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Aaron J Garabedian

What we do: The Garabedian Group offers a unique approach to tax preparation, planning, and compliance services that are based on an expert understanding of tax law and regulations. Though the complexity of tax laws can make it challenging to develop a plan that will minimize your tax liability, TGG’s team can create a comprehensive tax planning strategy that will allow you to work toward your personal and professional financial goals. We actively prepare local, state, and federal tax returns for corporations, partnerships, individuals, estates, and other fiduciary entities.

Air district program grants $7.2M for technology projects

Local innovations are showing promise in alleviating the Central Valley’s air problem since being bolstered with funding from the Technology Advancement Program.
Launched by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in 2010, the program relies on locally generated funds and support from the Environmental Protection Agency to reimburse projects or inventions that focus on renewable energy, waste treatment or minimizing pollution from vehicles and other mobile sources.

Water officials stress importance of surface supply, storage

Drought and slashed water allocations are taking its toll on Valley farmers.
At the same time, the groundwater table continues to fall. Water agencies would like to see the proposed Temperance Flat Dam built on the San Joaquin River to hold more water, especially in wet years.

Rail advocates stree jobs, economic development

High-speed rail in California remains a highly charged subject of contention by opponents who see it as a costly boondoggle that slices up valued farmland.
And although initial building demolition for the project has begun, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors is reconsidering its support of high-speed rail, which it has supported for the past seven years. The board is scheduled to reconsider the matter July 29.
Supporters of the project believe it could sharply reduce Fresno’s unemployment rate while providing new employers and jobs for years to come. In addition, they point out that Fresno could become the high-speed rail capital of the United States.

Pitman Family Farms continues poultry expansion

Following two large property purchases last year in Kings County, Pitman Family Farms of Sanger is moving its growth northward with the expansion of its poultry farms in Madera County.
Earlier this month, the Madera County Planning Commission approved two conditional use permits for new buildings at its ranches in Madera and Chowchilla, said Robert Mansfield, lead planner with Madera County.
With the approval, the company, known for its pasture-raised chickens, turkeys and ducks, will add three new poultry barn structures totaling 75,000 square feet at its ranch at Road 20 1/2 and Avenue 18 west of Madera.

Five carriers vying for Visalia’s municipal airport

The federal Department of Transportation announced late last month that Merced’s city-owned airport would lose its flight subsidy under the Essential Air Service program this fall after falling short on the threshold of serving at least 10 passengers per day.
Under a 2012 Federal Aviation Administration requirement, airports within 175 driving miles of a large- or medium-hub airport must average at least 10 enplanements a day to qualify for the program (Alaska and Hawaii are excluded). In California, El Centro also lost eligibility

Sustainability a key word with new Fresno buildings

Sustainability is a key word for major Fresno area developers like Ginder Development Corp., which plans new offices and retail centers that conserve water and energy while using renewable materials that are environmentally friendly.

Expanding quick lube biz celebrates 15 years

A local family is celebrating 15 years of a business decision that had its patriarch come out from under the cow and go under the hood.
Third-generation Washington state dairy farmer Rick McGuire moved wife Cathy and family to Visalia in 1986, “following the cows” as the Pacific Northwest’s dairy industry took a hit, said son Ryan McGuire, 34.
Rick McGuire worked full time — literally seven days a week, Ryan said — selling bull semen that would be frozen and shipped across the country. Ryan said it was exhausting work for Rick. The father-and-son duo was able to find respite in restoring old Ford Mustangs — first a 1968 Shelby then a 1968 California Special.

Property management firms enjoy brighter days

Property management took a blow during the real estate crash, but has since been a steady income business for specialists like Manco Abbott and Robert L. Jensen & Associates as the rental housing, office and retail market bounces back.

Cari Lyn Vinci

Cari-Lyn-VinciOwner
FranNet, Central California territory

What we do: We partner with aspiring entrepreneurs to help determine the best franchise opportunities to match their goals, skill set and lifestyle.

Education: Degree in business

Family: Husband passed away

Age: 55

How do you help people discover the franchise business for them?
We really get to know our clients and what their skills are through a very sophisticated assessment tool that we use. We build for them what’s called a business model, which is what they’re looking for in a business — what their skill set is, what transferrable skills they have, if they’re interested in a business where they’re the manager or if they want to have a manager in place, the number of employees they want, if they gravitate more toward a retail business or something that would be in an industrial park or mobile business. So we look at all the business characteristics of what they’re looking for and their skill set and what they can afford, and then we put together a business model. From the business model, we then look into the businesses that we work with. We’ve already gone through the due diligence and we know that they’re pretty solid businesses. Then we make recommendations.