Weekly Issues

New $65K website flush with Fresno County data

Did you know for every 100,000 residents, there are 39.1 art-related businesses in California, but only 7.6 in Fresno County?
Or that biomass makes up about 4 percent of Fresno County’s renewable energy production?

Student-run bank inspires two more in Los Angeles

The success of the student-run Union Bank branch at McLane High School in Fresno has inspired the bank to open up two similar branches in the Los Angeles area.
Union Bank opened the first branch operated by teens in April 2011, with a dozen students on the McLane High campus serving customers while learning skills like finance, management, marketing, teamwork and how to work with computer programs like Excel.

The Garabedian Group: The proof is in the results

Accounting firms have a reputation (deserved or not) for being cold, stuffy operations where overworked accountants are practically chained to their desks, counting bean after bean.

Agri-Valley Irrigation: Water-wise family expertise

Family values, timely investments and a solid reputation have helped Agri-Valley Irrigation grow and prosper in good times and bad.
Founded in 1983, Agri-Valley Irrigation has developed into a large irrigation company dedicated to servicing the central San Joaquin Valley agriculture industry. Owner and CEO Larry Rompal relies on his staff of more than 100 professionals to customize, design, install and maintain each project, regardless of how big or how small the needs of the customer are.

MillerCoors lauds Amendola with legend award

Lou Amendola, owner of Fresno’s Valley Wide Beverage Co., recently attained legendary status as one of global brewing giant MillerCoors’ top distributors
Amendola was one of two distributors to receive the MillerCoors Legend Award during the Chicago-based brewer’s distributor convention in San Diego last month.

Over a century of service

Tulare’s BMI Mechanical, Inc. wins 2014 California Family Business Award

A willingness to change has carried BMI Mechanical through hard times and good, across four generations of family owners.
Change is what brought founder Ernest Emmet “Double E” Brott from Burlington, Kan. — where he was responsible for building the town’s first water system — to the company’s current home in Tulare.

Valley golf courses make way for new ‘foot golf’ game

Visalia’s Valley Oak Golf Course plans to cut up to 30 percent of its water use this year, and an innovative new sport may help them do just that while bolstering rounds played.
The private contractor that operates the 225-acre course, CourseCo Inc., has received City of Visalia permission to cut water use by a mandated 20-30 percent by retiring nine holes of its three nine-hole layouts, converting the area into a new, less manicured course for the game of foot golf.

Triangle Drive-In

The Triangle Drive-In has been a Fresno fixture for more than 50 years. More than one Fresno baby boomer undoubtedly has a story about the burger spot near Roeding Park. And while the food hasn’t changed a whole lot (if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it), the business has expanded.

The Nelson Group

The Nelson Group Family of Companies — including construction firm Lewis C. Nelson and Sons, Selma Auto Mall Group and Nelson Properties — have constructed federal, state and local public and commercial projects from Sacramento to the Grapevine for the past 86 years.

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.