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Seeking auction items and volunteers! Pg. 12 Building a Strong Economy CEO’s Message............................................ 2 Save the Date- Pauline’s Fundraiser............ 4 Meet Tonya Sterling................................... 12 Leadership Bakersfield............................... 13 Mandatory Employment Poster................. 13 BYP Sponsorship....................................... 14 Chamber Palooza ...................................... 15 Providing Business Education & Networking Opportunities Bakersfield Young Professionals.................. 1 “My Take” on Leadership Bakersfield......... 5 Committee Reports...................................... 6 Social Media Therapy................................ 12 Small Business Networking Breakfast....... 13 Promoting Our Community Chairman’s Circle Focus.............................. 2 Interactive Chamber Map/Directory............ 5 New Members.............................................. 8 Renewing Members..................................... 8 Ribbon Cuttings......................................... 10 Member News............................................ 11 Representing the Interests of Business with Government BCCPAC Endorsements.............................. 1 Appointments Training................................ 9 SB 1017 Severance Tax............................... 9

Providing leadership for a healthy business community

BCCPAC Endorses Several Business Friendly Candidates The Bakersfield Chamber of

Commerce Political Action Committee (BCCPAC) is now in full swing with its candidate endorsement process for the 2014 elections. BCCPAC has endorsed the candidacy for re-election for Jean Fuller Shannon Grove the following state and elected 16th Senate 34th Assembly officials. State Senator Jean Fuller, 16th SD (new number due to realignment); State Assembly Shannon Grove, 34th Assembly District; Kern County Board of Supervisors Zack Scrivner, 2nd District and Mike Maggard, 3rd District; District Attorney Lisa Green and Kern County Mike Maggard District Attorney Lisa Green Superintendent of Schools Christine 3rd District Lizardi Frazier. BCCPAC will be interviewing candidates for 14th Senate District, 32nd Assembly District and other races including City Council. The Chamber PAC seeks and endorses candidates who can best represent the interests of business in government, locally and statewide.

• Providing Business Education & Networking Opportunities • Promoting Our Community • Representing the Interests of Business with Government

Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Bakersfield Young Professionals Offers New Network for Ages 21-35 The Chamber has launched Bakersfield Young

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to: • Building a Strong Economy

Zack Scrivner 2nd District

Professionals (BYP), a group driven by local professionals between the ages of 21-35 who are the future of the greater Bakersfield area. “We are a group of innovative, fun, committed and proud professionals that will interact through professional development, social events, community service and a mentorship program,” said Lauren Smoot, manager of marketing and communications for the Chamber, and the staff

lead for the program. If you are a young professional interested in joining the BYP network, or a company interested in sponsoring the group, contact Lauren at the Chamber at (661) 327-4421, tweet @ BakChamber or like on the Bakersfield Young Professionals Facebook page.


2014 Chairman’s Circle

Advance Beverage Company Aera Energy LLC Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman Braun Electric Company, Inc. Bright House Networks Brown Armstrong Accountants California State University, Bakersfield Carney’s Business Technology Center Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Chevron Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Citizens Business Bank Daniells, Phillips, Vaughan & Bock Dignity Health- Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Dollar General Dowling Aaron Incorporated Ensign U.S. Drilling, CA Golden Empire Transit District Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. Hall Ambulance Service Jim Burke Ford Lincoln Kaiser Permanente Kern County Kern Community College District Kern Community Foundation Kern Schools Federal Credit Union KGET-TV 17 Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et al Law Offices of Young Wooldridge LLP McKee Electric Company Mid State Development Corporation Motor City Auto Center Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc. Pacific Gas and Electric Company Rabobank, N.A. San Joaquin Community Hospital Southern California Gas Company State Farm Insurance Companies Stinsons Stria Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino Taft College Foundation Tejon Ranch Company TelePacific Communications Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. The Bakersfield Californian Valley Republic Bank Wells Fargo Bank METRO 2

Chamber Planning for the Future

Business Supporting Business

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great strength in any community is the group of leaders who can be counted on to bring people together to make changes. If you ask around, many people can tell you who those leaders are. But what happens when the time comes to pass the torch on to the next generation of community leaders? How do you identify them and how have they been prepared to take on that role? The Chamber of Commerce is helping both to identify and prepare the next generation of leaders through a couple of its signature programs—Leadership Bakersfield and Youth Leadership Bakersfield—and its newest program—Bakersfield Young Professionals (BYP), which held its kickoff event last week. BYP brings together like-minded young men and women between the ages of 21-35 for social networking, professional development, mentoring opportunities and community involvement. Some will be new to the community, brought here by jobs. Others will have battled the brain drain, having grown up here, gone away to college and then come back to begin their careers and make a positive impact on the place they call home. They are smart, energetic, interested in bettering themselves and concerned about making the community a better place while they’re at it. And make no mistake—they will make a difference. I’m guessing that if you look around your organization, you will find there are a number of YPs making significant contributions to the success of your company. Take a moment and invest in their future, and your own. Encourage them to get involved with BYP. It’s an investment that will provide a return to your company, the community and you for years to come!

