A&R Tarpaulins, Garner Holt leaders join honor society

A&R Tarpaulins vice president Bud Weisbart and student employee Yukasa Shida, along with Garner Holt Productions founder Garner Holt, have been named to the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at Cal State San Bernardino.

A&R Tarpaulins, based in Fontana and founded in 1976, manufactures industrial fabrics for used for aerospace and other applications.

Garner Holt Productions is a San Bernardino-based company that manufactures animatronic characters.

Weisbart and Shida were named to the society during its charter meeting of the Cal State San Bernardino chapter of the honor society. Sigma Nu Tau is a national academic society formed to honor and promote entrepreneurship.

In addition to Weisbart, Shida and Holt, five Cal State San Bernardino MBA students and five campus undergraduates also earned membership in the honor society.

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.

Burkle invests $10 million in Colton drink company

Billionaire Ronald Burkle’s firm, The Yucaipa Companies, has invested $10 million in AquaHydrate, the Colton-based sports water company said Tuesday. The infusion of money is expected to accelerate the seven-year-old company’s national roll out of its enhanced drinks, AquaHydrate said.

Actor Mark Wahlberg, who first tried the drink while training for the film “The Fighter,” is on the company’s board. AquaHydrate’s also the official sports beverage for the USA Water Polo Teams as they train for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The sports drink is a purified, alkaline water with electrolytes and trace minerals. AquaHydrate is in more than 2,200 stores in the U.S., including grocery, health and natural food stores.

“AquaHydrate is one of the most exciting brands in the bottled water industry with great potential for future growth,” Burkle said.