Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

06.04.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on MEET SAN BERNARDINO CITY SUPERINTENDENT DR. ARTURO DELGADO

MEET SAN BERNARDINO CITY SUPERINTENDENT DR. ARTURO DELGADO


Dr. Arturo Delgado, Superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District and a candidate for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, will meet with Black business and community leaders Thursday, July 30.

(San Bernardino, Calif.) – The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception for Dr. Arturo Delgado, Superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District.

The event is Thursday, July 30 at Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center, located at 670 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Delgado is a candidate for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools running against incumbent Dr. Gary Thomas. The chamber will have a reception for Dr. Thomas on July 16.

The reception provides Delgado with an opportunity to tell Black community leaders in the Inland Empire how he plans to serve San Bernardino County’s children.

“The chamber is happy to sponsor this reception for the superintendent. We believe it is very important for Black business and community leaders to meet with prominent decision makers in the Inland Empire to discuss how they stand on the issues and to form positive, long-term relationships,” said Carl Dameron, president of The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

Regarded by Hispanic Heritage Magazine as Educator of the Year, and one of the 50 most influential Latinos in the Inland Empire, Dr. Delgado accepted the Superintendent position in 1999. He obtained a Master’s degree in Education Administration and a Doctorate in Education Management.

Dr. Delgado also serves as Vice President of the Association of California Urban School Districts, and is a member of several public school boards. As an active community leader, Dr. Delgado is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Arrowhead United Way, and “Y’s Guy,” a fundraiser for YWCA of San Bernardino.

The reception is free and refreshments are included. The event is co-sponsored by Dameron Communications, Castaway Restaurant, Arrowhead Credit Union, and The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call Eddie L. Catoe or Brenda Erickson at 909-888-0017.

About The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American-owned businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community.

06.04.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Meet New Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff

Meet New Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff

Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff will meet with Black business and community leaders when the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce sponsors an opportunity to meet him on Thursday, June 25.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -On Thursday, June 25th, The IE African American Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception for Riverside County Sheriff, Stanley Sniff. The event, held at the home of Jalani Bakari and Dr. Angela Martin, at 2465 Mary Street, in the city of Riverside, begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.

Government officials, business leaders and members of the community are welcome to attend.

“A priority of the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce is to foster relationships between Black business leaders and their elected officials,” said Carl Dameron, Chamber president. “Sheriff Sniff can help the Riverside County businesses in his area of expertise, law enforcement, and it’s important for these business owners to know him and what resources he can offer them.”

Sheriff Sniff was appointed as Riverside County Sheriff in 2007, and is the third sheriff to serve as Coroner-Public Administrator. With over 33 years of experience in law enforcement, Sniff began his career at the Coachella Police Department in 1975.

In 1979, Sniff transferred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, where he held various patrol assignments in areas such as Riverside, and The San Gorgonio Pass. As an Assistant Sheriff, Sniff oversaw all county court, jail, and patrol operations. In conjunction with working in law enforcement, Sniff was a colonel in the Army Reserve.

The reception is free and will include refreshments. The event sponsors include Auditor-Controller Robert Byrd, Dameron Communications, and The Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact Eddie Catoe or Brenda Erickson at 909-888-0017.

About The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

The Inland Empire’s African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American- owned businesses.

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05.19.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on IE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER HOSTS RECEPTION FOR SUPERVISOR NEIL DERRY

IE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER HOSTS RECEPTION FOR SUPERVISOR NEIL DERRY

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry will meet with Black leaders when the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception for him on Thursday, June 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

(San Bernardino, Calif.) – The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception for Black leaders to meet with San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry at the Castaway Restaurant on Thursday, June 4 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

“The chamber is happy to sponsor this reception for the new supervisor.  We believe it is very important for Black business and community leaders to meet with prominent decision makers in the Inland Empire to form positive, long-term relationships,” said Carl Dameron, president of The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce.

