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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce | April 2018

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AMBASSADORS A dedicated group of volunteers is the heart of the Chamber. Find out how the benefits of joining can positively impact your business.

9 PANCAKES & PARTNERSHIPS Finding local procurement opportunities has never been easier. Read how you can connect your business to some of Bakersfield's largest companies.



GIVE BIG KERN The county's largest local giving day will happen soon. Find out how you can connect with and donate to the nonprofit sector.


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MEMBER NEWS Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.

Leadership Bakersfield has expanded the leadership skills of hundreds of local individuals.

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Connecting local



akersfield Young Professionals is giving local millennials access to several of the city’s influential entrepreneurs at the second annual BYP Summit on April 12. This event is a chance to connect, ask questions and start dialogue about Bakersfield’s changing business scene and how new companies are adding to the local culture. The event will open How to attend… with the launch of “Be In Bakersfield,” a new Roundtable Lunch marketing campaign Check-in | 11:30 a.m. and nonprofit, which Lunch | Noon to 1 p.m. will be presented Summit by Austin and Anna Check-in | 12:30 p.m. Smith, Daniel Cater Summit Speakers | 1-4:30 p.m. and Shannon LaBare. No-Host Social | 4:30-6 p.m. The goal is to get Get tickets at eventbrite.com young professionals excited about living locally by sharing stories of what’s good in the community with the hopes of giving Bakersfield a competitive edge in the future. Some of Bakersfield’s established entrepreneurs will explain the highs and lows of being their own bosses in two diverse panels. The first panel, moderated by David Milazzo, founder and principal of Macroscopic and cofounder of FormForce, will feature young professionals who have utilized everything from apps to social media to develop a business and share their experiences of venturing out on their own. For other business owners, an untapped market sparked an idea for a company. During the second panel, which will be moderated by Bakersfield City Councilmember Andrae Gonzales, each entrepreneur will explain how they turned a creative idea into a thriving business and what steps to take to start your own business. Ebrahim “EB” Bhaiji, cofounder of Castifi, will close out the event as the keynote speaker. Castifi is a platform solution that uses technology to streamline the casting process for production companies worldwide. A Bakersfield native, EB will reveal how one idea became a global phenomenon and how to turn your ideas into a lucrative reality. The event will be held at Elements Venue, 3401 Chester

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Ebrahim "EB" Bhaiji Cofounder and VP of Business Development

Don't miss… The launch of the new marketing campaign and nonprofit "Be In Bakersfield." Entrepreneur Panel which includes speakers from Temblor Brewing Company, Locale Farm to Table Eatery and Fit Pantry. Digital Business Panel – includes Instagram Influencer Krista Horton and FITCLUB app creator Austin Llach.

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Ave. There are two ways to connect with our speakers. Attend a roundtable lunch and the summit for $35, or just the summit for $20. For last-minute attendees, tickets for the summit only will be available to purchase at the door for $30. Tickets can be purchased in advance on eventbrite.com. Sponsorship opportunities for the BYP Summit are also available. Contact Hillary Haenes at hhaenes@bakersfieldchamber.org for details. 

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your leadership skills


oin a 31-year tradition that brings together a group of 32 indiviuals from across the city and asks them to step out of their daily lives, open their minds and imagine how they can help create a better Bakersfield. The Chamber is now accepting applications for the 2019 Leadership Bakersfield Class. By the end of the 10-month program, LB graduates will expand their knowledge and confidence to effectively lead Bakersfield into the future by meeting and interacting with current leaders, discover more about their own individual leadership styles, study local issues and cultivate appreciation for differing perspectives. Each class session is tailored to educate participants on a key community issue. A combination of top-tiered speakers and panels, access to movers and shakers within key industries, exclusive tours and hands-on activities provides

Things to know… Deadline Wednesday, June 20 Download your application at bakersfieldchamber.org insight into that day's particular topic. Participants are also tasked with designing a project that fulfills a need in the community. Each year, LB teams create programs and projects that funnel in thousands of dollars into our community that impact the lives of hundreds of individuals. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, June 20. Applications can be found at www.bakersfieldchamber.org.


Team 1 – Renovated the library at the East Bakersfield Boys & Girls Club.

