Graduating with the Chamber

By: President/CEO of the Fresno Chamber – Al Smith   “When the ivy halls are far behind; no matter where our paths may wind.  We’ll remember always, graduation day.”  The Four Freshmen – 1956 In May and June each year, many enjoy those inspiring occasions called “graduation”.  From kindergarten to colleges, parents and grandparents join…

“Play or Pay”

Michael Der Manouel, Jr., President – Der Manouel Insurance Group The following commentary pertains specifically to the portion of the Employer Mandate under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),” also known as “Play or Pay,” in determining employer size and what every employer should be planning for at this juncture in 2014 to prepare for  2015 and 2016. The…

Keep the Conversation Going

Keep the Conversation GoingBy Jack Hall: Chamber Chairman of the Board – Director of External Affairs, Comcast I have welcomed technology every step of the way throughout my life. Accepting its challenges while allowing it to broaden my experiences. As a youth, we were told about these new things called computers and how they put…

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Crazy is as crazy does.

By: President/CEO of the Fresno Chamber – Al Smith Pardon me for altering a line from that classic movie, “Forrest Gump”, but do any of these statement sound familiar? “Those guys are crazy” “Don’t they know anything about business? “It’s almost not worth the effort to operate in this state.” Obviously, we are talking about…

Bi-Annual Bloom

  By Jack Hall: Chamber Chairman of the Board – Director of External Affairs, Comcast Spring is a season I always look forward to. The traditions that take place give me greater comfort with each passing year. Events like March Madness that  evolve into the Final Four; the crack of baseball bats that are heard…