Fontana slates ‘Effective Presentations’ workshop

Fontana’s Community Assistance Program will hold seminars throughout February at the Cypress Community Center, 8380 Cypress Ave.  The first workshop, “Effective Presentations,” scheduled 6-8 p.m. Feb. 11, will provide instruction in “making effective presentations using PowerPoint, body language and communication skills,” according to a news release.  The course will be presented by Raylene Murphy.  Reservations are required.  Information: 909-803-1059, ext. 198; www.fontanacap.org

Three industrial lease renewals negotiated in Chino

CB Richard Ellis has announced the completion of three industrial lease renewals in Chino on behalf of IDS USA, an integrated distribution and logistics service provider.  IDS signed the three renewals totaling 1,115,000 square feet with landlord Majestic Realty as part of one major negotiation.  CBRE’s Frank Geraci, Walt Chenoweth, Juan Gutierrez and Patrick Wood of the Ontario office represented IDS, along with John S. Isaacs and Steve Sperber in the New York office of CBRE.  In 2009, IDS signed a lease for 645,000 square feet in Mira Loma in a building owned by AMB Property Corp.

Area lawmaker recognized by the state Small Business Association

Assemblyman Curt Hagman has been given the designation of “Summa Cum Laude” on the California Small Business Association’s honor roll.  “As the owner of a small business I know firsthand how the actions taken in Sacramento affect businesses providing jobs in our communities,” Hagman, R-Chino Hills, said in a news release. “I would like to thank the CSBA for all of their hard work. They are true advocates for California’s small businesses.” Information: www.assembly.ca.gov/hagman

Foreclosure prevention seminar scheduled in Rancho Cucamonga

The Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corp. and Help USA are partnering to host a series of home foreclosure prevention seminars once a month.  The next class from is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Central Park Community Center, 11200 Base Line, Rancho Cucamonga.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet one on one with nonprofit housing counseling agencies and with their lenders to discuss loan modifications.  Information: 909-723-8334.

Women’s Business Center to hold class on business fundamentals

The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center at Cal State San Bernardino will hold a free workshop today in Fontana to help people who are considering launching a new business or who already operate their own business.  “Successful Start-Ups: The ABCs of Starting Your Own Business” will take place 6-8 p.m. at the Cypress Community Center, 8380 Cypress Ave.  Participants will receive contact information for government and business entities that are part of the start-up process, as well as information about available funding sources.  Information: Carla Ulloa at 909-890-1242; www.iewbc.org

Loma Linda chamber to honor community leaders at dinner event

The Loma Linda Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Community Awards and Installation of Officers Dinner on Jan. 28 at the San Bernardino Hilton. The event will begin with a silent auction at 6 p.m. The dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m.  Awards will include the chamber’s community acknowledgments: Citizen of the Year: T. Jarb Thaipejr; Business of the Year: Inland Community Bank; City Employee of the Year: Konrad Bolowich.  The chamber’s President’s Award will go to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The chamber Ambassador of the Year is G Hemphill; Volunteer of the Year is Gail Clary;  Humanitarian of the Year is Dr. Leonard L. Bailey.  The award for Excellence in Education will go to L. Roo McKenzie. Outstanding Board Member of the Year is Elsie Chan. Volunteer Emeritus will be awarded to Eldridge “EZ” Griffith.  The chamber will also acknowledge its Teacher of the Year, Dorita West, Firefighter of the Year, James Gray, and Police Officer of the Year, Donald Rusk.

Cost: $60 per person. Sponsorships are still available.  Reservations are required. Information: 909-799-2828.

AT&T activates four new cell sites in San Bernardino County

AT&T recently announced the activation of four new 3G cell sites in Ontario, Rialto and Redlands. “We have a long history of investing in our network throughout San Bernardino County to improve the quality of service we provide to our customers,” Richard Porras, AT&T external affairs officer for San Bernardino County, said in a company news release announcing the move.  “Our customers will experience enhanced wireless coverage and an improved user experience as a direct result of the activation of these new cell sites.”  Information: www.att.com/networknews

SoCal median home price shows uptick for first time since 2007

A tracking firm says the median home price in Southern California rose 4 percent last month from December 2008, its first year-on-year gain since summer 2007.  San Diego-based MDA DataQuick reported Tuesday that the increase was the result of more high-priced homes in relatively expensive neighborhoods entering a market that had been dominated by lower-end sales.  Last month’s median home price in the six-county region of Southern California was $289,000, up from $278,000 in December 2008 and from $285,000 in November.  DataQuick also says home sales increased more than 12 percent from a year ago to more than 22,300.  December’s increase made for 18 consecutive months of year-on-year gains.  The increases were led by Los Angeles County, which showed a 5.9 percent year-over-year median price increase to $339,000, and Orange, San Diego and Ventura counties.  Home sales increased in Los Angeles County by 31.3 percent over December 2008, with 7,679 units sold in the month.  Meanwhile, some of the more affordable inland areas that saw robust 2008 sales recorded year-over-year declines last month.  Median prices in San Bernardino and Riverside counties showed worse for December, coming in lower on both a year-to-year and month-to-month basis.

In San Bernardino County, sales increased 2.5 percent year over year, with 2,934 units sold. The median price in December was $154,000, down 14.4 percent from December 2008.

Riverside County sales decreased by 3.4 percent year over year, with 4,282 units sold. The median home price was down 6.2 percent from December 2008 to $196,000.

Author to speak on work tactics

The International Association of Administrative Professionals is holding its monthly meeting at Dave & Busters at Ontario Mills on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Author Lee Silber will speak about tactics for working within corporations as administrative professionals.  Organizers of the event welcome clerical assistants, administrative assistants, secretaries, office managers and other administrative professionals.  It is $25 for members and $27 for guests. For more information, call 909-919-2615.

‘Addy’ contest dates announced

The American Advertising Federation — Palm Springs and Desert Cities has announced that the annual Addy Awards Competition is now open for entries.  Winners will be announced at a ceremony and gala event on March 12, a news release states.  A panel of advertising executives will judge about 300 entries on Feb. 6. For fees and entry registration requirements, visit www.desertadfed.com or call 760-325-2882.