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Written on 09/17/2014, 4:17 pm by Business Journal staff
Fresno staffing firm Spherion will hold a job fair at its office on Sept. 18 in honor of National Staffing Employee Week.
Written on 09/17/2014, 11:49 am by Ben Keller
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. When expansion is finished in early November, co-owner Anthony Primavera said he plans to use around two-thirds of the space for cold storage, consolidating everything the company is currently renting out at U.S. Cold Storage nearby or coming from its former facility on Church and Orange avenues that Fiore Di Pasta sold to Pressed Juicery in May. Another 10,000 to 15,000 square feet will be used for more manufacturing, he said, facilitating future growth and possibly making way for gluten free products. “There's a good demand for it,” Primavera said. “We do make some and we have a lot of requests for it.” Another part of the company’s growth is the launch of its own label dubbed Primavera Fine Foods that’s expected to come on line in the next few months. In addition to making products for private labels as the company’s done for years, Primavera is hoping the new name will finally put Fiore Di Pasta’s image out there, with plans to hit all the major retailers starting with West Coast stores.   “We’re also in the process of opening a retail store front (on Jensen Avenue),” Primavera said. He added that the expansion may also provide more job opportunities at the facility beyond the 60 to 70 workers there during peak season. Before Fiore Di Pasta, Primavera’s parents, Panfilo and Benedetta Primavera, founded Fresno Ravioli with business partners in 1979 using the traditions of their native lands of Abruzzo, Italy. In 1994, with the help of his wife and sons, Panfilo established Fiore Di Pasta—meaning “the best of pasta” in Italian—beginning with another facility on Marks and Dakota avenues. Although Panfilo passed away earlier this year at the age of 72, the company continues to grow under Anthony and his brother to now producing more than five millions pounds of pasta products each year.
Written on 09/17/2014, 11:28 am by Business Journal staff
Several Valley lawmakers were honored by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for their voting record on behalf of America's small business owners.Based on the voting records in its "How Congress Voted" report card unveiled this week, the NFIB will present its Guardian of Small Business Award to 232 representatives of the 113th Congress. Those who voted favorably on 15 key small business issues at least 70 percent of the time were eligible for the award. Among them were Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) who voted with the NFIB 100 percent of the time. Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford), and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay) also scored 100 percent in the NFIB's rankings. Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) didn't make the cut, however, only voting with the NFIB 44 percent of the time. In preparing its report card, the NFIB considered votes on key House and Senate legislation, including America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4457), Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (H.R. 1120), Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (H.R. 2655), Minimum Wage Increase (S. 2223) and Prevention of Taxing Carbon Emissions Amendment (S.Amdt. 261). "Small-business owners are very politically active—paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them," said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner.
Written on 09/17/2014, 10:19 am by Business Journal staff
The Health Ethics Trust announced it will name Community Medical Centers President and CEO Tim Joslin a fellow of the trust during a ceremony in Virginia on Oct. 20.  The lifetime appointment is the highest compliance honor awarded to hospital chief executive officers by the Health Ethics Trust. The organization is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established focused on promoting ethics and compliance in health care.  "In the 19 year history of the Best Practices Forum, only a handful of CEOs have been recognized as Fellows of the Trust," Trust President Mark Pastin said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Joslin was unanimously selected as a 2014 Fellow of the Trust after rigorous review by an independent panel of compliance officers representing a broad sector of healthcare." Joslin will be recognized during the Annual Healthcare Compliance Best Practices Forum at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia on Oct. 20. The ceremony will be part of a two-day event bringing together healthcare compliance professionals and senior executives with heads of key government agencies and important industry groups and associations. 
Written on 09/17/2014, 8:41 am by Business Journal staff
The Big Fresno Fair and the Fresno Historical Society have announced an agreement that will allow the iconic Fresno Courthouse Cupola to be part of The Big Fresno Fair Museum in 2016. "It will be an incredible addition to our museum that display's Fresno County's rich history and a great honor to share this with the public," John C. Alkire, Big Fresno Fair CEO, said in a prepared statement. The fair museum was first unveiled in 2013 and showcases more than 2,600 items from varying points in the fair's history. The collection helps to showcase what life has been like in the Central Valley over the past 131 years. Officials say the museum building must be expanded before the cupola can be displayed. The cupola was designed by John M. Curtis of San Francisco to replace an earlier version destroyed in a fire at the old Fresno County Courthouse in 1895. After it was determined in the 1960s that the old courthouse was not earthquake-resistant, the cupola was taken down. The Fresno Historical Society officially took ownership of the cupola in 1997 and the fair museum debut would mark the first time in nearly 30 years the cupola has been seen by the public.  "The cupola preserves a piece of our history in Fresno County and our judicial system," Judge Robert Oliver said in a prepared statement. "We have a mission — and a responsibility — to ensure more of our artifacts like the Fresno Courthouse Cupola are preserved for the public to see, learn from and understand the history behind it." Museum officials say that a 10,000 square foot expansion including an additional story being built will have to be added to the museum's current footprint. Once the expansion is complete, the cupola will be displayed on the top of the museum, adjacent to the Chance Avenue gate entrance.  "It will likely take a year to raise funds to pay for this large restoration project and another year to complete the restoration," Alkire said.  A fundraising campaign is now underway to help pay for the extensive restoration needed for the cupola and individuals and organizations interested in donating are asked to contact the Friends of the Big Fresno Fair. 
