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  • 06Jun 2017
    CVEP Highlights Strategic Focus at Annual Meeting

    The 2017 Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s (CVEP) Annual Meeting set the stage for three bold initiatives: promoting the build-out of business-class broadband service, nurturing a research university to train workers in STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) skills to participate in the growing knowledge economy and the need to create a local source of venture capital.

    The 2017 Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s (CVEP) Annual Meeting set the stage for three bold initiatives: promoting the build-out of business-class broadband service, nurturing a research university to train workers in STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) skills to participate in the growing knowledge economy and the need to create a local source of venture capital.

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    16Mar 2016
    Innovation

    SUN HEATING TEC TO CREATE ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY DIVISION AT PALM SPRINGS IHUB

    Sun Heating Tec Inc., a Chinese renewable energy company that pioneered solar hot water collectors, has joined the Palm Springs iHub and will relocate a robotic assembly line to the Coachella Valley, the company founder, Jeff Cheng, announced today at the board meeting of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, which manages the Palm Springs iHub.

    Sun Heating Tec Inc. (SHT), a Chinese renewable energy company that pioneered solar hot water collectors, has joined the Palm Springs iHub and will relocate a robotic assembly line to the Coachella Valley, the company founder, Jeff Cheng, announced today at the board meeting of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, which manages the Palm Springs iHub. Mr. Cheng learned about the Palm Springs iHub when SHT began supplying tube assemblies for solar thermal systems to SunUp Energy, another company in the iHub incubator program. SHT has taken office space in the iHub and will occupy 5,000 square feet in the Accelerator Campus, where it will create at least 15 medium- to high-skilled jobs within two years. These employees will be involved in robot maintenance and programming, assembly, sales, and fulfillment. “Sun Heating Tec is an excellent fit for the Palm Springs iHub and Accelerator Campus,” says Joe Wallace, CVEP interim CEO and chief innovation officer. “Their products are already being used by an iHub company that knows the markets they want to enter. The iHub program will help Sun Heating Tec with risk mitigation, offering start-up space with standard office equipment, access to a Foreign Trade Zone for exports, and a low-risk pilot production location. We’ll also help them establish credit and assimilate into the U.S.-style business culture.” “Sun Heating Tec will spare no effort in providing the best clean energy products to installers, contractors, project developers, dealers, and distributors worldwide so as to help households and businesses reduce their energy bills and protect the environment,” Cheng said in a prepared statement. “The Palm Springs iHub enables us to enter the U.S. market with a low level of risk and a high level of support.” Visit www.sunheatingtec.com for more information.

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    16Feb 2016
    Business Development

    SCORE TO HONOR OLIPHANT, REVEAL PUBLIC INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT BUSINESS

    Coachella Valley SCORE, a nonprofit organization of retired executives who mentor small business owners, presents its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard R. Oliphant at a breakfast on February 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.

    Coachella Valley SCORE, a nonprofit organization of retired executives who mentor small business owners, presents its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard R. Oliphant at a breakfast on February 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, state Sen. Jeff Stone and Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, and Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit will also discuss their 2016 objectives for to help businesses create jobs and support local businesses. Tickets are $90, and tables of 10 are $750 ($60 is tax-deductible). Registration/breakfast begins at 8 a.m., and the program at 9 a.m. CLICK TO REGISTER

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    29Jan 2016
    Business Development

    GELSON'S MARKET JOINS CVEP AS INVESTOR, OPENS RANCHO MIRAGE STORE

    More than 500 foodies, business leaders, and city officials converged Thursday as new CVEP investor Gelson’s market opened its first Coachella Valley store in Rancho Mirage.

    More than 500 foodies, business leaders, and city officials converged Thursday as new CVEP investor Gelson’s market opened its first Coachella Valley store in Rancho Mirage. “Gelson’s will be heavily involved in the community during the coming year,” says Jeff Stein, Gelson’s director of cultural and promotional affairs. “Personal service is a part of our culture, and being a good corporate citizen is part of that.” Long revered by chefs and foodies in Los Angeles and Orange County, Gelson’s had been looking for a great desert location for almost 15 years, according to President and CEO Rob McDougall. A Gelson’s market representative will join the CVEP Board of Directors in 2017. “CVEP is pleased to have Gelson’s as a new investor and is looking forward to them joining our Board of Directors,” says CVEP interim CEO Joe Wallace. “CVEP has just started working with retail enterprises and having a flagship retailer choose to join us is a perfect validation for the good job that our Small Business Development Center is doing. We anticipate that our relationship with Gelson’s will lead to engagement between CVEP and other businesses in the retail and hospitality space.” Last fall, Gelson’s hosted job fairs and hired about 100 employees. Visit www.gelsons.com

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    19Jan 2016
    Business Development

    TRAINING AVAILABLE TO WOMEN STARTING, EXPANDING A BUSINESS

    The Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center is accepting applications for It’s Your Time: An Entrepreneurial Training Series for Women.

