Education, Poverty, and Crime

By: Dave Johnson, M.B.A., M.P.A., Director of Center Operations of National University – Fresno, Chamber Ambassador  Though the recent downturn in the economy certainly has had a tremendous affect on both crime and poverty rates, educational institutions and education as a whole have continued to offer society a positive influence. These establishments assist in the production…

Our Report Card

By: Chamber President & CEO, Al Smith When you put together the largest business trade organization in the Central Valley, as expected, you bring to the table a variety of opinions, desires and expectations. Thus is the ever ending challenge of designing the Greater Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s plan of work to embrace the myriad…

NEW FOR 2013

By: Ruth Evans, Owner of The Evans HR GROUP The IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate for the use of a car will be 56.5 cents per mile. Written commission arrangement stating the precise method of commission payments are now required.  A signed copy of the contract must be provided to each employee covered by.  The…

Resolutions, Shmesolutions

By: Chamber Chairman of the Board, Scott Miller – Gazebo Gardens It’s the time of year for all of us to start planning our New Year’s resolutions.  We can all go buy new gym memberships, Bowflex machines and bikes.  We’ll stock our kitchens only with fresh vegetables and low fat, low sodium, gluten free rice cakes. …

An Influence for Progress

By: Chamber President & CEO, Al Smith   It seems like only yesterday that Ruth Evans and Steve Geil invited me to a lunch at the Elbow Room. As a guy who had retired a year earlier, I had no clue as to why. During that conversation they asked me to become the “interim” head…