The News

Gridiron lessons, capital opportunities on tap for Valley venture forum

After eight years of putting on the Central Valley Venture Forum, Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Director Tim Stearns can tell the event is making a difference by how much more prepared attendees are each year.

ADA lawsuit threat keeps local building professionals busy

While it’s no fun for property owners worried about the constant threat of lawsuits, accessibility improvements are welcome work for local building professionals at a time when demand is just staring to pick up.

Mid Valley Disposal expanding

Loftier state mandates for recycling has spurred a major expansion for Mid Valley Disposal in Kerman, where the company is getting set to process more plastic, metal, glass and paper as well as agriculture and food waste.

Around town: Herwaldt unveils new Indian Motorcycle showroom

Indian Motorcycle of Fresno will officially unveil its new showroom today, coinciding with a weekend Demo Days event for the 2014 line of Indian motorcycles.

The dealership at 5615 E. Westover Avenue east of Airways Golf Course underwent an extensive makeover featuring new, modern designs.

Part of the renovation includes a media hearth located on the showroom floor with a flat screen television displaying the latest news and content about Indian motorcycles. Additionally, there will be a tablet that will allow the customers to interact with the TV and select the content they want to see.

Government shutdown tests patience of SBA customers

Tate Hill ‘s frustrations mounted as he was thwarted at every turn in booking the Small Business Administration’s Fresno office to hold a workshop for a client of his consulting firm that had his heart set on the location.

The only response Hill ended up receiving was an email stating the administration staff could not respond during the partial government shutdown.

Dyson takes on Frank Lloyd Wright home restoration

Fresno architect Arthur Dyson accepted a big challenge when he took on the job of restoring the Frank Lloyd Wright Randall Fawcett House in Los Banos.

His job was to bring back the 3,800 square-foot home to its original splendor. 

The house, which sits on 80 acres of farmland, had to be livable and comfortable in a modern setting without eliminating features designed by one of America’s most well-known architects. That took time, effort, money and expertise. 

Tulare County new car sales up since recession

New vehicle registration has revved back since the Great Recession in Tulare County, mirroring a trend seen across the nation.

“We’re not all the way back from the high during the 2005/06 period,” said Don Groppetti, the county’s largest auto dealer.

Still, the improvement is dramatic.

Lang, Richert and Patch celebrate half century of law

Fifty years have gone by since one of Fresno’s oldest law firms formed out of a few young attorneys looking to make their mark in the area.

Now with 17 attorneys and some 30 in supporting staff, Lang, Richert and Patch handles the affairs of multi-million-dollar clients even outside of the Valley and state in situations involving bankruptcy, debtor-creditor relationship, estate planning, agriculture, construction, banking and commercial finance, medical malpractice and employment law, to name just a few specialties.

Reopening of The Downtown Club set for Oct. 7

Under new ownership, The Downtown Club in Fresno aims to open for lunch on Oct. 7 and is reaching out to all its former members with a special offer.
The historic private club located in downtown Fresno announced it would close in February. However a new group of owners, headed by Selma restaurateur Nick Sarid, purchased the building and announced it will re-open the club under the same name.

Industries face min. wage hike

Even though he said it would likely hurt the economy and his industry, veteran Fresno restaurateur Dave Fansler isn’t losing too much sleep over the state’s upcoming minimum wage increase.
For one, he said it will definitely have an inflationary impact on the Fresno restaurants he owns — Yosemite Ranch, Pismo’s Coastal Grill and the soon-to-open Westwoods BBQ & Spice Company.