Weekly Issues

Deals startup enters Fresno State partnership

It may be a David versus a double Goliath clash, but recent startup company Fresno Coupons expects to hold its own against coupon giants Groupon and Living Social, at least in the Central Valley area.
To help its standing, Fresno Coupons has partnered with Fresno State athletics in a $150,000 deal to help provide greater credibility to the business and make it possible to offer coupon specials for tickets to Fresno State sporting events, including football games.

Floating toward peace

Floating in a sensory deprivation chamber — a trend that has fallen out of popularity over the last few decades — is slowly coming back into the limelight and that may be good news for one Fresno business.
Sensory deprivation chambers, known to many as “isolation” or “float” tanks where one floats on salt water in a pitch-black chamber, didn’t catch on quickly after neuroscientist John C. Lilly developed his first makeshift unit while working for the National Institutes of Health in 1954.

Family business award nominees announced

Fifteen Valley companies are in the running for the 2014 California Family Business Award with the winner to be honored at an April 24 dinner in Fresno.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the California Family Business Award goes to the top family business in the region, as ranked by expert judges on criteria including growth and development, incorporating family into the business, succession planning and community involvement.

James M. Ford

JimFord President-Central-Valley-Community-BankPresident
Central Valley Community Bank

What we do:
Central Valley Community Bank opened its doors in 1980 as a full-service community bank providing personalized service to business and personal banking customers in the Fresno and Clovis region. Built upon a foundation of strength and security, the Bank has successfully operated for over 34 years, never losing sight of the founding values of integrity, trustworthiness, caring, loyalty, leadership and teamwork. Today, CVCB operates 21 full-service offices spanning seven San Joaquin Valley counties, with nearly 300 employees and has grown to over $1.1 billion in assets as of year-end 2013. The Bank operates commercial, real estate, SBA and agribusiness lending departments. Investment services are provided by Investment Centers of America and Central Valley Community Insurance Services, LLC, provides financial and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. CVCB is dedicated to investing in relationships with their special brand of personalized service, competitive financial products and services and professional advocacy for customers.

Wet work

Irrigation tech firms promise water, money savings

Drought and concern about future water shortages has boosted investment in high-tech methods of retaining ground moisture, conserving water and recycling water.
More agricultural processing plants are recycling grey water onsite for authorized reuses including irrigation. “They are working towards that,” said Lee Ann Eager, president and chief executive officer of Fresno County’s Economic Development Corporation.

Maternity wear a hot retail trend in Valley

The birth rate may not have skyrocketed in the last few years, but retailers around the country continue to expand their maternity departments and new boutiques pop up to accommodate expectant mothers with more comfortable choices.
A little more than a year after opening its doors, Fresno retailer Pum Bum is the lone star of local boutiques latching on to the rising demand in maternity apparel.

Bravo Farms opening in Kettleman City

Bravo Farms owner Jonathan Van Ryn hopes to open his long awaited Kettleman City Bravo Farms location this weekend.
The $3 million tourist complex has been on the drawing boards for three years, Van Ryn said, and under construction for almost two years.

Owner finds Laundromat rehabs a profitable venture

Dirty Bird Laundry in Fresno is turning rundown coin Laundromats and other structures in Fresno and Madera into attractive, modern facilities that make washing a brighter experience.
For owners Ryan Hansen and his wife Bernadette, it is a profitable venture and a step in revitalizing areas where blight is creeping in. The couple now has eight locations including seven in the local area and one in Salinas.

Fresno’s Deli Delicious franchise expands to Sacramento area

Fresno’s Deli Delicious sandwich shop has come a long way since opening its first location at Bullard and Blackstone avenues in 1996.
The franchise now has 20 stores, including its latest location in Citrus Heights near Sacramento, which has nothing but rave reviews on Yelp. Great customer service and fresh ingredients are the most common reviews.
And, it’s not stopping there. The maker of hot, cold and specialty subs is continuing its Sacramento area expansion with a planned Roseville location.
Locally, the restaurants can be found in Fresno, Visalia and Madera. One of the newest locations is at 2380 W. Cleveland Ave. in Madera.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson 033114Owner
E.R. Johnson Consulting

What I do:
Government and community relations consulting focused on furthering the public policy, public relations and communications goals of our clients.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Organizational Behavior, University of San Francisco.  Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

Age:
61

Family:
Married to Pam for 37 years.  Our son Adam is married to Dee nee Richter, and our daughter Emily is married to Blake Dudley.