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Fresno Pacific contest awards $15K to social ventures

Seven startup ventures split $15,000 in prize money from a business contest by Fresno Pacific University to encourage socially minded enterprises.

Visalia OKs ‘campus-style' research park

A mix of traditional English architecture was chosen for the Square at Plaza Drive project, with exteriors consisting of stone veneer, brick and plaster finishes under pitched gable and hipped roof designs and clay chimney caps.The Visalia Planning Commission approved a development recently that will round out its business research park zone west of the city.

Program asks for gifts for seniors

Fresno PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care) is calling on the community to spread Christmas cheer to the elderly by giving a gift as part of its Santa for a Senior program.

Valley regional economic forecast

Economic developers hope the new “Welcome to Fresno” sign on Highway 99 at the southern edge of town greets new businesses looking to relocate or expand.

While no one's expecting a flurry of activity, a number of new developments have locals leaders counting on steady economic growth throughout Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties next year.

Kings Canyon lodge gets $400K upgrade

The John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park now provides a cozier atmosphere for guests following an eco-conscious remodel to all its 36 rooms.

Kaiser Permanente Fresno hosts holiday toy drive

Kaiser Permanente Fresno is inviting the community to donate toys and books at its medical center parking lot on Wednesday for this year's Toys for Tots campaign. 

Fresno coffee chain donating to needy students

Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Fresno is donating a portion of its proceeds on Dec. 5 to a local program that provides educational services to homeless and foster care children.

Valley sees slight drop in business sales

Business sales in California decreased by 36 percent in November compared to the month before.Business sales dipped throughout the San Joaquin Valley in November, although the region fared better than the state as a whole.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo begins holiday light nights

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is hosting several Zoo Lights events this holiday season. The family event will be held every weekend this month and feature holiday lights, music, live entertainment and snacks. 

Bakersfield forum to explain third bullet train contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will host an industry forum in Bakersfield Dec. 5 as it seeks a design-build contractor for the third phase of the bullet train in the Central Valley.