The California Energy Commission has awarded a $1 million grant to the UC Riverside College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology to “build a process demonstration unit to convert biosolids to clean synthetic diesel fuel.”
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction on Thursday at the Western Hills Golf & Country Club, 1800 Carbon Canyon Road, Chino Hills. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Chino Neighborhood House and Caring for the Hills. Cost: $40 per person. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to Chino Valley children. The chamber also is still seeking items for auction as well as sponsorships. Information: (909) 627-6177.
The U.S. Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau will hold a teleconference call titled “Financial Management at Year’s End” 2-3 p.m. Monday. Saving, spending and managing credit wisely will be discussed. Speakers will include certified public accountant and personal financial specialist David George of Wealth Management Group LLP in Irvine, Erika Safran, a certified financial planner with Financial Asset Management Corp., and author Liz Pulliam Weston. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. Information: (202) 693-6767; www.dol.gov/wb; www.wiseupwomen.org
The California Credit Union League, based in Ontario, has approved an assessment on member credit unions for continuing a public advocacy program. According to an article in the Credit Union Journal, the assessment was slashed by 83 percent from 2007 in response to worsening economic conditions. The proposed assessment for 2010 was reduced again. “Spending on the 2010 version of the public advocacy campaign has been reduced to $1 million from $6 million and from paid media to earned media,” according to the report.
The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will present a webinar on the equal-employment-opportunity and affirmative-action provisions of federal contracts involving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Companies that provide goods or services to a federal agency or goods or services to another company that supplies a federal agency may be considered federal contractors or subcontractors. The webinar will cover supply and service contractor obligations and what companies need to know and do to be in compliance. There also will be a Q&A session at the end of the Web program. Participants are encouraged to e-mail questions in advance. Information and registration: (800) 397-6251; www1.gotomeeting.com/register/695354184
The Pomona-based sales group for Lia Sophia, a direct-seller of jewelry, recently announced top honors for its team’s outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism, according to a news release. “Having just joined the fashion jewelry business, Dawn Abasta has earned this prestigious accomplishment in the first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing Lia Sophia with other new advisers,” it states. For more information, contact Dawn Abasta at www.liasophia.com/dawn4jewels
Construction of new homes in California continued to decline in October, prompting California homebuilders to call on state lawmakers to re-examine the benefits of the state new-home buyer tax credit enacted earlier this year, according to a news release by California Building Industry Association, the state’s largest homebuilder trade association. “According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board, homebuilders pulled permits for 2,815 total housing units in October, down 6 percent from September, and down 33 percent from October 2008,” it states. “Permits for single-family homes totaled 2,017, down 9 percent from the previous month and down 14 percent from same period last year, while multifamily permits totaled 798, up 5 percent from September but down 57 percent from a year ago.”
Susan Pennington, a local financial adviser with Edward Jones, a financial consulting firm, is inviting the community to attend a holiday open house at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, at 8744 19th St., in Rancho Cucamonga, according to a news release. “We … would like to express our appreciation for the confidence and support we receive year-round,” Pennington said in the release. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Pennington at (909) 941-6785.
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports, including the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, “could see its first year-over-year increases in more than two years beginning in early 2010,” according to a report mentioned in a news release by National Retail Federation. A large portion of the Inland Empire’s logistics business sector depends on exports and imports at the ports. “This could be the turnaround we’ve been waiting to see for a long time,” said Jonathan Gold, NRF vice president for supply chain and customs policy, in the release. “There’s not enough data yet to establish a clear trend, but we’re hopeful that this is a sign of recovery.”
Enspired Technology Inc., an Ontario-based computer information technology consulting firm, has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Ultimate Internet Access Inc., an Ontario-headquartered solutions provider of high-speed Internet, e-mail, dial-up access, security issues, firewall issues and Web site development and hosting, according to a news release. “Through a referral agreement, the two technology companies will draw from each other’s strengths to meet clients’ computer IT, Internet, technology, Web, and security hosting needs,” it states. For more information, contact President and CEO Josh Wrye at (909) 732-2215, or e-mail Info@EnspiredTech.com or visit www.EnspiredTech.com