The Institute for Family Business at Fresno State will host the 30th annual California Family Business Award on Sept. 4. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., with the awards and dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Exhibit Hall in TorNino’s Banquets (5080 N. Blackstone Ave.).

The event will honor nine local family-owned businesses and announce one individual as the recipient of a lifetime achievement award.

For three decades, the Institute for Family Business of the Craig School of Business at Fresno State has provided education for family-owned businesses, as well as scholarships for the next generation of family-owned business students. Topics range from general business planning to more specific and critical issues that relate to the unique relationships within family businesses, such as defining roles, succession planning and conflict management.

The annual family business awards symbolize the importance of families, their businesses and the interrelatedness of success of both.

The following companies will be honored as outstanding family businesses:

  • Bennett Water Systems
  • C. A. Reding Company
  • Fresno Truck Center
  • Hedrick’s Chevrolet
  • JD Food
  • Realty Concepts
  • ServiceMaster by Benevento
  • Sethi Management
  • Young’s Commercial Transfer

Jimmy Maxey, of JD Food, will receive a lifetime achievement award.

The event will include keynote speakers from the McCaffrey Group, Inc., the 2018 California Family Business of the Year.

The California Family Business Awards are presented by Chase in partnership with Ruiz Foods. Tickets are $75 a person or $1,500 for a Silver Sponsor table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Cara Peracchi Douglas, RSVP online at by Aug. 23. For more information, contact Yvette Angeles at 559.278.7137.