Following are Business New Briefs from the Desert Sun, The Valley’s source of News and Information

Bank’s net income rises in first quarter

COACHELLA VALLEY — FirstBank, which operates five branches in the Coachella Valley, reported that net income for the first quarter increased 15 percent to $40.48 million compared to $35.16 million during the first quarter of 2010.

FirstBank Holding Co., based in Lakewood, Colo., operates 113 locations in Arizona, California and Colorado.

Total deposits for FirstBank California were $258.6 million and total loans reached $133.5 million for the quarter ending March 31. Total loans grew to $4.63 billion from $4.27 billion, an 8 percent increase since the first quarter of 2010.

FirstBank said total deposits for all locations were up 5 percent to $9.84 billion compared to the same period last year.

Post-war paintings on exhibit at gallery

PALM DESERT — Carlson Gallery has opened on El Paseo with an exhibition of vintage post-war paintings and sculpture.

Gallery owners David and Jeanne Carlson have been collectors and dealers for 35 years.

The gallery focuses on abstract expressionism, figurative artists and Los Angeles painters from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Exhibits include paintings from Los Angeles artists Craig Kauffman and Robert Irwin, Bay Area artists John Saccaro, Gordon Onslow Ford, Felix Ruvolo and Joan Brown.

The gallery is collecting Asian-American abstract expressionism featuring artists Masatoyo Kishi and Walasse Ting.

The gallery is at 73-111 El Paseo, Suite 107, Palm Desert.

Workshop to focus on small businesses

PALM DESERT — SCORE, the nonprofit group that counsels small business owners and entrepreneurs, will hold the workshop “Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Protecting Your Intellectual Property” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday as SCORE’s Palm Desert office, 43-100 Cook St., Suite 104, Palm Desert.

Patent attorney William G. “Greg” Lane, “NickKraushaar, an attorney-mediator-litigator, and AndrewAndyLorenz, an inventor and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, will present the workshop and answer questions.

The cost is $15, and seating is limited.

Info: (760) 773-6507 or

Government topic of business forum

PALM DESERT — Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center will present the workshop “Make the Federal Government Your Customer: Procurement and Government Contracting” from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11 at the CVWBC office, 77-806 Flora Road, Suite C, Palm Desert.

Joy White, CEO of Info Team Inc., will discuss the $340 billion in federal contracting available to small businesses. She will answer questions about whether government contracting is right for certain companies, what the requirements are and how to locate opportunities.

The cost is $15 with online registration.

Info: or (760) 345-9200.

El Mirasol owner opens second eatery

PALM SPRINGS — The popular El Mirasol restaurant is expanding.

Restaurant owner Felipe Castaneda last week opened El Mirasol at Los Arboles in Indian Manor, 784 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

Castenda said the restaurant in the city’s uptown design district will employ 12 people.

“We’ve kept the colonial style,” he said. “It’s gorgeous. It will seat 50 people in the courtyard and 39 people inside.”

The original El Mirasol is at 140 E. Palm Canyon Drive.

“We will be offering the same menu, at the same prices,” Castaneda said.

Center receives grant to expand programs

PALM SPRINGS — Mizell Senior Center has received a $10,000 grant to expand its exercise and fall prevention programs from the Community Foundation, which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The grant will help the Mizell Center meet the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations for such programs, development director Jack Newby said in a news release.

TV stations win awards for videos

PALM DESERT — KMIR6 and KESQ television station have won regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

KESQ won in the video news series category for “Confessions of a Child Molester: It Happens to Boys” and “Confessions of a Child Molester: Who Watches Offenders Near You?”

KMIR6 won in the video sports reporting category for “The Desert Storm.”

Register for free surgery seminar

PALM SPRINGS — Bodyworks Physiotherapy Clinic will host a free seminar for patients who are scheduled to undergo or who are considering total knee and hip replacement surgeries.

The event is from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on May 24 at the clinic, 333 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 114, Palm Springs.

Reservations are required. Space is limited.

David Wilson, founder and clinical director of Bodyworks, and his staff will demonstrate proper pre- and post-op exercises and show rehabilitative equipment that patients might need or use.

Info: (760) 327-4244 or

Planned giving topic of webinar conference

PALM SPRINGS — The Desert Communities Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host the webinar/audio conference “Developing a Planned Giving Marketing Plan” from 9:30 a.m. to noon May 19 at the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert.

Timothy Logan, vice president and senior consultant of planned giving services and nonprofit health care services for RuffaloCODY, will offer insight into leveraging marketing efforts.

The event is aimed at staff and board members of local nonprofit organizations.

Info: (760) 485-5986 or email to make reservations.

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John Pivinski
Vision Marketing of Palm Springs

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