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Brown To Be Honored by NAWBO

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Corona – Publisher and California assembly candidate Cheryl Brown will be feted for her three decades of entrepreneurial success at NAWBO’s annual Amazing Women of the Inland Empire Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 pm at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. “To be recognized by such a pioneering group representing women business owners across the country is a tremendous honor,” affirms Brown. “It couldn’t come at a better time as I campaign throughout my assembly district talking to voters about what I would do to encourage small businesses and grow jobs.”

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. It is the nation’s only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries boasting more than 7000 members and 70 chapters. In 1980, Brown and her husband Hardy founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a local paper, Black Voice News, focusing on community events and points of view, which has kept its presses running for 31 years.

In addition to her newspaper publishing credentials, Brown’s business acumen extends to broadcast media. She was a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and made many promotional guest appearances on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams’ Show and Channel 11 Fox News. For more than three decades, Brown has worked on the growth and development of her community. With her BA from Cal State San Bernardino, Brown went to work for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Commissioners’ Association.

Brown’s years of experience in the California legislature extend from her posting as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod to her current work for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Her job is to make sure community issues – what matters to residents and business owners -- reach the Capitol.

“Cheryl Brown’s entrepreneurial success and her understanding of the value of small business to the California economy make her an ideal assembly member, capable of leading our state toward a robust recovery,” says Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Expanding her business leadership capabilities, Brown became a founding member of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. She has won the Cal State Business Award, the Legacy Business Woman of the Year and the 2006 Minority Cornerstone Media Business of the Year Award.

“Women business owners are helping bring back our economy and women legislators know how important it is to encourage these efforts,” adds Brown. “It’s hard, even in the best of times, to keep a business going, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to keep my newspaper up and running for three decades. To be recognized by my peers in business is most gratifying and it reminds me of how important it is for experienced women entrepreneurs to share their knowledge with those just starting out. The National Association of Women Business Owners makes this possible.”

Inland Valleys News Inc., Hosts 15th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards (COE) Gala

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UPLAND — And the Winners Are…The Inland Valley News, Inc. is thrilled to present its 15th Annual Celebration of Excellence (COE) Awards Gala, on Saturday, April 21st. There will be a red carpet arrival at 5:00 p.m. and the reception will be held from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. This year’s gala is being held at The Cable Airport, 1749 West 13th Street, Upland CA, with the theme ‘Soaring to New Heights’. The Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala is a community outreach program of the Inland Valley News, sponsored together with its non-profit organization, Shining Glory Publications, Inc. A portion of the proceeds from this extravagant event go towards providing scholarships and internships for youth and young adults from underprivileged represented communities wishing to pursue education and/or careers in journalism, publication design or other fields within the arts, communications and S.T.E.M.

The Inland Valley News is the only African American owned newspaper in the Pomona and East San Gabriel Valleys, serving over 70,000 readers each week. At the event, Publishers’ Choice Awards and Community Excellence Awards honor Inland Valley leaders as well as unsung heroes from various sectors of society for their positive impact in the Inland Valley and Inland Empire. This event celebrates the achievements and contributions of people who help make a difference in their community. “We are expecting this event to sell out. Last year there were over 300 registered guests and twenty major sponsors,” stated Mr. Tommy Morrow, Co-Publisher of the Inland Valley News. Dr. Gloria Morrow adds, “We are expecting one of the most exciting experiences at the 2012 COE. We are very grateful for those of you who continue to support the Gala each year.” The Publisher’ Choice Awards recipients are: Tracy Underwood (Toyota)- Publishers’ Choice; Buford Johnson (Tuskegee Airmen)- Lifetime Achievement; Adrienne Konigar-Macklin (Administrative Law Judge, San Bernardino County)- Leadership in Jurisprudence; Janice Rutherford (Board of Supervisors, San Bernardino County 2nd District)- Civic Leadership; Brian and Hilda Kennedy (Mt. Zion Baptist Church)- Community Builders; Bob and Suzanne Cable (Cable Airport)- Excellence in Entrepreneurship; Youlonda Copeland-Morgan (University of California, Los Angeles)- Educational Administration; and Dr. Deborah Sims LeBlane (National University)- Post Secondary Education. The Community Nominated Excellence Awards are: Dr. Kimberly Kimpel-Community Service; Dr. Anthony L. Dockery- Religion; Sherry Underwood-Education; Farrell J. Chiles-Business; and Debbie Leance-Family Hero.

The growing list of 2012 sponsors at press time are: Verizon, Raytheon, Foothill Transit, Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Transcendence Children and Family Services, Inter Valley Health Plan and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Come celebrate with the Inland Valley News as we honor these astonishing individuals, leaders and organizations. The Gala is a Black Tie event, so pull out your glamorous ensemble to be Red Carpet and camera ready. Individual tickets are $100. For sponsorship and table information please call 909-985-0072.

For more information please visit www.coegala.com and www.inlandvalleynews.com.