Team 2 – Placed new outdoor fitness equipment at the Bakersfield Senior Center.


Team 3 – Installed a new mural in Downtown Bakersfield to raise awareness for local food insecurity issues.

Team 4 – Provided life skills classes for boys at the Kern Bridges Youth Homes and updated an outdoor area at the Kern County Daughter Project.


A hands-on approach to



ne of Kern’s largest industries was the focus of the recent Leadership Bakersfield class session. Students connected with top oil professionals and took an exclusive tour of one of the county’s largest oil fields – Elk Hills field. The day started off at Aera Energy LLC, where participants toured Aera Academy to learn the many facets of oil production, Aera’s company history and more. The energy sector relies on a wide array of skill sets and expertise to manage its daily operations. A panel of local experts explained how the industry’s diverse career opportunities are a path to the middle class. Representatives from PG&E, Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison discussed how utility companies are contributing to the local energy sector. LB Alum, Michael Dixon, explained a new solar project that partners Aera Energy with GlassPoint Solar. The 850-megawatt solar thermal facility will be built at the Belridge field and will be the largest solar energy project in the state once it is completed. Participants received a behind-the-scenes peek at how California Resources Corporation manages its daily processes at Elk Hills through a tour of the field operations and Consolidated Control Facility. CRC’s Regulatory Director Joe Ashley provided an overview of the innovative environmental safeguards and conservation program the company incorporates within its operations. Longtime oil representative Les Clark III provided a look into the county’s small oil producers. The day concluded with representatives from Western

States Petroleum Association as the class participated in hands-on activities that gave them a better understanding of energy concepts like drilling for oil, porosity/permeability and the different oil samples, core samples and some asphalt cobblestones from Santa Barbara. The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Gloria Williams, California Resources Corporation; and Amanda Frank, Adventist Health Bakersfield. A special thank you to day sponsors: Aera Energy LLC, California Resources Corporation, Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

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MIX & MINGLE with the Chamber


s one of the state’s largest builders, Castle & Cooke California, Inc. has been the driving force behind many key developments in West Bakersfield, with its Seven Oaks neighborhoods, The Marketplace, the Shops at River Walk and more. Get a sneak peak at its newest gated, master planned active adult community – Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks – at our next Chamber After Hours Mixer on April 26. Bring your friends for an evening of mixing and mingling while enjoying barbecue appetizers, drinks including a complimentary special April 26 spiked lemonade and an 5:30-7:30 p.m. opportunity to tour four of the new model homes Highgate Regents inside Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks $5 members | $10 nonmembers at Seven Oaks. Enjoy live music, and challenge your friends to a game of corn hole, Connect 4 and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to establish new business partnerships, re-connect with old friends and see what’s trending in the local economy. Valet services will be provided. Keep in mind you will be walking through the grass. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Drink tickets are $5 each and raffle tickets are $5 for 6. For more details, visit bakersfieldchamber.org.


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Become your best



hey are faces you see at nearly every Chamber function, from signature events to mixers to ribbon cuttings. They are the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee – a dedicated group of 60+ members strong. Ambassadors come from every industry sector, business size and occupation. This tireless group of volunteers are truly the heart of the Chamber and act as our public relations arm. They help new and established members celebrate significant company milestones, welcome new members at bimonthly Coffee with the Chamber events and assist at the Chamber’s networking events. “The knowledge from others about the organization I work for has increased. I’ve also made more connections which, in turn, have made more relationships and sponsors/ donors,” said Jessica Mathews, executive director of the League of Dreams. For Josie Martin, becoming an Ambassador two years ago was a perfect outlet to meet new people and build relationships, whether or not that leads to a business deal. “As you attend events, serve on committees and interact with people outside your normal routines, you will have the opportunity to interact with all types of people. This will create better relationship-building skills that can crossover to improve the non-business aspects of your life as well,” said Martin, who serves as the senior catering manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It’s usually a packed house for each month’s Ambassador Committee meeting. The meetings are not only finding