Derry was elected as Third District Supervisor on June 3, 2008 beating Dennis Hansberger who held the seat for 20 years.  He was sworn into office on December 1, 2008.

Derry is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His political experience includes serving two terms on the San Bernardino City Council. He also served as City Planning Commissioner, and was special assistant to the San Bernardino County Treasurer-Tax Collector.

Derry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino. He currently serves as an executive board member for the Inland Empire Council of The Boy Scouts of America.

He is also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the San Bernardino Rotary.

The reception is co-sponsored by Dameron Communications, Castaway Restaurant, Arrowhead Credit Union, and The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call Eddie L. Catoe or Brenda Erickson at 909-888-0017.

About The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to advance the economic and professional development of African American-owned businesses in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community.

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 Supervisor Neil Derry Biography

 Supervisor Neil Derry was elected to a four-year term on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on June 3, 2008 and assumed office on December 1, 2008.  Prior to becoming County Supervisor, Neil was elected to two terms on the San Bernardino City Council, representing the city’s Fourth Ward. Additionally, Neil previously served as a City Planning Commissioner.

Supervisor Derry’s private sector experience includes positions as a Regional Manager for Southern California Edison and Account Executive for O’Reilly Public Relations. Neil also served as Special Assistant to the San Bernardino County Treasurer-Tax Collector.

Supervisor Derry served honorably in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed in Operation Desert Storm. He is also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Supervisor is an Executive Board Member for the Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a longtime member of the San Bernardino Rotary.

Supervisor Derry earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the California State University at San Bernardino. Neil resides in San Bernardino with his wife, Michelle and son, Nathan.

05.18.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on RECEPTION FOR DR. ARTURO DELGADO POSTPONED

RECEPTION FOR DR. ARTURO DELGADO POSTPONED

(San Bernardino, Calif.) – A reception the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce planned for Dr. Arturo Delgado, Superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District has been postponed.

The event was scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center, from 5:30 pm until 7:30 p.m.  A new date for this reception will be announced.

Delgado is a candidate for County Superintendent of Schools running against incumbent Dr. Gary Thomas.  The chamber will have a reception in Dr. Thomas in July. 

For more information, please call Eddie L. Catoe or Brenda Erickson at 909-888-0017.

About The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American-owned businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community.

 

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05.15.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Mobile Devices Drive Future of Internet

Mobile Devices Drive Future of Internet


Jason Diehl, academic director of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Web Design & Interactive Media program, will speak about Smartphones at the Inland Empire Software Summit Friday, May 15 at the Greer Pavilion in Riverside City Hall.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Will the desktop computer go the way of the pager? College students seem to think so. According to the business coaching toronto staff and these students who work, learn and socialize, online, smartphones are the future of the Internet, according to this well knowned company of satellite internet providers.

Colin Hjulberg, a graphic design student at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, says the ease and convenience of mobile Internet is one of the reasons why PDAs and smartphones are becoming more popular.

“In the future, you won’t need a desktop,” Hjulberg said. “You can surf on your phone all the time.”

Dhani Olive, a graphic design student at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire , says her smartphone, a Sidekick, is an essential tool in her personal and professional life. “When I go online I use my smartphone,” Olive said. “It makes it a lot easier to find directions when I am in a rush. I just go online to Mapquest to find where I need to go.”

Olive said the mobile Internet is a major part of her career as a graphic designer. “I can’t do design without the Internet,” Olive said. “It’s the first place I go for research when I am working with a client.”

Jason Diehl, academic director for Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, speaks about “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How To Make Your Websites Ready for Smart Phones, PDAs and iPhones” at the Inland Empire Software Summit Friday, May 15, at Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor Patio, Riverside. Admission cost is $35 per person, $15 for students.

The IE Software Summit is sponsored by the Inland Empire African Chamber of Commerce, Mixergy, Dameron Communications, The Art Institute of California- Inland Empire, SmartRiverside, Riverside County Auditor Controller Robert Byrd’s Office and Inland Empire Weekly.

