Small Business

New owners, brand for Fresno's Crown Cleaners

Nick Torres, customer service representative, works at the front desk in the newly redesigned Crown Cleaners at Bullard and West avenues in northwest Fresno. Owner Ryan Hansen said he eventually plans to redesign all the Crown Cleaners locations in Fresno and Clovis.Fresno dry-cleaning chain Crown Cleaners has recently undergone a rebranding effort meant to remove the stain of previous company missteps.

No local firms in line for GO-Biz tax credits

No Fresno, Kings, Madera or Tulare County companies have been selected this year to receive a total of $71 million in state tax credits as part of a program to stimulate private enterprise.

Valley business sales off to sluggish start this year

Business sale transactions in the Central Valley are on a sluggish pace so far in 2015 — 8 percent lower than last year, according to the BizBen Index that collects and reports data on the rate of small and mid-sized business transfers.

Fashion biz owner envisions North Fork 'Bandit Town'

Jen McMillan is the boss of North Fork’s Bandit Town, which she purchased in December 2013 with plans to create a foothill entertainment hot spot.A clothing company entrepreneur has a vision for turning a sleepy community in the rural Madera County foothills into an entertainment hot spot.

SLO-based Meathead Movers expands to Fresno

San Luis Obispo-based Meathead Movers opened a Fresno office at the beginning of February, hiring nine local student athletes.A San Luis Obispo-based moving company focused on harnessing the strength of student athletes recently expanded to cover the Central Valley by opening an office in northwest Fresno.

Viola Davis cancels women's conference appearance

Acclaimed actor Viola Davis has canceled her announced appearance at September's Central California Women's Conference due to a scheduling conflict.

Survey: Two-thirds of Fresno biz owners want out

A recent survey by Union Bank found that more than two-thirds of Fresno County business owners are planning out-of-state moves. 

Locals honored with African-American Heritage Awards

Six Fresno County residents are being honored for their contributions to the community as part of the 31st Assembly District's annual African-American Heritage Awards.

Women business owners share stories of success

Fresno’s Julia Dudley-Najieb has operated local television production company AnnMarie Pro TV since 1999, and recently opened a coffee shop in the South Tower neighborhood in Fresno called Café Aroma.The number of women-owned businesses has grown at one and a half times the national average for new businesses during the last decade, according to a recent study by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Erna's Elderberry House owner to receive achievement award

The Fresno chapter of the California Restaurant Association announced it will host its 2014 Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards March 9.