It’s a great way to network, be involved in community activities and build lasting relationships and friendships. Marlene Morales Print Centers

out about the Chamber’s upcoming events, but also what volunteer opportunities there are that month. Guest speakers are brought in to provide professional development, updates on issues impacting the community and more. Also, one to two Ambassadors are given the opportunity to give a five-minute pitch on their company’s products and services at each meeting. And that’s not the only time to network. Whether it’s at the monthly meeting, ribbon cuttings or another event, Ambassadors have created a strong network to connect with each other, trade business cards and offer others support. Jonny Perez, who handles community outreach for Deprigo, got involved with the Ambassador Committee after his company reached a plateau in business. Since joining three years ago, the results Deprigo has experienced speak for themselves. “We have seen a drastic increase in business due to the deep roots that we have planted within our community. Our community partners have created a very strong referralbased source of free marketing that I do not believe can be replaced by any conventional means of marketing thanks to what the Chamber and the programs provided,” Perez said, who serves as this year’s Ambassador Committee chair. All three echoed the same sentiment about the benefits of getting involved and putting yourself out there as a Chamber Ambassador. “I always say ‘You get out what you put in.’ The more you’re involved in building relationships – that will not only translate into money but will also strengthen the ties you have to your city and its people,” Perez said.

Joe Coughlin, of Coconut Joe's, was just one of the amazing guest speakers for the Chamber's Ambassador Committee.



Kern's economic outlook remains



o author Victor Davis Hanson, California is at an extreme crossroads. The state’s abundance of sunshine, great weather, coastlines and other resources brought in an influx of diversity. However, the keynote speaker told attendees at the 2018 Kern County Economic Summit those same assets are allowing some parts of the state, like the Bay Area, to become wealthy, while the other parts are facing extreme Keynote Speaker Victor Davis Hanson poverty rates. “It’s very disturbing because the people who make decisions for those of us in this room are living in Northern California,” Hanson explained, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. Despite the deep divide Hanson believes is happening in California, the resounding message from the annual economic forecast event is Kern’s doing well. Cal State Bakersfield economic professors Richard Gearhart and Nyakundi Michieka provided a positive outlook for Bakersfield. Local unemployment rates are hitting marks not seen in decades, with Bakersfield coming in at 6.9 percent. Workers will experience significant wage increases over the next five years, with Gearhart projecting an 11 percent jump by 2022. “Businesses will have to poach employees from other companies to fill positions. They’ll do this by offering high wages and other key benefits,” Gearhart explained. In East Kern, aerospace and defense innovation are driving its economy. Despite a diversity of industries and greatpay, there’s a shortage of aerospace engineers. East Kern industry leaders are now working with high schools to educate students about the possibilities in the field.


On the housing front, Kern’s median home price sits at $225,500. Local real estate broker Derek Sprague said supply remains on a downward trend as more people stay in their homes for longer periods. The state’s housing outlook still looks bleak, with more and more Californians priced out of home ownership. Commercial real estate is seeing an increase locally, as more retailers open store fronts. Industrial and office space construction are also up. Other speakers for the event included CSUB and Bakersfield High School political science teacher Jeremy Adams and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research Strategist John Shin. The Kern County Economic Summit is hosted each year by the Chamber, Kern Economic Development Corporation and California State University, Bakersfield. Thank you to all of our sponsors, including Platinum Sponsors Adventist Health Bakersfield and Kaiser Permanente Kern County, for their support.

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Establishing new



anding a contract with the Kern High School District to digitize student records was a huge victory for Scott Garrison, vice president of sales and marketing for Stria. "The Kern High School District was a pleasure to work with an they have allowed Stria to employ approximately 150 Kern County residents, many of which are KHSD graduates," Garrison said. Ensuring our small business members can navigate the procurement opportunities available with larger companies is the main reason behind the Pancakes & Partnerships Procurement Breakfast series. At the March 8 event, procurement representatives from Castle & Cooke California, Inc. and Kern High School District share their processes and opportunities.

