Weekly Issues

Television show to highlight Fresno’s ethnic cuisine

One of the Central Valley’s best kept secrets will finally be shared when a new show premiering on ValleyPBS brings viewers into local restaurants for a look at some of the most authentic ethnic cuisine around.

Local restaurateurs mixed on new dog dining law

Dog-owners can look forward to spending even more quality time with their favorite pets as a new California law passed this month has opened the door for pet dogs in outdoor dining areas.
The law does not take effect until next year but local restaurant groups are already planning ahead.
Bill Kuebler, manager with the Tower District Marketing Committee, said he thinks the bill will be beneficial for restaurants in the area.

Startups targeted for Fresno State biz event

An event that jams months and even years worth of entrepreneurial development into one weekend is coming to Fresno for the first time next weekend.
Startup Weekend Fresno runs Sept. 5-7 at the University Business Center at Fresno State. The events, which give teams of aspiring entrepreneurs with technical and/or business backgrounds 54 hours to flesh out an actual idea for a startup, are held all over the globe.

Clovis dealership Valley’s electric police motorcycle source

For the last year, Clovis auto dealership Eckhaus Fleet has been a lone force helping police departments up and down the Valley fight crime and bad air with electric motorcycles.
The dealership, located at the corner of Gettysburg and Clovis avenues, is known as the place where rental car companies or public agencies turn to when beefing up their fleets.

Firm releases new version of electronic health records software

Total conversion to electronic health records has been slow for hospitals and medical practices across the country, but California-based Meditab Software is seeking to make the transition as painless as possible.

Michelle Von Tersch

Vice President for Corporate Communications

Community Medical Centers

What we do:

Community Medical Centers is the largest healthcare provider in central California, with three hospitals and several outpatient centers.


Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism; Public Relations

Master’s Degree in Business Administration




Husband Ron Von Tersch, 

Sons James, Matt, Andrew and Jack

Tell us about your new role as Vice President for Corporate Communications.

I oversee operations for Communications — marketing and public relations — and Fund Development.  In my new role, I’ll also have the opportunity to work more closely with our Government Relations and Public Affairs office.

Aaron Blair

aaronblairPresident and CEO,

The Downtown Fresno Partnership

What we do:

We oversee the Property and Business Improvement District in downtown Fresno — everything from events to business retention and marketing to fundraising and economic development. 


Majored in architecture at Ohio State University

Earned bachelor’s degree in urban design and urban planning from the University of Cincinnati 




Wife, Jessica; daughters Sierra (17) and Hannah (15)

Comcast: Central Valley a hotspot for free Internet program

With among the highest poverty rates in the country, the Central Valley has been a boon for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, offering high-speed Internet at a dramatically reduced price to low-income customers.

Since its launch in 2011, the program has enrolled some 350,000 families, or 1.4 million low-income individuals, across the country, giving them access to broadband service for only $9.95 a month. 

Fresno’s Sequoia Brewing Co. to open in Visalia, Santa Barbara

South Valley residents who have a continuing thirst for local-brewed craft beer will soon get another option as Fresno’s Sequoia Brewing Co. plans to open a restaurant on Main Street in Visalia as soon as the holidays.

Both the brewery’s founder and a local development group that owns the property confirm the news.

The Business Journal introduces Reader’s Choice Awards

Voting begins next month for The Business Journal’s new Best of Central Valley Business Reader’s Choice Awards.

Unlike other “best of” competitions, the Best of Central Valley Business awards have a business-to-business slant, said Gordon Webster, publisher of The Business Journal.