    The Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center is accepting applications for It’s Your Time: An Entrepreneurial Training Series for Women. Download and submit the application by 5 p.m. February 5. This intense business start-up/expansion program, sponsored through a grant from Citi Bank, includes 12 workshops. Participants will work individually with a business counselor for at least two hours, and learn the fundamentals of writing a formal business plan. For more information, call Kim Scanlan at 760-345-9200 or visit the website.

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    08Dec 2015
    Business Development

    PRAISE FOR ENTREPRENEUR'S NOSE FOR INNOVATION

    Dr. Coby Webb pitched her Find'em Scent Kit to a panel of four judges at the InnovateHER 2016 Fast Pitch on November 30 and earned an opportunity to compete in March in Washington, D.C., for one of three top cash prizes totaling $70,000.

    Dr. Coby Webb pitched her Find'em Scent Kit to a panel of four judges at the InnovateHER 2016 Fast Pitch on November 30 and earned an opportunity to compete in March in Washington, D.C., for one of three top cash prizes totaling $70,000. Desert Lightning, an entrepreneur campus in Desert Hot Springs, hosted the fast pitch event. Webb, a veteran law enforcement officer whose company recently joined the Palm Springs iHub, says the Find'em Scent Kit allows users to collect and store person's scent that a search-and-rescue dog can use to track that individual if he or she ever becomes missing or lost. It's ideal for children or elderly people who may wander. The kits include gloves, sterile gauze pads, evidence-quality bags, and a safe for secure at-home storage.

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  • 23Nov 2015
    Business Development

    SHOP AMAZONSMILE TO SUPPORT LOCAL BIZ DEV AND ATTRACTION

    Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price can now support CVEP business development and attraction programs in the Coachella Valley.

    Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price can now support CVEP business development and attraction programs in the Coachella Valley. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0642485.

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    18Nov 2015
    Business Development

    WELLS FARGO AWARDS $125K FOR INCUBATION, SMALL BIZ PROGRAMS

    Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded CVEP a $100,000 grant to support local initiatives in clean technology and innovation and $25,000 for small business development programs in towns with a population of fewer than 35,000 residents.

    Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded CVEP a $100,000 grant to support initiatives in local clean technology and innovation and $25,000 for small business development programs in towns with a population of fewer than 35,000 residents. The $100K grant -- part of Innovation Incubator (IN2), a national program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory -- will support incubation of clean and renewable technology at the Palm Springs iHub and Accelerator Campus. "The support provided by Wells Fargo's Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program is symbolic of the effectiveness of our programs and confirms that our regional economic development efforts are headed in the right direction," says CVEP interim president and CEO Joe Wallace. "CVEP is fortunate to have a partner in Wells Fargo to help strengthen our efforts in the Coachella Valley." The $25,000 grant from the Wells Fargo RISE (Rural Investment for Sustainable Economies) program will help the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, also operated by CVEP, deliver free workshops and consulting in small communities such as Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms, where the CVSBDC periodically presents Boots-2-Business workshops for service members transitioning to civilian life. The goal of the RISE grant is to promote job creation by providing business technical assistance, access to capital, and program training for business expansion.

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    09Oct 2015
    Coachella Valley Economic Summit

    SUMMIT OFFERS FRESH OUTLOOK ON LOCAL ECONOMY

    An economist, a demographics expert, and a panel of top business and education leaders will reveal and discuss key indicators affecting growth and opportunity at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

    An economist, a demographics expert, and a panel of top business and education leaders will reveal and discuss key indicators affecting growth and opportunity at the Coachella Valley Economic Summit on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by CVEP and presented by Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital, the 11th annual summit will explore viable approaches for the region’s economic vitality. The event’s headliner will be Dr. Mark Schniepp, president and director of the Santa Barbara-based California Economic Forecast and the lead author of the 2015 Coachella Valley Economic Report. “There are many changes occurring in the social and economic landscape of California and its regions,” Schniepp says. “We will address some of the principal reasons for these changes, in addition to providing the 2016 outlook for the Coachella Valley.” Michael McDonald, president of Demographics and Affordability Watch and a principal in the real estate consulting firm Market Watch LLC, co-authored the report and will follow Schniepp by diving into the changing local demographics and suggesting what the trends mean for business attraction and expansion in the Coachella Valley. McDonald suggests demographic information pinpoints specific opportunities for growth and employment in the region. These also signal needs in secondary and post-secondary education. The program also includes a panel discussion moderated by Greg Burton, editor of The Desert Sun, and featuring local business, tourism, and education leaders. The panelists are Tom Freeman (Chandi Group USA), Dr. Kristin Schmidt (Desert Regional Medical Center), Dr. Joel Kinnamon (College of the Desert), Jeff Miraglia (Greater Palm Springs CVB), Vincent Battaglia (Renova Solar), and Chris Pardo (Elemental Architecture). Organizers expect more than 800 attendees at the summit, which has become the region’s most important business gathering of year for the content of its program and for the opportunity to network with so many influential members of the community. The Coachella Valley Economic Summit begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Individual tickets are $95. Tables of 10 are available for $850. Register at cvepsummit.com or call 760-340-1575. 

