Small Business

Young entrepreneur program announces mentors

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, has announced its roster of business mentors and sponsors for this year's class, hosted by the Visalia and Tulare Chambers of Commerce.

Fresno SBA graduates 15 in biz leaders program

Fifteen local small business entrepreneurs celebrated the successful completion of the Small Business Administration's 2014 Emerging Leaders program yesterday in Fresno.

Fresno Pacific puts up $15K for business contest

Fresno Pacific University has increased the payout for the second round of its business plan contest to jumpstart the ventures of churches and faith-based organizations.

New Fresno turf business hosting demo day

Just months after opening in Fresno, California Turf Warehouse is rebranding as Synthetic Grass Warehouse and showing off its newest turf products with a demo day Dec. 3.

Weight-sensing skateboard wins Valley venture forum

Ben Forman, founder of Intuitive Motions, won the Valley Entrepreneur Showcase for the world's first weight-sensing skateboard, the ZBoard.The inventor of the world's first weight-sensing skateboard wowed judges during the ninth Central Valley Venture Forum yesterday.

Planet Fitness expanding in Fresno

Fresno is getting a second Planet Fitness at 741 E. Barstow Avenue in January. The new location will open in Headliner Shopping Center near Kristina's Natural Market and is expected to create 10-15 new jobs.

Kingsburg to hold second business plan contest

Javier Garcia and Misty Almendarez, finalists in last year’s contest for their Sports Fan Barbershop, have opened their business in Kingsburg.The City of Kingsburg will once again host a business plan contest with the winner receiving $25,000 worth of goods and services to help start a business.

Valley business sales steady in October

Business sales in California increased 22 percent in October compared to the month before.Business sales didn't change much throughout the San Joaquin Valley in October, even as the state as a whole saw a considerable increase.

Lyles Center partners for entrepreneur program

Entrepreneurs in the Central Valley will soon get additional support through a new program started up between the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State and Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence.

High-speed rail workshop scheduled in Visalia

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will be holding a workshop in Visalia Nov. 5 teaching small businesses how to get certified and bid for work on the project.