Business Insight Series to tackle topics to help businesses thrive

San Bernardino County, Estrada Strategies and San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino are sponsoring a six-part Business Insight Series “designed to help Inland Empire businesses survive and thrive,” according to a news release.  The series kicks off Oct. 29 with “How to Build a Powerful Team,” featuring a panel of business experts and a keynote presentation by Chip Conley, CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, California’s largest boutique hotel company.  Additional sessions include: “Strategic Planning for Business Growth” on Nov. 19, featuring keynote speaker John King, principal at Culture Sync; “Change Management” on Jan. 28, featuring keynote speaker John Semcken, vice president of Majestic Realty and principal on the proposed NFL stadium in Industry; “The Art of Nurturing Your Customers to Capture New Markets” on Feb. 25; “Leveraging Information Technology for Future Growth” on March 25 and “The Art of Branding” on April 29.  All sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Pines the casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., on the San Manuel reservation near Highland. Cost: $65. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Information: Lori Estrada at (909) 476-3510
For sponsorship, contact Patty Holohan at (909) 794-3027, or by e-mail at

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Consumer counseling nonprofit to hold ID theft prevention seminar

Springboard, a nonprofit consumer credit counseling service, will host an identity theft awareness and prevention seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at its Riverside office, 1605 Spruce St. Speakers will include a representative from the U.S. Secret Service and from the Corona Police Department.  On-site document shredding will be available, courtesy of Rancho Cucamonga-based Southland Shredding.  Information: (800) 947-3752;

Calimesa designers to unveil new ideas, promote local businesses

Local 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.  On Oct. 25, they will hold the annual Sunday Smooth Jazz Brunch at the same location.  Admission is free. Food vouchers: $12.50 (covers both days).  Several local businesses are participating in the event as well, including Landeros Furniture in Beaumont, Tom Bell Chevrolet in Redlands, Gary Richards Real Estate Co. in Yucaipa and Bob’s Big Boy in Calimesa. Plantation on the Lakes is also one of the event’s primary supporters.

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San Dimas firm to lead sessions at conference in San Diego

Key members of San Dimas-based Internet marketing agency WebMetro will lead a round table on business-to-business search engine marketing, present a session about online video for the direct marketer, and provide on-the-spot reviews of paid search/pay-per-click advertising and search engine optimization campaigns at the Direct Marketing Association annual conference and exhibition this week in San Diego.  The company’s SEO (search engine optimization) director, John McCarthy, will conduct a “B-to-B Search Marketing” round table today.  Vice president of e-Marketing Michael Behrens will present “Online Video for the Direct Marketer” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, demonstrating with actual client case studies how video on a Web site has been used to increase conversions and customer engagement.  Information: (866) 922-4632;

Workforce Investment Board announces stimulus fund progress

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County recently announced that of the $15.8 million in stimulus funding allocated by the federal government in February, about $11.7 million has been spent on local programs for work-force training, business retention and youth work experience, and $4.1 million is contracted to be spent on additional training programs the next year.  The federal government required that all money be allocated by June 2010 and spent by June 2011.  “As a board, we understood that research, assessment and planning was crucial to implementing successful programs quickly and effectively,” Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the board, said in a news release. “We invested substantial energy into building programs tailored to the needs of our community. This strategic use of stimulus dollars created local jobs and a more qualified work force, benefitting both residents and local businesses of San Bernardino County.”  Information:

SB County supervisor plans 2nd District chamber summit

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane will host the 2nd District Chamber of Commerce Summit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Victoria Gardens’ Celebration Hall, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga.  Cost: $20.  Information: (909) 987-1012

* West End Job Fair planned at old Ontario Airport terminal

* The Inland Empire’s West End Job Fair is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the old Ontario Airport Terminal 1, 1940 E. Moore Way.  Information and registration:

HUD contacting agencies to document low-income hiring

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a campaign to “increase hiring of low-income individuals and public housing residents by state and local governments that receive HUD funds,” according to a department news release.  HUD is contacting more than 3,000 state and local agencies, including public housing authorities, to document their efforts to hire low-income individuals and to contract with companies who hire them, the release says. Agencies that fail to comply may be debarred, suspended or denied participation in HUD programs, according to the release.  Information:

ULI’s Annual meeting to include discussion of I.E. issues

The Urban Land’s Institute’s 2009 Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo Nov. 3-5 in San Francisco will include discussion of land-use related topics by leading experts.  Among the workshops listed at the event is “Downturn Demographics; Repositioning for Today’s West,” which will focus on issues facing the Inland Empire and similar regions that experienced rapid population growth before the recession.  The discussion will tackle the question, “What does it mean for a real estate recovery if population growth is slowing or possibly reversing in markets?”  Information: Trisha Riggs, (202) 624-7086, or Robert Krueger, (202) 624-7051,