How to Start a Small Business

This introductory course will discuss informational topics such as:

Being an Entrepreneur

Business Planning

Small Business Financing

Legal Forms of Organization

Licensing and Permits

DATE: Tuesday, July 12

TIME: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Riverside Public Library - 3900 Mission Inn Ave.

Register for 7/12/2022

Contracting and Certifications 101: Is It Right For You?

This two-day webinar series is designed for businesses interested in doing business with the Federal Government, State of CA, or Local Utilities and don't know where to start. By the end of this session, you will have a good understanding of what it means to be certified and how to begin the process of landing government contracts.

DATE: Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13

TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

LOCATION: Online Meeting

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Intellectual Property 101

Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The session will cover:

What is the USPTO?

An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP.

How to get started in protecting your intellectual property.

DATE: Tuesday, July 12

TIME: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Use YouTube to Grow Your Business

Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

DATE: Wednesday, July 13

TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LOCATION: Business Incubator Center - 34282 Yucaipa Blvd.


Loans For Your Small Business

Join us to learn about the funding options that are available to you, where to start and how to qualify. Learn from a former underwriter the language of finance (cash flow, collateral, credit). Additionally, we will discuss current relief funding options related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DATE: Wednesday, July 20

TIME: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

LOCATION: Carnegie Cultural Center, 123 D Street


Webinar: Doing Business with the County of San Bernardino

If you are a contractor interested in learning about the bid opportunities available by your local government agencies, this class is for you. Join us to learn how to do business with the County of San Bernardino:

Purchasing and Contract Services

Current Purchasing and Contract Opportunities

Subcontractor Requirements and Policies

Minority Project Requirements and Policies

DATE: Wednesday, July 20

TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM



How to Start a Small Business - Veteran Edition

This introductory course will discuss informational topics such as:

Being an Entrepreneur

Business Planning

Veteran Business Financing options

Legal Forms of Organization

Licensing and Permits

Veteran Franchising Opportunities

DATE: Wednesday, July 27

TIME: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

LOCATION: Moreno Valley Business and Employment Resource Center, 12625 Frederick St., Suite K-3


Branding For Your Small Business

Want to learn how to create or update your personal brand?! Join us for this FREE session to learn the key factors to branding your business, how to utilize your brand for your business, and how to take your digital platforms to the marketplace and "pay-to-play"!

DATE: Thursday, July 28

TIME: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

LOCATION: Temecula Valley Entrepreneur's Exchange, 43200 Business Park Dr.


Date: November 8, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Vanessa Wiseman
Phone: (916) 654-2936
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060
Caltrans Amends Multimillion Dollar, Multi-State Railcar Contract
Railcars to be Built at Siemens California Facility in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO-Caltrans announced today that Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (Sumitomo) along with Siemens will be fulfilling a $371 million multi-state contract for new railcars to be used throughout California and the Midwest. The newly finalized contract will supply 137 single-level passenger railcars, 49 to Caltrans and 88 to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The production of these new passenger coaches will support hundreds of skilled and high-wage manufacturing jobs in California and are 100 percent "Buy America" from suppliers in California and across the country.
"This contract is moving full-speed ahead and that is good news for Californians, both in terms of job creation and better passenger rail service," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Caltrans and IDOT are ready for these new railcars to provide additional seating capacity for our busy trains and support planned improvements to passenger service."
Each car will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing hub in Sacramento. The plant, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, is also powered in part by renewable energy. The Sacramento facility features full design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities for not only passenger coaches, but across the rolling stock industry including electric and diesel-electric locomotives, light rail, and streetcars.
"Siemens is excited to work with Sumitomo in their partnership with Caltrans and the IDOT by building 137 new passenger coaches at our Sacramento, CA rail manufacturing hub," said Michael Cahill, president of Siemens Rolling Stock. "These coaches will use the industry's latest, proven rail technology to provide passengers with a safe, modern and highly comfortable ride."
The new coaches will be used on the intercity rail lines throughout California that serve almost 6 million passengers annually on the Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin & Capitol Corridor. The new cars will come with spacious, modern interiors that focus on passenger comfort and convenience, such as Wi-Fi, spacious seats with convenient power outlets, large windows with great views for all passengers, bike racks, overhead luggage storage, work tables, state-of-the-art restrooms with touchless controls and full ADA accessibility throughout the cars.
"The CCJPA appreciates Caltrans' efforts to bring these new California-manufactured passenger rail cars to the state's successful intercity passenger rail program," said Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority Managing Director David Kutrosky. "These new rail cars will ensure that the California intercity passenger rail fleet can support future service expansion plans for these popular intercity rail corridors."
The first cars are expected to begin production within the year.

