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VICTORVILLE, CA – High Desert Opportunity (HDO), the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses is taking their show on the road this year presenting Discover the Difference on October 20, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
Thirty-five years ago a group of volunteers started High Desert Opportunity (HDO). Their mission: to promote economic growth by presenting a conference that showcases business opportunities in the High Desert. In 1982 the first HDO Conference was held the third week of October at Spring Valley Lake Country Club. The event was moved to the San Bernardino County Fair Grounds, now known as the High Desert Event Center, in 1985 and incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in California in 1987.
The early HDO conferences included phone banks for attendees to conduct business, and bus tours to highlight the many properties available in the High Desert. As time and technology evolved, so has HDO. Cell phones replaced the need for phone banks, and properties displayed on the Internet replaced the need for bus tours. This year marks another point of evolution for High Desert Opportunity.
“I’ve been attending HDO for many years now and see this as a great move by the HDO group. As an active and vested commercial and industrial real estate broker in the High Desert, I know many of my clients will appreciate the short drive to Ranch Cucamonga to hear about the latest and greatest market activities that are occurring in the High Desert. Offering easy and convenient access to information and to power brokers from the High Desert is a great offering; it says ‘we’re willing to meet you half way to start the conversation’,”
– said Mike Harrison, Senior Vice President,
Lee & Associates Ontario
“As a past presenter at High Desert Opportunities HD Theater, I am pleased that the HDO Executive Committee has chosen to take their show on the road and bring it closer to their prospective audience. Although their event in the high desert has seen much success over the 35 years since its inception, I see the opportunities for HDO to expand its offerings into the Inland Empire where it will be significantly easier for attendees to spend half a day learning about the industry market and ease of doing business in the High Desert. As a small business owner myself, I appreciate the efforts of HDO to make attending this conference as simple and time efficient as possible. I look forward to the program HDO will present in October under their new format”
– said Eric Schmidt, President of