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City of Fresno
Friday April 1st, 2011 :: 08:58 a.m. PDT


Inaugural Best Locally Owned Businesses Awards Will Be Announced Tonight In Downtown Fresno

Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be kicking off the inaugural BLOB Awards honoring Fresno’s best locally owned and independent businesses today at 5:30 p.m. at Karma Restaurant and Lounge, 2039 Kern Street.

The inaugural event will include 23 different award categories ranging from the best local coffee houses to the best local banks. The public is encouraged to attend this event in support of Fresno’s locally owned and headquartered business community. Tickets can be purchased on-line at

All of the BLOB Award winners will be announced in the 2011 “EAT, PLAY, SHOP FRESNO,” Neighborhood Owned Business Directory. The directory will go out to 70,000 Fresno residents who subscribe to the Fresno Bee on Saturday, May 7.

“The goal of ‘EAT, PLAY, SHOP FRESNO’ is to make it easy for our local residents and visitors to identify and support our locally owned businesses,” Mayor Swearengin said.

To learn more, please contact Amy Huerta, Local Business Initiatives Manager, City of Fresno at 559/621-8362 or

City of Fresno
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93711

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