Rancho company offering free drug-free workplace training

AccuDiagnostics, a Rancho Cucamonga-based drug-testing company, is offering complimentary drug-free workplace policy consultations and supervisor training as part of National Drug-Free Work Week.  AccuDiagnostics will provide the consultations and supervisor training today, Oct. 22, as part of the U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored event.  The annual campaign, now in its third year, is designed to educate employers, employees and the general public about the benefits of a drug-free workplace.  All activities will take place at 9300 Santa Anita Ave., Suite 104, Rancho Cucamonga.  The drug-free workplace policy consultation runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Drug-free workplace supervisor training is from noon to 2 p.m. Information: (909) 481-3355.

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Princeton Review names CSUSB business school one of the best

The Princeton Review has once again recognized Cal State San Bernardino as having one of the nation’s outstanding business schools.  CSUSB is part of the 2010 edition of “The Best 301 Business Schools,” which went on sale Oct. 6.  “It is especially meaningful to be listed in the top 301 by the Princeton Review ranking system because it uses more than numeric data provided by our M.B.A. program,” Karen Dill Bowerman, dean of the CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration, said in a news release.  “The Princeton Review also conducts a candid interview of about 65 of our M.BA. students with an 80-question survey on their experience here at CSUSB.”  Information: www.cbpa.csusb.edu

SoCal Black Business Expo to be held in Moreno Valley

Consumers will have an opportunity to shop for goods and services offered by African-American business owners from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Southern California Black Business Expo at the Moreno Valley Holiday Inn Express, 24630 Sunnymead Blvd, Moreno Valley. About 25 to 30 businesses will be participating.  Cost: $10. Vendor space also is available.  Information: (951) 313-1919, www.scblackbusinessexpo.com

Calimesa design event condensed to Saturday only

Designers Aubrey Ward and Michael Jordan will present their interior designs in the 2009 Plantation Showcase House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Plantation on the Lakes, 10961 Desert Lawn Drive, Calimesa. The “Smooth Jazz Brunch” has been moved to Saturday. Admission is free. Food vouchers: $6.50.  The event will also be broadcast 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. on radio station KCCA-AM (1050), streaming online at www.kcaaradio.com
Information: (909) 561-0983, (909) 570-9524.

Resource Center to hold workshop based on ’7 Habits’ materials

The Resource Center for Nonprofit Management will hold a workshop inspired by author Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People.”  The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the University of Redlands’ Riverside campus, 3610 Central Ave., Suite 101.  The course will be facilitated by Ed Nicholls of The Right Way, a leadership training and consulting business in Corona.  Cost: $50 for Resource Center members; $60 for nonmembers.  Information: Kyra Wilson, (951) 686-4402, ext. 162; or e-mail kyrawilson@vcrivco.org; or go to www.vcrivco.org

Victorville retail store sold to Ashley Furniture for $4.2 million

Grubb & Ellis Co., a real estate services and investment firm, has announced that Ted Bradach, senior associate of the company’s Investment Group, represented Wells Fargo Trust in the sale of a former Wickes Furniture store at 12704 Amagosa Road in Victorville to Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. for $4.2 million.  Ashley Furniture, represented in the transaction by Aaron Hodgdon of The Hodgdon Group, is expected to open a store in November.

Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer scheduled for Thursday in Ontario

Inland Empire chambers of commerce and business organizations will come together for the third annual Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way. Cost: $20.  Thousands of attendees are expected along with more than 200 exhibitors.  The event’s hosts include the Corona, Hesperia, Highland, La Verne, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside Hispanic, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Southern California Black and Yucaipa chambers of commerce.  Business organizations hosting are: American Marketing Association-IE, CHARO Community Development Corp., For You Network, Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, the National Association of Women Business Owners-IE, and the Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Information: (909) 560-2800; www.iemixer.com

Pomona company has deal to build waste-to-energy plants

General Environmental Management Inc. in Pomona recently announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Cake Energy LLC to build and operate waste-to-energy facilities in the western United States.  “GEM has committed to entering the WTE market, and we could not have found a better partner than Cake Energy,” GEM CEO Tim Koziol said in a news release. “Their technology is truly unique and revolutionary in dealing with the growing problem of managing primary sewage waste, also known as sludge.”  The companies hope to build their first waste-to-energy plant in the next two years.

Advertising group slates annual Inland Empire Media Auction

The Inland Empire chapter of the American Advertising Federation will hold its annual Inland Empire Media Auction from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Cafe Sevilla, 3252 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.  The event raises money for advertising scholarships for local students.  “Local radio stations, newspapers, magazines, billboards and other media outlets donate ads or schedules to the event, which are then auctioned off to the highest bidder,” according to a news release.  Donation of items and services are being accepted for the auction.  Information: Mark Landon, (909) 986-7502; aaf-inlandempire.com