Claremont Dental Institute to host grand opening

Claremont Dental Institute plans to give away free toothbrushes and provide tours during a grand opening scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Dentist Vijay Patel<NO1> cq<NO> previously practiced in Montclair before moving to a new office.

Claremont Dental Institute is at 601 E Foothill Blvd. Claremont.

Information: 909-625-4101.

Networking group to hold Visitor’s Day in Rancho Cucamonga

BNI, a global networking organization focused on business referrals among members, is planning a Visitor’s Day for its Business Builders Chapter on May 10 in Rancho Cucamonga.

The organization generated more than 6.2 million referrals for its members in 2010, leading to about $2.6 billion of business, according to the group.

Tony Dalia, BNI executive director, will speak at the event on BNI’s word-of-mouth marketing philosophy. The meeting is planned from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Carrow’s Restaurant, 11669 Foothill Blvd.

To make reservations, contact Nick Saucedo Jr. at 626-484-4129. For more information on BNI, visit www.bni.com.

Scooter company designs police motorcycle

California Scooter Company, based in La Verne, announced the design of a police version to its popular small motorcycle. Take a look at the cop scooter here. The CSC-150P is designed to help law enforcement navigate through highly congested urban settings, the company said.

The black-and-white small motorcycle, which can be customized to department colors, includes a calibrated speedometer, windshield, storage rack, saddlebags, siren, engine guards and police lighting. It has lower maintenance costs than a standard police motorcycle and, in addition to electric starting, retains a traditional kick starter.

For more information, contact the company at 800-884-4173 or visit the website here.

BritWeek contest seeks California businesses

The second BritWeek and U.K. Trade & Investment Business Innovation Awards is accepting contest entries until March 31. Businesses with operations in both California and the United Kingdom are eligible.

A panel, including Maggie Shiels of the BBC and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Richard Irving, will determine the winners.

The awards will be presented at the BritWeek Gala Dinner in San Francisco on May 12. BritWeek, a brainchild of producer Nigel Lythgoe, is a nonprofit group that aims to highlight the connection between Britain and California.

Interested companies can fill out the nomination form here.