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Best Architectural Firm: Darden Architects

Runners up: SIM Architects, TETER

It’s more than just quality design work that has made Darden Architects stand out in the Central Valley over the last half century.

Best Real Estate Property Management Company: Manco Abbott

Runners up: GSF Properties, Liberty Property Management

Since its start in 1972, Manco Abbott has become one of the most familiar names in property management in the Central Valley. It’s hard to drive around and not see their sign outside the buildings it oversees.

Best Politician on Business Issues: Ashley Swearengin, Fresno Mayor

Runners up: Devin Nunes, Congressman; Jim Patterson, Assemblyman

While the business community may not agree with everything Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has done, it would be hard to argue she hasn’t been engaged with the private sector.

Best Commercial Real Estate Company: Pearson Realty

Runners up: Colliers International, London Properties

After nearly a century in Fresno, Pearson Realty is still one of the top real estate firms in the Central Valley and the group was recently voted “Best Commercial Real Estate Company” by The Business Journal readers.

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.