August 2023

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EDC Business Updates

Resource Updates

New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Program

“This program has proved to be instrumental during the early stages of my business. Without the support of the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the NEO program, I genuinely believe that my enterprise would have struggled to survive. Numerous employees have remained employed with me for several years, including two exceptional individuals who have become invaluable assets to my team. I firmly believe that the NEO program has the potential to benefit any business.”

- David Bertao, owner of Papa Murphy’s Take N Bank Pizza at Blackstone and Shaw

Is your business seeking to hire?

For more information about the NEO program

Contact: Jackie Cuevas (559) 233-2568

4th Annual Federal Export Resource Conference August 30, 2023


New and Experienced Exporters! Join the U.S. Commercial Service and learn about expanding your business into foreign markets. Participants will hear about build brand globally, new foreign markets, emerging trends and solutions through the global supply chain, Port of Oakland Updates, and Conclude with meeting with speakers.



Contact: Bernadette Rojas

Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

To help restaurants recover in times of critical need, DoorDash has partnered with Hello Alice to create the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports restaurants impacted by natural disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes, and provides relief through $10,000 grants. 


  • Be experiencing hardship due to a state-or federally-declared disaster
  • Operate a brick-and-mortar location.
  • Own a maximum of three locations, and employ fewer than 50 employees per location
  • Have been open for at least six months.

Application Deadline: September 29th

More information:


Contact: Cody Laird (559) 476-2508

California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate or stay and grow in California. A total of $492,129,004 in California Competes Tax Credit is available for allocation in the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Factors considered on applications include the number of jobs created or retained, economic impact, and amount of investment.

Application timeline:

July 24th – August 14th

More Information:

Contact: Cody Laird (559) 476-2508

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