Rabobank is receiving a $304,000 award from the U.S. Treasury Department's Bank Enterprise Awards program for its efforts to make housing loans and provide other financial services in several economically troubled areas of California, including the Valley communities of Kerman, Modesto and Atwater.
The bank is one of 69 institutions receiving the awards across the country. The banks are required to reinvest the money in low-income communities.
Fresno firm expands recycling
Electronic Recyclers International has joined with Kingston Technology to develop a mail-back recycling program for Kingston's computer-memory products.
Consumers can recycle various computer memory formats, including USB drives and memory cards, by sending them to Electronic Recyclers' Fresno plant for erasure and destruction. The company will provide certification that any information stored on the devices will be destroyed.
Clovis forum draws investors
The fifth annual Central Valley Venture Forum will bring together entrepreneurs and investors, business leaders and venture capitalists on Nov. 18 in Clovis.
The daylong event at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building will feature speakers including venture capitalist and eBay co-founder Steve Westly, California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and a Central Valley showcase where companies can pitch their businesses to panels of would-be investors.
Tickets cost $60 before Nov. 1 and $75 after that date. Details: www. valleyventureforum.com/.
Contract workshop in Fresno
Small companies wanting to do business with major companies or state and local governments can learn more about contract opportunities at a free Nov. 10 workshop offered by the University of California at Merced Small Business Development Centers Regional Network and the Central Valley Business Incubator.
Check-in for the workshop starts at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Fresno. A networking luncheon will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to mingle with other business people.