Monday, October 21st, 2013
The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC) will host a free workshop titled “Why Lease Terms and Location Matter” on Wednesday, October 23 from 9am to 11am in the City of Riverside City Council Chambers.
The workshop will provide the tools and information necessary to assist business owners with location and lease term negotiations, while keeping in mind City zoning and building codes. As a business owner, it is important to ensure the location you have selected is in the right area of town, near your company’s customer base, and is the right size for efficient operations. This seminar will help guide you through the process.
Members of the City of Riverside Economic Development team will also be present to provide a brief overview of the tools and resources available to businesses through the Office of Economic Development’s Business First and Business Ready initiatives.
The workshop is presented by Progressive Real Estate Partners and sponsored by the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center and the City of Riverside.
Visit www.iesmallbusiness.com to register online or for more information contact the IESBDC at (951) 781-2345.
The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center offers hundreds of workshops and thousands of hours in confidential, one-on-one consulting sessions to help its clients create viable business portfolios, long-term jobs, and the ability to access more money needed to expand and start lasting market area businesses.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
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The 6th Annual Faith Based Small Business Summit hosted by AmPac Tri-State CDC will be held Thursday, October 24 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. The annual event is a valuable resource for entrepreneurs, new business owners and established business leaders to learn the tools for being a more effective business or faith based leader.
The program will include panel discussions around the following topics:
- Leading Faith Based Leaders Discussing From Fear to Faith – Encouraging, Equipping and Inspiring the Entrepreneur – Moderated by Dr. Alan Aylor, Thrivent Financial, including Pastors Gary Hornsby – River’s Edge Church, Dr. Brian Kennedy – Mt. Zion Baptist Church; Dennis Montgomery – Praise Chapel; and Marco Garcia – The Way World Outreach
- Social Enterprise for Business and Faith Based Groups - Creating Revenue Streams to Make a Difference in Your Business and Your Community — Moderated by Darla Donaldson, California Baptist University, Riversid
- The Affordable Care Act - Intended and Unintended Benefits and Consequences – Making it Work for You!
The Summit will also feature an address from keynote speaker Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust as well as a Pastor Appreciation Recognition by KSGN, 89.7FM, Family Friendly Radio Station and the Faith & Business Connection Awards. Business owners are encourage to attend to network with peers and take advantage of workshops and one-on-one opportunities with experts, lenders, and resource partners.
For more information and to register for the event, click here.
AmPac Tri-State CDC is a certified lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration. The CDC provides provides SBA 504 loans for businesses seeking to grow by purchasing commercial or industrial real estate, completing tenant improvements or ground up construction; or those purchasing equipment to grow their business. Since its certification as an SBA lender in 2007, the CDC has served almost 100 businesses with financing greater than $100 Million of financing.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Local Riverside businesses have been selected as finalists for the 11th Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. Joan Nguyen of MeriEducation and Drew Jorgenson of OmniPlatform have been nominated.
The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at San Bernardino announced 27 outstanding entrepreneurs for the 2013 Spirit Awards which recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Inland Empire’s top entrepreneurial business leaders. The award covers nine categories, including categories ranging from Family Business to Corporate Entrepreneur.
Selected from a pool of more than 160 nominees, MeriEducation and OmniPlatform were two Riverside businesses selected.
MeriEducation was selected in the Small Enterprise category, and offers “a one-stop shop for all academic services”. Learn more about the company at http://www.merieducation.com
OmniPlatform – in the Technology Entrepreneur category – provides enterprise technology and cloud delivered services to a growing client base in the United States and internationally. Learn more about them at http://www.omniplatform.com
Since 2003, the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship has honored more than 200 entrepreneurs as finalist and bestowed the coveted Spirit Award to 70 entrepreneurs. The awards event will take place November 19th at the Ontario Convention Center. The gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and awards.
