Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards given to Inland Empire business

The Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino held its annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards dinner on Tuesday night.

The winners were as follows:

  • Lisa Ramsey, founder of Riverside-based Medi-Cal Consulting Services, won the Spirit award in the Consulting category.
  • William Land III and Laura Land, who founded Riverside-based Accessory Export LLC to sell mobile phone accessories, won in Family Business category.
  • John Gordon and Scott Whipple, owners of Norco-based Canidae All Natural Pet Food, won in the General Entrepreneur category.
  • Walter Boyd and Eddie Boyd of San Bernardino-based MacroAir Technologies won in the Innovator category. MacroAir produces industrial cooling fans.
  • Rodney Eaton and Elma Eaton, founders of Lake Elsinore-based California Cart Builder, won in the Manufacturing category.
  • Mike and Kim Jones, founders of Rancho Cucamonga-based RehabAbilities Family of Cos., won in the Service-based category. RehabAbilities is a job placement company for rehabilitation therapists.
  • Christina Grammer and Rebecca Grammer-Ybarra, founders of Rancho Cucamonga-based Suite 106 Cupcakery, won in the Small Enterprise Category.
  • Barbara Wormser, founder of Redlands-based Inland Harvest, won in the Social category. Inland Harvest is a charity that delivers unused food products to the needy in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Rio Ranch Markets signs Fontana lease

Rio Ranch Markets, a grover specializing foods employed in the preparation of Latino cuisine,  has signed a 10-year lease at Southridge Plaza in Fontana, the brokerage invvolved in the deal announced.

Argent Retail Advisors founder Terry Bortnick represented the grocer and property owner, which is Mabela, LLC. The dollar value of the lease was not disclosed.

Southridge Plaza is in the 11600 block of Cherry Avenue, near Live Oak Avenue in Fontana. Rio Ranch is set to take up space previously occupied by a Ralph’s store.

The new Rio Rancho store is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2012. The grocery chain is headquartered in Riverside.

Neiman Marcus outlet to open at Ontario Mills

A Last Call by Neiman Marcus outlet store is scheduled to open in May at Ontario Mills, the shopping center announced today.

The Last Call store is set to occupy a 21,000 square foot space at Ontario Mills, and shopping center management reports that its arrival will be a major aspect of the second phase of the mall’s redevelopment.

The pending arrival of Last Call by Neiman Marcus will require an innovation of Ontario Mills’ north-facing exterior, and mall managers also plan to renovate the existing Nordstrom Rack store.

Previous changes at Ontario Mills include the expansion of its Aeropostale, Burlington Coat Factory and Forever 21 stores, as well as upgraded restrooms and a new guest services center.

Chino Commercial Bancorp announces rights offering

Chino Commercial Bancorp, parent company of Chino Commercial Bank, announced a rights offering for current shareholders to acquire additional stock.

As of the scheduled record date, close of business Nov. 18, shareholders who choose to participate will be able to purchase three shares of common stock for each 10 shares already owned. Share prices have yet to be announced, “but will approximate the fair market value of the shares at the commencement of the offering as determined by the board of directors,” the company announced.

Shareholders who exercise their subscription rights will also receive bonus shares equal to 5 percent of shares purchased through the rights offering. Shareholders may also be able to purchase additional shares, with bonus shares attached, subject to availability.

Subscription rights will be exercisable until 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Jan. 20, although the Chino Commercial Bancorp may extend the subscription period.

Car dealerships announce food drive

Moss Bros. Auto Group has begun its annual food drive at the Riverside-based company’s nine dealerships.

The company’s dealerships include Moss Bros. Chrysler Jeep Dodge in San Bernardino. Moss Bros. also operate several dealerships in Moreno Valley and Riverside.

Moss Bros. plans to deliver the food Nov. 22 to Second Harvest Food Bank, which aids the needy in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

American States Water Co. reports $15.6 million profit

American States Water Co., headquartered in San Dimas, on Monday announced a $15.6 million profit for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

The company’s profit figure compares with the nearly $6.7 million earned during the same three month period last year.

Through the first nine months of this year, American States reported $39.1 million in profit, compared with $24.1 million last year.

American States Water Co. is the parent company of Golden State Water Co., which delivers water to customers in places including Claremont, Pomona, Apple Valley and Barstow.

Family Dollar to open four Inland Empire stores

Family Dollar, a chain of discount stores, plans to open four Inland Empire stores this month.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company has Nov. 17 scheduled as the opening date for stores in Ontario, Fontana, Rialto and Riverside.

Family Dollar plans to make the Ontario store its West Coast flagship and company executives are scheduled to appear at a grand opening event there on Nov. 17 and make a $5,000 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Ontario store is at 980 N. Mountain Plaza. The other stores are at 8933 Sierra Avenue, Fontana; 552 W. Foothill Blvd., Rialto and 5608 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside.

Pomona company announces recall of Filipino seafood products

Foremost Foods, International announced a voluntary recall of Pangasinan brand smoked seafood products because of potential botulism contamination.

All the products are expected to be off shelves by Monday, Foremost Foods compliance coordinator Joselito Reyes said.

No illnesses have been reported.

The recall applies to 6 ounce packages of Roundscad Smoked Galunggong and 6 ounce packages of Mackerel Smoked Hasa Hasa. Consumwers are advised not to use the products even if they do not look or smell bad.

The products were distributed in California, Nevada and Washington through Seafood City and Manila Seafood stores.

Botulism is a potentially deadly disease. Symptoms include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Other symptoms are difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms.

People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Information: 909-525-9500 Ext. 154

Builder to unveil new homes near Fontana

Builder Lennar plans to hold a grand opening today fort its “Next Gen” home design at Rosena Ranch, a development north of Fontana near Glen Helen Regional Park.

Lennar describes a Next Gen house as a “home within a home.” The houses, designed for two generations of a family to live in the same house, feature two entryways and kitchenettes and washing machines each house’s secondary area.

Lennar’s sales office is at 17868 Grand Fir Lane, San Bernardino.

Lewis Group and developer buy 10-acre Rancho Cucamonga site

Lewis Land Developers, part of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Cos. and Riverside-based builder Van Daele Homes on Thursday announced their purchase of a 10-acre site in Rancho Cucamonga.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

The companies plan to build and sell 33 single-family homes at the site, which is north of Base Line Road between between Etiwanda and East Avenues.

The planned homes’ sizes will range from 2,700 to 3,500 square feet with asking prices in the mid-$400,000s to low $500,000s, Lewis group reported.

The companies expect the first of the 33 homes to be available for sale in mid 2012.