The News

Marco Landscape Maintenance

As family businesses go, Marco Landscape Maintenance in Selma is relatively new to the scene but its quality work over the last five years would suggest otherwise.
Starting up his landscape and garden maintenance operation in 2009, Marco Quevedo made timeliness and customer satisfaction a priority on each job, whether it be a walkway, sprinkler irrigation, new turf or simply regular tending.

Harley-Davidson Fresno

When it comes to cruising the highway in style, Fresno residents have been coming to Harley-Davidson Fresno since 1988. That’s when Rich Miller founded the businesses with some partial financing from father Monte Miller, who operated a Harley-Davidson dealership in the Fresno area from 1956-1962.

Fresno Neon Sign Co.

Fresno Neon Sign Co. has been lighting up the Central Valley for 80 years under two families that put their stamp on some of the region’s most well-known landmarks.
In fact, the company was among the first to install neon signs on buildings when John McKenzie opened his small neon shop in Fresno in 1932 and soon became a leader in the technology.

Frank’s Appliance

Frank Torres was a busy man, starting his first service repair business out of a single-car garage in 1962 while still working full-time as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Half a century later, his family is now working together at Frank’s Appliance, selling and renting appliances out of two showrooms in a 9,000 square-foot building in Visalia. But it took many years and a number of obstacles to overcome.

Elbow Room Bar & Grill

The Elbow Room opened in September of 1996 as a small local tavern with limited food sales.
It is now a popular Fresno restaurant and nightspot, offering indoor and outdoor dining, catering and room for banquets.

Don Boam Carpet and Flooring

Custom flooring didn’t sell itself for Don Boam early on, but with persistence, technology and the help of his three sons, he now has a unique business model that rivals even the largest retailers.
The owner of Don Boam Carpet and Flooring began his craft young, learning from an experienced carpet layer as far back as junior high before starting his own venture in 1979.

David's

Once a 1920s ear radio shop run by Ara and Rose Davidian, David’s evolved to a popular specialty department store in Reedley.
Products carried now include gourmet foods, home décor, women’s clothing and accessories and an array of gifts.
Four generations have worked in the store.  Two of them realized it was not for them or that staying in Reedley was not an option.  

Salter’s Distributing: A rising star

David Salter started Salter’s Distributing in 1990 with $200 and a dream of being his own boss.
He sold his 1970 Chevy Chevelle to buy a 1973 Dodge Cargo van that he painted himself. He bought $200 worth of toys and began selling store to store, building his routes.
Salter continued to add to his customer base and the Salter’s Distributing client list reached 1,000 stores and $2 million in gross sales in October 2013.

Floating toward peace

Floating in a sensory deprivation chamber — a trend that has fallen out of popularity over the last few decades — is slowly coming back into the limelight and that may be good news for one Fresno business.
Sensory deprivation chambers, known to many as “isolation” or “float” tanks where one floats on salt water in a pitch-black chamber, didn’t catch on quickly after neuroscientist John C. Lilly developed his first makeshift unit while working for the National Institutes of Health in 1954.

Family business award nominees announced

Fifteen Valley companies are in the running for the 2014 California Family Business Award with the winner to be honored at an April 24 dinner in Fresno.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the California Family Business Award goes to the top family business in the region, as ranked by expert judges on criteria including growth and development, incorporating family into the business, succession planning and community involvement.