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Allman to Receive Minority Business Leadership Award

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Michael W. Allman, president and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, will receive the Southern California Minority Business Development Council's 2010 Leadership Award at its annual Leadership Award dinner October 15. The award is given to an individual and/or corporation whose achievements and leadership in the business community have resulted in positive results for minority-owned businesses.

The Minority Business Development council is the leading minority business advocacy organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-private and foreign-owned corporations, representing more than 600,000 minority owned business enterprises.

Michael W. Allman is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve more than 29 million consumers worldwide.

SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million gas meters in more than 500 communities.

Allman became president of SoCalGas in March 2010.

Previously, Allman served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation, overseeing the operation of merchant power plants throughout North America. Sempra Generation operates power-plant assets that produce more than 2,600 megawatts of electricity in Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.

Allman has spearheaded the development of several groundbreaking renewable energy projects, including the 10- megawatt El Dorado Solar project in Boulder City, Nevada. Sempra Generation is also developing several other renewable energy projects, including Copper Mountain Solar, a proposed new 48- megawatt photovoltaic facility adjacent to El Dorado Solar; and the Energía Sierra Juárez wind project in Northern Baja California, which has the potential to produce several hundred megawatts of clean electricity.

From 1998 to 2008, Allman held leadership positions with Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries, including chief financial officer of Sempra Global, the umbrella organization for Sempra Energy’s businesses operating in competitive energy markets, president of Sempra Technology Ventures, vice president of corporate planning and development and vice president of audit services.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1998, Allman was responsible for marketing and delivering consulting projects to corporate clients of the Los Angeles office of LEK/Alcar, a strategic and financial consulting- services firm. Allman joined the Alcar Group in 1987 in Chicago, and was later assigned to Johannesburg, London and Los Angeles throughout his tenure with the company.

Allman has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. He serves as a director of the San Diego Opera Association and is a member of the audit committee of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

3rd Annual SBA Faith Based Small Business Summit

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Grants For Dry Cleaners, Advocacy For Small Businesses From The Air Quality Management District

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is teaming up with AmPac Tri State CDC, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Inland Empire Women Business Center, and the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center to demonstrate its advocacy for small businesses and faith based entities at the Third Annual SBA Faith Based Small Business Summit on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Ontario Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Often recognized for its regulatory role in enforcing air quality provisions with businesses, the AQMD is teaming up with four small business champions to conduct an Air Quality Institute to assist businesses with regulatory questions, to share information for dry cleaners on up to $10,000 in grant funds, and to provide information on green technology. AQMD will have engineers on site during the loan fair to meet one-on-one with businesses with specific air quality questions or regulatory issues.

Registration and sponsorships are available at www.tristatecdc.com.

The Third Annual Faith Based Small Business Summit will kickoff with a panel discussion featuring retailer Aurelio Baretto - Not of This World Clothing; Justin Young - Chick Fil A; Bill Cortus – Thrivent Financial; and Medhat Gorgy, Pyramid Laboratories, Inc.

These business owners will share their struggles and successes in business and how their faith shaped their business values, customer service, relationships with vendors and their accomplishments in business. Following the opening session, the Summit will include concurrent workshops for businesses, non-profits and faith based organizations. In addition to the AQMD workshop, other workshops will include “The Real Deal on Accessing Capital”; “Utilizing SBA Online Resources for 24-Hour Assistance in Growing Your Business”; “Tax Strategies for Taking Your Business to the Next Level”; “Shall I Be a Non-Profit or For- Profit or Can I do Both.” For Pastors and Faith Based leaders, Jerry Flavin from the White House Office of Faith Based Programs and Neighborhood Partnerships will moderate a panel comprised of invited federal agencies, including SBA, SCORE, The Air Quality Management District, Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. The panel will provide faith based leaders information on special programs and resources these agencies have that could benefit the faith based community. After lunch, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lula Ballton, will share insight on “How to Connect Faith & Business.” Dr. Ballton is the Executive Director of West Angeles Community Development Corporation, which has developed more than $50 million in real estate, and provides an array of programs to promote job creation, and address poverty and injustice its neighboring community in South Los Angeles.

Businesses, non-profits and faith based organizations are encouraged to attend the SBA Faith Based Small Business Summit where we will “Connect Faith & Business.” AmPac CDC and its small business partners salute the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Platinum Sponsor; California Bank and Trust, for the third year, a Gold Sponsor; Union Bank, a Silver Sponsor; City of Ontario, Bronze Sponsor, and City National Bank, Steel Sponsor.

The sponsorships help to keep costs low so that businesses needing assistance can receive a day of information-packed material. The discounted registration cost is only $50 for registration before October 1st and includes continental breakfast and lunch, and admission to all workshops, as well as the afternoon loan fair.

Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available today by visiting www.tristatecdc.com.