The summit is part of IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, which is five days of events bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs and government and business leaders. The goal of IE Tech Week is to promote the Inland Empire as a region for technology companies to relocate and grow.

For more information about the IE Software Summit call Brenda Erickson at (909) 888-0017 or e-mail her at Brenda@DameronCommunications.com.

 As a busy student who is always on the go, Olive uses the mobile Internet to conduct business wherever she is. She has all of her e-mails directed to her smartphone.

“Potential clients have several ways to get hold of me. They can e-mail me, text me, send an instant message, or call me,” Olive said. “Of course I can’t do design work on my PDA yet, but you can do almost anything on a smart phone you can do on a computer.”

Olive adds that accessing the Internet through mobile devices is becoming more popular because smartphones are a lot cheaper than computer, which are still unaffordable for many people.

As smartphones become more sophisticated they will increasingly become an essential tool, which has multiple uses. Olive said the new G-1 phone, which runs on Google software, has an application that allows the users to check prices at the store.

Diehl said the Internet has radically reshaped the classroom and the way students and teachers interact. Diehl stays in touch with his students through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, which can be accessed through mobile Internet devices.

“You have to be Internet-savvy as a student,” said Hjulberg, who also uses the Internet to find images for graphic design projects and upload work to his student Web site. “It’s the primary contact for your instructor.”

About The Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce

The Inland Empire’s African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American- owned businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community.

 

 

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05.13.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Tech Companies Impressed With Inland Empire

Tech Companies Impressed With Inland Empire


Craig Hinkley of Cisco, keynote speaker for Day 1 of IE Tech Week

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)  The first day of Inland Empire Tech Week attracted a gathering of leading local and national technology companies, according to Steve Reneker, executive director of Smart Riverside.

“The companies were impressed that we have a venue like the Riverside Convention Center here in the Inland Empire,” Reneker said. “The first event of IE Tech Week was well attended and it shows there is a lot of interest in the technology industry in the Inland Empire.”

The keynote presentation was given by Craig Hinkley of Cisco Systems.  “His presentation was about ‘Cisco on Cisco,’ he talked about the internal architecture that Cisco uses to make its company run more efficiently,” Reneker said,

Reneker said the Tech Expo, Tech Week’s first main event, attracted about 75 of the Inland Empire’s top technology companies such as ESRI, Jaguar Systems, Conduit Networks, MarquisNet and Safeway Security Systems.

One of the main highlights of Tuesday, May 12, the second day of IE Tech Week, was Google’s Workshop For Local Governments, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.at the Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St., Riverside. 

Reneker said the aim of the workshop was to show government workers how they can use Google apps to share information online.

Google is the creator of the world’s largest search engine. Founded in 1998, Google is valued at $23 billion. Millward Brown, a leading global market research company, named Google as “the most powerful brand in the world.”

The Google presentation also featured a discussion on www.whitehouse.gov, the U.S. government’s interactive web site featuring social media links, contacts for the president and his cabinet, video and information on the Obama administration’s major issues. Whitehouse.gov uses Google Moderator, hosted on Google AppEngine, a tool that managed an online town hall meeting hosted by President Barack Obama.

Tech Week features five days of events created to help high-tech companies grow. IE Tech Week companies include:  Google, Motorola, Cisco Systems, IBM, AT&T, ESRI, Pivot 3, ShoreTel, Robert Half Technology, The Press Enterprise, SmartRiverside, Dameron Communications, ITT Technical Institute and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

Local government agencies including Riverside County, the City of Riverside, the City of Redlands, the City of Diamond Bar, the City of Big Bear Lake, California State University, San Bernardino and the University of California, Riverside are promoting the Inland Empire as a great place for technology companies to relocate and grow.

For more information about IE Tech Week e-mail smartriverside@riversideca.gov or go to http://www.riversideca.gov/ietechweek/

IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, is five days of events bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs and government and business leaders. The goal of IE Tech Week is to promote the Inland Empire as a region for technology companies to relocate and grow.