In the meantime… All the best,

Chairman's Circle Focus Ordiz-Melby Architects Inc. was established in 1993 and is a full-service architectural design and planning firm. The firm specializes in the programming, planning and design of facilities for commercial, health and institutuional clients.

www.ordizmelby.com

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Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947 •Bakersfield, CA 93303 Phone (661)-327-4421 • Fax (661) 327-8751 www.bakersfieldchamber.org • www.bakersfieldadvocacy.org The Chamber of Commerce President/CEO has the sole right to refuse any advertisement in any Chamber publication.


Providing Business Education and Networking Opportunities

Laying the Foundation for a Successful Marketing Campaign Developing a marketing campaign will help you

Tuesday, May 13 Check in & Networking: 11:30 a.m. Seminar: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Chamber, 1725 Eye Street

deliver the right message to the right audience and invest your advertising dollars wisely. The most important part of any marketing plan happens long before you place an ad. In this seminar, Jimmy Phillips, director of marketing for San Joaquin Community Hospital, will share his expertise and help you develop the fundamentals of marketing specific to your business needs. During the seminar, you will: • Learn the importance of focusing on your target audience and setting goals and objectives for your marketing campaign. • Find out what media is available to help drive your message to your audience and

how to use it to your advantage.

• Get answers to your questions so you can

discover tools to help you best brand your business. Cost is $30 for Chamber members, $60 for prospective members. A boxed lunch will be provided. To register, call (661)327-4421 or visit www.bakersfieldchamber.org to register online. For all programs at the Chamber please park in the Eye Street parking structure located on the northwest corner of 18th and Eye streets.

Is your business ready for health care reform? We have the expertise. Did you know: • • • •

New regulations mandate when you must provide coverage to temporary employees. There are new reporting and notice requirements. Your affiliated companies may impact your obligations under health care reform. Part-time employees can affect whether your business is subject to the employer mandate.

In addition to health care reform assistance, we can also advise you on: • Required HIPAA and COBRA notices. • ERISA summary plan descriptions. Attorney Brandie Gasper and the KDG Legal Health Care Team can ensure that your benefits comply with the health care laws.

4550 California Ave., 2nd Floor • Bakersfield, CA 93309 • PH 661.395.1000

www.kleinlaw.com

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Did You Know… The Chamber has conference rooms for rent? And room rental is dirt cheap. We have rooms that seat 6, 12, or 80. Call Janet today to reserve your room (661) 327-4421.

Did You Know the Chamber Offers Email Blasts?

SAVE THE DATE!

Friends of Pauline present: • Status update • Sharing, Caring Fundraiser Wednesday, May 28 5:30-7:00 p.m. Moorea Banquet Center 8700 Swigert Court #109 (behind Sam’s Club, off Gosford) More information and details forthcoming soon!

To advertise, contact: Mira Patel (661) 395-7586 mpatel@bakersfield.com To subscribe, contact: Circulation (661) 392-5777 Bakersfield.com/subscribe

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That’s right. You can advertise to more than 4,000 business leaders with an email blast sent by the Chamber and get a higher than average open rate. What’s not to like? Call Lauren for details at (661) 327-4421.


Providing Business Education and Networking Opportunities

“My Take” on Leadership Bakersfield Shaping our community and changing lives By Kathy Miller, communications coordinator, AERA Energy LLC An accountant, a health care executive and a lawyer board a GET bus. No, this isn’t the opening of a bad joke. This happens regularly. Joining them on the bus is a police officer, a doctor, a marketing professional, an oil company employee and a small business owner. Together they travel throughout town exploring local programs, delving into community needs and honing their leadership skills. Just who is this diverse group? They are members of the Leadership Bakersfield class of 2014. For more than 25 years similar groups have gathered as part of Leadership Bakersfield, a Chamber program that identifies and motivates existing and emerging community leaders. The carefully selected class members spend one Friday each month learning about issues facing the different sectors of our community. They explore agriculture; arts and culture; communications and media; criminal justice; education; health and human services; leadership; energy; and government. Each topic is presented by prominent individuals from the public and private sectors and involves in-depth conversations about current issues, site visits

and hands-on experiences. Whether a class member is a Bakersfield native or new to the community, each day cultivates many “wow, I had no idea” learnings. This knowledge translates into action when class members divide into teams to evaluate and implement a community-benefit project. These projects have left an indelible mark on our community. There have been landmark projects, such as the attainment of the All-America City designation; creation of the Cancer Survivors Plaza at Beach Park; affiliation with Keep America Beautiful to Keep Bakersfield Beautiful; and the creation of a program to identify future leaders earlier – Youth Leadership Bakersfield. Other projects have created web sites, developed marketing plans, conducted community studies and surveys, renovated buildings and landscaping, and offered educational programs about graffiti, recycling, health and even annexation. Leadership Bakersfield projects are as varied as the community members involved. When you meet one of the nearly 800 Leadership Bakersfield graduates, they won’t hesitate to share their experiences of the

10-month program. In fact, you may have a hard time getting them to stop talking! There is no doubt in my mind that the legacy of Leadership Bakersfield runs deep and touches every corner of our community. This is a program that not only changes and shapes the community, but also the lives of those involved. Companies of all sizes can benefit from the broader community understanding Leadership Bakersfield delivers. Is this your year to be part of the Leadership Bakersfield legacy? How about recommending a colleague or friend to the program? Apply today and see where Leadership Bakersfield will take you.