CASTLE & COOKE CALIFORNIA, INC. Deryk Gross, director of purchasing for Castle & Cooke's homebuilding operations in Bakersfield, explained the company has both commercial and residential projects currently planned or underway. Construction of a new Old Navy location in the Gosford Village shopping center is nearing completion, and Kirklands, a home décor and furniture retailer, will begin construction of a new storefront at the Shops at Riverwalk this year. On the residential side, construction continues on Castle & Cooke’s newest Seven Oaks neighborhood – Highgate. This master plan community offers four unique product series that targets each stage of life from young families through active adults. Building a residential development requires numerous contractors, suppliers and specialty services, and Gross said roughly 80 percent of Castle & Cooke's suppliers are local. “Our team at Castle & Cooke takes pride in the product we sell, the quality we strive to achieve in each home and the people we do business with,” Gross said. “Our trade partners are part of our community and they take pride

working with us in our communities.” Gross said Castle & Cooke’s bidding process starts with a simple email to homebuildbfl@castlecooke.com to request a bid pre-qualification package.

KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT The Kern High School District (KHSD) is the largest high school district in the state, serving more than 39,000 students. Tony Frutos, a contracts coordinator for the Kern High School District, said the district spends more than $100 million each year on its procurement and construction contracts each year. The district has several construction projects in the pipeline, including the modernization of both Foothill High School and Kern Valley High School and expansion of the Regional Occupational Center. Plans are also in the works to build three new high schools in the city’s northwest, southwest and southeast areas. “Responding to a public procurement solicitation is often incorrectly viewed as a daunting task for small businesses, either involving too many procedural hoops to jump through or excessive bureaucratic rules. This event allowed the district to explain what methods it uses to solicit goods and services,” Tony Frutos said. KHSD posts all of its bids and requests for proposals on its website. A business can register to become a vendor and receive emails of bids meeting their criteria. To access KHSD’s vendor portal, visit https://www.kernhigh.org/apps/pages/businessservices.

“ Chamber Ambassador Jim Luff stands with speakers (l-r) Matthew Deford, Brandi Rodriguez, Tony Frutos and Deryk Gross.

I encourage all Chamber members to attend these breakfast meetings and to pursue local contracts with some of the area’s largest employers. Scott Garrison Stria


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Handling a workplace



ur members face strict labor regulations when it comes to managing their employees. The Chamber’s quarterly Labor Law & HR Forum series is one platform that gives members access to vital HR topics and employment law updates to keep their operations running smoothly. At the March 15 event, Attorney Jefferson Eberhardt, of Young Wooldridge LLP, walked attendees through what steps a company should take if they need to investigate an employee complaint. He recommends that businesses begin an investigation within two weeks of receiving a complaint. “When you have allegations of harassment or discrimination and you decide to do an investigation, you need to map it out. You need to decide who you’re going to talk to and why an investigation is needed,” said Eberhardt. Investigations should be launched immediately any time a complaint of alleged conduct comes in that could result in disciplinary action. This includes harassment, discrimination, retaliation, alcohol/drug use, acts or threats of violence, attendance problems or insubordination. Eberhardt noted the more serious the allegations, the more likely an investigation will be needed. He also recommended notifying your company’s legal counsel of any allegations so they can advise you through the process. While an investigation is underway, he recommends to assess safety issues, take immediate action to stop ongoing harassment or harm, preserve any evidence pertinent to the investigation, establish a notification protocol and initiate anti-retaliation steps. For less severe allegations, Eberhardt recommends using someone within a company, like a supervisor or HR representative, to handle the investigation. A company should hire an outside investigator, like a special counsel or qualified HR professional, for any major issues or if the allegations are against its upper level management or CEO. Eberhardt stressed that conducting an investigation can be a delicate process, and confidentiality is crucial. Not only does it protect the privacy rights of the parties and

10 Common Investigation Mistakes Failing to plan. Ignoring complaints. Delaying investigations. Losing objectivity. Being distracted during interviews. Using overly aggressive interview tactics. Not conducting a thorough investigation. Failing to reach a conclusion. Failing to create a written report. Failing to follow up with those involved. Source: Young Wooldridge LLP witnesses involved, it can protect evidence and preserve privileges. “The more you work to keep issues pertaining to an investigation confidential, the stronger it will be,” he said. Once the investigation is done, a final report on the findings should be issued. The report should include items like the individuals involved, what the allegations consisted of, key factual findings, specific conclusions and employer actions. Eberhardt explained companies should not volunteer to disclose the report’s findings. However, he said employers should notify the person who reported the allegations of the report’s outcome, state that appropriate action was taken and explain what processes are in place to protect them from retaliation.

