Heartbeat Boxing

A passion for boxing meets a passion for business.

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photo of Anna and Nellie, Mother and Daughter team at BMS

Building Maintenance Services

Since 1952 Building Maintenance Services Inc. (BMS) has provided commercial cleaning and janitorial services in the Central Valley and Southern California. With business at a standstill, the mother-daughter team, Anna Fernandez and Nellie Castaneda, we…

Heartbeat Boxing

After 30 years of working in the restaurant business, Gilbert Ruiz wanted to try something new. And so, along with his wife Lourdes, he set out to follow his passion. “Boxing has always been my passion,” said Gilbert. “I was a competitor when I was a k…

City Market

City Market owner Jose Michel loves the freedom and community connection he’s gained from starting his own business – and becoming his own boss. “I like running the grocery store a lot, because I’ve grown a lot,” said Jose. “And I like to be in touch w…

Mad Illustrators

Mad Illustrators owner Myrick Wilson was born into entrepreneurship. So when he sought to expand his successful Fresno-based screen printing business, Myrick knew to look for the best funding source – and financial partner –  that he could find. “On to…

Belmont Radiator Shop

Treasurer John Chiang helped a Fresno business expand by facilitating a loan valued at $150,000 through the Treasurer’s Collateral Support Program, which encourages banks and other financial institutions to lend to small businesses that would otherwise…

Coverall Cleaning Services

This story begins in a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand – a small parcel of land littered with makeshift homes and buildings. These impromptu villages are built to serve one purpose: provide the most basic human needs for the shortest amount of time. How…

Click Co, LLC

A protein drink that tastes like a coffee house gourmet coffee drink? It sounds like an active person’s dream come true! But the Greg and Beth Smith’s personal dream of expanding the product line with new flavors was halted when our economic environmen…

ChristyAl Plaques & Engraving

Al and Christy Kroell are the recipients of the national Sargent Shriver Achievement “Veterans Serving America” Award. They will receive the award in person at the annual National Community Action Partnership conference in Chicago.  The video, featurin…

Casa de Tamales

After experiencing years of disappointment trying to find quality tamales at local restaurants, Liz Sanchez realized that if her family wanted tamales done right, they would have to make them as they had done for so many years at home, but on a restaur…

Legend Music

Owners Doug John and Francie Denis opened their first Legend Music store in Manteca, CA in 2011. They expanded to a second Central Fresno location in July, 2012 by acquiring Sound Stage which had deep roots in the Fresno music community. The store serv…

Body del Sol – Green Medical Spa

Body del Sol Medical Spa is an unlikely success story of a company started at the depths of the recession in 2009.  What was the secret to its success and growth over the past 4 years? ‘Determination’ says owner Ayde Mendibles, ‘it was tough and there…

Valley Prep Academy Charter School

Valley Prep Academy Charter School (VPA) provides education with a mission to be a safe and healthy environment providing opportunity for all students to become lifelong learners through excellence in character development, academic skills, and physica…