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FresnoLive.com, Fresno

In July 2007, Fresno Live.com was launched as a website that presented insight on restaurants, entertainment and other activities are available in the Fresno area. When Scott and Adam Johnson first started the website, they knew they wanted to make it more than a simple site for reviews, but did not know where to go to get the knowledge to grow their business.

In September 2008, Scott and Adam made an appointment to meet with Bryan Moe, Director of the Central California SBDC. During the initial meeting Scott stated their need for name recognition as well let companies know of the free advertising available to businesses. Bryan helped Scott and Adam with a clear business plan plus in‐depth strategic planning. After a few of these sessions the Fresnolive .com website, grew into a much larger and distinct business. With the help of the SBDC, the business is now able to help support locally owned businesses with the Community Discount Card., FresnoLIVE. This discount card offers cardholder discounts at businesses offering services ranging from dining to shopping to mini storage. Mr. Moe also suggested that they make the discount card available for online purchases along with updating the community on local current events with a community events calendar filled with upcoming events FresnoLive.com is now the premier discount card and entertainment information source in the central valley.

"The CCSBDC has helped my partner and I become more focused on our goals and strategies towards growing our company. Bryan helps us think outside of the box and has become a great mentor. I would recommend the SBDC to anyone who wants to be a successful entrepreneur." - Scott Johnson-Vice President Fresno Live