The 2020 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards gala video will be available for viewing beginning Saturday, Dec. 5, presented by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino, with the theme “Despite all odds – the Spirit of the Entrepreneur will prevail!”
The recorded awards event will be available to view on the Cal State San Bernardino YouTube channel.
Adapting and pivoting its program model due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards focused on recognizing those entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who have survived, thrived and played a key role in helping the community adapt and overcome the coronavirus pandemic through their direct efforts.
Mistress of Ceremonies Janice Bryant Howroyd, the founder and chief executive officer of The ActOne Group, presided over the ceremony that took place on Nov. 21. She is currently No. 39 on Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. In 2014, Howroyd was recognized by Black Enterprise as the first black woman to own and operate a billion‐dollar company.
The 18th annual gala event, presented by Cal State San Bernardino and produced by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at CSUSB, in partnership with Premier Sponsor City National Bank, recognized nine entrepreneurs selected from nearly 200 nominees and 48 semi-finalists.
During the broadcast from The Fox Theater in Pomona, the recipients of the COVID Hero, COVID Innovator, and COVID Angel Entrepreneur Awards were unveiled. The award recipients included:
- Lisa Wright, Inland SoCal United Way, Rancho Cucamonga –
COVID Hero Entrepreneur
- Zubin and Tenzing Carvalho, SoCal Face Shields for Frontline Workers, Hemet – COVID Innovator Entrepreneur
- Eugene Weems, Vibrant Green for Vibrant Peace, San Bernardino – COVID Angel Entrepreneur
In the tradition of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur, the event featured top-flight entertainment, delivered this year by Vintage Trouble. The Los Angeles-based quartet, presented by Premier and Entertainment Sponsor City National Bank, delivered a scorching two song set of swaggering rock, soulful blues, R&B grooves, and pop ambition blended into a bold and brash brew of infectious music.
FAST PITCH COMPETITION
As part of the event festivities, the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition was held for five future entrepreneurs to deliver a 90-second pitch about their up-and-coming venture idea to the audience and were critiqued on their overall preparation, poise and professional presentation. The top three pitches were recognized and the top student walked away with a $4,000 prize. The fast pitch, which involves students from Cal State San Bernardino, is sponsored by entrepreneur Garner Holt of San Bernardino. The top three finishers were:
- Emma Biland, Bracelet Bodyguard – 1st place
- Matthew List, 1Knock – 2nd place
- Misty Lopez, She Me – 3rd place
San Bernardino County State of the County; Regional Business Summit Delivers Strong Message of Opportunity and Growth
American Idol Winner and County Native Chayce Beckham Acoustic Performance Closes Show
San Bernardino County welcomed hundreds of business, government and community leaders to its State of the County | Regional Business Summit held at the Toyota Arena on October 6. The event, hosted by Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, featured a breadth of information encompassing County data, interviews with business leaders as well as updates on County programs and initiatives that made a difference in keeping residents safe and healthy and helping businesses to thrive.
The Board of Supervisors each delivered a message on critical areas of success in County programs that included education and workforce, economic development and foreign trade, public safety, healthy communities, and increasing equity. Included in these programs was the recognition that San Bernardino County became the first county in California to declare racism a public health crisis. “Our hope is that the equity element group and the conversations that it is conducting will help us to grow a more fair, just and more prosperous community for everyone in San Bernardino County,” said Supervisor Rutherford.
“While this past year has tested each and every one of us, it has not slowed down the pace of progress. Billions of dollars are being invested in San Bernardino County in technology, transportation, healthcare, and new entertainment venues,” said Chairman Hagman.
Chairman Hagman and the County’s new Chief Communications Officer Martha Guzman-Hurtado teamed up to share more news on these developments including an update on the TopGolf entertainment experience being built in Ontario — the first in Southern California, as well as The Boring Company’s plans for an underground transit loop that will shuttle thousands of passengers between Ontario International Airport and the Rancho Cucamonga Metrolink station.
