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Best Nonprofit: Exceptional Parents Unlimited

Runners up: Hinds Hospice, The Marjaree Mason Center

From a support group for the mothers of eight children with Down syndrome in 1976 to an organization that helps up to 1,000 children each week, Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) has grown into a true Central Valley institution.

Best Company to Work For/ Best Residential Real Estate Company: Guarantee Real Estate

Runners up best company:
Central Valley Community Bank,
Realty Concepts

Runners up residential real estate:
London Properties, Realty concepts

Guarantee Real Estate was voted “Best Company to Work For” in The Business Journal’s inaugural Best of Central Valley Business Reader’s Choice Awards. Readers also identified the company as the “Best Residential Real Estate Company” in the region.

At Fresno State, research a key to growth

Many promising careers have begun at Fresno State with the inspiration students receive helping faculty members with their research projects.
Each year, organizations like the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health put up millions of dollars to fund collegiate research that involves the participation of both graduate and undergraduate students.

Malls scrap for holiday customers

This holiday season, local malls are working hard to woo customers away from their computers and back through the doors of physical stores in favor of a more traditional shopping experience.
Shopping centers have their work cut out for them, however, as for the first time ever, the holiday shopping season kicked off with what analysts are calling “Cyber Week” rather than “Cyber Monday.” The change illustrates how quickly online sales are outpacing in-store purchases during the holiday season. In light of the trend, some shopping malls are beginning to harness that power for themselves.

A ‘Best of’ celebration Companies honored with Reader’s Choice Awards

The Best of Central Valley Business was the focus of the night Tuesday as local business leaders gathered at San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno to celebrate exceptional people and companies.
This was the first time The Business Journal has hosted the Reader’s Choice Awards, letting visitors to our website vote for their favorite businesses and people in 25 different business-to-business categories.

Best Employment Service: Denham Resources

Runners up: Bennett Frost, Hire Up

Denham Resources traces its roots to 1970, and was founded with a focus on direct-hire placement and executive recruiting.

Best Auto Dealership: Fresno Lexus

Runners up:  Lithia Ford, Hedrick’s Chevrolet

Fresno Lexus was named “Best Auto Dealership” by The Business Journal readers for its work within the Central Valley. Founded in 2005, the dealership is owned by RJ Romero.

Best Business Bank: Central Valley Community Bank

Runners up:
Wells Fargo, Fresno First BanK

Central Valley Community Bank was officially born about 14 years ago, but it traces its roots to 1979 when it was founded as Clovis Community Bank.

Best Chamber of Commerce: The Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce

Runners up: Clovis Chamber of Commerce, Visalia Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, with its 1,300 members, is the largest chamber of commerce in the Valley by far.
Readers of The Business Journal also consider it the top chamber in the region.

Best Shopping Center: River Park

Runners up: Fig Garden Village, Fashion Fair Mall

Ever since the River Park Shopping Center opened its first stores in the late ‘90s, Fresno has never been the same.
The development, planned for decades by Fresno’s Lance Kashian & Company, began a commercial migration to the city’s northern fringe, continuing a trend Fashion Fair Mall started in the early ‘70s.