Save the date… The next Labor Law & HR Forum will be held on Thursday, June 14, at the Chamber office. More details will be released soon. Register now at bakersfieldchamber.org.

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The intricate workings of the



rom first responders rushing to a call to lawyers and judges in a courtroom, Youth Leadership Bakersfield students saw firsthand how the legal system works to protect public safety during its March 7 class session. The Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety class session started inside a basement courtroom at the Kern County Superior Court. Students observed individuals convicted of crimes standing with their lawyers to hear Judge Colette M. Humphrey hand down their sentences. After the fast-paced courtroom session, Melissa Allen, supervising deputy district attorney, and T. Alan Rodgers, with the Kern County Public Defender’s Office, shared their passion for the justice system, what law school is really like and the important roles they serve in the city. At police headquarters on Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield Assistant Police Chief Greg Terry shared his journey to become a police officer and what career opportunities the department offers. Bakersfield Police Department also opened its training facility to showcase the resources it uses to keep the city safe. Students met with the bomb squad, SWAT team and K-9 officers, and took part in a training simulation that shows situations officers face while on patrol. The day wrapped up at the Olive Drive Fire Training Facility where Bakersfield Fire Department put on a live burn demonstration to show students the measures fire fighters take to extinguish a residential fire. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Joshua Finney, Bakersfield Police Department; Anthony Galagaza, Bakersfield Fire Department; and Jeff Warren, Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et al; and Day Assistant Danay Jones, Adventist Health

Bakersfield. A special thank you to our day sponsors: Bakersfield Police Officers Association and the Bakersfield Professional Firefighters.

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& making a difference

By Louis Medina Kern Community Foundation


ern’s largest local giving day – Give Big Kern – will be back for its third year on May 1. The Chamber is proud to be a sponsor again this year. Launched in 2016, by the Kern Community Foundation, Give Big Kern provides an opportunity for all of Kern County to come together as one community, raising unrestricted dollars and volunteer hours for local nonprofits through online crowd funding and pledges. Last year’s campaign raised more than $150,000 and more than 15,000 volunteer hours for local nonprofits. “Give Big Kern is our gift to the nonprofit community,” said KCF President and CEO Kristen Beall. “In addition to raising dollars and attracting volunteer hours, it introduces scores of local nonprofits to important marketing and development skills, including fundraising the 21st century way: online. With the help of our dedicated sponsors, we are able to leverage resources and create an opportunity to bring the entire community together, supporting scores of truly remarkable organizations.”   Give Big Kern’s online donation platform went live April 1 and will stay open until May 2. Interested donors can head to givebigkern.org, search among some 140 nonprofits

What's new for 2018? Billy the Give Big Goat is Give Big Kern’s official mascot. Partnerships with local businesses, including Sequoia Sandwich Co. and Temblor Brewing Co., where sales of selected items between March 1 and May 1 generate money to help local agencies through Give Big Kern. Come out for Meet & Greet the Nonprofits Day at CALM on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will give the public an opportunity to learn about agencies participating in Give Big Kern. A Spanish-language page on givebigkern.org to educate potential Spanish-speaking donors how to give to their favorite nonprofits. registered to participate and donate money or pledge volunteer hours directly to that nonprofit. The minimum donation is $5. GiveGab charges a small credit card processing fee per donation, but most donors cover this fee to ensure their entire donation goes to the charity they support. KCF will also award cash prizes to the agency that raises the most dollars, engages the most donors, receives the most volunteer pledges and more. For more information, visit givebigkern.org.


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ach month, BYP teams up with the Kern Community Foundation to host Philanthropy on Tap. This free event series allows nonprofits to discuss their services and volunteer opportunities, and allows young professionals to build connections. April's featured nonprofit is Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation. This nonprofit was founded in 1994, to help close the higher education gap for Kern County students. Get involved by becoming a speaker or adviser for its Summer Coding Camp, helping with college preparation outreach, coordinating fundraising efforts and more. Come learn how to get involved and enjoy complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. For more information on BYP, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


