Two businesses were created at the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce on April 26.
Angelina Bodine, a certified lifestyle coach who operates a for-profit business, visited the chamber office for its one-stop, create-a-business workshop to launch a nonprofit expansion.
She met with Diana Hernandez, a legal document coordinator with the county assessor’s office, who helped her with the paperwork to file a fictitious business statement.
The city of Highland had three representatives, but since her business is based in Redlands she just chatted with them briefly.
Bodine’s APB Total Body Health Studio will celebrate its first anniversary with a chamber-sponsored ribbon-cutting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at 414 Tennessee St.
The other business launched that morning was Natural Touch, a holistic mobile massage business that will be based out of the Highland home of Claudia Collins.
What did she think of the workshop?
“It was excellent,” she said. “I was blown away at how they helped me step by step.”
Andrea de Leon, the chamber’s executive director, said she thought the workshop could help stimulate local businesses and make it easier for them to get started. She plans to repeat the process a couple times a year.
Also present was Vincent McCoy, director of the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center. The center helps between 1,400 and 1,600 businesses get established each year, McCoy said. It helps them study marketing trends to determine if there is suitable demand for their product.
The center partners with California State University, San Bernardino on the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
McCoy added that business start-ups have slowed because the unemployment rate is so low. The California Economic Development Department reported on Monday, April 20, that the state’s unemployment rate was at a record-tying low of 4.3 percent. In San Bernardino County and in Highland the rate was 3.9 percent