For more information or to make reservations, visit http://www.inlandspiritawards.com or call (909) 537-3708.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Riverside’s City Manager’s Office of Economic Development received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Newsletter or Newspaper for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize City of Riverside – City Manager’s Office of Economic Development as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for City of Riverside – City Manager’s Office of Economic Development’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
The City of Riverside Office of Economic Development (OED) developed a team and partnerships to produce a weekly e-newsletter sent every Tuesday that pulls together the week’s stories from the OED blog and the community-focused Seizing Our Destiny blog. The newsletter serves as a source of continued communication and engagement with our local businesses and community members, as well as numerous subscribers from outside of the City to drive traffic to the website, keep the conversation going, tell the story, and celebrate successes. The Office of Economic Development has taken an active role in helping to tell Riverside’s story through many forms of media and online communications and the e-newsletter was created as a way to capture the online content sources into one consistent, concise, informative, and eye-catching news-blast that can be easily shared among the recipient’s connections.
IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia, Penn.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Riverside County recently received designation as the Inland SoCal Link iHub, from the State of California’s Office of Economic Development, GoBiz. This designation capitalizes on the location of Riverside and County cities with direct transportation links to the Port of Los Angeles, and the region’s continued growth in innovative technologies, businesses, and higher education institutions. State economic development director Kish Rajan and deputy director Louis Stewart recently joined state and local elected officials in Riverside for an Innovation Hub (i-Hub) announcement ceremony and expo at the Riverside County Administrative Center on October 8th. The new iHub – the Inland SoCal Link – will be managed by Rob Moran, economic development manager with the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.
The Inland SoCal Link iHub is anchored by a partnership between the Port of Los Angeles and Inland Southern California. The overarching goal of this iHub is to maximize economic development opportunities within the transportation corridor which links the Port with the Inland Southern California region. This will be accomplished through the establishment of an advanced manufacturing iHub that seeks to innovate and refine logistics in an effort to maximize the state’s exports.
Central to the new iHub is the University of California, Riverside. The university, and especially its centers of excellence, is a driving force behind the positive diversification that is occurring in the Riverside County economy, which now includes strong representation from entrepreneurs, high tech companies, medical technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and renewable energy. Riverside is home to multiple higher learning institutions, including California Baptist University, La Sierra University, and Riverside Community College – each with growing programs and a student base encouraging learning and economic growth in targeted industries. The City of Riverside, Office of Economic Development, specifically targets the high tech, advanced manufacturing, food processing, healthcare, professional services, and higher education.
“The i-Hub program has helped launch start-ups that are making advancements in tech, science, venture capital and more” said Deputy Director Stewart. “California has set a standard for advancing innovation that is being emulated around the world and GO-Biz is looking for ways to facilitate new opportunities through the i-Hub program.”
For more information on the Inland SoCal Link iHub, visit http://business.ca.gov/Programs/Innovation/InlandSoCalLinkiHub.aspx
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Vocademy – “The Place to Learn and Make Anything” – opened its doors on October 6, at a grand opening celebration. Vocademy is a resource for facility for hands-on learning and training in areas such as printing, machinery, woodworking, electronics, sewing, and others.
Vocademy used crowdsourced funding through Fundable.com, and reached 155% of their fundraising goal in 4 days. For several years, Vocademy operated out of a small 1,500 square foot facility. With a goal of becoming a place where individuals could learn and practice hands-on learning, their funding helped them move into a new 15,000 square foot facility, upgrade where needed, and purchase equipment. Their new facility is located at 1635 Spruce Street in Riverside, 92507.
Interested parties can become members of the organization. Learn more about Vocademy at vocademy.com or on their Facebook page at facebook.com/VocademyUSA
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
As posted on PE.com, October 2, 2013
The City of Riverside’s Internet portal has received a “Best of the Web Award” from the Center for Digital Government, a national group that recognizes best practices in Web functionality and e-government services.
The second-place award placed Riverside ahead of cities likeRaleigh, N.C. (third), Tampa, Fla. (fourth) and Denver, Colo. (fifth). Other finalists included Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Santa Monica, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Va. First place went to Austin, Texas.
“This award really demonstrates the high level of expertise and commitment within our Web team,” said Lea Deesing, chief innovation officer for Riverside.
