Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce

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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01.22.2009 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Black Chamber Plans Leadership Summit

Black Chamber Plans Leadership Summit

Wilmer Amina Carter


Robert Byrd

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce will discuss how to positively impact community, political and economic issues when it holds its Black Leadership Summit on Friday, January 30.

Black elected officials, their representatives, chief executive officers, business owners, managers and pastors have been invited to attend this event. This is the first of what the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce hopes will become an annual event.

The goal of the summit is to determine three specific topics for the Chamber’s concentration during 2009. The invited guests have been asked to send in questions and comments regarding community, political and economic issues, which will be reviewed prior to the day of the summit to determine which community concerns should be discussed at the summit.

Carl Dameron, president of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and Dameron Communications is hosting the event. “Working together to help each other succeed” is the main goal of this summit,” he said. “Despite the economic downturn we can make this a great 2009.”

This summit will also inform community leaders about important topics, including the current budgets of the State of California, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.
Wilmer Amina Carter, California State Assembly Member, 62nd District, will discuss the State of California’s budget.

“It is important that we acknowledge the contributions and the excellence practiced by business owners, executives, government agencies and organizations, such as the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce, who are dedicated to Black business development,” said District 62 Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, a Rialto small business owner who has introduced a bill that would provide technical assistance for individuals who want to start up microenterprises.

Robert Byrd, Riverside County auditor and controller, will speak on the economic overview and Riverside County budget. He will also moderate the discussion on economic issues.

“This event will raise the consciousness of people about economic, political, and community issues and will make them want to get involved,” Byrd said.

Keith Lee, Deputy Administrative Officer for San Bernardino County, will moderate the discussion on political issues. Carolyn Murray, professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, will moderate the discussion of community issues.

Eddie Catoe, Government Relations Executive of Dameron communications is coordinating this event The co-host committee includes State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod, Assembly Member Carter, Deputy Administrative Officer Lee, San Bernardino Mayor Pro Tem Rikke Van Johnson, Fontana Council Member Aquanetta Warren, Rialto Council Member Deborah Robertson, Rialto City Clerk Barbara McGee

The guests will be served a continental breakfast and lunch. They will receive a CD containing an Excel spread sheet with contact information for all attending the event; the Final Health Care Report, prepared by Dr. Diane Woods of the African-American Health Institute of San Bernardino County; The State of Black California, a report from the California Legislative Black Caucus; The Inland Empire in 2015, a report from the Public Policy Institute of California; John Husing’s 2008 economic report; and information about the Inland Empire Community Calendar & Cultural Events, www.ie-community.com and how one can add an event to this calendar.

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12.08.2008 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Carl Dameron president of Inland’s Black Chamber

Carl Dameron president of Inland’s Black Chamber

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Carl Dameron, founder and creative director of Dameron Communications, is the new president of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce.

We are excited about Carl’s taking the lead with the chamber,” said Dolores Armstead, vice president of the organization. “We are ready to take the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce to the next level, becoming more involved and expanding our service to the small business community of all backgrounds.”

Dameron is a founding member of the Chamber. During 1989, which was Dameron Communication’s first year of business, Carl and other business owners saw benefit to starting an organization that would work specifically for the advancement of Black-owned businesses in the Inland Empire. Over the past 20 years, both Dameron Communications and the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce have seen steady growth.

“This coming year brings hope for many great opportunities for Black-owned businesses, but we will also face the economic struggles facing all businesses,” Dameron said. “It is important that we work together to help each other succeed. That is the goal of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and it is also one of my goals as a business owner. I am pleased to celebrate my own 20 years in business by leading the organization that has helped me all along.”

About Dameron Communications
Since 1989 Dameron communications has creatively met the needs of our diverse client base locally, regionally and nationally. We are an award winning agency that creates integrated marketing solutions to increase sales and profits, win elections, inform the public or gain acceptance of a potentially controversial issues. We use our 20 years of communications knowledge and experience to advance our clients’ objectives.

