Weekly Issues

Brave new world of marketing Retailers track, bring deals direct to your mobile device

Hungry consumers shopping for the best food deals at their favorite restaurants can now do so on their mobile phone using search engines like LiveDeal and moGRUB.
moGRUB, is available for advertisers to sign up on and LiveDeal is preparing to provide its service in Fresno. Both are geolocation-based mobile marketing platforms.

Fresno Ideaworks seeks business collaborators

Last month’s Mini Maker Faire at the Fresno Art Museum and similar events in the past year didn’t happen by accident.
Instead, they sprung from a new community of builders and hobbyists working together to get their creations in the public eye or even sold with hopes of launching profitable enterprises.

Rail authority: 220 jobs created through preliminary work

With no rivets or rails yet in place, the state’s bullet train project is already bringing work for a number of small businesses helping the contractors get ready for the task ahead.
In the Central Valley, more than 20 locally operated businesses have agreements for services or supplies with Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, the joint venture contracted last June to design and build the first 30-mile section of the system from Madera to Fresno.

Downtown mural a soon-to-be Fresno landmark

Look on the north wall of the Pacific Publishing building in downtown Fresno and you’re reminded of what makes the city what it is today.
Instead of the dull, aging bricks that stretched the length of the building as recently as six months ago, the country’s largest painted mural stamp by artist FranCisco Vargas now greets downtown visitors with iconic characters and landmarks of Fresno’s past and even future.

Phil Owens

Area Manager
BBSI in Fresno

What we do: BBSI (Barrett Business Services, Inc.) works with over 3,000 companies daily helping small and mid-sized businesses achieve their goals. We do this by providing management solutions that bring predictability and stability to small businesses, providing resources most small companies do not have in-house.

Education: Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif.

Age:  49

Family:
Wife: Mary
Son: Ryan, a student at Fresno State

What is BBSI’s history in Fresno?
BBSI opened the Branch in 2004.

Experts: Farm equipment manufacturing needs a boost

The San Joaquin Valley stands unparalleled for its crop production.
At the same time, its manufacture of farm related goods — including harvest and tilling equipment — has plenty of room to grow.
The Valley has numerous farm equipment sales offices, but is somewhat limited in terms of farm equipment manufacturing capability. Much of that production is done at other U.S. locations.

Kings County judge grants rail testing access

Last week, visiting Kings County Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols sided with the California High Speed Rail Authority in a dispute with Kings County.
The county last year denied access to HSR engineers wanting to do soil testing at 58 sites along the proposed HSR route. An encroachment permit had been refused last summer, forcing the State of California to seek a court order to allow street access for its geotechnical testing.

Catalyst settles into new downtown digs

When staff at Catalyst Marketing Co. started planning a move into the old Pearson building at 1466 Van Ness Ave. in Fresno, it was uncertain whether the 7,400 square-foot building could be converted into a modern advertising and marketing agency.

Dickey’s Barbecue chain Fresno-Clovis bound

Barbecue tri-tip, ribs and pulled pork have become favorites in the Fresno-Clovis area and a planned addition of two new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurants — one in Fresno and the other in Clovis — will add to the area’s already impressive list of barbecue establishments, each offering its own brand of beef and pork, seasoned with tasty barbecue sauces and rubs.

Javier Gomez

Chief Operations Officer,
F&M Restaurants, Inc.

How did you come to establish F & M Restaurants, Inc.?
Before, we were H&S Services, which stands for Howard and Sterling. There were two partners and they got together and built Rally’s in Fresno in 1998, and they used to own Jack’s Car Wash and Rally’s together. Then in 2008 and they went their separate ways and I took Rally’s and the other took Jack’s.”