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Inland Empire Women Entrepreneurs Recognized

Inland Empire Women Entrepreneurs Recognized

ITY Fall 2017 Business plan winners (l-r) April Corella, Patricia Rivera, Makeisha Montfleury

The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center at Cal State San Bernardino has recognized 22 female entrepreneurs for their accomplishments as part of the IEWBC/Citibank “It’s Your Time: an Entrepreneurial Training Series for Women” (IYT) program.

Participants were required to attend 12 workshops through the IEWBC, participate in one-on-one business counseling, and write a business plan. The completed business plans were then scored by a panel of judges, who awarded the writers of the top three plans.

First place winner April Corella of Moreno Valley, second place winner Patricia Rivera of San Bernardino, and third place winner Makeisha Montfleury of Menifee received prize packages cumulatively valued at more than $12,000 to help them start their businesses.

April Corella was also honored as the participant who most embodied the spirit of IYT with qualities such as compassion, understanding, reliability, and enthusiasm.

Nineteen participants were recognized for completing their business plans and/or all the required workshops in the program.

  • Nicole Baker
  • Carmen Cabuloy
  • Leticia Delgado
  • Gail Francis
  • Delphinia Frey
  • Alesia Fuller
  • Lachaun Gill
  • Dennise Jimenez
  • Donna Loeffler
  • Powlyne Manoharan
  • Faviola Maria
  • Rosemarie Miller
  • Eve Moore
  • Andrea Price
  • Desiree Ramirez-Vicario
  • Lucia Robles
  • Jessika Shields
  • Rayna Walters
  • Sharee Williams

The application period for the Spring 2018 session of “It’s Your Time” is now open and applications will be accepted through Friday, January 19, 2018. For additional information and an application, please visit and click on the It’s Your Time tab.

The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, 3780 Market St. in Riverside, is a program of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino. Housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, IECE, which administers the program in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is inland Southern California’s leading organization dedicated to supporting and promoting entrepreneurship. The IEWBC provides business counseling, training and mentoring designed for women business owners.

The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. For more information, visit the IEWBC website at or contact Michelle Skiljan at (909) 890-1242.

Set in the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, CSUSB is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in inland Southern California. CSUSB serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB is listed among the best colleges and universities in the western United States, according to The Princeton Review, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Money Magazine.