Weekly Issues

Frank’s Appliance

Frank Torres was a busy man, starting his first service repair business out of a single-car garage in 1962 while still working full-time as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Half a century later, his family is now working together at Frank’s Appliance, selling and renting appliances out of two showrooms in a 9,000 square-foot building in Visalia. But it took many years and a number of obstacles to overcome.

Elbow Room Bar & Grill

The Elbow Room opened in September of 1996 as a small local tavern with limited food sales.
It is now a popular Fresno restaurant and nightspot, offering indoor and outdoor dining, catering and room for banquets.

Don Boam Carpet and Flooring

Custom flooring didn’t sell itself for Don Boam early on, but with persistence, technology and the help of his three sons, he now has a unique business model that rivals even the largest retailers.
The owner of Don Boam Carpet and Flooring began his craft young, learning from an experienced carpet layer as far back as junior high before starting his own venture in 1979.

David's

Once a 1920s ear radio shop run by Ara and Rose Davidian, David’s evolved to a popular specialty department store in Reedley.
Products carried now include gourmet foods, home décor, women’s clothing and accessories and an array of gifts.
Four generations have worked in the store.  Two of them realized it was not for them or that staying in Reedley was not an option.  

Salter’s Distributing: A rising star

David Salter started Salter’s Distributing in 1990 with $200 and a dream of being his own boss.
He sold his 1970 Chevy Chevelle to buy a 1973 Dodge Cargo van that he painted himself. He bought $200 worth of toys and began selling store to store, building his routes.
Salter continued to add to his customer base and the Salter’s Distributing client list reached 1,000 stores and $2 million in gross sales in October 2013.

Brian Domingos

Brian-Domingos-JrPresident/CEO
Premier Valley Realty & Management, Inc.

What we do:
Broker real estate transactions in the Central Valley.  

Education:
BA Communication Studies, CSUF (2005)
MA, Leadership & Organizational Studies, Fresno Pacific (2008)
Real Estate License 2003
Broker’s License 2009
Certificate, Urban and Regional Planning, CSUF
Certificate, Air Quality Management, CSUF

Age:
32

Family:
Married in January 2014 to Analiese Domingos in Carmel, Calif.

How did you come to your position with Premier Valley Realty?
I started Premier Valley Realty in 2009 after obtaining my real estate broker’s license. Prior to starting my own company, I worked for a local Century21 office.  

Deals startup enters Fresno State partnership

It may be a David versus a double Goliath clash, but recent startup company Fresno Coupons expects to hold its own against coupon giants Groupon and Living Social, at least in the Central Valley area.
To help its standing, Fresno Coupons has partnered with Fresno State athletics in a $150,000 deal to help provide greater credibility to the business and make it possible to offer coupon specials for tickets to Fresno State sporting events, including football games.

Floating toward peace

Floating in a sensory deprivation chamber — a trend that has fallen out of popularity over the last few decades — is slowly coming back into the limelight and that may be good news for one Fresno business.
Sensory deprivation chambers, known to many as “isolation” or “float” tanks where one floats on salt water in a pitch-black chamber, didn’t catch on quickly after neuroscientist John C. Lilly developed his first makeshift unit while working for the National Institutes of Health in 1954.

Family business award nominees announced

Fifteen Valley companies are in the running for the 2014 California Family Business Award with the winner to be honored at an April 24 dinner in Fresno.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the California Family Business Award goes to the top family business in the region, as ranked by expert judges on criteria including growth and development, incorporating family into the business, succession planning and community involvement.

James M. Ford

JimFord President-Central-Valley-Community-BankPresident
Central Valley Community Bank

What we do:
Central Valley Community Bank opened its doors in 1980 as a full-service community bank providing personalized service to business and personal banking customers in the Fresno and Clovis region. Built upon a foundation of strength and security, the Bank has successfully operated for over 34 years, never losing sight of the founding values of integrity, trustworthiness, caring, loyalty, leadership and teamwork. Today, CVCB operates 21 full-service offices spanning seven San Joaquin Valley counties, with nearly 300 employees and has grown to over $1.1 billion in assets as of year-end 2013. The Bank operates commercial, real estate, SBA and agribusiness lending departments. Investment services are provided by Investment Centers of America and Central Valley Community Insurance Services, LLC, provides financial and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. CVCB is dedicated to investing in relationships with their special brand of personalized service, competitive financial products and services and professional advocacy for customers.