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    18May 2015
    Media

    THRIVE! COACHELLA VALLEY WINS INMA AWARD FOR SALES AND MARKETING EXCELLENCE

    Thrive! Coachella Valley, the magazine featuring success stories from CVEP’s business and workforce development programs, won first place in the Best New Print Product category of the 2015 International News Media Association (INMA) Awards.

    Thrive! Coachella Valley, the magazine featuring success stories from CVEP’s business and workforce development programs, won first place in the Best New Print Product category of the 2015 International News Media Association (INMA) Awards. Published and distributed by Desert Sun Media Group, Thrive! raised awareness of CVEP’s Workforce/Jobs Model by telling the stories of students and entrepreneurs who tap into the programs of the Coachella Valley iHub, Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Excellence and succeed. The awards was presented at the 85th Annual INMA World Congress in New York. The competition drew 578 entries from 190 market-leading companies in 38 countries. An international jury of 33 executives from 15 countries selected the winners. INMA is a global community of news media companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue in a multimedia environment. The Best New Print Product award for Thrive! was given in a category representing regional news brands with a print circulation under 300,000 print or an online audience of under 3 million unique visitors per month.

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    16May 2015
    Innovation

    iHUB FIRM INTEGRAL TO NEW ENERGY SYSTEM AT YELLOWSTONE

    Indy Power Systems (IPS), a start-up energy management company in the Coachella Valley iHub, has introduced its Energy Router™ Microgrid Management System (MMS) to store and manage energy at Yellowstone National Park.

    Indy Power Systems (IPS), a start-up energy management company in the Coachella Valley iHub, has introduced its Energy Router™ Microgrid Management System (MMS) to store and manage energy at Yellowstone National Park. It is part of the Lamar Buffalo Ranch energy system unveiled last week that is the fruit of a partnership between IPS, Toyota, Sharp USA SolarWorld, Patriot Solar, National Park Service and Yellowstone Park Foundation. Solar panels generate the renewable electricity stored within the 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride battery packs recovered from Toyota dealers across the United States. The result: reliable, sustainable, zero emission power to the ranger station and education center for the first time since it was founded in 1907. “It gives us great satisfaction to able able to help the Yellowstone National Park become energy independent and operate on renewable energy to become sustainable as a source that has no grid,“ IPS President and CEO Steve Tolen says in a Toyota video announcing the development. The IPS Multi-Flex™ bidirectional inverter, with built-in DC-DC converters, collects power from different sources — including solar, aero and hydro turbines, and the main power grid — and stores the energy in battery packs before converting it into the requisite voltage for different power needs. The intelligent Energy Router™ manages any number of sources and/or loads, and the system scales to any size from residential properties to small businesses to national parks. “Ours is the first company to use used batteries in a commercial sense, the first to blend the different power sources and battery chemistries,” Tolen says. “Our system enables individual building owners and homeowners to optimize their energy by blending all of their different power sources and stabilizing their power needs at peak times on the grid.” IPS plans to manufacture energy management containers at the Coachella Valley iHub’s Palm Springs Accelerator Campus.

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    23April 2015
    Innovation

    EV ENTERPRISES ROLLS OUT A NEW RIDE

    Guests on windmill tours will ride in a new, lithium battery-operated golf cart produced by EV Enterprises, a renewable energy company in the Coachella Valley iHub.

    Guests on windmill tours will ride in a new, lithium battery-operated golf cart produced by EV Enterprises, a renewable energy company in the Coachella Valley iHub. Commissioned by Fred Noble of Wintec Energy, the six-passenger off-road golf cart packs much more power than a standard model. Its list of unusual features a 72-volt 200 amp/hour lithium battery, a patented battery management system 72-volt three-phase AC motor, regenerative braking to replace battery energy when going downhill or stopping, and an onboard charger. Bill Schlanger of EV Enterprises says the vehicle’s speed tops out at 35 miles per hour, and it can travel 50 miles on a single charge.

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  • 23April 2015
    Coachella Valley iHub

    INNOVATORS PITCH THE ANGELS, PREPARE FOR FUNDING PHASE

    In a Shark Tank-like event on April 22 at UCR Palm Desert Campus, four local entrepreneurs -- Marlene Bradley, Gideon Cohn, John Manning, and Brad Tinkham -- had the opportunity to “Pitch the Angels” and glean expert advice on the funding phase of their startups.

    In a Shark Tank-like event on April 22 at UCR Palm Desert Campus, four local entrepreneurs -- Marlene Bradley, Gideon Cohn, John Manning, and Brad Tinkham -- had the opportunity to “Pitch the Angels” and glean expert advice on the funding phase of their startups. Their ideas included a water-saving drip irrigation system, a restroom aid for disabled people, a fashionable sock wrap, and an innovative window technology. Produced by CVEP with the Tech Coast Angels and Coachella Valley iHub and Small Business Development Center, the program was modeled on the popular TV series, but participants solicited no actual funding. Rather, the “sharks” -- investment banker and ShareKitchen co-founder Haddon Libby, Tech Coast Angels chairman emeritus Mike Napoli, and business consultant Ted Daniels -- helped the entrepreneurs sharpen their narratives, numbers, and presentations.