Julian Alexander Gold Tournament

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MORENO VALLEY - The 4th Annual Julian Alexander Golf Tournament will be held at the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club on April 21, 2012. Check-in time is 8:00 am and the registration fee is $125 for golf and the banquet. For the banquet only, the cost is $30.

All proceeds go toward the Julian Alexander Scholarship fund and scholarships are awarded to students in the Riverside and Moreno Valley communities. For registration information please contact Sheryl Bell at 951-242-7235 or Sharyne Alexander at 951-733-0288.

Julian Alexander was killed by an Anaheim police officer on October 28, 2008. The officer involved shooting was not justified. Julian grew up in the Inland Empire attending schools in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. He was a good athlete, especially in football. He was a kind, caring individual who was loved by all. Julian is survived by his daughter, Maylia (born after his death) and wife, Renee. Julian’s parents and grandparents live in Moreno Valley, San Luis Obispo and Yucaipa.

Photos Onsight Studio launches its Inaugural Glamour Extravaganza Event

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MORENO VALLEY - Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and what better symbol of love than the eternal gift of a beautifully framed self-portrait? Photos Onsight Studio (www.photosonsight.com) inaugural “Glamour Extravaganza” event on Saturday, May 5th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. rolls out the red carpet with a full day of glam. The event takes place next to Photos Onsight Studio in the Moreno Valley Mall (on the 1st floor near Sears) at 22500 Town Circle, Suite 1092 in Moreno Valley, Calif. 92553.

Guests will be made to feel like ‘a star for a day’ as they are treated to an elaborate upscale photo shoot complete with light hair and makeup, and photo package including a 13x9 framed portrait, one 8x10, and nine wallet-sized photos, amidst a chic elegant atmosphere. Glamour Extravaganza attendees will also enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz saxophonist Vaughn Fahie and other special surprise guests. In addition, a delectable array of hors d’ oeuvres will be served, buffet style, prepared by Celebrity Chef Mouton (former Food Network TV Star/upcoming Bravo Network and Fox Television host) with a mouth-watering gourmet menu of Maple smoked bacon-wrapped shrimp, honey barbecue turkey meatballs, stuffed mushrooms (with signature Louisiana lobster cornbread dressing), grilled chicken skewers and spinach puff pastries. The event also includes a fashion show produced by Eyekonics Visions and Photography, and attendees will receive a gift bag with various goodies. A silent auction will take place, with all of the proceeds benefiting “A Foundation for Kids” (www.4kidsfoundation.org) — a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that raises funds and in-kind support to benefit abused and at-risk children in the Southern region of California.

Pre-sale tickets are $200 before April 25th and $250 after. Or, take advantage of the VIP package that includes a massage by Hands in Motion Massage Therapy, preferred seating, table service, as well as a copy of the full photo shoot (which is a regularly valued at $350). Call and find out about the group ticket fundraising special with ability to raise as much as $500 for your organization.

Photos Onsight Studio is a full-service multi-media Design/Photography company that specializes in a wide array of services including graduate and prom packages, photo enhancement, touch-up and restoration, custom framing and more. Whatever your needs, they have a myriad of specialty items such as; plaques, mugs, coasters, mouse pads, tote bags, flush mount books, I-Phone cases and even personalized photo license plates. Either on-site or at your site, their elite team of professional photographers and graphic designers will take care of all your photographic needs, capture that special moment and enhance your next event!

They also provide red carpet for your event with instant photo printout on personalized CDs, as well as videography complete with media red carpet host conducting interviews for online and social media marketing. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.photosonsight.com or call 951.653.2768.

Fontana Police Officers’ Association Endorses State Assembly Candidate Cheryl Brown

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Fontana – The Fontana Police Officers’ Association is supporting Cheryl Brown to represent the 47th District in the State Assembly in the June 5th Primary. “Cheryl Brown understands the importance of public safety and will be an asset to our district,” explains Brian Binks, President of the Fontana POA. “She knows that the state’s continued economic recovery depends on safe communities where people can raise their families and grow their businesses.”

Cheryl Brown has both public and private experience with 31 years of running a publishing company with her husband Hardy and 17 years on the San Bernardino City and County Planning Commissions. Her civic engagement has spanned a lifetime and includes work with such groups as the Inland Empire Urban League, Arrowhead United Way, YWCA and the San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council. Brown’s years of experience in the California legislature extend from her posting as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod to her current work for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Her job is to make sure community issues – what matters to residents and business owners -- reach the Capitol.

“Our organization believes Cheryl Brown has a proven track record of leadership in her community, a record that has included strong support for law enforcement,” adds Binks. The Fontana Police Department is recognized at the state and national levels for award-winning community policing programs. The 156 members of the Fontana Police Officers’ Association are dedicated to its department’s goals of preventing crime, identifying and apprehending those who violate the rights of others, preserving the peace and providing a safe community. For more information about Cheryl Brown and her campaign for the California legislature, visit www.BrownforAssembly2012.com

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