Written on 09/16/2014, 4:59 pm by Business Journal staff
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will host a job workshop in Fresno Sept. 26 to promote construction positions needed to build the rail project in the Central Valley.The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 2550 Mariposa Mall in downtown Fresno. Job seekers are encouraged to attend to meet with representatives from construction and labor trades unions as well as to talk with the prime contractors working on the project. They will discuss membership guidelines as well as pre-apprenticeship programs that are the first step to becoming carpenters, mechanics, electricians, welders and other construction workers. The California High-Speed Rail Authority has given environmental clearance on 180 miles of the project linking Merced to Bakersfield. The joint venture of Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons is currently overseeing demolition work for the first 29-mile stretch from Madera to Fresno. The high-speed rail business plan envisions that the $68-billion project will span more than 500 miles linking Sacramento and the Bay Area to Los Angeles at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour by 2029.
Written on 09/16/2014, 4:16 pm by Business Journal staff
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo's Sea Lion Cove exhibit earned the 2014 Top Honor Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.The award, announced today at the national AZA conference in Orlando, Florida, is the national organization's highest honor for exhibits, chosen out of applications from other members including the San Diego Zoo, the Smithsonian and Sea World. Sea Lion Cove opened to zoo visitors on Aug. 27, 2012, featuring a 240,000 gallon pool with rock features making a home for three sea lions, two harbor seals and two brown pelicans that can be seen from above or in an underwater viewing area. The exhibit, built with $10.5 million in funds from the Fresno County's Measure Z tax, contributed to a 28 percent increase in attendance after the first year of opening. “After watching our guests’ reaction to Sea Lion Cove, we knew it was a success for Fresno County,” said Fresno Chaffee Zoo CEO/Director Scott Barton, in a press release. “But to get national recognition from our colleagues reaffirms that, with the great support from our community, Fresno is creating one of the best zoos in the country.” The Fresno Chaffee Zoo began construction late last year on its newest project, African Adventure that's being built with around $55 million in Measure Z money. Expected to open in fall 2015, the project will double the zoo's footprint to 39 acres with space for lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and other animals that depict the African Savannah.
Written on 09/16/2014, 2:16 pm by Business Journal staff
Former San Francisco 49er Tory Nixon has been appointed to head up California Bank & Trust's Northern California division. California Bank & Trust's Fresno banking center, as well as banking centers in the Bay Area and Sacramento, will be under Nixon's leadership, as well as 15 community branches in the region. A cornerback who was a member of the 49ers' 1998 Super Bowl championship team, Nixon will also maintain his position as head of the bank's San Diego division — a position he has held for seven years. “Tory has a firm understanding of the banking needs of California businesses and how to deliver financial solutions to support growth," said David E. Blackford, chairman, president and CEO of California Bank & Trust, in a statement. " By combining these qualities with his close ties and understanding of Northern California, he will help California Bank & Trust expand its presence in the region and leverage best practices throughout the state.” A native of Oregon, Nixon has been a resident of California for the last 27 years. He is a 25-year veteran of the banking industry.
Written on 09/16/2014, 1:57 pm by Business Journal staff
More than 103,000 attended the Tulare County Fair earlier this month, surpassing last year's attendance by nearly 68 percent. The fair kicked off its 95th year Sept. 10-14 featuring new exhibits, an expanded carnival, musical guests, food vendors. the antique tractor parade and a tractor pull. As well, visitors saw Buttercup the Cow made from 500 pounds of butter, toured the Walk on the Wild Side exotic animal display and caught a motorcycle thrill ride and demolition derby. The fairgrounds saw 103,594 pass through the gates this year compared to about 61,713 in 2013. Besides the spike in attendance, including 3,000 school children who toured the fair on School Days, food and beverage revenue was up 22.3 percent The Dairy Replacement Auction and Junior Livestock Auction together grossed $965,285 and the Garrett Bragg Memorial Livestock Auction netted an additional $24,500 to support the family of the Redwood High School student who was killed in a car accident Aug. 23 while on his to help at the fair. Tulare County Fair's CEO Pamela Fyock said the fair was a great success despite a hotter summer and a cut in state funding for California's 76 county fairs for the third year in a row. "I don't anticipate the return of state funding so the funfundraising and belt-tightening continues, but we were able to put on a fantastic fair that celebrates agriculture and delivered great value for families,” Fyock said in a release. “I’m grateful to the sponsors and proud of the volunteers and staff who made this possible.” Those interested in donating or volunteering to the Tulare County Fair can find out more by visiting or calling (559) 686-4707.
Written on 09/16/2014, 12:59 pm by Business Journal staff
The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce (FMBCC) will host a free informational session on Covered California tomorrow from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Downtown Business Hub.  The event is open to all small business owners and will be co-sponsored by small business advocacy group Small Business Majority and Health Law Guide for Business.  "We believe it's important for business owners to learn more about the healthcare law and how it affects them," Tate Hill, president and CEO of FMBCC said in a statement.  Small Business Majority's Central California Outreach Manager Mark Hebert will lead a discussion on the topic including how the marketplace functions for self-employed business owners, small business tax credits, wellness grants and cost containment provisions. A question and answer forum will follow the discussion.  "These interactive dialogues are a great way for small business owners to get the information they need to take advantage of and comply with key provisions of the new law and for us to get feedback on their thoughts and concerns," Hill said.  The Downtown Business Hub is located at 1444 Fulton St. in Fresno. Small business owners can register for the event at or call (55) 441-7929 for more information. 

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