Interactive Chamber Directory and Bakersfield Street Map Now Online The 2014 Guide and Business Directory and

Bakersfield Street Map are now available online and in an interactive format. The interactive directory features the editorial, pictures and design elements of the Chamber’s recently published, full-color guide and membership directory. Users can easily flip through pages and click directly to Chamber member websites. We encourage you to stop by the Chamber to pick up your free copy. If you are out of town, you can order the map and or directory at www.bakersfieldchamber.org

Stop by the Chamber Today to Get Your 2014 Guide/ Business Directory and Map!

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Committee Reports Ambassador Committee

Bob Meadows, Mission Bank – Chair Cindy Pollard, president and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce presented at the April meeting and delivered the “Coffee with the President” presentation which serves as the new member orientation. It was great to offer this information to the Ambassadors, as they serve as the PR group for the Chamber at ribbon cuttings, mixers and other events. The Ambassador Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. We are looking for enthusiastic people who believe in the Chamber and the community to join the committee. If this is you, please contact Heather. Staff contact: Heather Pennella

Beautiful Bakersfield Committee

Casey Knaak, United Way of Kern County - Chair The committee has received and reviewed all of the nominations that were submitted for this year’s Beautiful Bakersfield Awards and has notified and congratulated the nominees. Judging takes place on May 5 and 6. Award recipients will be announced at the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 31 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The event will be streamed live on www. bakersfield.com. Staff contact: Jean Scheiber

Business Education & Enhancement Committee

Kelly Walters, San Joaquin Valley College - Chair Shonna Shearson of Kern Schools Federal Credit Union and Julian Herrera from Continental Labor & Staffing both presented to the committee. The Business Education & Enhancement Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month and plans and facilitates the Chamber’s Small Business Networking Breakfasts, seminar series and Labor and Employment Law forums. If you are interested in helping drive the business education programs at the Chamber, contact Heather. Staff contact: Heather Pennella

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Chamber Palooza Committee

Holly Arnold, Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.- Chair The committee met onsite at the KC Museum for a walk through leading up to Chamber Palooza, and worked on the logistics of the event. Chamber Palooza will be held on Friday, June 13 from 6:0010:00 p.m. Chamber Palooza will have lots for fun elements this year, and will be THE networking event of the year. Tickets will be going out soon, please make plans to attend. Staff contact: Heather Pennella

Energy Committee

Les Clark, Independent Oil Producers Association - Chair The Energy Committee is open to Chamber members that work in the energy field, or to members that have jobs related to energy. The next Energy Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. If you are interested in attending, please call Heather. Staff contact: Heather Pennella

Governmental Review Council

Leslie Golich, Kaiser Permanente - Chair Scott Tobias, Real Estate Anti-Fraud Advisory Council (REAAC) spoke to GRC. REAAC is a collaboration between the Kern County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and local lenders, escrow companies and real estate professionals. Tobias shared that outreaching to agents, lenders, escrow companies, and title companies is essential as these professionals directly participate in most real estate transactions and are the front line of defense in detecting fraud. Fraudulent real estate schemes include foreclosure rescue scams, loan modification scams, short sale flipping scams, rental scams, loan fraud, predatory lending and scatters. REAAC’s goal is to educate the public and provide resources to detect warning signs of real estate fraud so people don’t become victims. Staff contact: Leticia Flores

Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council

Kathy Miller, Aera Energy LLC - Chair The April Leadership Bakersfield Class Day

focused its attention on Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement in Kern County. The class experienced the rare opportunity to hear from an esteemed panel which included superior court judge, John W. Lua; Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green; Assistant Chief of Police Lyle Martin; and criminal defense attorney, David Torres. The day also included a behind-the-scenes look at programs in place at the Police Activities League; Kern County Probation Department and hands-on interactive training at the Bakersfield Police Department’s training facility. Special thanks are extended to Advisory Chair Lieutenant Jason Townsend and Day Chair Sergeant Jeffrey Burdick with the Bakersfield Police Department for their time and expertise in planning the session. This class day was made possible by the support of Bakersfield Police Department and Golden Empire Transit District. Staff Contact: Tonya Sterling

Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council

Michele Newell, Aera Energy LLC - Chair The April session of Youth Leadership Bakersfield focused its attention on energy. Students had the opportunity to participate in an Electric and Gas Safety Demonstration and Construction and Climbing Demonstration at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Service Center; gained a better understanding of Kern County’s role in California energy production and the role utilities play; heard from a panel of experts about careers in the energy industry and the opportunities a college degree in the industry can provide; learned about Oil 101 and the impact that oil has to Kern County and toured Kern County Museum’s Black Gold: The Oil Experience Tour. Special thanks to Advisory Council Chairs Rob Duchow, Southern California Gas Company; Denise Newton, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Gloria Williams, Occidental of Elk Hills. This day was underwritten by Aera Energy LLC and San Joaquin Community Hospital and day sponsors Chevron, Occidental of Elk Hills, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Western States Petroleum Association. Staff contact: Jean Scheiber


Chamber Monthly Planner- May 2014 Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Chamber Meetings and Events Date

Committee/Event

Time

Place

Tune in to Strictly Business every Monday, 10 a.m. at www.bakersfield.com May 2

Governmental Review Council

7:30 a.m.

Chamber

May 2

YLB Graduation

6:30 p.m.

Bistro Ballroom

May 5

Good Morning Bakersfield

7:00 a.m.

DoubleTree

May 7

Beautiful Bakersfield Committee

11:45 a.m.

Chamber

May 7

Executive Committee

12:00 p.m.

Chamber

May 9

Governmental Review Council

7:30 a.m.

Chamber

May 12

YLB Advisory Council

11:45 a.m.

Chamber

May 13 Seminar- Marketing Campaign

11:30 a.m.

Chamber

May 16

Leadership Bakersfield Class Day

May 16 Governmental Review Council

7:30 a.m.

GEORGE LOPEZ MAY 31

SESAME STREET LIVE JUNE 3-4

RON WHITE JUNE 6

GOO GOO DOLLS W/DAUGHTRY JULY 23

Chamber

May 19

Bus. Ed. & Enhancement Committee 11:45 a.m.

Chamber

May 20

Legislative Summit

Sacramento

May 21

Energy Committee

8:00 a.m.

Offsite

May 21

Social Media Therapy

11:45 a.m.

Fresno Pacific Uni.

May 23

Governmental Review Council

DARK

May 26

Memorial Day- Chamber Closed

May 27

Ambassador Meeting

11:45 a.m.

Chamber

May 30

Governmental Review Council

7:30 a.m.

Chamber

May 31 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards

5:00 p.m.

DoubleTree

Public Skating - Ice Hockey Birthday Parties - Figure Skating 661.852.7400 www.sjchicecenter.com

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Welcome to Our New Chamber Members March 15 - April 14, 2014

Bakersfield BPOE Lodge #266 1616 30th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-323-7536 “The mission for the Elks National Foundation is to help build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing funded projects for VA and youth. Our membership is an investment offering a wide range of benefits.” Bakersfield Flower Market 2416 N St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-869-1213 www.bakersfieldflowermarket.com “We sell fresh flowers and greens to other retailers. Also, we make flower arrangements.” Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI) 4550 California Ave. #150 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-377-1060 www.barrettbusiness.com “A group of seasoned professionals who work tirelessly everyday to help our business owner clients improve their businesses through “best in class” ideas and processes delivered locally.”

Columbus Estates 3201 Columbus Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-872-5855 www.columbusestates.com “At Columbus Estates, seniors enjoy the comfort of living in a community of their peers, the security of having live-in managers, the joy of having the details of daily life taken care of for them, and the freedom to fill their days however they choose. Tours daily.” Dale Carnegie Training 4900 California Ave., Tower B, 2nd Floor Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-393-5050 www.CC.DaleCarnegie.com “We help companies improve performance by maximizing the growth of its people.” Make It Happen Services 5401 Business Park S., Ste. 210 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-472-6600 www.makeithappenservices.com “Make It Happen Services is a unique boutique “One Stop Shop” providing

assistance with numerous aspects of daily family operations including: childcare, house sitting, educational tutoring, academic advising, and errand running!” Omni Family Health – Ming Ave. 4131 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-459-1900 www.omnifamilyhealth.org “Omni Family Health is an independent non-profit healthcare organization serving Kern County since 1978 providing medical, dental, behavioral health and ancillary services at their 15 locations.” ServiceMaster Building Maintenance 619 Galaxy Way Modesto, CA 95355 661-312-8480 www.servicemasterbms.com “ServiceMaster Building Maintenance is a professional cleaning company that specializes in commercial offices, health care, educational, and industrial facilities.”

