Setting the Bar

By: Al Smith – President and CEO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce   As most of you know, the Chamber conducts an annual Valley Business Awards Luncheon.  Following this year’s event, one of the attendees came up to me and stated something that really got me thinking.  He said, “Rewarding business leaders like this…

Adding a ‘Spark!’ to education

The Arts: Nicety or Necessity?  That was the question and theme of our 121st Annual Installation Banquet on January 30th. As we listened to speaker after speaker point to the importance of the arts in their success, the answer was clear; the arts are a necessity. Our community has the opportunity to lift up the…

Celebrating the Arts at the 2014 Chamber Installation Banquet

By: Lorraine Salazar, Owner of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant Group A big “Muchas Gracias” to your Fresno Chamber of Commerce staff, Board Members and sponsors for making the Annual Installation Banquet held Friday, January 30th a great success.  Over 330 Chamber members, clients and friends enjoyed visiting with other business and community leaders while being entertained…

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Global Cities Initiative

By: Anna Borgeas – Vice President and COO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce   We are finally coming out of the Great Recession (Collective sigh of relief.) But, if we know anything about our region, we tend to lag behind in recoveries, which means we need to dig deeper to find better ways to…

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Recharge Fresno

Written by: Thomas Esqueda, City of Fresno Director of Public Utilities   Water Infrastructure Improvements Planned to Ensure Sustainable Water Supply for Fresno Safe, clean and reliable water is a fundamental component of healthy, vibrant and economically advantaged communities. The City of Fresno is recommending a long-term water infrastructure improvement program that would provide this…

Investing in your Business

By: Lorraine Salazar, Owner of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant Group Each new year is typically a time for reflection and resolutions. Business owners and leaders also prepare plans and budgets for the upcoming year.  Those include capital expenditures—renovation, upgrades, new equipment—we believe will enable us to be more successful and competitive in our marketplace. As I…