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.

CVB Financial schedules earnings report

CVB Financial, parent company of Citizens Business Bank, will report its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011 and the past year as a whole after markets close on Jan. 18.

The banking firm’s management is scheduled to discuss their financial results in a conference call the following morning.

The conference call is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19. Investors and other interested parties can listed to the call by dialing 877-317-6789. The call will also be broadcast online via the company’s website, which is www.cbbank.com.

CVB Financial’s corporate offices are in Ontario.

Cosmetics company to set up HQ in Ontario

Beauty 21 Cosmetics is set to move from Rancho Cucamonga to Ontario after buying a 231,000-square-foot industrial property.

Beauty 21’s brands include L.A. Girl USA cosmetics.

The building, at 2021 S. Archibald Ave., is part of Archibald Business Center. The property sold for $15 million, according to CT Realty Investors and Behringer Harvard, the property’s previous owners.

Peter McWilliams and Mike McCrary of Jones Lang LaSalle represented CT Realty and Behringer Harvard. Personnel at the Ontario office of Lee & Associates represented Beauty 21 Cosmetics.

Skechers USA previously occupied Archibald Avenue building before moving to a 1.8 million-square-foot building in Moreno Valley.

Dollar General to hold hiring event in Ontario

Dollar General, a Tennessee based discounter, plans to hold a job fair Thursday and Friday in Ontario to hire some 300 employees as the company expands into Southern and Central California.

The job fair is scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday at Best Western Plus Ontario Airport, 209 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario. Dollar General is also scheduled to accept applications from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the same location.

Dollar General reported a $171 million profit for the quarter ending Oct. 28.

BrightSource Energy names new chairman

BrightSource Energy, Inc., the Oakland company developing a solar generating plant in the Mojave Desert, announced the appointment of Richard “Dick” Kelly as the firm’s new chairman of the board.

Kelly is the former chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy, which is an electric utility operating in the Midwest, Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions.

BrightSource’s new chairman also holds an MBA from Regis University, which is in Denver.