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    10Mar 2015
    Business Development

    LOCAL INNOVATORS INVITED TO PITCH THE ANGELS

    CVEP invites local innovators to “Pitch the Angels” at a "Shark Tank"-like event on April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the UCR Palm Desert campus.

    CVEP invites local innovators to “Pitch the Angels” at a "Shark Tank"-like event on April 22, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the UCR Palm Desert campus. The event is modeled on the ABC TV series, but participants will not actually solicit funding. The objectives are to mine the best ideas, help entrepreneurs refine their concepts, and prepare them for the funding phase of their startup. To apply to pitch your business or product idea, click on this link to complete and submit the form by April .

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    03Mar 2015
    Awards of Excellence

    COACHELLA VALLEY iHUB ENTREPENEURS TO BE HONORED

    Two businesses based in the Coachella Valley iHub will be honored on Thursday, March 5, at the inaugural SBEMP Awards Ceremony at Colony 29 in Palm Springs.

    Two businesses based in the Coachella Valley iHub will be honored on Thursday, March 5, at the inaugural SBEMP Awards Ceremony at Colony 29 in Palm Springs. The event, which recognizes local business leaders for their impact on the Coachella Valley business community, will honor iHub entrepreneurs Levi Vincent of PSTalent Entertainment with its Entrepreneur Award and Liberty Naud of SMaRT Education with the Impact Award. Other honorees include Skip Paige of Goldenvoice (Legacy Award), Tom Nolan of Palm Springs International Airport (Leadership Award), and Kevin Kelly of Two Bunch Palms (Environmental Award).

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    17Feb 2015
    Small Business Development Center

    Palm Springs' La Maison Will Compete in Travel Channel's 'Hotel Showdown'

    La Maison Hotel, a boutique inn located in south Palm Springs and a client of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, will appear on the Travel Channel’s reality series "Hotel Showdown" on March 10 at 9 p.m.

    La Maison Hotel, a boutique inn located in south Palm Springs and a client of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, will appear on the Travel Channel’s reality series "Hotel Showdown" on March 10 at 9 p.m. The winner-take-all program has four hotels competing for a $25,000 prize. The hotel owners spend two days and one night at each another’s property, scoring them for their comfort, art and décor, service, amenities, and more. With 13 guest rooms situated around a recently resurfaced swimming pool, a coffee bar with an $8,000 cappuccino machine, and friendly proprietors -- Richard Slosky and Cornelia Schuster -- at your service day and night, this Mediterranean-style retreat consistently earns outstanding scores on Trip Advisor, and is a 2015 Travelers’ Choice winner in the Small Hotels-Romance category. Slosky, who used to run an advertising agency, says the quality of the property speaks for itself, and hopes the TV series will help him and Schuster continue to refine the experience they offer La Maison Hotel. “You don’t usually get a chance to talk to other independent hotel owners,” he says. “This is a different kind of hotel business.” The duo opened La Maison Hotel in 2012 after operating a four-room bed-and-breakfast on Salt Spring Island, near Vancouver, in Canada.

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    05Feb 2015
    Innovation

    PALM SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUS IN SUPPORT OF COACHELLA VALLEY iHUB

    The Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously on a capital infusion to support the Coachella Valley iHub through the fiscal year.

    The Palm Springs City Council onWednesday voted unanimously on a capital infusion to support the Coachella Valley iHub through the fiscal year. The iHub, a business incubator and accelerator campus operated by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership in Palm Springs, helps innovators launch job-creating businesses in the fields of renewable energy, medical technology, advanced manufacturing, and digital media. In less than three years, the iHub has been home to almost 30 companies and created more than 100 high-skill, year-round jobs. Companies accepted into the program receive workspace, basic office resources like telephones and photocopiers, and access to management consulting resources. An economic impact study by economist John Husing forecasts that the iHub will create more than 3,500 direct jobs across 81 surviving startups during the next 20 years (and potentially faster if the pace of 2014 continues). The city council approved $131,000, which includes Palm Springs' annual investment, plus the sum of unfulfilled commitments made by other cities. The 5-0 vote is a "shot in the arm," says iHub Managing Director Joe Wallace, who's also CVEP's interim president and CEO. "With the continued support for the vision that started in the Palm Springs City Hall in 2010, the future of the region is certainly looking bright and prosperous."

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    23Jan 2015
    Foreign Investment

    WRCI PRESENTS CVEP WITH $50K TO SUPPORT REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Western Regional Center Inc., which facilitates EB-5 services for foreign investors, presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $50,000 check last, marking its first installment of a five-year, $250,000 commitment to support economic development in the Coachella Valley.