Renewing Members Support Chamber

The following members renewed their commitment to the Chamber and local business community during the period of March 15, 2014 - April 14, 2014 Member Since

Advanced Laser Source............................................ 1995 Alliance Realty & Development, Inc.......................... 2011 ALPHA Canine Sanctuary.......................................... 2011 Alzheimer’s Association, CA Central Chapter............ 2012 Apex Management Group....................................... 2010 AT&T........................................................................ 1946 Bakersfield Racquet Club......................................... 1965 Bakersfield RV Resort.............................................. 2007 Ben & Jerry’s............................................................ 2008 BI Incorporated....................................................... 2011 Brain Injury Association of California....................... 2010 California Fruit Depot.............................................. 2005 California Independent Petroleum Association........ 1992 Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment............. 2006 Central Cardiology Medical Clinic............................ 1986 Charpentier Wealth Strategies................................. 2013 Commercial Trade Inc.............................................. 1988 Common Sense Consulting...................................... 2010 Comprehensive Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates............................................................... 2004 Costco Wholesale S.W............................................. 2007 Costco Wholesale.................................................... 1985 METRO 8

Member Since

Cotterman Co.......................................................... 2005 Dedicated Dental Systems Inc.................................. 2011 DeVry University...................................................... 2007 Dewar’s Soda Fountain & Fine Candies.................... 2012 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit............................................... 2013 Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Funeral Directors.......... 1929 Dowling Aaron Incorporated.................................... 2004 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen.................................... 2004 Esparza Enterprises, Inc........................................... 2001 Family Motors Auto Body & Paint, Inc...................... 2005 Golden Youth Rejuvenation Centre & Spa................ 2007 Greer’s Banner Air................................................... 1999 GWC Valve International, Inc................................... 2013 Halliburton Energy Services, Inc............................... 1993 HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital...... 1989 Income Property Association of Kern....................... 2009 Jersey Mikes Subs – Coffee Rd................................ 2009 Kern County Department of Human Services........... 1996 Labor Finders.......................................................... 2013 Russell D. Martin CPA.............................................. 1996 McDonald’s Restaurant – Coffee Rd........................ 1999 McDonald’s Restaurant – F St.................................. 2002 McDonald’s Restaurant – Rosedale......................... 1999

Member Since

Milan Institute......................................................... 2007 Missions of Love...................................................... 2009 Moneywise Wealth Management............................ 2004 Donnie Moss-Craig.................................................. 1999 Neira’s Collision Centers Inc. Kern........................... 1995 NuSil Technology LLC.............................................. 2013 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church......................... 1993 Pape’ Kenworth....................................................... 2013 Placer Title Company............................................... 2008 ProCare Hospice...................................................... 2010 Royal Palms............................................................. 1996 Scentsy – Vickie Halterman..................................... 2011 SCORE..................................................................... 1989 Servpro of SW Bakersfield....................................... 2009 State Farm Ins. – Keith Stonebraker Insurance Agency..................................................................... 2004 STEPS, Inc................................................................ 2002 Law Offices of John F. Stovall .................................. 2005 TIC - The Industrial Company.................................. 2000 Today Cleaners........................................................ 2003 Western Nutrients Corp........................................... 2012 Western States Petroleum Association..................... 1990


Representing Interests of Business with Government

What You Missed at the Appointments Training More than 50 men and women attend the

Appointments Training workshop hosted by the Chamber, in collaboration with California Women Lead and Senator Andy Vidak. Mona Pasquil, an appointments secretary for California Governor Jerry Brown, who provided

insight into the process and shared tips for being appointed to a state or local board or commission. She also told the group how to access the application, where to find vacancies, how to navigate the process and who can help. The training was a step-by-step for those interested is doing more for their local

Tips for Seeking Appointments

1. Make sure your resume is up to date. 2. Look within your networks for people to ask for a letter of recommendation.

3. Don’t be afraid to try an issue area you may 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

not feel comfortable in – you might really like it! Know who your colleagues on the board or commission will be – you will see these people often! Ask yourself if you are comfortable in the public eye. Being appointed is about transparency. Make sure you have the time to commit to being on the board or commission. Know the power of being a “public member.” Boards and commissions need women who have a good head on their shoulders – you don’t have to be an expert! Be professional with the appointments staff. Remember there are politics involved with appointments. If your appointment gets caught up in a political “web” realize it has nothing to do with you.

community and making an impact on local or state boards and commissions. For more information about a gubernatorial appointment, log on to www.cawomenlead.org/programs/ appointments or check out the box below, with information from their website.

HOW TO APPLY FOR POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS

Our website is a great resource for applying for an appointment to boards and commissions. Visit our website to: View the gubernatorial appointment vacancy list View the Governor’s Appointments Unit contact list Download our Appointments Package which includes: A step-by-step guide to getting a local appointment A personal inventory checklist A personal action plan Frequently asked questions Information about letters of recommendation www.cawomenlead.org/programs/appointments ©

SB 1017 Severance Tax The Greater Bakersfield Chamber is hard at

work for its members. The Chamber has signed on to oppose Senate Bill 1017 (Evans) which would raise taxes on oil and natural gas by $2 billion or more annually. The state is finally beginning to rebound from the recession and another oil tax may lead to a set-back to hard working families. It may result in loss of billions of dollars in economic activity and destroy thousand of California jobs.

California already collects high taxes from oil, including taxing oil reserves in the ground which pay for local government series like schools, policy and fire protection. Oil producers also pay some of the steepest sales tax, personal income tax and corporate tax rates in the nation. In accordance to the Chamber’s Policy Platform we oppose increase in fines, penalties and fees for business and development. In addition, costly mandates which target one product type and use over another.

