The News

Fresno firm shopping global food TV show

Fresno-based advertising company Culinary Competitions International (CCI) is currently in talks with several different cable channels to distribute its international commodity-centered television show “Global Bites.”
The show has already begun filming, and CCI President Peter DeYoung said the advertising agency signed restaurateur and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani as program host. Viviani has made appearances on cooking shows such as “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Top Chef” and hosted his own web program on Yahoo.

Vintage stores attract Valley's modern-day treasure hunters

Vintage is the new black.
That’s how a growing number of shoppers — and shop owners — are describing the Valley’s burgeoning vintage scene.
From downtown Fresno and the Tower District to Clovis and beyond, shops selling vintage — often one-of-a-kind — clothing, jewelry, furniture and decorative items are increasingly popular among both the bargain-hunting crowd and those looking for distinctive, one-of-a-kind “treasures.”

Economic outlook: Fresno’s star finally rising?

In a speech earlier this month honoring Fresno’s Economic Opportunities Commission, Mayor Ashley Swearengin said the city is currently in the midst of a major transformation.
“We’re writing the worst to first story right here in Fresno,” the mayor said.

Ag producers welcome thaw in Cuban relations

The easing of trade restrictions with Cuba is expected to provide an extra boost for the Valley’s already bustling crop exports.
The Obama administration last month announced new rules to ease travel and trade restrictions against Cuba that are expected to create a new market for nuts,
fruit, vegetables, dairy products and wine. Frozen chicken producers, especially those operating in the Midwest and Texas, should also see more sales.

Visalia weighs new downtown hotel to lure conventions

This week the Visalia City Council has scheduled a closed-door negotiation with a Los Angeles hotel developer to build a new hotel near the Visalia Convention Center.
On the agenda is hotel developer Remo Pizzichemi, vice president of operations for The Welcome Group, based in Encino California. The company owns and operates a handful of hotels around the country including two in Sacramento. Their hotel brands vary from Hilton and Holiday Inn to Hampton Inn and others.

Fresno EOC celebrates gold anniversary

The Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission celebrated its 50th anniversary during a luncheon Tuesday at the Grand 1401 building in downtown Fresno.
Founded in 1965, the nonprofit agency is one of the largest of its kind in the country, employing more than 1,300 full- and part-time staff members who manage more than 30 community programs designed to fight poverty and assist the area’s underserved residents.

Visalia-based Edeniq engineering ethanol’s future

With oil currently trading around $50 per barrel, Brian Thome says 2015 is “going to be a very interesting year for ethanol.”
Thome is president and CEO of Edeniq, a Visalia-based company that just received $16 million from venture capitalists betting the company’s patented technology will help boost the biofuel’s future.

Locally owned gym chain adds location, services

Locally owned athletic club chain Sierra Sports Clubs has recently expanded to a fifth location and announced plans to add even more fitness services.
Owner Robert Mitchell recently purchased Centerpoint Athletic Club from former owner and manager Mark Geis. The acquisition will allow Geis to move to a more central position as director of corporate wellness and sales with Sierra Sports Clubs, and make Tina Naffziger the club’s new manager.

Property managers offer online payment solutions

In an increasingly online world, a recent report found almost 75 percent of households with Internet access pay at least one of their monthly bills electronically.
So when rent or homeowner’s association (HOA) payments are due, more and more property managers around the Central Valley are adopting electronic remittance systems that allow their tenants and members to pay online.

Gamel launches mobile app for car dealers

A new mobile app designed by former local RV salesman Dan Gamel launched last month and is already in use at dealerships throughout the state.
The program was recently picked up for beta testing with automotive software technology service company Data Consultants, and could potentially spread to dealerships throughout the country.