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05.08.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on There’s A New Sheriff In Town

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Meet San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops at a reception sponsored Thursday, May 14 by the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce.                                                                                   

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce is hosting a reception for newly-appointed San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops on Thursday, May 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

The City of San Bernardino Mayor Pro Tems Rikke Van Johnson, Acquanetta Warren and Rialto City Council Member Deborah Robertson are inviting members of the community to come out to the reception. The event will take place at Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center, located at 670 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino. 

Sheriff Hoops was appointed as San Bernardino County’s sheriff on February 3, 2009, taking the place of retiring sheriff, Gary Penrod. A long time resident of San Bernardino County, Hoops has been an active member of his community and a respected leader in law enforcement for over 30 years.

 

Sheriff Hoops joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1978. His many achievements include serving as captain of the Rancho Cucamonga Station, commander of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Administration, and deputy chief. Hoops was appointed assistant sheriff in 2006.

 

According to Carl Dameron, president of Dameron Communications and The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce, “There is a profound need for the leaders in the community to have the ability to establish effective relationship-building dialogue with our elected and appointed officials.

 

 This event is the first of several events planned during 2009 to introduce our community leaders to our elected and appointed officials, and have the opportunity to share their expectations and aspirations for success.”

 

This event is free and will include light refreshments. It is sponsored by Dameron Communications, Castaway Restaurant, Arrowhead Credit Union, and The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. For more information, please contact Brenda Erickson at 909-888-0017.

 

 

About The Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce

The Inland Empire’s African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American- owned businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community.

 

 

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04.21.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on SOFTWARE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON BOOMING MOBILE INTERNET MARKET

SOFTWARE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON BOOMING MOBILE INTERNET MARKET


Carl Dameron demonstrates a Smart Phone, which allows him to access email, create and send word documents, access his schedule and use the Internet from the palm of his hand.  Learn more about how to reach millions of people with new mobile technology at the Inland Empire Software Summit,  May 15 in Riverside.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Internet has already revolutionized the business world and more changes are just around the corner. “Internet use is moving from computers to hand-held devices like the BlackBerry and the iPhone,” said Carl Dameron, president of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce (IEAACC).

Realizing that many businesses are still behind the curve when it comes to targeting mobile Internet users, the IEAACC software development companies hosting the IE Software Summit. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 15, at Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor Patio, Riverside. Admission cost is $35 per person.

The Grier Pavilion is an award-winning, high-tech venue. The Pavilion, which emphasizes Riverside’s diverse community, features the Center Circle of Inclusion, designed by international artist Dominic Panziera. The Pavilion is shaded by energy-generating solar panels.

The IE Software Summit is also sponsored by Mixergy, Dameron Communications, The Art Institute of California- Inland Empire, SmartRiverside, Riverside County Auditor Controller Robert Byrd’s Office and Inland Empire Weekly. The summit is part of SmartRiverside’s IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, which features five days of events geared towards technology and software entrepreneurs.

The IE Software Summit is expected to attract software developers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Dameron said. “People attending the summit should bring business cards and informational material on their companies because this will be a great networking event,” Dameron said.

“We are bringing together software developers to share advances in the industry and give them the political and financial tools they need to prosper and succeed in the Inland counties.”

The event also features presentations on how to secure $20,000 from SmartRiverside, and “Meet the Funders,” which introduces software writers to angel investors, lenders and venture capitalists.

Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy, a company that provides education and networking opportunities for Internet entrepreneurs, says Southern California is fast-gaining a reputation as a hot bed for technology startups, much like Silicon Valley. 

“It’s exciting how many startups are popping up here,” Warner said. “A few months ago a guest at a Mixergy event told me he was working at a big tech company because it was a safe job. Last week, he was laid off because that ‘safe’ company is going through tough times. Now, he is starting his own firm.”

The IE Software Summit’s main presentation is titled, “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How to make your website ready for smart phones, PDAs and iPhones.”

