Family-Owned Madera Pharmacy Up for National Recognition

Family-Owned Madera Pharmacy Up for National Recognition

Originally published by The Business Journal. Shared with permission. Written by Valerie Shelton. Whether you have half a dozen prescriptions filled each month or you just need to pick up a bottle of cough syrup, your neighborhood pharmacy is likely a place you frequent, especially when you are feeling under the weather. With chain pharmacies popping up on each corner, it’s easy to get a hold of that much-needed medicine. While convenient, the big pharmacies don’t always deliver that same level of customer service and the personal touch you often find at a locally owned pharmacy. Madera Medical Pharmacy is Continue Reading…

Betts Company: An Evolution Through Six Generations

Betts Company: An Evolution Through Six Generations

Family businesses make up a huge part of the US economy, yet many do not successfully succeed to the next generation. Only about 3% of all family businesses operate into the fourth generation or beyond. The Betts Company is beating the odds to say the least. The Betts Company, which is a large supplier of springs, has thrived for 150 years and for six generations. The current CEO, Mike Betts, credits the business’s longevity to its history and its founder, William Michael Betts I. History William came to the United States from England as a blacksmith in 1860, and became Continue Reading…

Fred Ruiz: Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Fred Ruiz: Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

With his father, Louis, Fred Ruiz founded Ruiz Foods in 1964, and has successfully passed the business on to the third and fourth generations of the Ruiz family. Fred has let his children take more responsibility in the business and now several third-generation family members hold board positions at Ruiz Foods. Fred has grown his company from a small, family start-up to the largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer in the United States. His entrepreneurial spirit is one of the reasons the Fresno Food Expo created the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award. Named in Fred Ruiz’s honor, the award recognizes an innovative Continue Reading…

Family Business Spotlight: Winton's Vista Pharmacy

Family Business Spotlight: Winton’s Vista Pharmacy

The Central Valley Magazine interviewed the family behind Winton’s Pharmacies and learned about their rich history and success in the business. Winton’s Vista Pharmacy has served the Central Valley since 1932, making it the oldest family-run pharmacy in Fresno. They have been able to stay in the business by embracing and adapting to its industry’s changes over the years. One of their secrets to success is their most well known service: free delivery. CEO James T. Winton says “We’re very proud of our delivery service and don’t think other businesses are capable of doing it the way we do it. Continue Reading…

Fresno Trucking Firm Celebrates Half Century

Fresno Trucking Firm Celebrates Half Century

Originally published by The Business Journal. Shared with permission. Written by Ben Keller. Fifty years since bringing its first load to the door, one of the Valley’s largest trucking companies still holds to its tagline “Bill Ritchie standing by” to sum up its home delivery service. Even now with seven facilities in three states and a fleet of some 75 trucks, Ritchie Trucking of Fresno has never lost that niche, becoming the name consumers trust to haul and install all kinds of appliances to homes or businesses overnight. From its headquarters at Annadale and Cherry avenues in south Fresno, the Continue Reading…