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Sam Ramirez

Sam RamirezGeneral Manager,
Holiday Inn Fresno Airport

What we do:
 Provide lodging and catering services to guests from all over

Education:
 Some college business and hospitality courses

Age:
 32

Family:
5-year-old son Nathan

How did you come to your position at the Holiday Inn Airport?
I’ve been very fortunate to have had some great opportunities in hospitality and when I moved back to the Valley, I made a point to expand my knowledge with opportunities that would prepare me for a job like this. When I started here over 3 years ago, the hotel was going through major changes and challenges. There were really great people here and I could see all the potential they had. That’s what really attracted me to this job, the challenge of it.

FAX bus app first for Fresno startup

A new mobile application development startup plans to release a free app for Fresno Area Express bus riders next month.
Fresno’s ScholarDev Apps debut application is Fresno Transit Free, available April 3. It offers FAX riders information including schedule, route planning and other information. It will be available on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform.

New school boosts Southwest Fresno image

After struggling from decades of neglect Southwest Fresno is transforming with the new Gaston Middle School and a modern overhaul of nearby Edison High.
Around 850 seventh and eighth graders and some 65 faculty members and staff will grace the halls of Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School when construction work wraps up in August.

Franchisors have sights set on Fresno area

Several national companies have their eyes on Fresno for expansion. All they need is a handful of willing entrepreneurs to set up shop.
National Franchise Day on March 4 recognized the nearly one million franchised businesses operating in the United States, from restaurants, hotels and gas stations to car dealers, retail stores and repair services.

Apartment rehab spruces up Fresno’s ‘Sin City’

Rehabilitation of the San Ramon Apartments signals a big step forward in Fresno’s goal of transforming the El Dorado Park neighborhood — often referred to as Sin City — into a vibrant and safe community.
Zumwalt Construction Inc. has finished upgrading the San Ramon Apartments within El Dorado Park near Bulldog Stadium. Apartment renters at San Ramon that had been moved out during construction are scheduled to move back in on March 22.

Water contractors hope for a wet spring

The National Weather Service has published a map showing the likelihood of wet weather in California from March 24-30. Other sources say it looks good for early April too.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. forecaster John Lindsey confirms the opinion for Central California, saying “The long-range models suggest a return to wet and unsettled weather by the middle of next week. At this time, rain may develop by March 25.”

Holly Carter

hollycarterOwner
Carter & Co. Communications

What we do: Carter & Co. Communications is a strategic communications firm that provides services such as brand development, community outreach, crisis communications, reputation management, lobbying, and campaign management. What separates us from typical branding agencies is our ability to tell the clients story in a way that puts them front and center in the eyes and minds of their target audience using a variety of non-traditional tactics. Our clients range from manufacturers, engineering firms, high end transportation companies, environmental contractors, service companies, physicians, restaurants, and developers. We also manage political campaigns for both initiatives and candidates.  Our business model allows for us to provide services to multinational corporations as well as locally owned small businesses.

Banks: Water at top of list in making loans

California’s $45 billion agriculture industry — supplier of half the nation’s fruits and vegetables — faces significant burdens because of the drought.
Farmers are clearing orchards, rationing water and rethinking their long-term business strategy. Making matters worse, growers on both the east and west sides of the Valley expect a zero water allocation for this year, according to initial estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources.

Homebuilders consider ‘purple pipe’ future

Some believe costs of recycled water prohibitive
Proposed legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles would require recycled water for irrigation at newly constructed homes and commercial buildings in cities that have recycled water facilities or are planning to construct them.
It would include Clovis, which has a recycled water system for public areas, and Fresno, which is planning recycled water infrastructure.

Peter L Fear

Pear FearOwner
Fear Law Group, P.C.

What we do:
The firm started in 2004 with me as the only attorney, and we now have three attorneys and four support staff. We do only bankruptcy and insolvency work. We love crafting solutions to difficult financial problems for clients. Clients often walk in the door weighed down by financial problems and walk out with a viable game plan to deal with those problems. We help businesses, farmers, and consumers overcome their debt obstacles, and we file cases under Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 11 (reorganization), Chapter 12 (family farmer payment plan) and Chapter 13 (individual payment plan) of the Bankruptcy Code.