Prayer before the 2019 Connecting Faith and Business Summit
Main breakout session at the Connecting Faith and Business Summit
Mayor Rusty Bailey and Mayor Acquanetta Warren at the 2019 Connecting Faith and Business Summit

Connecting Faith and Business Virtual Symposium

Pray, Pivot, Prepare and Persevere in the Pandemic

October 8 & 16, 2020
10 AM–12 PM

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This year’s theme is Pray, Pivot, Prepare, and Persevere in the Pandemic!

We are excited to announce the 13th Annual Connecting Faith and Business Summit!We are doing things a little different this year; we are pivoting to make this a Virtual Symposium, but the impact and resources will still be effective and timely. The goal of the Connecting Faith & Business Virtual Symposium is to bring business leaders and faith based leaders together for education, inspiration and value-added networking to make communities better and families stronger. We want to take advantage of this virtual age to increase our connectivity on a global level! 

Key takeaways for participants:

Making the decision to pivot: step by step considerations – how business and faith based leaders did it.


Leveraging resources that can help you pivot and how to access them TODAY!


Negotiating your insurance options and planning your exit.

Day 1: Pivoting During the Pandemic

Thursday, October 8, 2020
The panel “Praying, Pivoting, Preparing & Persevering During the Pandemic” and breakout sessions on day 1 are all geared toward pivoting your business for success during what many call “the new normal.”

  • Pivoting to obtain financing
  • Pivoting by starting again
  • Pivoting by exploring new markets
  • Pivoting by growing what you have
  • Pivoting by planning a future exit

Day 2: Resources to Help You Grow During the Pandemic

Friday, October 16, 2020, 10 AM–12 PM
The panel “U.S. Small Business Administration Resources for Growing Businesses” and breakout sessions on day 2 are all geared toward growing your business with a wealth of resources and strategies.

  • Growing by starting over
  • Growing with email marketing
  • Growing with the right mentors and support
  • Growing with the right financing partner

Reflections From Our Past Summits

2019 Success Panel

Panelists Include:

  • Kyle and Kiana Webb, Webb Family Enterprises
  • Tony Gunewardena and Krisante
  • Gunewardena, Mil-Spec Magnetics
  • Jeff and Lynn Carr, CARR Pattern Co.

Moderator: Jeff Abbott, Convene Now

2019 Connecting Faith and Business Highlights

Our 12th Annual event was such a success as our Booth Sponsors were there to answer real questions with insightful answers, both at their booth, as well as at some of the Expert Tables! We are grateful they shared their brilliance!

The goal of the Connecting Faith & Business Summit is to bring business leaders and faith-based leaders together for education, inspiration, and value-added networking to make communities better and families stronger.

A Sneak Peak from 2018’s Summit

Your Business is Your Mission Field

Mary Barnett, CEO & Marketing Strategist
Another Brilliant Inc., and
Norm Bennet, CEO
24 Carrots

Past Connecting Faith &
Business Award Winners

2019 Winners

Faith Through Works Award 

Mel Austin, Laughing to Success Entertainment
Cecilia (CeCe) Alvarado, CEO of Inner Health Care Colonics

Character Building Award

Mr. Jales de MelloAGI, Adelf Group, Inc. – Mobile Medical Clinics
Mary Lyn Baker, DH Casters International, Inc

Faith-Based Development Award

Mr. Pepi Jackson, Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce

2018 Winners

Faith Through Works Award

Linda Jackson, Inland Empire Resource Center

Character Building Award

Norm Bennett, 24 Carrots Catering, Inc.

Faith-Based Development Award

Fran Robertson, Sowing Seeds of Life

2017 Winners

Faith Through Works Award

Karla Adams, Karla Adams Club

Faith Through Works Award

Jon Melzer, Print Pro Plus

Development Award 

Joe and Deanne Holguin, Frontsight Military Outreach

2016 Winners

Character Building Award

Vern Mangels, Anaheim RV Park Veteran

Faith and Business Award

Richard Roybal, Jr. On Tap Barbershop

Character Building Award 

Janie Scott, Placed Under Divine Anointing (PUDA)

Development Award

Adam Barrasa, House of Hope

Appreciation Award

Keynote Speaker, Nachhattar Chandi, CEO Chandi Group, USA

2015 Winners

Character Building Award 

Kenya Mills, Innovative Infusion Solutions

Faith Through Works Award

Nathan Westwick, Wildgoose Coffee Roaster

Development Award

Debra Williams, Building Resilient Communities

Appreciation Award

Keynote Speaker: Terence Chatmon, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, Inc.

2014 Winners

Character Building Award

Linda Smith, Four D College Award

Faith Through Works Award

Joe Annunziato, Cerenzia Foods

Development Award

Pastor Tommy Morrow, CLUES & Mr. David Morrow, CLUES

Pastor Paul Schumach, Crosslight Family Ministries

Appreciation Award

Keynote Speaker, Brad Hewitt, CEO Thrivent Financial

2013 Winners
Character Building Award – Timothy Derryberry, Freeman Office Products
Faith at Work Award – Phillip E. Hakopian, Cornerstone Commercial and Personal Insurance Services, Inc.
Character Building Award – Anthony Rohan Gunewardena, President of Mil-Spec Magnetics
Appreciation Award – Keynote Speaker, Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice president, California Bank & Trust
2012 Winners

Character Building Award

Wendy R. Gladney, Wendy Enterprises, Forgiving For the Living, Inc.

Faith at Work Award 

Connie Lightcap, JC Supply, Inc.

Development Award 

Gary Hornsby, River’s Edge Ranch, Applied Life Trade School

Appreciation Award 

Keynote Speaker, Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

2011 Winners

Character Building Award 

Medhat Gorgy, PYRAMID Laboratories, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA

Faith At Work Award

Reggie Webb, Webb Enterprises, Inc. McDonald’s Franchise, Ontario, CA

Development Award

Peggy Stapleton, KSGN 89.7FM Radio Station, Redlands, CA

Appreciation Award

Keynote Speaker, Aurelio Barreto, III C28 Clothing, Inc.

Presented by...

Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Pacific Western Bank
KSGN 89.7
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center

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