The News

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.

Best Hospital: Clovis Community Medical Center

Runners up:
Saint Agnes Medical Center
Children’s Hospital Central California

Readers of The Business Journal voted Clovis Community Medical Center as the Best Hospital in the Central Valley.
Founded in 1965, the hospital provides comprehensive acute care services and is equipped with the robotic technology necessary for advanced surgery. Women's services, including a comprehensive breast center, and outpatient services with a wound care center and hyperbaric chamber are also available at Clovis Community.
“We have worked hard to make Clovis Community Medical Center more than just a hospital by providing patient-centered, exceptional care on a beautiful campus,” said Craig Castro, CEO of the hospital. “What really makes our hospital special are the people — top physicians who practice here, highly trained care givers and exemplary staff.”

Best Homebuilder/ Best Business Supporting Local Charities: Granville Homes

Runners up homebuilder: DeYoung Properties, WathEn Castanos

Runners up supporting charities: Table Mountain CASINO, DeYoung Properties

Fresno-based Granville Homes was chosen by readers as both the “Best Homebuilder” and “Best Business Supporting Local Charities” for its work within the Central Valley.

Relocation clears Hanford Costco

The City of Hanford has agreed to fund the relocation of the Helena Chemical Co. from its current spot on East Lacey Boulevard to a city-owned industrial park across town. The move is designed to help make the area near Highways 198 and 43 more retail friendly, appeasing recent concerns raised by developer John Kashian.

Aging Fresno Pizza Hut gets new digs

The Pizza Hut restaurant popular among Fresno City College students for years will soon relocate a few blocks north.

But franchise owner Brian Thompson doesn’t anticipate losing any customers with the new store, opening Dec. 22 in the former Quizno’s location at Blackstone and Ashlan avenues.

In fact, he said, the move was a long time coming in the years after the current restaurant first opened in 1985 on Blackstone Avenue near Fresno City College. 

Internet television producers banking on cord cutters

Across the country, television viewers are increasingly cutting the cord with cable and satellite companies in favor of Internet television.

In fact, the daily average time Americans spent watching live TV fell 12 minutes in the third quarter to four hours and 32 minutes, according to a Nielsen report released this week.

In the same period, the time spent watching streaming devices soared 60 percent to nearly 11 hours each month.