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Los Angeles Start-up Finding Success in San Bernardino County



Q&A with Sanjay Poojary, President & CEO at Saya Life — A Smart Water Management Company

What is SAYA Smart Water Management?

The SAYA system come packaged with water detecting flood sensors, a smart meter fitted with ultrasonic flow sensors, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor and remote shutoff valve. The system sends sensor data to the SAYAOne cloud and based on analytics data water alerts like leak events etc are reported on a dashboard or a mobile app. For flood sensor leaks, the valve is automatically shut off. The system can be easily installed at residential, commercial and industrial locations.

What inspired you to start this firm?

I have been working in the IOT and technology field for more than 20 years in large corporations such as Cisco. It was always my dream to apply these technologies to things that matter most to our lives such as water, air and energy. Because California is earthquake prone, having control of water, gas and energy at a location and ability to remotely shut off could save lives. I quit my job and started SAYA Life in 2016 to realize this dream and started with water management. Having the knowledge of water can have a huge impact not only in terms of water conservation but also preventing major damage caused due to water leaks. Saya provided this knowledge with our NTEP certified smart submetering device which also helps detect anomalies.

How do you benefit consumers?

Water is the cause of trillions in loss each year to residential and commercial property owners, insurance companies and utilities. But there is only one submetering AI platform that prevents catastrophic loss and measures water performance. Saya delivers the knowledge of water. Saya system helps prevent expensive insurance claims, reduces water risks and delivers peace of mind to consumers.

How do you benefit developers?

There is only one submetering Artificial Intelligence (submeteringAI) platform that prevents catastrophic loss and measures water performance. Saya delivers the knowledge of water so developers can provide the highest quality of service to their tenants.

Saya is a certified submetering platform. But Saya also has the most powerful data platform in the segment. The Saya Valet (sensors) gathers water data. After it’s installed, residential multi-dwelling or commercial building owners can use the SAYA Eagle SAAS platform to monitor their facilities. Fixture manufacturers, insurance companies and utilities can use the SAYA PAAS data to improve services for their customers.

Why has San Bernardino County turned out to be your first location?

There is a great deal of new multi-dwelling construction happening in San Bernardino County and the developers are looking at new technology that can really add value.

What are you growth plans as you look ahead?

We are committed to providing the best in class “knowledge of water” solution for multi-dwelling residential and commercial submetering IOT applications.

How has the support of LACI and San Bernardino County impacted your firm’s success?

The collaboration between LACI and progressive counties such as San Bernardino County has helped us identify opportunities and get to market with easy access to county certification requirements for our solution.

How do you think technology will continue to improve our lives – especially in housing and real estate industries?

California law requires manufacturers to meet plumbing fixture efficiency standards, and all new multi-dwelling construction to install water submetering. Los Angeles provides rebates to building owners after submetering, and the National Association of Apartment Owners says submetering can cut water bills virtually in half.

SAYA system help the environment by reducing emissions and saving water and energy, while delivering peace of mind, improved tenant satisfaction and reduction in risk and property damage to building owners.

Third party testing at “Pecan Labs” for Saya solution shows that deploying Saya solution just 1000 homes would contribute to 5.7 metric tons of CO2 reduction. 2.5 Million Gallons of water savings and 24k Kwh of energy savings for one year.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce to Lead California Delegation at GITEX GLOBAL 2023 in Dubai



Fostering Technological Synergy: Bridging the Tech Gap with Global Partners

Demonstrating the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (IERCC) commitment to global tech collaboration and innovation, the organization will lead a California delegation to the world-renowned GITEX GLOBAL event in Dubai from October 16-20, 2023. Though the original invitation extended to IERCC’s President & CEO, Mr. Edward Ornelas, Jr., he will not be in attendance. Instead, the California delegation will be spearheaded by the Chamber’s newly-appointed CTO, Mr. Gabriel Rangel.

Organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre, GITEX GLOBAL 2023 promises to be grander than ever. The event is set to host over 6,000 exhibiting companies and startups, drawing more than 170,000 tech and business executives from over 170 countries. The mega-event will sprawl across 41 vast halls and, for the first time ever, will be held at two prominent venues – the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre and the new Dubai Harbour for Expand North Star, making it the host for the world’s largest startup event.

Mr. Edward Ornelas, Jr. commented, “While I regret not attending GITEX personally, I am proud to have Mr. Rangel at the helm of this effort. I’m confident that our delegation will foster new collaborations and present the Golden State as a tech powerhouse.”