    Western Regional Center Inc., which facilitates EB-5 services for foreign investors, presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $50,000 check, marking its first installment of a five-year, $250,000 commitment to support economic development in the Coachella Valley. WRCI identifies job-creating projects in the region and promotes them to foreign investors who in turn can obtain a green card. WRCI President Jim Seol, flanked by attorney Austin Kim and consultant Wes Ahlgren, presented the check at CVEP's monthly board meeting. “As a former officer of CVEP, I have a clear understanding of the value that the organization brings to the businesses and workforce of the Coachella Valley," Ahlgren said. "It is my pleasure to have been a catalyst in connecting WRCI and CVEP in a way that benefits both entities. With CVEP’s support, I am certain that WRCI will continue to bring funding for significant projects that create both jobs and wealth to the people of the region.” CVEP interim CEO Joe Wallace said the timing of WRCI's investment comes at a perfect time. "CVEP has been supporting their efforts to fund large projects for several years and is pleased to welcome them to the board of directors," he said. "It is critical for the sustainability of nonprofit entities like CVEP to have long-term investors with the confidence to follow through with long-term commitments for funding. This five-year commitment will enable us to leverage investor dollars to the betterment of our region."

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  • 09Jan 2015
    Economic Development

    IEDC SELECTS KYLE WAGNER TO ADVISORY COMMITTEE

    Kyle Wagner, acting director of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and assistant director of the Coachella Valley iHub, was selected to the 2015 Young Professionals Advisory Committee for International Economic Development Council.

    Kyle Wagner, acting director of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and assistant director of the Coachella Valley iHub, was selected to the 2015 Young Professionals Advisory Committee for International Economic Development Council. The 32-member committee advises IEDC on matters important to young economic development professionals and students of economic development-related disciplines. It recommends programming that is relevant to the younger set, assists with communication to this demographic and those interested in supporting young professionals, and provides general guidance to the organization on engaging young people.

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    22Dec 2014
    Business Development

    TIME WARNER PROMOTES COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB

    A NEW VIDEO on the Time Warner Cable blog , Untangled, shows that the start-up spirit is alive and well at the Coachella Valley iHub in Palm Springs. "Inside, you'll find up-and-coming entrepreneurs creating the next big thing," says Jay Gormley, TWC director of content production, who narrates the story about the business incubator for high-tech, renewable energy, and healthcare companies. The iHub operates as part of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

    A NEW VIDEO on the Time Warner Cable blog , Untangled, shows that the start-up spirit is alive and well at the Coachella Valley iHub in Palm Springs. "Inside, you'll find up-and-coming entrepreneurs creating the next big thing," says Jay Gormley, TWC director of content production, who narrates the story about the business incubator for high-tech, renewable energy, and healthcare companies. The iHub operates as part of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. In the video, CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin explains that the iHub helps innovators prove their concept, write a business plan, access capital and more. "We offer a support system for entrepreneurs to grow their dreams while contributing to economic vitality by creating jobs," Flavin says. The video features Bill Schlanger of EV Enterprises , a renewable energy company, and Levi Vincent of PSTalent , which produces animated short films for the Sony PlayStation platform. The partnership between CVEP and TWC, Vincent as, "is essential for my business to grow. Without it, I'm nothing." TWC is an investor in CVEP and represented on its board of directors. The company also provides broadband access to the CVEP offices in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Indio. Click here to watch the video

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    24Nov 2014
    Business Development

    LANZATECH HONORS TOP ENTREPRENEURS AT LATINO BUSINESS MIXER

    THREE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS received entrepreneurship awards Thursday night at the annual Coachella Valley LanzaTech Latino Business Mixer at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella. Fanny Ramirez (Fanny Wrapper), Felix Barajas (Eco Green Supply), and Alejandra Chavez-Montez (Alexandra Cleaning Service) accepted their awards in front of almost 200 fellow business owners. 

    THREE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS received entrepreneurship awards Thursday night at the annual Coachella Valley LanzaTech Latino Business Mixer at Sol Sports Restaurant in Coachella. Fanny Ramirez (Fanny Wrapper), Felix Barajas (Eco Green Supply), and Alejandra Chavez-Montez (Alexandra Cleaning Service) accepted their awards in front of almost 200 fellow business owners. The program included a presentation by Manuel Martinez, an entrepreneur and former president of SCORE Los Angeles, who helped guests sharpen their networking skills. LanzaTech also recognized its media sponsors, Telemundo 15 and La Poderosa 96.7 FM, generous supporters of the Coachella Valley's Latino business community. LanzaTech is the Spanish-language consulting and workshop program produced by the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center and Coachella Valley Economic Partnership . LanzaTech assists Latino-owned small business with access to capital, sales and marketing strategy, human resources, and more. Information: 760-340-1575. 

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    18Nov 2014

    CVEP EXECS WIN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

    THE INLAND EMPIRE Center for Entrepreneurship awarded CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin and Chief Innovation Officer Joe Wallace a 2014 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award at a black-tie gala on Nov. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center. They won in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship category for "outstanding entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments" at the Coachella Valley iHub . CVEP operates the iHub and the Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for businesses in renewable energy, healthcare, advanced technology, and digital media. 

    THE INLAND EMPIRE Center for Entrepreneurship awarded CVEP President/CEO Tom Flavin and Chief Innovation Officer Joe Wallace a 2014 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award at a black-tie gala on Nov. 13 at the Riverside Convention Center. They won in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship category for "outstanding entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments" at the Coachella Valley iHub . CVEP operates the iHub and the Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for businesses in renewable energy, healthcare, advanced technology, and digital media. CVEP also operates the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center . The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program , founded in 2003, recognizes the accomplishments of the Inland Empire's top entrepreneurial business leaders. "This honor was the culmination of a three-year effort by our team, which has also garnered a Clean Air Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and was one of only 18 incubation centers nationwide invited last month to join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Wells Fargo IN2 program," Wallace says. "These independently judged awards have validated the vision and courage of the City of Palm Springs, which led the effort to fund and establish the Coachella Valley iHub, and reinforces the economic impact that it will have as the program continues to expand and assist entrepreneurs." The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award presented to Flavin and Wallace was the first given in the Support of Entrepreneurship category since Mike Napoli of Tech Coast Angels won it in 2010. Napoli nominated the CVEP executives for this year's award. The Coachella Valley had one other award winner: Angela Janus of ShareKitchen , a culinary business incubator in Cathedral City, won in the Social Entrepreneur category. 

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    6Nov 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    SYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS STUDENT AID AND DEBT

    PHOTOGRAPHER AND ENTREPRENEUR Jaime Kowal joins Casey and Gerry Washack, owners of Next Level Fitness, on November 12 to discuss creativity in business at the Fireside Chat at UCR Palm Desert. In her book, Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries, Kowal photographed and interviewed 118 experts in the categories of social responsibility, politics, education, arts, culture and health. 

    PHOTOGRAPHER AND ENTREPRENEUR Jaime Kowal joins Casey and Gerry Washack, owners of Next Level Fitness, on November 12 to discuss creativity in business at the Fireside Chat at UCR Palm Desert. In her book, Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries, Kowal photographed and interviewed 118 experts in the categories of social responsibility, politics, education, arts, culture and health. She has also launched a number of community and design-oriented projects, including the boutique hotel The Amado, Ernest Coffee, and Bootlegger Tiki. The Washack brothers help their clients -- who range in age from teenagers to octogenarians -- change their lives through exercise and diet. They also license and train gym owners throughout North America for their own Fit in 42 program. The workshop, produced by CVEP and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, is free and runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Register here

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    28Oct 2014
    Coachella Valley IHub

    WELLS FARGO NAMES CVEP A PARTNER IN $10 MILLION CLEANTECH INCUBATOR PROGRAM

    WELLS FARGO named CVEP as a partner in its new $10 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum in Denver. The program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the NREL, provides grants to qualified startups to develop early-stage clean technologies for commercial buildings.

    WELLS FARGO named CVEP as a partner in its new $10 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum in Denver. The program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the NREL, provides grants to qualified startups to develop early-stage clean technologies for commercial buildings. The partnership will eventually result in a multiyear agreement and recurring funding for the Coachella Valley iHub and its Palm Springs Accelerator Campus and the future East Valley iHub. "For the Coachella Valley iHub to be selected as one of only 20 IN2 incubators by Wells Fargo and the National Renewable Energy Lab is an immense honor and an outstanding opportunity," said Joe Wallace, CVEP chief innovation officer and managing director of the Coachella Valley iHub. "To be alongside legacy technology giants like MIT and UC Berkeley raises the bar for us in a transformational way." The IN2 program is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation's 2020 Environmental Commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. "The IN2 platform is designed to fill a gap that exists from early-stage concept to production for emerging clean technologies," said Ashley Grosh, Wells Fargo vice president of Environmental Affairs. "The program leverages Wells Fargo's geographic diversity and expertise in clean energy in commercial buildings to provide early-stage entrepreneurs an alternative pathway toward commercialization." The full list of 2014 participants will be announced in February 2015. 

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  • 9Sep 2014
    Small Busýness Development Center

    STATE GRANT WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ACCESS CAPITAL

    The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center will get a piece of the $2 million in state matching grants that will expand its capacity to provide counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital in the East Valley. 

    The Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center will get a piece of the $2 million in state matching grants that will expand its capacity to provide counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital in the East Valley. "Helping business owners secure the capital they need to start and grow their business is a core objective for the Coachella Valley SBDC," says Ezekiel Bonillas, CVEP vice president of entrepreneurship and managing director of the SBDC. "The funding allows CVEP and the Coachella Valley SBDC to deepen their commitment to bringing resources to the East Valley." Thirty-four SBDCs in California will share in the grant from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to provide one-on-one business consulting services to assist small businesses with SBA loans, non-SBA loans, nontraditional lending, and non-owner equity investment. 

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    3Sep 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    SBA CHIEF TOURS COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB AND MEETS WITH LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS

    Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and member of President Obama's cabinet, toured the Coachella Valley iHub on Tuesday after addressing about 200 small business owners at a luncheon organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, the Small Business Administration district office, and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. 

    Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and member of President Obama's cabinet, toured the Coachella Valley iHub on Tuesday after addressing about 200 small business owners at a luncheon organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, the Small Business Administration district office, and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. 

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    26Aug 2014
    Partner Update

    $15K BANK OF AMERICA GRANT SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

    Bank of America presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $15,000 community development grant to support local business and workforce development initiatives, including a robust menu of services for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as career pathways and scholarship programs for students throughout the region. 

