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Entrepreneurship Institute Competition Selects “Best Business Plan 2014”

Participants in Competition had Completed Institute Training Program

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(Back row, left to right) SBVC Professor Bruce Underwood, SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron and EDCT Executive Director Matthew Isaac, Ph.D., present (front row) Karen Holritz and Breanna Strauss (first place) and Taffette Boykins (second place) their awards for “Best Business Plan 2014” on behalf of the Entrepreneurship Institute of San Bernardino.



Those competing had previously completed the Entrepreneurship Institute of San Bernardino six-course program that awarded them a Certificate endorsed by the San Bernardino Community College District. The First Place winner receives a $3,000 grant from the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CORPORATE TRAINING (EDCT) Division, which oversees the EIOSB; the Second Place winner receives $2,000. In addition to the Business Plan submission, the competitors, on behalf of their respective businesses, must submit a detailed grant application and then provide a post-grant accounting of how the funds were spent.

Chancellor Bruce Baron said: “Our congratulations to the winners! The SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT supports the activities of the EIOSB which brings new businesses into the marketplace. The Inland Empire benefits when new businesses succeed. The ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE helps those businesses grow by providing the aspiring business owner with the nuts and bolts of business ownership, creation and operation.”

First place winner Karen Holritz and her business partner Breanna Strauss, a current student in the EIOSB program, own Custom Frames 4 U, a boutique frame shop that custom frames family heirlooms. Providing a complete package, including consultation, design, framing, display and delivery, they specialize in art preservation. Holritz said, “We provide personalized service – going to our clients’ home or business saves the client money and time, and has been the corner stone of our success.” More company information can be found at

The second place winner, Taffette Boykins, is the founder of RestRelaxRestore, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide outreach services, educational training, guidance and support to the whole person through community outreach services. Information about her business is available online at

The Institute is led by EDCT CEO Matthew Isaac, Ph.D.; Bruce Underwood, MBA, CFO/Partner of B2B Staffing Services, Inc. and San Bernardino Valley College business instructor; and Professor Michael Assumma, MBA, chair of the Business Department at San Bernardino Valley College.

Dr. Isaac noted, “Entrepreneurs are major drivers of economic growth locally and across the United States. However, to be a successful business owner, an entrepreneur needs training, mentoring and guidance. One of the vital basics for successful business ownership is a well constructed, reasonable business plan. The competition allows a serious entrepreneur to have his or her business plan evaluated by experts. These two business plans were created by dedicated business owners who are ready to move forward to the next step of achievement. The EIOSB remains ready to support their efforts through our mentoring process.”

Additional information on the ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE OF SAN BERNARDINO is available at, or by calling 909.382.4037.


Disabled Valley College Grad Earns Second AA Degree

San Bernardino, CA)—Stacy Hull, a San Bernardino native, has graduated with an AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College…again. Her first AA was in Liberal Arts in 2011 and her new (2014) degree is in Human Services.

Ms. Hull started at Valley College back in 1997, taking a variety of different courses. “I’ve seen a lot of changes at Valley over the years,” she says, “and early on I really enjoyed courses in science, like oceanography and geology. Now my interest is more in helping people and I want to continue my education and get a BA in Psychology.” After that, she would like to become a counselor.

Stacy says that among the things she has liked about attending Valley College are the many different offerings and a lot of great teachers. “I think of many of my Valley teachers as my best friends,” she says with a twinkle in her eye. She adds that she likes being on campus, as it’s a very pleasant environment.

Stacy gets around in a motorized wheelchair due to a lifelong disability that hampers her physically, but not mentally or psychologically. She’s an enthusiastic lifelong learner with a ready smile and a keen mind. Like other disabled students, she has been able to take advantage of the college’s Disabled Students Programs and Services office (DSP&S).

Valley’s Interim Coordinator of DSP&S, Marty Milligan, notes that students with special needs are particularly well served by the California community colleges’ disabled students programs. Of Ms. Hull’s academic success, he adds, “Through her persistence, she has earned an associate of arts degree in liberal arts and has plans to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition to advocating for her own needs, Stacy also informs other students about the services offered by DSPS. The DSPS faculty and staff consider her a role model for her peers.”

For more information, contact Greg Zerovnik, Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 909-384-8978.


CSUSB To Close On Fridays As Part Of Its Summer 4/10 Schedule

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – For the 14th consecutive year, Cal State San Bernardino will again operate on a four-day, 40-hour workweek throughout the summer, beginning Monday, June 16.

As has become tradition at CSUSB following June commencement ceremonies, the campus will operate on the 4/40 schedule through Sept. 5. Operating hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Some offices will remain open on Fridays during the summer, and University Police remain on duty every day.

The university will return to its traditional five-day work schedule on Monday, Sept. 8.

The condensed workweek has helped the university reduce its energy consumption, while allowing the public more time to access university services during the expanded hours.

The university also has encouraged energy conservation measures such as turning off lights in unused rooms, reducing lighting in hallways and turning off computers and other electronic equipment that are not in use.

During the week of June 30, the campus will revert to an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule and will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The campus also will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

The university’s summer session classes begin Wednesday, June 18. The regular 10-week summer session runs from June 18 through Aug 28, while accelerated six-week sessions are scheduled for June 18-July 24 and July 28-Sept. 3.

The fall quarter will begin on Thursday, Sept. 25.

For more information, contact Cal State San Bernardino’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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