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Ignite High Desert Speakers Tell a Story in 5 Minutes

The Hesperia Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2nd annual Ignite High Desert on March 17.

What could you do with 20 slides and five minutes? That’s what 12 speakers used to share creative ideas, including life-shaping experiences, passions, and unique perspectives. Speakers and subjects for 2016 were:

• Chris Ackerman on “Growing Up Hollywood.”
• Rick Danzey, “No Phones, No Lights, No Motorcars.”
• Bryce Dettorre, “D.B.A.: Don’t Be Average.”
• Sandra Ganis, “Don’t Text & Drive.”
• Yvonne Hester, “Faith – Common Ground for Christians & Athiests.”
• Elizabeth Jones, “Joselyn’s Journey.”
• Brad Letner, “Hesperia 2034.”
• Mark McClellan, “How to Train Your Drone.”
• Jay Obernolte, “The Parable of Fishes: Society’s Struggle with Poverty.”
• Paul Riding, “Lindy Hop.”
• Dinah Shumway, “Climate Change.”
• Cari Thomas, “Juggling Life.”
• Byron Ward, “Why I Am an Athiest.”

Several members of the audience were chosen to “wing it” and talk about several slides they had never seen before during Ignite Karaoke.

Ignite showcases local movers, shakers, creators, thinkers, innovators, doers and dreamers.

Participants were asked to avoid pitching or advertising a product or business, and had to agree to allow a video of their talk to be posted online.

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Annual State of the County & Making an Impact on Business Forum

On April 6, 2016, more than 1,000 business professionals, government leaders and community stakeholders will join together to hear the annual State of the County event, titled “Making An Impact.”

In addition to the main program presentation, this year’s event includes a business leader’s roundtable featuring a number of regional experts. These industry leaders will share their perspective on what factors are making an impact in the County as well as provide real take away value in terms of how business can get involved and the programs that exist to increase business prosperity.

Roundtable participants include: Joel Kotkin, futurist/author/economist; Christopher Gopal, senior fellow, Drucker School of Management and executive director, Drucker School Center for Supply Chain and Logistics; David Hemmings, president, PRA Global;  James Watson, president and CEO of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC); Darla Longo, vice president, CBRE; Henry D. Shannon, Ph.D., superintendent and president of Chaffey Community College District.

The State of the County program presentation will also provide updates on public/private collaboration, strong government leadership and ways in which businesses can tap into economic investment and growth opportunities in the region. Another valuable aspect of the event will be the opportunity to network with business leaders and industry peers as well as hear from and talk with San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors.

“While our region has benefitted from the growth of the Southern California economy, the County continues to stand out as a strong choice for business investment and career growth. Our job is to continue to invest in the infrastructure, education and quality of life amenities that make the County a preferred choice to live and work. I encourage you to join us at State of the County to hear more about the business opportunities at hand and how you can take part in this region’s continued economic expansion,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair James Ramos.

The event will be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena located at 4000 E Ontario Center Pkwy in Ontario starting at 4:30 pm.

Additionally, a NAIOP panel entitled “Making an Impact Throughout San Bernardino County” will include successful real estate investors and developers from office, industrial, multifamily and retail sectors. They will share insight into why they continue to find value in San Bernardino County. Their commentary will include what makes a deal work today, where they think the next greatest real estate opportunities will be in the County, and how they are positioning themselves and their projects for success. Check in begins at 3:00 pm and the panel begins at 3:30 pm.

Terry Thompson, Director of Real Estate Services, County of San Bernardino will moderate the panel that includes: Kirk R. Johnson, Executive Vice President ,Watson Land Company; Wilber Smith, Founder, Green Law Partners; Randall Lewis, Executive Vice President, Lewis Operating Group of Companies; Russ Beecher, Director of Acquisitions, Principals Real Estate Investors.

A link for more information and tickets for the NAIOP panel and State of the County event is:

BFree Gluten-free Breads: Taste, Nutrition AND Performance

For BFree Foods, it wasn’t enough to create wraps, rolls, bagels and bread loaves that were simply wheat and gluten-free alternatives. Instead the innovative company set out to develop gluten-free breads that taste just as delicious as their conventional counterparts and still have exceptional nutrition. Not to mention ones that won’t disintegrate, crack or crumble mid-meal.

Since using real, whole ingredients is the best way to bake, BFree’s products have an impressive list of high-quality, non-GMO ingredients. Whether it’s deriving protein and fiber from whole peas, apples and potatoes or using a unique blend of buckwheat and corn flours to provide gluten-like pliability, BFree provides matchless taste and nutrition and stays intact. BFree products are not only high fiber and low fat, they’re also calorie-responsible; BFree Multigrain Wraps, for example, are only 100 calories per wrap, the lowest calorie count in the category.

A list of what is not included in BFree products is almost as impressive as what is. BFree products do not contain wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy, making the entire BFree product line free from all major allergens—and completely vegan.

“We’re doing more than just making breads gluten-free,” says Nathan Fisher, VP of sales at BFree Foods.

“We’re transcending trends to deliver real health and quality. Because of BFree’s top-notch nutrition, ‘authentic bread’ taste and durability, we truly stand out. BFree products appeal to a broad variety of health-conscious American consumers, including—but certainly not limited to—those with dietary restrictions.”

Select BFree products are rolling out to shelves at Ralphs, Lucky’s, Raley’s and Save Mart throughout California. For more information and to purchase via the company’s website, please visit

About BFree Foods
Based out of Dublin, Ireland and manufacturing for the U.S. market in Montebello, California, BFree Foods is an innovator in the wheat and gluten-free bread product category. Passionately dedicated to providing exceptional taste, nutrition profiles and performance, BFree’s wraps, rolls, bread loaves and bagels maintain the texture of traditional bread products but are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, nuts and soy. All BFree products are allergen and vegan-friendly, low-fat and high-fiber, making them ideal for health-conscious consumers across the globe. For additional information, visit or find the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.