MEMBER NEWS The Bakersfield Art Association will hold various workshops and satellite exhibits throughout April. For more information, visit bakersfieldartassociation.org. Dress for Success Bakersfield will host its spring clearance sale on April 3-6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1416 17th St. Get designer and brand name clothing, shoes and accessories at great prices. For more information, visit https://bakersfield.dressforsuccess.org. The United Way of Kern County will host the 28th annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits on April 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. There will be speakers, exhibitor booths, breakout sessions and workshops. Register at www.uwkern.org/2018npconference. The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science will host the Spectacular World of Science on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. There will be hands-on science experiments, speakers and presentations all day. For more information or to get tickets, visit www.sharktoothhill.org. CALM will hold its Wildlife Rehabilitation Program training class on April 7 and 14. Volunteers assist CALM’s Animal Keepers in the zoo’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and will learn how to care for more than 800 injured and orphaned animals that come to the facility each year. Download applications at calmzoo.org. Bakersfield College will host a free e-waste recycling event on Saturday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the southwest parking lot on Haley Street and University Avenue. Old

and unwanted computers, monitors, laptops, cell phones and more will be collected. For more information, visit bakersfieldcollege.edu. CASA of Kern County will host the 2018 CASA Superhero Run on Saturday, April 7, at the Park at River Walk, 11298 Stockdale Hwy. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the races begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit kerncasa.org. Bakersfield College will host the second annual Public Health Renegade Hackathon at 1801 Panorama Drive. The event will take place over three days from April 12-14. Students and professionals will design and build tech tools that respond to a specific community need. The event is free, but participants need to register at www.bcinnovates.com. The Kern Economic Development Foundation will present the Kern County Stemposium on Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. This event will not only allow high school students to showcase their innovative STEM projects, but businesses will also have the opportunity to display equipment and demonstrate skills needed to be successful in the workplace. For more information, email courtney@kedc.com. Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital will host a recovery roundtable discussion on Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m., at 5201 White Lane. Learn about what services are available locally and how your organization can help. Send RSVP's to teena.bensusen@ bakersfieldbehavioral.com. Graduating high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Medical

Scholarship. The scholarship is open to students planning to enroll as a first year, full-time student at an accredited college or university in a medical field in the fall. Applications must be submitted by April 13, and can be downloaded at http://hallamb.com/2018-hall-medicalscholarship-application. Beladagio will host landscape artist Dean Powell for a free class on planting and creative garden design on Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m., at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. For more information, call 661-829-2288. California State University, Bakersfield will offer free income tax preparation services through April 14 at the Business Development Center, Room A218, 9000 Stockdale Hwy. The services will be provided by accounting student volunteers who have gone through the necessary IRS training. To make an appointment, call 661-654-3406. The BLVD will hold its VIP Grand Opening event on Wednesday, April 18, from 5-10 p.m., at 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. This new event venue offers gastropub-style cuisine, three bars and outdoor beer garden, bowling, laser tag and more. Proceeds from its opening night will benefit five local charities, including CASA of Kern County, League of Dreams, CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners Scholarship Fund and Kern County Cancer Fund. Each charity is limited to 125 tickets. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com. The Kern County Chapter of the American Payroll Association will host its April meeting on Thursday, April 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, 5101 California Ave. Candace Anderson, with the state controller’s office, will be the guest CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 METRO | PAGE 15



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speaker. Please RSVP by April 13 to kerncoapa@hotmail.com. The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce will hold its 15th annual Gala and Board Installation on Friday, April 20, from 6-9 p.m., at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. Music producer and author Matthew Knowles will be the keynote speaker. For more information or ticket pricing, email gala@kcbcc.org. The Autism Society – Kern Autism Network will host a paint night at Colorful Strokes Art Studio on Friday, April 20, from 7-9 p.m., at 1811 Oak St., Suite 110. All paint supplies, appetizers and a beverage will be provided. Cost is $40 per person. For more information, visit kernautism.org. Beladagio will host a free class on Saturday, April 21, that will demonstrate the best techniques for displaying your favorite wall décor and how to create your own gallery-style focal wall. The class will begin at 10 a.m. at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. For more information, call 661-829-2288. Six Flags Magic Mountain will host a private party on April 27. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.SixFlags.com/MagicMountain and enter promo code April1 (in the upper right hand corner). Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ Camp KEEP Foundation will host its annual fundraising event Wine Camp for KEEP on Saturday, April 28, from 6-9 p.m., at a private residence in Stockdale Estates. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the foundation’s campership fund. For more information, visit www.winecampforkeep.com. Kern Schools Federal Credit Union will host its Recycle Drive on Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at its 11500 Bolthouse Drive location.