Second Public Work Group Teleconference for the Statewide Administrator for Clean Mobility Options in Disadvantaged Communities Pilot Project Work Group on January 25th, 2018
On December 14, 2017, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved theFiscal Year 2017‑18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives which allocates $17 million to the Statewide Administrator for Clean Mobility Options in Disadvantaged Communities Pilot Project for the establishment of a statewide administrator to provide a streamlined process for funding for small, simple car sharing projects in disadvantaged communities.
On November 29, 2017, CARB staff held an initial work group teleconference to discuss initial project concepts and receive input from stakeholders. On Thursday, January 25, 2017, CARB staff will hold a second public work group teleconference to continue the development of the scope of work for this pilot project. This second meeting will recap the discussion and input to date, and will present more solicitation details on the scope of work for the project administrator for public input.
For this pilot project, CARB will hold a competitive solicitation to select a project administrator. Eligible applicants to be the project administrator include federal, State or local government entities or agencies, and California nonprofit organizations. Once selected, the administrator would create a project implementation plan via a public process that will lay out the project requirements that recipient entities must meet in order to apply for and receive funding for small, simple car sharing projects.
In addition, the administrator would outreach to community based organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and other entities in Disadvantaged Communities to announce the project, build capacity, and assist recipient entities to apply for funding and implement car sharing projects. CARB funding will flow to the administrator and then to successful recipient entities. Eligible project types will include the purchasing of clean vehicles, bicycles, infrastructure for vehicles and bicycles, outreach, technical assistance, reservation systems, and ridesharing subsidies.
This work group teleconference will be held at the following date and time:
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PST)
Call-in Number: 888-606-9803
Passcode: 2110731
Limited space will be available for stakeholders who would like to attend in person, and all teleconference participants will have an opportunity to comment.
Cal/EPA Headquarters Building
Conference Room 720
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
In addition, stakeholders interested in being placed on a project-specific email list should email Ms. Stella Ling-Taylor. Please include “Clean Mobility Options Project Work Group List” in the subject line of the email.
An agenda will be posted no later than Thursday, January 18th, 2018.
If you have questions or comments regarding this work group or would like to attend in person, please contact Ms. Bianca Marshall, Air Pollution Specialist.

SB 1 Webinar for Local Agencies 
Recording Now Available

Watch a recording of the SB1 Workshop webinar presented by Caltrans Division of Local Assistance on November 13th. This recording is for Local Agencies in California receiving funding through the Active Transportation Program, Local Partnership Program, Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, or Trade Corridors Enhancement Program. The webinar discusses the program and accountability requirements as set forth in the California Transportation Commission (CTC) guidelines. The material presented in the webinar is the same being taught in the in-person workshops held as well.

SB1 Webinar Recording and Presentation PDF's

  • Part 1 - Introduction and Program Overview, Video or PDF(5.01 min)

  • Part 2 - Accountability and Transparency Guidelines, Video or PDF(12.03 min)

  • Part 3 - Program Reporting Requirements, Video or PDF (7.31 min)

  • Part 4 - Agreements or Authorizations, Video or PDF(27.24 min)

  • Part 5 - Authorizations, Video or PDF (13.21 min)

  • Part 6 - Timely Use of Funds, Video or PDF(17.09 min)

  • Part 7 - Resources and ATRC, Video or PDF (5.51 min)

SB1 Webinar Handout Material

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