Vendors sought for black foundation’s expo in February

The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation is accepting vendor applications for its eighth annual Expo, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at San Bernardino City Hall, 300 N. D St. Food vendors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they can be approved by county health officials.  All applications are required by Jan. 25.  Information: 909-888-1696;

La Verne financial adviser receives high marks in client satisfaction

Financial adviser Mark P. Tolan of La Verne received high marks from his clients in a recent Ameriprise financial adviser client satisfaction survey.  Tolan ranked in the top 25 percent of the 2,417 participating advisers who scored 96 percent or higher “based on overall client satisfaction and the frequency of proactive contact the client received,” according to a news release.  Tolan’s office is at 1025 Sentinel Drive, La Verne.  Information: 909-394-0409.

Unions pitch in to help kids with diabetes at Loma Linda hospital

For six years, the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in San Bernardino has helped children with from kidney disease at Loma Linda University Medical Center, donating gift cards and buying items to help entertain them while they receive dialysis, according to a news release.  This year, the two groups bought the hospital’s Pediatric Hemodialysis Unit four DVD players, two Nintendo Wii systems, 17 movies and eight games for the game cube system. Children also received Target gift cards.  Southern Sierras Chapter NECA along with IBEW Local 440 Riverside County and IBEW Local 477 San Bernardino each donated $1,000.

Nonprofit leader chosen among L.A. County’s most innovative

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. recently announced that its president and chief executive, William C. Allen, has been selected one of Los Angeles County’s “most innovative and influential nonprofit leaders.”  Allen was selected for his leadership in “developing Los Angeles County’s first-ever consensus plan for economic development,” according to a news release.  The five-year strategic plan is scheduled to begin in 2010.  Information:

Time running out for financial moves toward 2009 taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has released a statement reminding taxpayers that they have just a few days left to make their final financial moves for 2009.  Key points to consider include charitable contributions, retirement account deposits and portfolio adjustments.  Taxpayers are encouraged to maintain accurate record keeping, including saving applicable receipts.  There are new laws in place for the year as well under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Provisions include the first-time home buyer credit, new vehicle sales and excise tax deduction, and energy credits.  Information: 800-829-1040;

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West Coast University names head of business program

West Coast University President and CEO Barry T. Ryan recently announced that Ravi Tripuraneni will serve as program chairman for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Health Care Administration.  Tripuraneni will oversee the launch of the BSBA program at West Coast University’s Ontario and Los Angeles campuses beginning Feb. 1.

Rancho Cucamonga Farmers agent finishes career course

Kimberly Schmitz, a Farmers Insurance agent in Rancho Cucamonga, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers, a training facility in Agoura Hills.  The five-day course aims to help agents “understand the needs of Farmers’ customers and help them choose the right insurance to meet their needs,” according to a news release. Information: