Support for an "incubator/training center" program, which would be designed to assist small businesses past their crucial first years of operation, has been pledged by several San Bernardino County leaders in education, industry and government.
Pledges of support came at a Claremont symposium last week on small businesses, sponsored by the Chevron Land & Development Co., from several quarters: representatives of Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside and Cal State University San Bernardino. Also, Thomas Laurin of San Bernardino County's Department of Housing and Community Development, and Ray Resendez, manager of the federally funded Business Expansion Loan Program for the county, both indicated that the county is preparing to provide financial support for the proposed "incubator" program in the belief that it would foster economic development and job growth in the region.
Chevron has offered space at its 673-acre master planned development, The Ontario Center, for a "campus" site to launch the proposed incubator program, said symposium host Michael D. Kenney, marketing manager for The Ontario Center. He told the gathering that Chevron's role would be to "kick-start" the incubator/training center.
"We're a convenient linchpin and would like very much to see this program launched as soon as possible," Kenney said.