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Pardini’s Catering & Banquets

For nearly 70 years, the Pardini Family name has set taste buds to watering, first in Santa Cruz where Al Pardini opened his first restaurant in 1948, then in Fresno where he moved in 1952.
Al’s son Jim was key in managing a number of the family restaurants until 1981, when Al sold Pardini’s restaurant on Shaw and Van Ness avenues in Fresno. It was also at that time that Jim founded Pardini’s Catering.

Lewis Diamond Co.

Ever since Charlie Lewis became an apprentice watchmaker in 1945, the jewelry industry has held a special draw for the Lewis family.  Three generations have chosen to participate in the profession, making the Lewis Diamond Co. their life’s work.

Hall Management Corp.

Kerman's Hall Management Corp. is known as one of the largest — if not the largest —agricultural employers in the state. Founder Earl Hall is licensed to provide farm labor in 29 counties, servicing more than 326,000 acres and about 30,000 workers statewide, according to the Fresno County Farm Bureau.

G&C Enterprises

Since 1980, Clovis-based G&C Enterprises has been providing roofing services throughout Fresno and the West Coast, priding itself on a full slate of roofing solutions made from the highest quality products.
G&C Enterprises also prides itself as a self-made family business, evolving from being run out of a 1976 Chevy van to a company with a shop and office built on seven acres.

Denham Resources

For the last 45 years, Denham Resources has been committed to providing ethical executive recruiting and staffing services to businesses throughout the Central Valley.
Wholly owned by the Denham family, the business is currently run by members of the second and third generations, with a fourth already working part-time. That level of family involvement has been crucial to the business’ success through the years.

Alert-O-Lite Inc.

Eddie F. Hunsaker and partner Jack E. Jensen founded Alert-O-Lite in Clovis in 1971. The company’s motto is “we make it easy to do business with us.” And judging from Alert-O-Lite’s growth, it’s a true statement.
In the early ‘80s the traffic control, signage, construction and industrial supply store relocated to its current flagship site on G Street in Downtown Fresno. Since then, five generations have worked in the family business, expanding the business to two additional locations — one on Winery Avenue in Fresno and a recent Paso Robles operation.

Snowflake Designs: A rising star

Some businesses are born out of family obligation, and no one tells that story better than LaDonna and Rick Snow of Snowflake Designs in Clovis.
It all started in 1985 when LaDonna, a former Fresno County Sheriff’s captain, decided to fashion her own gymnastics leotards for her daughter Kindra instead of settling for the current selection.

Valley Iron: Building on a foundation of family

Like any business, it’s easy enough to trace the history of Fresno’s Valley Iron through generations, investment, losses and gains. But it can also be traced through Kenny Smith, who has worked there either full or part-time for 57 years.
Smith was there as a fresh faced 19-year-old when Martin Richtel and Dave Newman originally founded the business in 1958. Smith was already a veteran company man when Jim and Lee Anne Briscoe bought the business in 1983.

Rosa Brothers Milk Co.: A new taste for the Valley

It’s never easy creating a brand, especially with a commodity such as milk. Take Coca-Cola, which recently launched a premium-priced, protein-infused milk brand to a confused retail market.
While Coke has millions of dollars in marketing power to establish that brand, Rosa Brothers Milk Co. in Hanford is selling its milk the organic way — one satisfied, milk-mustachioed customer at a time.

Food recovery program seeks businesses to contribute

Despite recent efforts by local groups and government programs, food recovery participation remains relatively low among Central Valley businesses.
“It has been a challenge finding local partners because of concern with liability. [Many businesses] are worried, but they don’t need to be,” said Janine Nkosi, a lecturer in the sociology department at Fresno State who helps manage the school’s Food Recovery Network.