Weekly Issues

Animal genetics group in Valley to discuss new HQ

Representatives from several global animal research initiatives will be in Fresno County early next week to discuss plans for making the Sanger river bottom the site of a new headquarters.

Jim Perez


Bluff Pointe Golf Course

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Bluff Pointe Golf Course and Learning Center is one of the best and friendliest places in the Central Valley to practice and play golf. We have built a 9-hole course and a short game practice facility for all to learn, with a great coaching staff in place to help.

Fresno show shines spotlight on trucking industry

The Central Valley’s first trade show for heavy duty truckers was just as much about educating the industry as it was about showing off all the shiny new toys.
Taking place Sept. 6-7 at the Fresno Convention Center, the West American Truck Show featured some 60 exhibitors pitching everything from new tires, trucks and trailers to loans, insurance and logistics services.
Around eight of those companies were also lined up to recruit visitors with job opportunities, while other booths were offering information on emissions regulations, fuel efficiency and other trucking related topics.

Fresno State mock trial team preps for big year

The mock trial program at Fresno State has been relatively under the radar since the first group of students began presenting simulated law cases around nine years ago.
As the latest academic year begins, however, the program is enjoying a little more recognition on campus and across the country since making it to the national championship in Orlando, Florida in April.
The team is now getting invitations from the likes of Yale and Stanford to compete in campus tournaments testing their legal knowledge and tact in the courtroom.

Fresno State study finds ‘helicopter parenting’ can hurt job prospects

Recent college graduates entering the workforce can already expect the slow recovery of the economy and high unemployment rates to hinder their transition into the professional world, but new research suggests a threat may also be found closer to home.
A recent study by two Fresno State Craig School of Business professors found that students who have overly-involved parents are failing to develop vital professional skills.

Visalia dumps Great Lakes Airlines for SeaPort

The Visalia City Council this week decided to wave goodbye to Great Lakes Airlines and welcome SeaPort Airlines to serve Visalia through the federally subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS).
The vote was 3-2 to go with Seaport rather than quit the EAS program altogether and qualify to receive $2.7 million for airport use. According to a city staff report, the “take the money” option was second best, saying it “would provide substantial benefit to the airport, but having reliable air service provides a greater benefit to the community.”

Fresno’s Fiore Di Pasta expanding

Fresno pasta maker Fiore Di Pasta is following the demand for gluten-free products as it expands its facility on Jensen Avenue.
The company has been churning out pasta products like tortellinis, ravioli, manicotti, entrees and even sauces for the last 15 years from its nearly 23,000 square-foot processing plant at 4776 Jensen Ave. in southeast Fresno
Now, Fiore Di Pasta is preparing for the future with a new 36,000 square-foot building being built by Valley Steel Construction of Fresno on the north side of its 4 1/2-acre property.

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

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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.