Get involved with the Chamber’s advocacy efforts www.bakersfieldadvocacy.org

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Ribbon Cuttings

Sears Outlet, Grand Opening 2300 White Lane, Suite B 661-831-7634

Holiday Inn Express, Grand Remodel 4400 Hughes Lane 661- 833-3000

Ambassadors Jacob Henry, Diamond Technologies; Alan Rollolazo, Diamond Technologies; Lexi Carpenter, Continental Labor & Staffing; Pat Frase, Bakersfield Jazz Workshop; Kathleen McNeil, Junior Achievement; Carla Hutcherson, Manpower; Marcella Ives, American Cancer Society; Leslie Elliott, ARCpoint Labs were on hand for the grand opening.

Chamber Ambassadors Marilyn Henderson, SendOut Cards; Lexi Carpenter, Continental Labor & Staffing; Jacob Henry, Diamond Technologies; Alan Rollolazo, Diamond Technologies; Steve Bohn, Principle Financial Group; Bob Meadows, Mission Bank; Gina Hayden, GET attended the celebration.

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial opening of a new or newly-renovated, relocated or expanded business. It can inaugurate a business’ first day of operation or it can take place weeks after a soft opening. Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in the business’ history, this is also a great photo opportunity. The ceremony gives the business owner or manager a chance to say a few words to those gathered. Business owners have used this time to publicly thank their financial backers, their employees, their friends and family, and/or their business partners. They also take the opportunity to talk about what their business does Metropolitan Recycling, Grand Opening 2601 South Mt. Vernon 661-836-8380 Ambassadors Steve Bohn, Principle Financial Group; Rob Cozzi, Principle Financial Group; Alan Rollolazo, Diamond Technologies; Jacob Henry, Diamond Technologies represented the Chamber at the ribbon cutting.

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Member News

From and About Your Fellow Chamber Members U.S. Commercial Service and the District Export Council of Southern California invites you to the premier Europe-focused event of the year! DISCOVER GLOBAL MARKETS: Europe, June 3-4, Hyatt Regency in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. This is the second event in a series of unprecedented business development conferences dedicated to helping U.S. companies identify and win new business in the international marketplace. For more information visit http://export.gov/ california/ca/DiscoverEurope/ or contact Rafael Pati単o (213) 894-8785 or email Rafael.patino@ trade.gov Boys and Girls Club of Kern County invites you to participate in their $50 raffle. The raffle winner receives a stay and play package for Pebble Beach, two night stay at the Inn at Spanish Bay, golf for two with a cart at Pebble Beach and golf for two with cart at Links at Spanish Bay. To purchase your ticket or for more information contact Ricki Peace (661) 325-3730. Community Action Partnership of Kern invites you to attend the 13th Annual Humanitarian Awards Banquet, Thursday, May 8, 6:00 p.m., Petroluem Club, 5060 California Ave., 12th Floor. Tickets are now available, $80 per person, $580 for a table of eight. For more information contact Marco Paredes (661) 379-8195. Kern County Department of Human Services and AERA Energy LLC present Job Fest 2014, Tuesday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Avenue. Employer opportunities are still available first-come, first served. For more information contact Shanda Evett at (661) 633-7036 or email evetts@ co.kern.ca.us

Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Third Annual Taste of the Sizzling South, Saturday, May 17, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.; 700 South P St. Cost is $20 for adults, $20 for KCBCC members and $5 for children ages 10 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the KCBCC office (661) 326-1529. League of Dreams invites you to participate in their 5th Annual Don C. and Diane S Lake Family Golf Tournament, Monday, May 19, Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave., 93311, 12 p.m. shotgun start. For more information call (661) 616-9122. CSU Bakersfield announced that it will award its highest honor to John Farrer, music director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Farrer will receive only the second Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts to be awarded by the university, the first having gone to Merle Haggard in 2013. The honorary degree will be conferred during the spring commencement ceremony on Friday, June 13th at 7am at the CSUB Amphitheater. Tehachapi Festivals is seeking back yard BBQ chefs for the Tehachapi Brew and Frill Fest on Saturday, July 19. The festival is looking for teams of 4 to compete in tri-tip, pork or chicken categories. For more information visit tehachapibrew.com. Dollar General has a job opening, Store Manager, Bakersfield, Ca. For more information visit visit jobs.dollargeneral.com/Bakersfield-CA/ jobs.aspx Aramark has a job opening, Associate District Manager, Bakersfield, Ca. For more information visit visit www.prodivnet.com.

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May 21, 2014 Providing Business Education and Networking Opportunities

Social Media Therapy The Bolthouse Farms Approach to

Social Media: Brand Awareness and Customer Engagement

Pull up a couch..

The better the content, the stronger the brand and

more engaged the customer! Bolthouse Farms is known for its enticing social media posts that intrigue customers to try, know more or purchase their products. Yet, what is key about all of their social media is they all represent their brand. Join Daniel Green, digital community manager of Bolthouse Farms, as he shows attendees Bolthouse Farm’s secret to social media success. This therapy session will show you how to: • Develop and maintain an ongoing, everevolving social media strategy as it pertains to primary marketing objectives and your business brand. • Attract customer engagement via social media • Discover your social content- and why your approach is important.

