Maintaining High Standards

By: Lorraine Salazar, Owner of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant Group Last month I flew to Washington DC to speak with legislators on behalf of the California Restaurant Association.  The following day I observed Fresno County officials and business leaders lobbying Congress to provide relief from the California drought. As a business owner I have the same…

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…

Local first

By:  Bruce Batti, President of JSA   In September of 2008, after watching the two-year implosion of the housing, financial and auto industries, Steve Geil, then President / CEO of the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County (EDC), felt the downturn would soon be hitting the retail industry. So, Steve took the idea of producing…

Made with Pride in the Central Valley

Written by Matthew Rosenfeld, Vice President/General Manager KSEE24, CBS47 and Immediate Past Chair of the Fresno Chamber Board of Directors California’s Central Valley, our home, is one of the most productive agricultural regions anywhere. We’re often referred to as the “Breadbasket of the World.” Impressive, right? But our manufacturing contributions don’t stop there. There are…

Telling your Story

By Jack Hall: Chamber Chairman of the Board – Director of External Affairs, Comcast What’s the first thing you do when you meet someone new? You ask them to tell you their story. Few people do this well.  By the time they’re done, you can’t remember it even started.  But, everyone has a story to…