Ontario martial arts academy wins “Small Business of the Year” honor award

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt named Team 3 Fight Academy as the “Small Business of the Year” for his district.

Army veteran and Sergio Marchado is a part-owner of the martial arts school, which offers lessons in mixed-martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, krav maga and other fighting and self-defense disciplines.

Machado served three tours of duty in the Iraq War and received a Bronze Star, according to Ovitt’s office. Machado also started a clothing company called Recon Fight Gear and donates 10 percent of clothing sales to support military personnel overseas and at home.

Ovitt represents San Bernardino County’s Fourth District, which includes the Ontario and Chino areas. His office honors a Fourth District business each month, and nominations can be sent by telephone or email to 909-465-1895 or supervisorovitt@sbcounty.gov. or call my district office at (909) 465-1895.

Nominations should include the name of the business, business owner’s name, address, and reasons for the nomination.

Team 3 Fight Academy is at 2502 S. Euclid Ave, Suite C, Ontario.

Information: www.team3fightacademy.com

Rancho Cucamonga financial services firm crests 200 million transaction mark

CO-OP Financial Services, based in Rancho Cucamonga, processed more than 200 million electronic payments in December, the company reported.

It was the first time the company ever processed more than 200 million transactions in a single month.

CO-OP Financial services provides payment processing and other services to credit unions. The company processed some 2.2 billion payments in all of 2011.

The company first crested the 1 billion mark in 2004.

Chase to open about 60 Southern California bank branches in 2012

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. plan to about 60 Southern California branches this year.

The anticipated openings are part of the banking firm’s plan to open
nearly 100 branches up and down California and about 175 branches
nationwide.

A bank spokesman said he could not identify where the new Chase bank
branches will open, but did say most of the Southern California branches
will be in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas.

Chase has 930 branches in California.  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. acquired Washington Mutual in 2008.

Index Fresh hires new representative for avocado growers

Index Fresh, a Bloomington-based avocado distribution company, has hired T.J. Salinas as the company’s new Southern California field representative.

Salinas is a graduate of Cal State San Marcos and has previously worked in the fertilizer industry.

Index Fresh is a grower-owned company that packs, markets and ships avocados grown domestically and abroad.

Central Labor Council to host apprenticeship forum

Electricians, masons, operating engineers, nurses, members of other trades as well as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are scheduled to participate in the 10th annual Union Apprenticeship and Training Forum.

The event is will be open to students and others interested viewing job demonstrations and learning more about possible career opportunities in various trades. The Central Labor Council AFL/CIO of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties will sponsor the event in coordination with the San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools.

The forum is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to noon March 9 at Damus Room, National Orange Show Events Center, 689 S. E St., San Bernardino.

Information: 909-386-2636 or http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us/27-56321

Wells Fargo to host mortgage workshops in Ontario

Wells Fargo & Co. plans to host free workshops for homeowners who are facing difficulty making their house payments.

The Inland Empire workshops are scheduled to take place Feb. 14 and 15 at Ontario Convention Center. The sessions are open to customers with home loans from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, Wells Fargo Home Equity and Wachovia Mortgage.

Customers will be able to walk in, but registrations are recommended.

Information: 800-405-8067 or www.wfhmevents.com/leadingthewayhome.

La Verne chamber raffling Winternationals tickets

The La Verne Chamber of Commerce is holding a raffle for two Top Eliminator Club Tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals.

The drag racing event is set to take place from Feb. 9-12 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

The tickets, for Feb. 12 admission, include breakfast, lunch and a reserved grandstand seat.
 Single tickets sell for $10. Blocks of six or twelve tickets can be purchased for $50 or $100.

Tickets can be purchased through Feb. 3 online at www.lavernechamber.org, at various retailers who are members of the La Verne chamber or at the chamber offices, 2078 Bonita Ave., La Verne.

The winning ticket is scheduled to be chosen Feb. 3.

San Bernardino shopping center with vehicle recharging station sells for $2 million

A 7-Eleven-anchored shopping center in San Bernardino that features a recharging station that can simultaneously power multiple electric vehicles has sold to an undisclosed buyer, according to brokerage Colliers International.

The sale signifies the first time a shopping center with an electric charging station designed to recharge multiple vehicles in a gas station-like manner has sold in the United States, according to Colliers International.

The shopping center sold for for a little more than $2 million. Los Angeles-based developer ICO Real Estate Group developed the shopping center, which is near the crossing of 40th Street and Sierra Avenue in northern San Bernardino.

Colliers International senior vice president Mehran Foroughi ICO Real Estate Group.

“Catch Me If You Can” subject to speak in Ontario

Frank Abagnale, the former con artist whose life was depicted in the Steven Spielberg film “Catch Me If You Can” is scheduled to provide advice on how to identify and prevent fraud.

Abagnale will discuss identity theft, computer fraud, embezzlement and related topics during a speech scheduled to take place Tuesday. U.S. Bank is hosting Abegnale’s visit.

The seminar is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Doubletree by Hilton Ontario Airport, 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario. There is no admission fee but registration is required.

To RSVP, email Christine Howard at christine.howard1@usbank.com.

San Bernardino County announces new app for building permits

San Bernardino County officials announced the development of the ePlan application for people seeking building permits or other government approvals.

The application is being designed to allow customers to submit documents online.

The ePlan application is still under testing within the county’s Land Use Services Department. The county plans to release the application later this month.