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San Bernardino County Celebrates Entrepreneurs in November



San Bernardino County, a region that has fostered such diverse brands as GIS mapping leader Esri, animatronics designer Garner Holt Productions, flashlight innovator Maglite, as well as fast food brands McDonald’s and Del Taco, will celebrate entrepreneurs countywide this November. 

Since 2018 the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed the month of November as Entrepreneurship Month and November 20 as Entrepreneur’s Day. The proclamation recognizes that the County is home to countless start-ups and Fortune 500 firms. To that end, San Bernardino County will promote entrepreneurs as well as bring awareness to the initiatives and programs that help local startups and small businesses to grow and thrive. 

“San Bernardino County is a region full of opportunity. We remain an affordable location to live and invest, when compared to Southern California’s coastal regions. Our supporting and collaborative education partners and regional agencies make San Bernardino County a strong choice for entrepreneurs,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman.

Supporting entrepreneurship exemplifies how County Government guides itself by the four pillars of its organizational culture – value, innovation, service and vision.

“Making San Bernardino County a place where these four principles come together is foundational to the Board of Supervisors’ efforts to create a community where residents and investors can prosper and achieve well-being,” said County Chief Executive Officer Leonard X. Hernandez. 

Here’s just some of what makes San Bernardino County a strong region for startups:

According to Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report, San Bernardino County is a recognized and growing startup hub. One area of business strength cited in the report is advanced manufacturing and robotics. To support workforce and business development, Startup Genome made note of the County’s innovative education infrastructure. 

In 2020, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) launched the School of Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in California and one of less than 15 existing worldwide, adding to the university’s highly successful entrepreneurship program. The School of Entrepreneurship places CSUSB as a leading entity in the growing field of entrepreneurship education.

In addition, the San Bernardino Community College District was awarded $37 million in the state’s fiscal 2021-22 spending plan. The award is being used in part to build a modern workforce training center at San Bernardino Valley College that will be a hub for students pursuing careers in water management, heavy truck technology, and machining, among other fields.

There are many areas of success for startups in San Bernardino County. For example, the region is home to a growing electric transportation infrastructure, featuring young firms such as electric charging station manufacturer KIGT, as reported during the county’s recent State of the County and Regional Business Summit. 

To help small businesses to grow, San Bernardino County’s economic development team provides a number of important programs and initiatives that include site selection assistance, business plan development, permitting assistance, workforce assistance as well as demographic and market reports. The County’s Economic Development Department works in concert with many regional agencies and centers that target business development including the Women’s Business Center (WBC) program that promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through mentoring, business training, and business counseling services; the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC) that provide assistance and connects small businesses to resources in order to succeed; and the CDC Small Business Finance Corporation which helps entrepreneurs by advocating for and providing access to affordable and responsible capital.

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


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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