Wednesday, May 21 Check-in and Networking: 11:45 a.m. Therapy Session: noon to 1:00 p.m. Location: Fresno Pacific University-Bakersfield Center, 11000 River Run Blvd. Ste. 200

Daniel Green Bolthouse Farms

Meet Tonya Sterling Helping the Chamber take the next steps forward Since, 2002 Tonya Sterling has energetically

been behind-the-scenes at Chamber programs and events. Sterling currently serves as the operations director of the Chamber and supports staff with all events, programs and is the primary representative for the board of directors. As staff lead for Leadership Bakersfield, she has led and developed hundreds of local leaders. She also serves as the lead for Annual Dinner and Board Installation, State of the City Forum and corporate trainings. “The best thing about working at the Chamber is the joy of working with a great team,” Sterling said. “Not only is the Chamber staff the best team in town, but we have great member businesses that I have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis.” Although Sterling claims otherwise, she is not shy to represent the Chamber and be at the forefront of events. She is always driving METRO 12

Chamber Seeking Palooza Auction Items and Volunteer!

staff in the right direction and helping them succeed in planning and developing Chamber events and programs. “Without Tonya’s guidance, expertise and positive outlook, events and programs wouldn’t be the same,” said Jean Scheiber, operations assistant. During her 11 years at the Chamber, Sterling has been supported by her husband Travis and her two sons Bryce and Blake. If there is one thing you should know about Sterling, it is that she has strong pride in Bakersfield, but refers to her southern roots to keep her grounded and remind her of true family values.

Chamber Palooza, the Chamber’s only fundraiser of the year is seeking auction items. The auction is a great way for businesses to get publicity for their products and services and show community support. Palooza is seeking volunteers in all areas: check-in, bartenders, runners and much more! Palooza is set for Friday, June 13, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Kern County Museum. If you have an item to donate or are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather at the Chamber at (661) 327-4421 or email her at Hpennella@bakersfieldchamber.org


Providing Business Education and Networking Opportunities

Find Out How to Do Business with Union Cemetery and Price Disposal Small Business Networking Breakfast opens the door for small business to find out about opportunities to do business with large companies. Thursday, June 12 Check in and Networking: 7:30 a.m. Event: 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. At the Chamber, 1725 Eye Street

Dave Hepburn, Historic Union Cemetery, will

talk about what it takes to do business with the cemetery and which services are needed to run the 80 acre, nearly 150 year-old cemetery. Ray Scott, Price Disposal, will tell you all you need to know on how to become a vendor with one of Kern County’s largest private waste management companies. Bring plenty of business cards and come

Developing tomorrow’s community leaders today. Leadership Bakersfield helps participants become more knowledgeable and discover ways to become actively involved in the community. One day a month for ten months, participants will take a deeper dive into important topics in our community: Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Criminal Justice, Energy, Education, Government, Health and Human Services, Leadership and Media.

prepared to promote your products and services to a variety of potential clients. Cost is $25 for Chamber members, $50 for nonmembers. Continental breakfast will be provided. To register, call (661) 327-4421 or visit www.bakersfieldchamber.org. Please park in the Eye Street parking structure located on the northwest corner of 18th and Eye streets.

You’re Late!

This Mandatory 2014 Employment Notice Poster Should Be Posted in Your Office Today!  

Applications now available at the Chamber office or our web site www.bakersfieldchamber.org Application deadline is June 25, 2014

A PROGRAM OF THE

There are mandatory and pending changes to the

employment notices poster in 2014! This convenient all-in-one poster contains the 16 required state and federal employment notices every California employer must post, updated for 2014. ALL California employers, regardless of size, MUST post a current employment poster. Failure to post can cost your company as much as $17,000 in penalties. Call the Chamber at (661) 327-4421 to get your poster today!

1725 Eye Street • Bakersfield, CA 93301 | P.O. Box 1947, Bakersfield, CA 93303 | 661.327.4421

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Building a Strong Economy

Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorships with the Bakersfield Young Professionals allow for unique and exclusive access to the most hidden demographic in Bakersfield – its young professionals. Benefits of sponsorship include: • Awareness among hundreds of proud and dynamic young professionals • Exclusive participation or brand recognition with activities that will host young professionals • Association with Bakersfield’s most prominent business leaders and popular venues • First exposure to the newest young professional organization in Bakersfield

Presenting

Gold

• Designation and recognition as a presenting annual sponsor for the Bakersfield Young Professionals gaining exposure to the newest network of young professionals in Bakersfield. • Logo and link will be visible on the Chamber website and/or Facebook page. • Logo will be included on all promotional items used for BYP including: Brochures, Flyers, Emails, Signage, Swag, etc. • Recognition at event: potentially including signage, materials or projection on screen; whichever is most suitable for the event. • Recognition on social media. • Ability to address the crowd for 3 minutes at select BYP events, if they choose to do so. • Distribute materials at BYP events (booth provided if pertains to event). Presenting sponsor will have the opportunity to place literature in every seat. • Provide a giveaway item at BYP events. • Send out 3 email blasts (in 2014) to our network of young professionals. • 5 event tickets for each BYP event.