A subsequent video reported on investments in the County by Brightline West, Starlink, and General Atomics Aeronautical. These innovations were followed by an interview with Ken Ramirez, chairman, San Manuel Mission Band of Indians, who shared more on the tribe’s economic and philanthropic investments including the creation of more than 7,000 local jobs. “San Manuel’s goal is to keep philanthropy dollars in local communities, so that everyone has a chance at success,” said Ramirez.
Chairman Hagman also shared a video featuring the work of County-based MP Materials, the only integrated rare earth mining and processing site in North America, and KIGT, the only and first African-American manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations. These firms exemplify the County’s burgeoning electric transportation infrastructure that benefits the nation and world.
The final business video focused on small business success and young business leaders. “Many of these businesses are founded by young people who are born here, grow up here, and are now ready to invest here because they believe in what San Bernardino County has to offer. In many ways they are community champions,” said Hagman.
The video highlighted the work of local investor and entrepreneur David Friedman of Realicore Real Estate Group, Destiny Muse of Grounded along with the non-profit Youth Action Project (YAP) and its empowering work through its Black and Brown Economic Empowerment Partnership (BEEP) that supports young people who are working to redevelop their communities. “Reinvesting matters to this region. If we can find a way to develop our local region that makes it attractive for residents to stay, to retain our local talent, the County will thrive,” noted Tremaine Mitchell, co-founder and executive director, YAP.
The State of the County | Regional Business Summit closed with a live acoustic performance by hometown star Chayce Beckham, this year’s American Idol winner and Apple Valley native who played his number one hit “23.”
To view the State of the County | Regional Business Summit, visit the link at San Bernardino: San Bernardino (selectsbcounty.com) or on CountyWire at State of the County 2021 Delivers Strong Message of Opportunity and Growth | County of San Bernardino – CountyWire (sbcounty.gov).
San Bernardino County Economic Development Looks to Bolster Local Filming as Official County Film Office
County Benefits from Close Proximity to LA Market and Diverse Range of Location Options
For fiscal year 2019-2020, San Bernardino County benefited from an economic impact from the film industry of more than $10 million, which accounted for 200 applications and 354 days of filming. Now to further bolster that impact the San Bernardino County Economic Development Department is the official film office for the County providing a one-stop-shop service to the entertainment industry.
Filming permits are required for all commercial filming and commercial still photography done in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, or when facilities are used that belong to, are managed by or are under the jurisdiction of the County.
A number of notable projects were shot in the County over the last year. These included: critically-acclaimed series Homecoming (filmed in Crestline); Jay Leno’s Garage television show (filmed in Fontana); television series 9-1-1 Season 3 (filmed in Lucerne Valley); FX drama Old Man starring Jeff Bridges (filmed in Crestline); HGTV television show House Hunter’s International (filmed in San Bernardino); along with commercials for Kia (filmed in Chino) and Volkswagen (filmed in Trona).
Natalia Paez, producer, Shades of Grey, an agency that works with lifestyle brands, said, “We had not shot in that part of California. The San Bernardino County team was instrumental in moving our photo shoot forward. Not only did they help with the basic permitting information, they also helped us find the perfect street location for one pivotal scene that was proving difficult to find. I hope more clients choose to shoot in this area because I’d work with the County again in a heartbeat.”
Producers also noted that the County’s expansive locations ranging from desolate desert to forested alpine meadows can be rare to find so closely accessible both to each other and to major media and transportation hubs.
“It is exciting to see our County used by the creative community because of its beauty and diversity of scenery. Plus our inland Southern California location keeps us accessible to the LA entertainment industry. We look forward to increasing our reputation as a location of choice,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.
San Bernardino County offers marketing opportunities for businesses and homeowners who are interested in listing their location on the San Bernardino County Locations Library. There are 142 unique listings for filmmakers to browse. An example is the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge, one of the newest partners, offering scenic and mountainous views. The lakeside resort can be utilized for filming and lodging accommodations.
To view the County’s location library, resources and applications, visit https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/film.
Finalists Announced For 2020 Spirit Of The Entrepreneur Awards!
AGAINST ALL ODDS, THE SPIRIT OF THE ENTREPRENEUR WILL PREVAIL!