This year’s conference adopts the compelling theme of “The Year to Imagine AI in Everything”. Attendees are poised to witness the grandest showcase of AI tech giants and industry frontrunners. Additionally, it promises to kindle profound dialogues and debates concerning the socio-economic implications of burgeoning AI technology.

“Leading the California delegation at GITEX offers us an unmatched platform to nurture and solidify relationships with global tech partners,” said Mr. Gabriel Rangel, CTO of IERCC. “As the technology landscape continues to evolve, it’s critical for us to be a part of these international collaborations. I’m honored to spearhead this mission on behalf of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

An integral part of the California delegation, Mr. Ram Thanapandian, Principal Technology Consultant to the State of California and Chair of CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma’s Technical Advisory Commission, will be present, providing invaluable insights and representing the State of California Treasurer’s Office.

IERCC’s leadership in organizing this delegation underscores the crucial role that California plays in the global tech ecosystem and mirrors Dubai’s ambitious vision as encapsulated in the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33). This strategy aims to substantially expand Dubai’s economic landscape in the upcoming decade, securing its stature among the world’s leading global cities.

Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of the Dubai World Trade Centre and CEO of KAOUN International, remarked on the invaluable contributions the California delegation will bring to the event. She looks forward to an event marked by knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and pioneering discussions.

For additional information on GITEX GLOBAL 2023, please refer to: GITEX 2023 Preview.

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Economist Christopher Thornberg, State Treasurer Fiona Ma Headline New Forecast Conference



Coming October 5th

Economic Horizon 2024: What Lies Ahead?

The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Beacon Economics and the County of San Bernardino, is thrilled to announce that the anticipated economic forecast conference, Economic Horizon 2024: What Lies Ahead, Inland Empire? will be held October 5th from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the El Prado Golf Courses in the vibrant city of Chino, California.

Esteemed economist, Dr. Christopher Thornberg will present complete outlooks for the U.S., California, and Inland Empire economies. “The Inland Empire stands at the crossroads of remarkable economic opportunities and challenges,” said Thornberg. “I’m excited to unpack the trends and shifts that will define the region’s economic landscape in the next year, and beyond.”

Known for his razor-sharp observations, and fun, energized delivery, Thornberg’s presentation will include pointed discussions about inflation, the Fed’s next move, housing markets, strengths and instabilities in the economy, and what current trends mean for the nation, state, and local region.

The conference will also be graced by the insights of California State Treasurer Fiona Ma as keynote speaker. In her words, “The strength of California’s economy is deeply interwoven with the growth trajectories of its regions. The Inland Empire, with its dynamism and resilience, is a testament to this synergy. I am honored to join ‘Economic Horizon 2024’ and share a vision where policies, partnerships, and potentials converge to elevate the Inland Empire to unprecedented economic heights.”

“This conference is a testament to the collaborative spirit of the Inland Empire and our commitment to fostering a robust, resilient economy,” said Edward Ornelas, Jr., President of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Our partnership with Beacon Economics and the County of San Bernardino aims to offer a platform for profound economic discussion, forecasting, and strategic future planning.”

Attendees can anticipate not only expert insights into the economy but also networking opportunities and a chance to connect with key business, government, and nonprofit leaders from across the region.

Full event details are available at:

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Webb Investments acquires Silver Creek Industries, an industry leader in modular construction for schools



Webb Investments today announced the launch of a new company, Silver Creek Modular, after acquiring the assets of Silver Creek Industries, a highly respected modular construction company known for bringing innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the education industry. 

Silver Creek Industries’ existing business, including its employees and its Perris, Calif., manufacturing facility, will remain with the new company, with Webb providing the investment capital, resources and expertise to enhance Silver Creek’s presence in the modular construction marketplace.

The acquisition closed in June of 2023, following Silver Creek Industries’ Chapter 11 filing in the Central Bankruptcy Court of California.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Silver Creek into our family business, and look forward to building on our shared commitment to improving educational opportunities within communities across our region,” said Kiana Webb, CEO of Webb Family Enterprises. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to invest in established firms that can help us drive community revitalization and inclusive growth, while improving quality of life and increasing economic output.”

Silver Creek Industries was founded in 2004 and has completed more than 1,000 projects in the education, commercial, medical, military, government and multi-family housing markets. More recently, the company’s focus has been on providing high-quality, sustainable modular buildings for schools and educational institutions. Silver Creek Industries is well known for delivering projects on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to school and the community. 

Webb Investments is a privately held, family-owned company focusing on creating a community development ecosystem that drives inclusive, organic growth and transforms the areas they serve. 

For more information on Webb Investments, please visit

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