    Bank of America presented the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership with a $15,000 community development grant to support local business and workforce development initiatives, including a robust menu of services for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as career pathways and scholarship programs for students throughout the region. "Small businesses and local institutions play a huge role in helping to revitalize our local economies and we've seen firsthand the tremendous impact that CVEP has had in the Coachella Valley," said Mark Messenger, small business market manager of Bank of America. "By continuing to support organizations like CVEP, we are not only supporting our entrepreneurs and workforce, but also the financial longevity of our local communities as well." Bank of America awards community development grants annually to local nonprofits offering programming and resources for housing, hunger, workforce education and other basic human services that help communities thrive. 

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    12Aug 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    CVEP CUTS RIBBON ON DOWNTOWN INDIO OFFICE

    Small businesses and entrepreneurs in the eastern Coachella Valley have a full-time resource nearby, as CVEP has opened an office in downtown Indio. More than 50 guests attended the ribbon cutting, including the board of the Indio Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials and their representatives. 

    Small businesses and entrepreneurs in the eastern Coachella Valley have a full-time resource nearby, as CVEP has opened an office in downtown Indio. More than 50 guests attended the ribbon cutting, including the board of the Indio Chamber of Commerce and local elected officials and their representatives. CVEP Presiden/CEO Thomas Flavin used the occasion to announce the promotion of Small Business Development Center Director Ezekiel Bonilla to th new position of vice president of entrepreneurship. Bonillas will be based in the Indio office. CVEP workforce and administrative staff will also rotate their schedules to include time in Indio. The office in Indio. Located in the former Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone office (45125 Smurr St., Suite A), the CVEP space welcomes East Valley residents and business owners to meet with staff from the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center, LanzaTech, and CVEP workforce and business development teams. For information, please call 760-340-1575. 

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    12Aug 2014
    Workforce Excellence

    CAREFUSION OPENS DOORS TO LOCAL TEACHERS

    CVEP looks to its business partners to introduce local educators to work environments, skills and technologies, and opportunities that they can share with students and set them on career pathways. 

    CVEP looks to its business partners to introduce local educators to work environments, skills and technologies, and opportunities that they can share with students and set them on career pathways. For about six years, CareFusion has been among the businesses that support CVEP's mission and the Coachella Valley Regional Plan for College and Career Readiness, which outlines how businesses and schools will work together to increase graduation rates and prepare students for the 21st century workforce. "CareFusion has been engaged with CVEP Workforce Excellence programs since 2008, hosting our first faculty externship in healthcare," said Donna Sturgeon, CVEP director of work-based learning. "Since then, CareFusion has hosted both teachers and students for tours and internships, and written letters of support for various grant applications." Based in San Diego, CareFusion has an international reach with products and services to improve medication management, lower costs in procedural areas, reduce risk of infection, advance the care of ventilated patients and turn healthcare data generated into actionable information. Its Palm Springs location recently hosted 30 middle and high-school science teachers participating in Project Prototype, a state-funded initiative to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). "They gave an overview of the biomedical side of engineering," Sturgeon said. "They also provided an overview of their organization and explained what hard and soft skills they look for in all levels of employment. This academic year, we hope to place student interns there, provide hosted tours of their facility for students and teachers, and invite their professionals to speak in classrooms." 

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    24June 2014
    Clean Technology & Innovation

    WELLS FARGO TO AWARD $100,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT CLEAN TECH INITIATIVES

    Wells Fargo Foundation will award the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) a $100,000 grant to support its initiatives in clean technology and innovation, foundation officials have confirmed. According to the grant program overview, "the grant funds clean technology incubator and accelerator programs along with research and development projects involving universities and colleges. 

    Wells Fargo Foundation will award the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) a $100,000 grant to support its initiatives in clean technology and innovation, foundation officials have confirmed. According to the grant program overview, "the grant funds clean technology incubator and accelerator programs along with research and development projects involving universities and colleges. It supports building a framework for entrepreneurs seeking to provide scalable solutions in the low carbon economy." CVEP operates the Coachella Valley iHub and Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, incubator facilities for high-tech and renewable energy start-ups, and promotes education programs in these fields in the region's three public school districts and College of the Desert. "The support provided by Wells Fargo's Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program is symbolic of the effectiveness of our programs and confirms that our regional economic development efforts are headed in the right direction," said CVEP President and CEO Thomas Flavin. "CVEP is thrilled to have a true partner in Wells Fargo, whose global reach and strong corporate responsibility will help strengthen our efforts in the Coachella Valley region. 

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  • 28May 2014
    Small Business Development Center

    COACHELLA VALLEY SBDC HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Ezekiel Bonillas and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center its 2014 Excellence & Innovation Award. 

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Ezekiel Bonillas and the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center its 2014 Excellence & Innovation Award. The honor recognizes the CVSBDC for growing from a satellite center to a full-service center, building and maintaining an effective team, and encouraging access to capital for its clients. In 2013, the center helped clients start 10 businesses, create 110 new jobs, retain 43 jobs, and obtain $7.3 million in debt and equity financing. 