• Designation and recognition as a gold annual sponsor for the Bakersfield Young Professionals gaining exposure to the newest network of young professionals in Bakersfield. • Name will be visible on the Chamber website and/or Facebook page. • Name will be included on select promotional items used for BYP including: Brochures, Flyers, Emails, etc. • Recognition at event: potentially including signage, materials or projection on screen; whichever is most suitable for the event. • Distribute materials at BYP events. • Address the crowd for 3 minutes at 2 select BYP events. • Send out 2 email blasts (in 2014) to our network of young professionals. • 3 event tickets for each BYP event.

Sponsorship cost- $5,000

“With so many diverse opportunities in Kern County, BYP gives us a chance to grow professionally, as well as grow our business network. The insight this group will offer will be great business development and help take my career to the next level.” Derron Juarez, account manager, Aerotek Staffing Agency

Sponsorship cost- $2500

Silver • Designation and recognition as a gold annual sponsor for the Bakersfield Young Professionals gaining exposure to the newest network of young professionals in Bakersfield. • Name will be visible on the Chamber website and/or Facebook page. • Name will be included on select promotional items used for BYP including: Brochures, Flyers, Emails, etc. • Recognition at event: potentially including announcement, signage, materials or projection on screen; whichever is most suitable for the event. • Distribute limited materials at BYP events. • Send out 1 email blasts (in 2014) to our network of young professionals. • 2 event tickets for each BYP event. Sponsorship cost- $1,000

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Contact Lauren for more information (661) 327-4421 or email lsmoot@bakersfieldchamber.org


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catered by Hodel’s Be there for networking, prizes, auctions, drinks, dancing and fun!!!! $45 Advanced Tickets $55 At the Door

Entertainment Sponsors:

Silver Sponsor: PG&E

Bronze Sponsors: Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock GEM Care Braun Electric

Dignity Health McKee Electric BFMC/HPN Dollar General PCL

Imbibe Limousine Scene Kern Federal Credit Union


Paul Anderson Moneywise/BrokersXpress Brooke Antonioni Trans West Security Service, Inc. Susan M. Benham Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Greg Chamberlain Bakersfield College David Dobbs Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant Karen Goh Garden Pathways, Inc. Scott Guseman Paramount Farming Company Ronald Johns RA Johnsfam dba McDonald’s Duane Keathley Cushman & Wakefield/Pacific Kathy Miller Aera Energy LLC Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Bill Murray DoubleTree by Hilton Carla Musser Chevron Pritesh Patel Valley Republic Bank Tom Saba Creative Concepts/Saba Agency Rick Stevens Stevens Transportation, Inc. DeAnn Straub Kern Federal Credit Union

Please post this newsletter on your company bulletin board. All employees of member businesses are invited to Chamber functions.

Board Members

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce 1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947 Bakersfield, CA 93303

Chairman of the Board Danny Ordiz Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc. Chairman of the Board Elect Danielle Wade Bright House Networks Vice Chair Administration Shaun Kelly Tolman and Wiker Insurance Services, LLC Vice Chair Networking Division Karen King Golden Empire Transit District Vice Chair Business Advocacy Derek Abbott Tejon Ranch Company Vice Chair Member Education Christine Frazier Kern County Superintendent of Schools Vice Chair Community Outreach John F. Stovall Law Offices of John F. Stovall Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Immediate Past Chair Garrett Ming KABI LLC Director-at-Large Steve Murray Murray Family Farms

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2014 Board of Directors

Broadcast your business BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Chamber Staff President/CEO Director of Operations Project Manager Operations Assistant Information Specialist Government Affairs Manager Communications Manager Director of Membership

Cynthia D. Pollard Tonya Sterling Heather Pennella Jean Scheiber Janet Ursery Leticia Flores Lauren Smoot Joy Davis

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce 1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947 Bakersfield, CA 93303 661-327-4421 • FAX: 661-327-8751 http://www.bakersfieldchamber.org

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LIVE STREAM SHOW This weekly one-hour business broadcast will provide news, information, tips, tools and resources important to business. Airing Mondays, 10-11 a.m., on Bakersfield.com, the show will deliver nearly 40,000 visitors and provide a great way to reach your audience. Segment sponsorship Two six-month sponsorships for $5,000 each Advertising Packages (:30 second commercial spots) 100 spots, 2 per show for $5,000 50 spots, 1 per show for $2,500 25 spots, 1 per week, January to June or July to December $1,250 *Single spots available on a limited basis. Join the broadcast by contacting

661.327.4421 1725 Eye Street • Bakersfield, CA 93301 P.O. Box 1947, Bakersfield, CA 93303 www.bakersfieldchamber.org


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