Clovis News

Business briefs: Fresno County Regional Enterprise Zone expands

Fresno County has expanded its Regional Enterprise Zone, an economic designation that enables businesses within the zone to receive tax credits for new hirees.

The latest enlargement of the zone includes areas in Clovis, Kingsburg and some unincorporated parts of Fresno County. The city of Kingsburg is the last of the cities along Highway 99 in southern Fresno County to be included in the enterprise zone.

Businesses in the zone can receive up to $37,440 in tax credits through the state's Housing and Community Development Department for each new employee hired. Over the past five years, the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation has issued 22,300 tax vouchers to participating businesses for new hires.

Free workshop on government contracting for small business

Small businesses interested in doing business with the U.S. government can learn more about federal buying and contracting processes at a free workshop being offered next month by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The workshop will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Jan. 10 at the SBA's Fresno District office at 801 R St., Suite 201, in downtown Fresno. Information will include SBA contracting programs and programs for women-owned and veteran-owned businesses.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Details: SBA's William Hori, (559) 487-5791 or

Squaw Valley business wins $1,000 grant from Sam's Club

Al and Christy Kroell, owners of ChristyAl Plaques & Engraving in Squaw Valley, have been selected as one of 102 businesses nationwide to receive a $1,000 grant from Sam's Club.

"This is really going to help our business," said Al Kroell, a disabled veteran.

The award is part of a joint effort by Sam's Club and SCORE to assist small businesses with training and supplies. The retailer is committing $500,000 to the program that will also involve business workshops throughout the country.

The Kroells were selected, in part, for their perseverance and commitment to growing their business. The Kroells were honored Wednesday at Central Valley SCORE's annual awards luncheon.

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