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    28May 2014
    Coachella Valley IHub

    PALM SPRINGS ACCELERATOR CAMPUS WINS GRANT TO HELP GROW LOCAL HIGH-TECH COMPANIES

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $784,769 grant to CVEP to renovate four buildings at the Coachella Valley iHub Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for high-tech and clean energy companies. 

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $784,769 grant to CVEP to renovate four buildings at the Coachella Valley iHub Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for high-tech and clean energy companies. "Innovation hubs are the economic development model of the future," says Tom Flavin, president and CEO of CVEP. "This grant allows us to set the stage to help launch sustainable businesses, diversify the economy, and create desirable jobs that will retain some the region's best and brightest high school and college graduates."

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  • 30Jan. 2015

    CVEP, TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE FUNDRAISER

    The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership will hose the annual Free Money for College fundraiser on February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells.

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    16Feb 2016

    Health Career Connection Honors CVEP Exec as Regional Excellence Champion

    Health Career Connection, the Oakland-based organization that facilitates internships for college students pursuing healthcare careers, has named Sheila Thornton, CVEP vice president of Workforce Excellence, as a Regional Excellence Champion.

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    29Oct, 2014

    WELLS FARGO LAUNCHES $10 MILLION CLEANTECH INNOVATION INCUBATOR PROGRAM COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP NAMED A PARTNER

    Palm Springs, California - Wells Fargo named the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) as an external channel partner on Monday when announcing in its new $10 million Innovation Incubator (IN2) program. This national program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides grant money to qualified startups to foster the development of early-stage clean technologies for commercial buildings.

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    12Sep, 2014

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER, DAN SCHAWBEL, NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR REVEALS HOW EMPLOYERS CAN BEST ENGAGE

    Palm Springs, California - This year's Coachella Valley Economic Summit keynote speaker, Dan Schawbel, will reveal how Coachella Valley employers of all sizes can connect and engage with the 80-million strong Millennial Generation Workforce. Schawbel, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a Time and Forbes columnist, speaks globally on the Millennial Generation Workforce.

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    28Aug, 2014

    SMART EDUCATION, A COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP CVIHUB CLIENT

    SMaRT Education, a Coachella Valley Economic Partnership CViHub Client, Partners with NASA on Innovative Educational Programs and Receives Grants from Southern California Edison, The Anderson's Children Foundation and Rockwell-Collins

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    20Aug, 2014

    BANK OF AMERICA PRESENTS COACHELLA VALLEY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (CVEP) $15,000 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANT

    Check Presentation Wednesday, August 20, at 11:30 a.m., at CVEP Headquarters at the Rabobank Regional Business Center in Palm Springs

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  • 18Aug, 2014

    SAVE THE DATE

    Dr. John Husing Will Deliver The 2014 Coachella Valley Economic Report National New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Time and Forbes Columnist As Keynote Speaker

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    10July, 2014

    CVEP WORKFORCE/JOBS MODEL TO RECEIVE BRONZE AWARD AT INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    Palm Springs, CA (July 10, 2014) - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's blossoming Workforce/Jobs Model - a collaborative that links education to jobs and careers - will receive the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the Human Capital category on Oct. 20 at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, the two organizations announced today.

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    5June, 2014

    COACHELLA VALLEY AMONG 35 COMMUNITIES ADDED TO LUMINA FOUNDATION'S COMMUNITY-BASED POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION ATTAINMENT STRATEGY

    INDIANAPOLIS- Today, 35 U.S. communities-including the Coachella Valley-were named to the second cohort of Lumina Foundation's community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy.

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    5June, 2014

    CVEP AND PARTNERS AWARD MORE THAN $600,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO COACHELLA VALLEY STUDENTS AT 6TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY ON JUNE 6 AT 4:30 P.M. AT UCR PALM DESERT CAMPUS

    Palm Springs, CA (June 5, 2014) - The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) will hold its 6th Annual Pathways to Success Scholarship Awards Ceremony with local partners to present more than 130 scholarship awards to valley students.

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    21May, 2014

    U.S. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION INVESTS ALMOST $785,000 TO HELP GROW HIGH-TECH COMPANIES IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) today awarded a $784,769 grant to the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) to renovate four buildings at the Coachella Valley iHub Palm Springs Accelerator Campus, an incubator for high-tech and clean energy companies.

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    4Apr 2014

    FOURTH ANNUAL CVEP FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) COMPLETION COMPETITION INCREASES COACHELLA VALLEY'S COMPLETION RATE BY 11%

    CVEP AWARDS $12,000 to Five Local High in Cash Prizes, Helping More Valley Students Receive Financial Aid for Higher Education

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  • 31Mar, 2014

    STUDY SUGGESTS POTENTIAL $12.5 BILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB NETWORK OVER 20 YEARS

    Economist John Husing estimates iHubs may create 3,500 desirable jobs, facilitate 81 new businesses, and diversify the Coachella Valley economy

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    7Jan, 2014

    EZEKIEL

    The Managing Director of the Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center spearheads counseling and training for the region's small businesses.

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    7Jan, 2014

    THREE HIGH-TECH COMPANIES BEGIN OPERATING AT COACHELLA VALLEY IHUB

    Companies will leverage expertise and resources of CVEP

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