According to comScore, a global Internet information provider, the number of Americans using mobile devices to access information online doubled in the last year. ComScore states that 63.2 million people accessed news and information on mobile devices in January 2009, compared to 36.8 million in January 2008.

“This new technology has a huge impact on the business world. An e-commerce site owner needs to ask, ‘Is my site compatible with mobile users?’” Dameron said.

“People under the age of 21 access the Internet primarily through mobile devices, whether it’s e-mailing, texting, social networking sites or downloading music. If your web site is not accessible to those consumers, you are missing out on a huge market segment.”

The summit’s keynote presentation will be given by Jason Diehl,  Academic Director of Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Diehl has worked as Web applications developer focusing on e-commerce, distance education technology and game design for Lexus Motor Corporation, Warner Bros. Studios and Roadrunner Cable.

For more information about the IE Software Summit call Brenda Erickson at (909) 888-0017 or e-mail her at Brenda@DameronCommunications.com  or sign up at:  http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=PDIHECXLBZAQJDKWWEHZ 

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04.21.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on SOFTWARE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON BOOMING MOBILE INTERNET MARKET

SOFTWARE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON BOOMING MOBILE INTERNET MARKET


Carl Dameron demonstrates a Smart Phone, which allows him to access email, create and send word documents, access his schedule and use the Internet from the palm of his hand.  Learn more about how to reach millions of people with new mobile technology at the Inland Empire Software Summit,  May 15 in Riverside.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Internet has already revolutionized the business world and more changes are just around the corner. “Internet use is moving from computers to hand-held devices like the BlackBerry and the iPhone,” said Carl Dameron, president of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce (IEAACC).

Realizing that many businesses are still behind the curve when it comes to targeting mobile Internet users, the IEAACC is hosting the IE Software Summit. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 15, at Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor Patio, Riverside. Admission cost is $35 per person.

The Grier Pavilion is an award-winning, high-tech venue. The Pavilion, which emphasizes Riverside’s diverse community, features the Center Circle of Inclusion, designed by international artist Dominic Panziera. The Pavilion is shaded by energy-generating solar panels.

The IE Software Summit is also sponsored by Mixergy, Dameron Communications, The Art Institute of California- Inland Empire, SmartRiverside, Riverside County Auditor Controller Robert Byrd’s Office and Inland Empire Weekly. The summit is part of SmartRiverside’s IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, which features five days of events geared towards technology and software entrepreneurs.

The IE Software Summit is expected to attract software developers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Dameron said. “People attending the summit should bring business cards and informational material on their companies because this will be a great networking event,” Dameron said.

“We are bringing together software developers to share advances in the industry and give them the political and financial tools they need to prosper and succeed in the Inland counties.”

The event also features presentations on how to secure $20,000 from SmartRiverside, and “Meet the Funders,” which introduces software writers to angel investors, lenders and venture capitalists.

Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy, a company that provides education and networking opportunities for Internet entrepreneurs, says Southern California is fast-gaining a reputation as a hot bed for technology startups, much like Silicon Valley. 

“It’s exciting how many startups are popping up here,” Warner said. “A few months ago a guest at a Mixergy event told me he was working at a big tech company because it was a safe job. Last week, he was laid off because that ‘safe’ company is going through tough times. Now, he is starting his own firm.”

The IE Software Summit’s main presentation is titled, “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How to make your website ready for smart phones, PDAs and iPhones.”

According to comScore, a global Internet information provider, the number of Americans using mobile devices to access information online doubled in the last year. ComScore states that 63.2 million people accessed news and information on mobile devices in January 2009, compared to 36.8 million in January 2008.

“This new technology has a huge impact on the business world. An e-commerce site owner needs to ask, ‘Is my site compatible with mobile users?’” Dameron said.

“People under the age of 21 access the Internet primarily through mobile devices, whether it’s e-mailing, texting, social networking sites or downloading music. If your web site is not accessible to those consumers, you are missing out on a huge market segment.”