The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino announced the finalists for this year’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program. Eight (8) entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 200 nominees. The 47 semi-finalists participated in a virtual reception on October 7 sponsored by Roorda, Piquet & Bessee, Inc. (RP&B, CPAs), where they interacted with the event judges. Immediately following the reception, the judges convened to select the finalists. The finalists for the event will compete as part of the 18th annual awards program. Due to the unique circumstances of 2020, the awards program focused on recognizing entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs in two (2) unique categories: the COVID Innovator Entrepreneur and the COVID Hero Entrepreneur. Due to the restrictions for in-person events during the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be not be the typical live black-tie gala with over 1,000 people attending. The awards will be presented as part of a broadcast on KSCI Channel 18 on November 21 at 7:00 pm. The winners will be announced during the broadcast.
THE 2020 INLAND EMPIRE ENTREPRENEURIAL FINALISTS INCLUDE:
COVID INNOVATOR ENTREPRENEUR:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire Jennifer O’Farrell – Riverside
- C.H.A.N.T. Training Academy/ G.S.M. Management & Consulting LLC Vincent Garrett – Rancho Cucamonga
- RPP Products, Inc. Eric Zwigart – Bloomington
- SoCal Face Shields for Frontline Workers Zubin and Tenzing Carvalho – Hemet
COVID HERO ENTREPRENEUR:
- Another Brilliant Idea, Inc. – Brilliant Mobile Messaging Mary Barnett – Corona
- Inland SoCal United Way Lisa Wright – Rancho Cucamonga
- Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Patrick Ellis – Murrieta
- Victor Valley Rescue Mission Bill Edwards – Victorville
JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE REGION’S ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT! NOVEMBER 21 AT 7:00 P.M. – KSCI CHANNEL 18 (CHECK YOUR LOCAL TV AND CABLE LISTINGS)
SPIRIT AWARDS BROADCAST FEATURES!
Special Emcee: Janice Bryant-Howroyd, founder and CEO of The ActOne Group, the largest privately held, minority-woman-owned personnel company founded in the U.S. Howroyd is the first African American woman to build and own a billion dollar company.
Presentation of the COVID Hero Award, sponsored by Garner Holt Productions
Presentation of the COVID Innovator Award, sponsored by Best, Best & Krieger, LLP
A special “Where Are They Now” segment featuring past winners of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award from the past 17 years
The Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition Presented by IECE and sponsored by Garner Holt Productions, along with supporting sponsor City National Bank, this competition features 90-second business pitches from student finalists vying for top cash prizes for their startup ideas.
Entertainment – This year’s entertainment, presented by City National Bank, is Vintage Trouble! The L.A.-based quartet is known for their uplifting blend of rhythm & blues and classic rock. Since forming in 2010, Vintage Trouble have quietly become rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret. The quartet have logged 3,000 shows across 30 countries on tour with divinities such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz, and Bon Jovi, to name a few. Along the way, they also performed on Later… with Jools Holland, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Conan, The View, and The Tonight Show in addition to receiving acclaim from New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more.
A portion of the proceeds from the Spirit of the Entrepreneur event benefit the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Scholarship established by Dr. Mike Stull, Director of Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, San Bernardino. The scholarship is awarded to vetted and deserving entrepreneurship students in order to assist them in achieving their degree.
The Spirit of the Entrepreneur event is presented California State University San Bernardino and produced by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship and The Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, in partnership with Premier Sponsor, City National Bank. In addition, the event is supported by a wide range of local organizations including:
- PREMIER AND ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR City National Bank, an RBC Company
- PLATINUM SPONSORS Best Best & Krieger LLP, Southern California News Group, Bank of America, Inland Empire Magazine, Wells Fargo, and Inland Empire Business Journal
- GOLD SPONSORS San Bernardino County EDA, US Bank, Wilson Ivanova CPAs, Altek Media Group, Riverside County EDA, and Varner & Brandt
- SILVER SPONSORS JPMorgan Chase & Co., CDC Small Business Finance, Pacific Premier Bank, Inland Empire Community Foundation, SmartSyt, City of Ontario, Roark Financial Solutions, and Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)
- VIRTUAL JUDGING RECEPTION SPONSOR by Roorda, Piquet & Bessee, Inc. (RP&B, CPAs)
- FILM WRAP Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE).
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