Ontario

More than 800 people attended the business leadership conference, “Made in Ontario,” on March 18, 2015 at the Ontario Convention Center.

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/18/15 – 12:01 AM PDT

ONTARIO >> The spotlight glistened off of Paul Dateh’s violin as he played pop songs, and with a whoosh the black curtain behind him was sucked into a vacuum and suspended from the ceiling, revealing the main stage at 2015 State of the City, illuminated by purple and blue lights.

Never missing a beat, Dateh was like a pied piper, walking backwards and leading the stunned attendees into the main room where Mayor Paul Leon welcomed them with a bright smile.

More than 800 people attended the business leadership conference, “Made in Ontario,” on Wednesday night at the Ontario Convention Center.

Multiple videos showcased the city’s business-friendly mentality and shared anecdotes from various business owners.

The night featured two speakers: Peter Kageyama, a community and economic development consultant, and Robert Herjavec, “Shark Tank” investor and successful businessman.

Kageyama emphasized the need for fun, bringing people together and inspiring “co-creators” to inspire change, sharing stories about local community members who stepped up because of their love for the city.

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