Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


Riverside's Completion Counts Program Increases Student Success 


Riverside Author's Memoir Inspires, Entertains...and Tops Bestseller Lists 



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This week's show to feature Mike Stull, Director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship.
National Small Business Week
June 17-21
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Pick Power

Thurs, June 20 
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Secrets of Marketing Experts Exposed

Thurs, June 20 
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Live Business Networking

Thurs, June 20 
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Downtown Restaurant Week 
June 20-30
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City of Riverside, CA
Office of Economic Development News
June 18, 2013
Riverside Included Among 50 'Best Practice' Examples in National Journal Special Report 

The National Journala non-partisan weekly magazine that covers policy and politics recently published a special report entitled 'Back in Business: When Ordinary Americans Accomplish What the Government Can't'. Riverside was included among the best-practice examples after an extensive six months of research that included interviews, exploration of secondary sources and media review, and consultation with a wide-range of experts. 

The special edition celebrates "pragmatic problem-solvers in business, the civic sector, local government, and partnerships that creatively combine energy, creativity, and dynamism" in an effort to help Washington see how grassroots innovators are leading positive change. The 50 honorees included one winner and four finalists in each of 10 categories. Riverside's Digital Inclusion program was selected as a finalist in the 'Digital Innovation' category. (Read more...)

Nation Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Small Business Week
(Article by Karen Mills, SBA Administrator as published on 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn't changed is America's entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities. 

This week, President Obama has continued America's tradition of honoring the spirit and success of American small business owners by proclaiming June 17 - 21 to be 2013's National Small Business Week. Small businesses have always been the backbone of our economy, and we know that the success of America's small businesses is critical to growing our economy and increasing our nation's global competitiveness.

Small businesses create two out of three net new private sector jobs in our economy.  And today, half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business. Over the past five years, the Obama Administration has worked to rebuild the economy and ensure that small businesses are able to do what they do best: grow and create jobs. (Read more...)

Fireball Run Press Conference Announcing Riverside as Official Finish Line Location To Be Held Thursday, June 20  

The FIREBALL RUN Adventurally TV series, in collaboration with the City of Riverside, California, announced last week that the press conference announcing Riverside as the Official Finish Line city for the 2013 FIREBALL RUN Adventurally is to be held Thursday, June 20. Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will be officiating the event and FIREBALL RUN Executive Producer J Sanchez and Series Director Brian Bazala will be on hand for questions. 

FIREBALL RUN (Season Title FIREBALL RUN: All Stars & Movie Cars) is a life-sized, action packed 8-day, 14-city, 2500 mile trivia game with the purpose of aiding in a massive effort to recover America's missing children.  It has become known as "the Most Epic Adventurally in America®", as a gripping and emotional life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board; 40 driving teams compete for glory, bragging rights, and a plastic road sign, all while aiding in a massive effort to recover America's missing children. Every team is assigned a missing child and tasked with distributing posters along the route. The awareness campaign has aided in 38 child recoveries since 2007. (Read more and watch the event trailer...

Riverside is being recognized worldwide for its forward looking, cutting-edge approaches to economic development, education, sustainability and technology. Discover the possibilities within this City of Arts & Innovation. 

We invite you to celebrate the achievements and our continued progress. Please contact the Office of Economic Development for more information.


Scott C. Barber

City Manager 
City of Riverside 

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