The summit’s keynote presentation will be given by Jason Diehl,  Academic Director of Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Diehl has worked as Web applications developer focusing on e-commerce, distance education technology and game design for Lexus Motor Corporation, Warner Bros. Studios and Roadrunner Cable.

For more information about the IE Software Summit call Brenda Erickson at (909) 888-0017 or e-mail her at Brenda@DameronCommunications.com  or sign up at:  http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=PDIHECXLBZAQJDKWWEHZ 

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04.21.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on SOFTWARE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON BOOMING MOBILE INTERNET MARKET

SOFTWARE SUMMIT FOCUSES ON BOOMING MOBILE INTERNET MARKET


Carl Dameron demonstrates a Smart Phone, which allows him to access email, create and send word documents, access his schedule and use the Internet from the palm of his hand.  Learn more about how to reach millions of people with new mobile technology at the Inland Empire Software Summit,  May 15 in Riverside.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Internet has already revolutionized the business world and more changes are just around the corner. “Internet use is moving from computers to hand-held devices like the BlackBerry and the iPhone,” said Carl Dameron, president of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce (IEAACC).

Realizing that many businesses are still behind the curve when it comes to targeting mobile Internet users, the IEAACC is hosting the IE Software Summit. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 15, at Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor Patio, Riverside. Admission cost is $35 per person.

The Grier Pavilion is an award-winning, high-tech venue. The Pavilion, which emphasizes Riverside’s diverse community, features the Center Circle of Inclusion, designed by international artist Dominic Panziera. The Pavilion is shaded by energy-generating solar panels.

The IE Software Summit is also sponsored by Mixergy, Dameron Communications, The Art Institute of California- Inland Empire, SmartRiverside, Riverside County Auditor Controller Robert Byrd’s Office and Inland Empire Weekly. The summit is part of SmartRiverside’s IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, which features five days of events geared towards technology and software entrepreneurs.

The IE Software Summit is expected to attract software developers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Dameron said. “People attending the summit should bring business cards and informational material on their companies because this will be a great networking event,” Dameron said.

“We are bringing together software developers to share advances in the industry and give them the political and financial tools they need to prosper and succeed in the Inland counties.”

The event also features presentations on how to secure $20,000 from SmartRiverside, and “Meet the Funders,” which introduces software writers to angel investors, lenders and venture capitalists.

Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy, a company that provides education and networking opportunities for Internet entrepreneurs, says Southern California is fast-gaining a reputation as a hot bed for technology startups, much like Silicon Valley. 

“It’s exciting how many startups are popping up here,” Warner said. “A few months ago a guest at a Mixergy event told me he was working at a big tech company because it was a safe job. Last week, he was laid off because that ‘safe’ company is going through tough times. Now, he is starting his own firm.”

The IE Software Summit’s main presentation is titled, “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How to make your website ready for smart phones, PDAs and iPhones.”

According to comScore, a global Internet information provider, the number of Americans using mobile devices to access information online doubled in the last year. ComScore states that 63.2 million people accessed news and information on mobile devices in January 2009, compared to 36.8 million in January 2008.

“This new technology has a huge impact on the business world. An e-commerce site owner needs to ask, ‘Is my site compatible with mobile users?’” Dameron said.

“People under the age of 21 access the Internet primarily through mobile devices, whether it’s e-mailing, texting, social networking sites or downloading music. If your web site is not accessible to those consumers, you are missing out on a huge market segment.”

The summit’s keynote presentation will be given by Jason Diehl,  Academic Director of Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Diehl has worked as Web applications developer focusing on e-commerce, distance education technology and game design for Lexus Motor Corporation, Warner Bros. Studios and Roadrunner Cable.

For more information about the IE Software Summit call Brenda Erickson at (909) 888-0017 or e-mail her at Brenda@DameronCommunications.com  or sign up at:  http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=PDIHECXLBZAQJDKWWEHZ 

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