The seventh-annual Best of Central Valley Business Awards were given out Tuesday in Fresno. Photo by Gabriel Dillard

published on December 3, 2020 - 1:00 PM
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A smaller, more subdued Best of Central Valley Business Awards reception was held Tuesday at the Elbow Room in Fresno to honor the 35 companies that emerged as winners of the readers-vote contest.

A limited number of guests were invited to the seventh annual event recognizing the leading businesses in the Central Valley. From a humble start of 22,000 votes in the first year of competition, more than 130,000 votes were cast this year in 35 different categories on from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

In a departure from year’s past, only the winners were invited to the event on the Elbow Room patio. Attendees were masked as they arrived and were required to remain seated during the presentation while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Be sure to thumb through this entire issue to learn who the finalists were and read about the winners. To offer feedback on the contest or suggestions for new categories, contact

The 2020 Best of Central Valley Business Reader’s Choice Award winners:


Best Company to Work For

Winner: London Properties

1st Finalist: Community Medical Centers

2nd Finalist: Central Valley Community Bank


Best Politician on Business Issues

Winner: Rep. Devin Nunes

1st Finalist: Assemblymember Jim Patterson

2nd Finalist: Rep. Jim Costa


Best Business Supporting Local Charities

Winner: Granville Homes

1st Finalist: London Properties

2nd Finalist: De Young Properties


Best Non-Profit

Winner: Marjaree Mason Center

1st Finalist: Valley Animal Center

2nd Finalist: Central California Food Bank


Best Commercial Real Estate Company

Winner: Colliers International

1st Finalist: Fortune Associates

2nd Finalist: Stumpf and Co.


Best Residential Real Estate Company

Winner: London Properties

1st Finalist: Realty Concepts

2nd Finalist: Guarantee Real Estate


Best Local Lunch Spot

Winner: Pismo’s Coastal Grill

1st Finalist: Dog House Grill

2nd Finalist: Sam’s Italian Deli


Best Family Owned Business

Winner: Wawona Frozen Foods – The Smittcamp Family

1st Finalist: London Properties – The Conner Family

2nd Finalist: Valley Wide Beverage – The Amendola Family


Best Title Company

Winner: Chicago Title Co.

1st Finalist: First American Title

2nd Finalist: Old Republic Title Co.


Best Local Annual Event to Attend

Winner: The Big Fresno Fair

1st Finalist: Clovis Rodeo

2nd Finalist: Big Hat Days


Best Property/Casualty Insurance Company

Winner: DiBuduo & DeFendis Inurance Brokers, LLC

1st Finalist: Der Manouel Insurance Group

2nd Finalist: Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.


Best Credit Union

Winner: Educational Employees Credit Union

1st Finalist Golden 1 Credit Union

2nd Finalist: Noble Credit Union


Best Auto Dealership

Winner: Selma Auto Mall

1st Finalist: Hedrick’s Chevrolet

2nd Finalist: Fresno Lexus


Best Accounting Firm

Winner Garabedian Group

1st Finalist: Moss Adams LLP

2nd Finalist Janzen, Tamberi & Wong


Best Law Firm

Winner: McCormick Barstow LLP

1st Finalist: Dowling Aaron, Inc.

2nd Finalist: Baker, Manock & Jensen


Best Marketing Agency

Winner: JP Marketing

1st Finalist: Jeffrey Scott Agency

2nd Finalist: AdVine Agency


Best Bar to Entertain Clients

Winner: Elbow Room

1st Finalist: Pismo’s Coastal Grill

2nd Finalist: FIVE Restaurant


Best Technology Company

Winner: PC Solutions

1st Finalist: BCT Consulting

2nd Finalist: Agrian, Inc.


Best Shopping Center

Winner: River Park Shopping Center

1st Finalist: Fig Garden Village

2nd Finalist: Fashion Fair


Best Chamber of Commerce

Winner: Fresno Chamber of Commerce

1st Finalist: Clovis Chamber of Commerce

2nd Finalist: Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Best Woman Owned Business

Winner: Casa de Tamales

1st Finalist: LaTapatia Tortilleria, Inc.

2nd Finalist: National Raisin Co.


Best Office Equipment Company

Winner: California Business Machines

1st Finalist: Zoom Imaging

2nd Finalist: Caltronics Business System


Best Catering Company

Winner: Pardini’s Catering

1st Finalist: The Painted Table

2nd Finalist: Meat Market


Best Commercial Printing Company

Winner: Dumont

1st Finalist: Fast Signs

2nd Finalist: ValPrint


Best Security Company

Winner: Matson Alarm

1st Finalist: Turner Security Systems, Inc.

2nd Finalist: AmeriGuard Security Service


Best Golf Course to take a Client

Winner: Copper River Country Club

1st Finalist: Fort Washington Country Club

2nd Finalist: San Joaquin Country Club


Best Interior Design Firm

Winner: Darden Architects

1st Finalist: Facility Designs

2nd Finalist: CORE Business Interiors


Best Morning Drive Radio Show

Winner: KMJ 580

1st Finalist: Kiss Country 93.7

2nd Finalist: K-Love 91.1


Best Real Estate Property Management Company

Winner: Manco Abbott

1st: Granville Homes

2nd: Dana Butcher & Associates


Best Architectural Firm

Winner: Darden Architects

1st Finalist: TETER

2nd Finalist: The Taylor Group


Best Engineering Firm

Winner: Blair, Church & Flynn

1st Finalist: Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group

2nd Finalist: TETER


Best Home Builder

Winner: Granville Homes

1st Finalist: Wathen Castanos

2nd Finalist: De Young Properties


Best Business Bank

Winner: Central Valley Community Bank

1st Finalist: Fresno First Bank

2nd Finalist: Wells Fargo


Best Employment Service

Winner: PrideStaff

1st Finalist: Denham Resources

2nd Finalist: Hire Up Staffing Services

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