Deesing said the award is a testament to the work performed by the city’s Web team — Chris Tilden, John Botta and Nghi Quach. The city has won the award eight years in a row and has finished in the top five in six of those eight years.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute that provides information technology policies and best practices for state and local government.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Source: California City News
Riverside bucks national trends and offers residents some of the healthiest housing of all US metropolitan areas, according to the US Census Bureau. In its recent report, released on October 1, 2013, the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey rated Riverside as #6 in providing healthy housing.
In the aftermath of the recession and a national foreclosure crisis, experts say poor housing conditions have constituted an alarming trend across the United States. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of inner-city and suburban homes have at least one health or safety hazard, according to the National Center for Healthy Housing, a Maryland-based non-profit research group.
The report determined the top 45 metropolitan areas for healthy housing. The rankings were based on 20 health-related housing characteristics in the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, including the presence of rats, peeling paint, holes in walls, and inoperative toilets.
Four California metropolitan areas have made the top 10. San Jose came in at #1, while Anaheim-Santa Ana came in at #3. Sacramento and San Bernardino-Riverside were both tied for the #6 spot, along with Miami-Hialeah, Florida and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. Other California cities in the top 20 include San Diego (#12), as well as San Francisco and Oakland which were tied at #16.
In December, the group will release its National Healthy Housing Standard, which can then be adopted by municipalities as a sort of property maintenance code. The group’s director Rebecca Morley believes it could help improve the standard of living for countless residents across the United States.
More information on the survey can be found at the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey web site.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
The Office of Economic Development (OED) for the City of Riverside launched its Business First initiative as a reflection of the dedication given to small businesses, large companies and entrepreneurs. Information and assistance is provided with zoning, permitting, and City policies and processes through a single-point-of-contact, backed by a team of knowledgeable professionals.
To ensure that the best service is received, the OED team has recently launched its customer survey process, with surveys for new businesses and for existing customers. The goal is to discover the key business and community assets that attract businesses to Riverside, as well as continually gauge the delivery of excellent customer service after a business’ interaction with Riverside staff.
It has been a goal of the City Manager and his administration to ensure that the City is offering top quality customer service at every level, in keeping with the City’s innovative and business-friendly approach. Residents and businesses that conduct business in City Hall or with a City office should receive courteous, efficient and expedient service. A program launched earlier this year – ePlan Review – strives to accomplish this goal by streamlining the permitting process by submitting plans in the plan-check process online. The objective is to minimize processing time and costs for the resident or business, and to deliver on the premise of business-friendly processes within the City of Riverside.
Responses from the community is appreciated, as it helps the City to gauge the effectiveness of its programs as well as to track success in delivering excellent customer service.
The customer surveys can be accessed at the links below:
Customer Service survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/City_of_Riverside_OED_Survey
New Business in Riverside survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OED-BusinessAssistance-Survey
Monday, September 30th, 2013
(Sourced from the Greater Riverside Business publication, September 2013 issue.)
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is working on innovative projects, expected to generate approximately $3 billion in statewide economic output and create an estimated 28,000 new jobs for the Riverside area. Anne Mayer, Executive Director of the RCTC, has stated that the objective of these critical projects is to “create a transportation system that serves our community, that serves our businesses, and that helps us sustain and grow our economy”.
The projects include the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project and the 91 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) project.
SR-91 travels from south Los Angeles County, through Orange County, and into Riverside. Over 300,000 cars travel daily on this corridor between Orange County and Riverside, with more than 425,000 vehicles expected daily by the year 2025. The SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project will add general purpose lanes in each direction. Adding 16,200 jobs, the project will benefit businesses and commuters who utilize the 91 for goods movement, commuting, and travel. The Corridor Improvement Project is expected to be completed in Fall/Winter 2017.
The 91 HOV project will add a carpool lane and improve freeway access for commuters. This is a critical project that will provide better access to the Downtown Riverside area and to Riverside’s many business districts. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2014.
“It’s really about the economic benefits that will be provided to the region,” said Mayer. She also stated that the RCTC team is committed to having transportation be a critical component and a boost for Riverside’s economy and quality of life, noting that the a community’s economy and quality of life depend on a vital transportation network.
To learn the latest on RCTC transportation projects, visit their web site at www.rctc.org