Weekly Issues

California franchise bill sits on Gov. Brown’s desk

A bill sitting on Governor Brown’s desk this month may lead to significant changes for the franchise industry in California. If passed, Senate Bill 610 will require companies to find a “substantial and material breach” of contract before terminating an agreement with franchisees.

Catering trend brings hot meals home

Several new meal service trends have come to the Fresno area this summer, ensuring customers can enjoy decadent meals served up right at home.
One local catering trend offers customers a homemade weekly dinner delivered oven-fresh right to their door.
Patty Ochinero of Ochinero’s Catering said she only began offering the meals to residents in Fresno and Clovis in August, but already has seen a growing demand for the service.

Mark Riley

mark-rileySenior Vice President of Middle Markets Business Banking and Market President
Bank of America

What we do:
Bank of America’s Middle Market team manages and grows a diverse portfolio of commercial and agribusiness clients, including business and investment banking resources for the Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Kern County markets.

Where to fin d that angel investor in the Valley

While many startups aspire to earning a big Silicon Valley venture capital deal, many are more likely to land an angel on their shoulder.
Angel investment is less formal than venture capital funding, said Tim Stearns, executive director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. While venture capital firms are often backed by pension funds and other institutional investors, angel investors can be groups of people or even an individual.

Fresno’s Ventura corridor focus of revitalization effort

Business owners and residents along Fresno’s Ventura/Kings Canyon corridor are invited to a community workshop Sept. 6 where they will be able to weigh in on a plan to revitalize the street and make it more pleasant for businesses and pedestrians.
The Fresno Council of Governments has been tossing around several recommendations over the last few years to improve Ventura Avenue, which turns into Kings Canyon Road at Cedar Avenue.

Pesticide ban could lead to almond pests

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely ban some chemicals that are high in volatile organic compounds, including pesticides used on almonds, pistachios, walnuts, citrus, grapes, alfalfa and cotton.
The ban would take effect from May to October 2015 and 2016 in parts of the San Joaquin Valley.
The specific areas affected include San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare counties and parts of Kern County.

Pool construction at five-year high

Water is the topic on everyone’s minds this summer. Where to get it, how to conserve it and how much is left are common questions residents and municipalities are asking each other. But as the statewide drought deepens, some have begun asking another question — are swimming pools in poor taste?
For some communities the answer has been yes, and dozens of cities and water districts throughout the California have increased regulations on pool construction and maintenance. Some communities have even placed an outright ban on building new pools.
Local pool construction companies, however, don’t believe their products are wasteful and say business is booming despite the drought.

Svenhard’s sells Oakland plant for Exeter base

Svenhard’s Swedish Bakery has sold its 5.14-acre Oakland plant along busy Highway 880 for new development and will utilize some of the $8 million in proceeds to relocate all operations to Exeter in Tulare County.
So says the company’s Operations Manager David Kunkel. The family-owned firm, in business since 1893, owns a plant in Exeter with around 40 employees.
“We should have about 55 percent of our operations in Exeter by March,” Kunkel said, taking the workforce from 40 currently to 90.

Retail construction projects back on track in Fresno

While retail developments in north Fresno continue to offer residents a wide-range of dining and shopping options, developers are also looking to quench the thirst of south Fresno with mixed-use projects.
TFS Investments is behind the Fultonia and Fultonia West projects just south of the Tower District in Fresno. The company said it hopes to meet the growing need for safe, low-income housing in the neighborhood and bring vital businesses to the area.
Across town, Lance-Kashian and Co. is close to completing the first phase of the retail development near Fresno State. The Square is part of the larger Campus Pointe project that has already completed two out of three planned housing areas.

Jane Olvera Quebe

JP Marketing

What we do: Advertising agency serving family-owned businesses

Education: BA, speech communication, Fresno State; MA, organizational communication, Fresno State (pending thesis)

Age: 45

Family: Husband Paul, daughter Olivia, 16