The News

Fresno Bee to revamp on May 19

The Fresno Bee will unveil a dramatic new look in both its print and digital platforms May 19 as part of parent company McClatchy’s attempt to stabilize readership.
The changes come at a time when McClatchy’s stock is in steady decline and the company has announced a corporate restructuring that will shift its focus to digital-first operations.

Denham Resources

For the last 45 years, Denham Resources has been committed to providing ethical executive recruiting and staffing services to businesses throughout the Central Valley.
Wholly owned by the Denham family, the business is currently run by members of the second and third generations, with a fourth already working part-time. That level of family involvement has been crucial to the business’ success through the years.

Food recovery program seeks businesses to contribute

Despite recent efforts by local groups and government programs, food recovery participation remains relatively low among Central Valley businesses.
“It has been a challenge finding local partners because of concern with liability. [Many businesses] are worried, but they don’t need to be,” said Janine Nkosi, a lecturer in the sociology department at Fresno State who helps manage the school’s Food Recovery Network.

Rail-served warehouses eyed for Visalia

The Heller family hears opportunity knocking at the Visalia Industrial Park.
Adam Heller’s father owned Heller Performance Polymers at 7227 Doe Ave. in the northwest part of Visalia until it was sold in an employee buyout a few years ago. The Hellers retained 53 acres. After selling off 13 acres with a building to their neighbors to the east — Hydrite Chemical — they still have 40 acres.

Specialty medical providers urge patients to look beyond ‘brand names’

The number of high-quality specialty medical programs available in the Central Valley has grown over the years, but many physicians are still struggling to raise awareness among the local population.
Patients seeking specialty care will often travel outside the region without realizing the same level of care is already available locally, said Dr. Kelvin Higa.

Report: Tourism driving tax, hotel revenue

Travel and tourism was a $2.23 billion industry supporting nearly 24,000 jobs in the four-county Central Valley region last year, according to new data from Dean Runyan Associates.
The report, conducted on behalf of nonprofit tourism promoter Visit California, reveals that 53 of the state’s 58 counties saw an increase in direct travel spending in 2014 compared to the year prior.

Targeting trouble?

Online ads present opportunities, risk for companies

Online marketing — and how it can target and follow individuals on the Web — tends to put folks into one of two camps.
“People either think it’s creepy or awesome,” said Dave Martin, co-founder and director of client relations for Fresno’s Nettra Digital Marketing.

Will expiration of tax credit eclipse solar industry?

The looming expiration of a decade-old tax credit for solar system installations is clouding the outlook for California’s booming solar industry.
In recent years, the Golden State has become the single-largest solar energy market in the country, thanks in part to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which made a 30 percent tax credit available to those putting solar panels on rooftops of homes and businesses.

Drought hurting farm equipment sales

With California’s historic drought draining the profits of many Valley farmers, area ag equipment suppliers are also feeling the pain.
Dealers up and down the Valley report sales of tractors, combines and balers have slowed considerably in recent weeks as more Valley acreage is fallowed and farmers gird for what could be a bone-dry summer growing season.

Heald College gets a little more time

Fresno’s Heald College is still dealing with the fallout from a 2013 lawsuit against its parent company Corinthian colleges when the California Attorney General’s office alleged the company violated consumer protection laws and misrepresented job placement rates to students and investors.