10.21.2008 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Meet Candidates at Legislative Summit

Meet Candidates at Legislative Summit

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) More than a dozen candidates for federal, state, city and school governing board offices will discuss their hopes for the Inland Empire at a legislative summit sponsored by The Inland Empire Culture Alliance and Arrowhead Credit Union on Thursday October 23 at California State University, San Bernardino.

So far, the candidates who have accepted invitations to attend are:
• John Roberts, running for 43rd District Representative in the United States Congress
• Ameenah Fuller, running for 31st District in the California State Senate
• Mark Westwood, running for 63rd District in the California State Assembly
• Carl Wood, running for 65th District in the California State Assembly
• Alex Perez, running for Colton City Council, District 6
• Randall Ceniceros and Alen Ritchie, running for San Bernardino County Board of Education, Area E
• Damon Alexander and Willard Hughes, running for seats on the San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board
• Eufracia Boyle, Richard Boyle and John Futch, running for seats on the San Bernardino Community College governing board
• Corey Jackson, running for Rialto Unified School District governing board
• Jesus Jesse Sandoval, running for Fontana Unified School District governing board

Guests will have an opportunity to meet with these candidates one-on-one and ask them questions during the summit. The summit will take place from 6 p.m. to about 8 p.m. in the Lower Commons, Pine Room at Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino. The candidates will also provide written material about their campaigns.

All candidates in San Bernardino and Riverside counties were invited.

“The Inland Empire Cultural Alliance is an informal alliance of the ethnic Chambers of Commerce throughout the Inland Empire,” said Dolores Armstead, vice president of the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce. “We have formed the alliance to provide a format for our communities to meet their future legislators and to be heard,” she added.

The alliance will provide refreshments. For more information, call (909) 888-5223 or email info@ieaacc.com.

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10.02.2008 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on Meet Candidates at Legislative Summit

Meet Candidates at Legislative Summit

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Inland Empire Culture Alliance and Arrowhead Credit Union will host a legislative summit Thursday Oct. 23 at California State University, San Bernardino.

This summit, which will take place from 6 p.m. to about 8 p.m. in the Lower Commons, Pine Room, is an opportunity to meet candidates from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties who are running for office at all levels from local school boards to United States Congress.

“The Inland Empire Cultural Alliance is an informal alliance of the ethnic Chambers of Commerce throughout the Inland Empire,“ said Dolores Armstead, vice president of the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce. “We have formed the Alliance to provide a format for our communities to meet their future legislators and to be heard.”

All candidates who appear on ballots in San Bernardino or Riverside counties have been invited. They will provide campaign materials and answer questions in a one-on-one setting with constituents.

The Alliance will provide refreshments. For more information, call (909) 888-5223 or email info@ieaacc.com.

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04.03.2008 Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Comments Off on IE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER WILL HONOR BUSINESSES

IE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHAMBER WILL HONOR BUSINESSES

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Inland Empire African-Chamber of Commerce will hold its 18th annual Awards Banquet 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Drive in Riverside.

Awards to be given this year are Youth Entrepreneur of the Year, which will recognize a person between the ages of 16 and 21 who has started his or her own business, and New Entrepreneur of the Year, recognizing the owner of a business that has recently started or a person who is thinking of starting a business.

“This event recognizes African-Americans in business in the Inland Empire,” said Dolores Armstead, Chamber vice president.” “We especially want to give recognition to a young business person and one who is just starting out.”

Keynote speaker is Roland Gilbert, a personal and professional development coach and expert in sales leadership. He formed RNG Consulting Group in 2006, which specializes in helping sales teams market their businesses.

“Our honorees have already accomplished some fantastic things in their businesses,” Armstead said. “And Roland Gilbert will motivate all business owners to reach higher levels of success.”

Admission is $50. Reservations should be made by Friday, April 18.

Call the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce at (909) 888-5223 for more information, or email info@ieaacc.com