Spirit of Entrepreneurship Catching on in San Bernardino County

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– During the recent “State of the County” presentation, business leaders highlighted a growing sense of optimism and opportunities. Jack Dangermond, president of the GIS software mapping company Esri, said a new spirit of entrepreneurship is palpable in San Bernardino County.

“I think there’s something going on particularly in the last few years, as we’ve come out of the recession, a kind of positive attitude to build new businesses,” Dangermond said. “Young entrepreneurs are starting restaurants and starting little businesses here and there. That spirit is catching on.”

County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood said the County and business are partnering to train local workers for available jobs. “Last year there were 84,000 adults trained in new areas within San Bernardino County to meet the demands of businesses within the county to make us more successful,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “We saw over 15,000 jobs created in San Bernardino County. We, today, are one of the fastest-growing job-creating counties in the nation. And in the next decade, we will continue that path, and it’s going to be dependent on our partnerships with private business and learning from their opportunities of success. And we join them in removing barriers so that we continue that growth.”

With a population of 2.1 million, San Bernardino County has a labor force of 900,000 and is home to 82,641 businesses and 1,528 company headquarters. Click here to view the “State of the County” presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFDdg0MqXlY

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