Community Briefs

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Youth Talent Show

Mommie Helen’s youth talent show, sponsored by San Bernardino High School is holding open auditions and offering a $500.00 cash prize Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 from 11am-3pm located at Feldhym Library, 555 West 6th Street, San Bernardino. If you are an aspiring musician, singer, dancer (all styles are welcomed), rapper (gospel or hip hop), spoken word artist, poet, or have a unique talent, then come out and audition for free!

Have a chance to gain exposure in front of celebrity judges.

You must be between 9 and 19 to participate. The show date is Saturday, October 28, 2010.

For more information please contact Ms. Grant at 760.881.5074 or Lue at 909.567.1000.

SAT Preparation Workshop Offered for Local High School Students

This intensive, two-day preparation workshop offered by Cal State, San Bernardino’s College of Extended Education is designed to give high school students an edge on the newly formatted Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) I Reasoning Test. SAT scores are an important element used in determining college and university admissions throughout the U.S. Let an experienced university instructor help your child succeed by enrolling him or her in the “SAT 1 Preparation Course” offered on two Saturdays in September (9/18 and 25). Workshop topics include a review of the new Writing section (essay and multiple choice questions), the Critical Reading section, and expanded math topics.

All question types will be covered and several shortform practice tests will be given in class to prepare students for actual testing conditions.

The “SAT 1 Preparation Course” fee is $145 per person and includes in-class materials. Classes will be held on Sat., Sept. 18 and 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cal State San Bernardino’s Yasuda Center.

The registration deadline is Fri., Sept. 10.

To register for the class or for more information, please contact Kristen Reagan at (909) 537-3990 or E-mail reagank.csusb.edu. To receive a free Course Catalog in the mail, call (909) 537- 5981 or go to http://cel.csusb.edu/request_info.html.

NCBW Hosts 1st West Coast Anniversary Awards and Installation Luncheon

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The Los Angeles Chapter of The National Congress of Black Women held their first West Coast Anniversary Awards and Installation Luncheon on August 15 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA.

The sold out event was an afternoon of special moments that included the exclusive unveiling of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama busts handcrafted by renowned artist, Ms. Artis Lane.

Since 1984, The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. Programs include health and childhood obesity, domestic violence, and green team and more.

Community Briefs

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CHP News

On August 17th at approximately 8:04 PM CHP dispatch received a report of a vehicle into a power pole on Hunter Street north of Mission Blvd.

(Rubidoux). CHP Officers arrived on scene and observed that a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by Sherri L. Couch (female, 50, Riverside) was lodge on top of a power transformer box. Officers closed Hunter Street from Mission Blvd. to Roberts Way in both directions for approximately six hour until Southern California Edison could repair the damaged box and the vehicle could be removed. Riverside County Roads and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department volunteers assisted with traffic control at the location. Upon investigation it was determined that Ms. Couch was driving the Ford while intoxicated and with a suspended license; she was not injured in the collision. Ms. Couch was placed under arrest and booked at Robert Presley Detention Center for DUI with additional pending charges.

Local Youth Organization Gets Things Cooking

In a change of pace from their traditional fundraising format, Axis Foundation, Inc., will be teaming up with the Riverside East Chapter of TEAM Referral Network, Riverside Christian School, and Axis Foundations Culinary Director and Celebrated Chef Amarleono Burnett on August 26th, 2010, to raise scholarship funds for 40 children to obtain professional training from the AXIS Foundation, Inc. Intro to Culinary and Hospitality Management Training Program.

The Culinary and Hospitality Management Training Program is supported by the American Culinary Federation – Southern California Inland Empire Chef & Cooks Association, Riverside Community College and The Arts Institute of California – Inland Empire, as well as the many other Riverside area restaurants.

Axis Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to unlocking the potential of at-risk young people of Riverside County, California in order to build and sustain healthy communities.

The focus of the event is two-fold:

• A Business Mixer networking event that will allow local owners to participate and promote their business; and

• A Fundraiser - to raise the $50,000 required to put 40 students through the AXIS Foundation, Inc. Intro to Culinary and Hospitality Management Training Program in hopes that the skills acquired will help positively impact these young peoples’ futures.

The networking mixer and fundraiser will be held on August 26th, 2010 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Riverside Christian School (3532 Monroe, Riverside, CA 29504), whose students will be providing car washes to attendees for a small donation to Axis Foundation.

The Riverside East Chapter of the TEAM Referral Network is hosting the event and is coordinating sponsor booths and admission, both of whose fees will be donated in full to Axis Foundation.

Chef Amarleono Burnett, who has cooked for politicians and celebrities and currently owns and operates The Gourmet Guy, a well-established catering company, will be working with the potential scholarship recipients to create appetizers & hors d’oeuvres for the attendees, showcasing their culinary skills.

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