly 200 attorneys working in eight major cities across the state, the firm caters to private and public agency clients such as cities, water agencies and school districts, and focuses on environmental, municipal, education and business law. Zamoff has worked as the director of administration in the New York office of Mintz Levin, a Boston-based international law firm, and as administrator in Washington, D.C., for the Boston-based international law firm of Ropes & Gray.

IE firms welcome to attend summit
Inland Empire businesses are welcome to attend the 2009 Mobility 21 Transportation Summit, “Making Transportation Work: Planning and Funding Southern California’s Transportation Future,” which is being held on Sept. 21 in downtown Los Angeles. To sponsor this event, contact the Mobility 21 executive director at (949) 698-2856, or e-mail mprimmer@lachamber.com. For more information about the transportation summit, visit www.mobility21.com.

Martial arts school to hold opening
Chozen Martial Arts, a Rancho Cucamonga martial arts instructing school, is having its grand opening from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on July 29. The business is located on 6735 Carnelian St.

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