Several community partners, including Kern Green, BARC and Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire – ReStore will be on hand to collect various items. For more information on what items can be recycled, visit https://ksfcu.org/recycling-day. Beladagio will host a “My Saint My Hero” jewelry trunk show on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. For more information, call 661-829-2288. The Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield will host the 32nd annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m., at the Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Hwy. Dr. Meira Levinson, a leading researcher on educational ethics and youth empowerment, will be the featured speaker. For more information on this free event, visit www.csub.edu/kie. McCormick Biological, Inc. is seeking applicants for several temporary biological technician positions available on or after April 15 through Sept. 15. Work will be conducted both in an office setting and in the field. To apply or see a full job description, visit www.mccormickbiologicalinc.com/ employment. CASA of Kern County will host the 2018 CASA Boot Scootin’ Derby Party on Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m., at the Gardiner Ranch. Watch the Kentucky Derby while you enjoy mint juleps, dinner, dancing and unique auction items. Purchase tickets at kerncasa.org. Tickets are now on sale for the Tacos, Margaritas and Beer Festival on Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m., at the Links at Riverlakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. Proceeds will benefit the League of Dreams. Tickets are $40 per person. Purchase yours at eventbrite.com.

The Taft College Foundation will host the Taft College Grad Summit on May 12, from 4:30-8 p.m., at Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. This event is a chance to network with industry partners and hear inspiring stories from TC alumni. Email RSVPs to shorn-bunk@taftcollege.edu. The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Lynnette Zelezny, Ph.D. to serve as the next president of California State University, Bakersfield. Zelezny currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State University, and will replace Horace Mitchell, who will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. Optimal Hospice Care is in need of fabric to make hospital gowns for its patients throughout Kern County. It takes 2¼ yards of either soft cotton or cotton poly blend fabrics to make each gown. If you would like to donate, email mkapitza@optimalcares.com. Mazzei Injector Co., LLC owner Angelo Mazzei has made a $500,000 donation to California State University, Bakersfield. The donation will help support the university’s proposed Energy & Engineering Innovation Center. The 53,000-squarefoot building will house the Department of Physics and Engineering, the Fab Lab, teaching laboratories, studentfaculty research labs and more. Optimal Hospice Care is recruiting local veterans to serve in its Vet to Vet Hospice Volunteer Program. Training is free. For more information, call 661-716-4000 or email mkapitza@optimalcares.com


NEW MEMBERS We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the companies who have joined the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Thank you for investing in our mission to provide a healthy business climate in Kern County. If you know of a company interested in joining, please contact Andrea Johnston at ajohnston@bakersfieldchamber.org. Allure Aesthetics 9450 Ming Ave., Ste. C Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-847-9920 https://www.myallurespa.com “Allure Aesthetics is dedicated to providing the highest quality services in cosmetic, aesthetics, medical and surgical dermatology.” Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland 201 New Stine Rd., Ste. 350 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-437-8148 www.alz.org/socal “The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” Bookkeeping U Company 818-319-1749 www.bookkeepingucompany.com “We are an accounting firm dedicated to nonprofits. Our focus is supporting and implementing accounting systems in conjunction with bookkeeping

services to build the accounting foundation nonprofits need to fulfill their missions.” Brazilian Wax Boutique 600 Coffee Rd., Ste. F Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-397-4647 www.brazilianwaxboutique.com “Brazilian Wax Boutique is a full-service skincare spa offering full body waxing and facial services.” Greg’s Petroleum Service 7905 Downing Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-535-4900 www.gregspetro.com “Since 1961, Greg’s Petroleum Service has proudly served hundreds of local companies in the agriculture, oil, construction, industrial, fleet, retail and government industries throughout Central California. Our services include fuel delivery, Chevron and Valvoline lubricants, fleet fueling cards and both gas station and quick lube franchising opportunities.”

Localclicks Pro 661-220-7072 www.localclickspro.com “We have been helping businesses with their advertising since 1996. LocalClicks Pro has built, managed and optimized hundreds of online marketing campaigns throughout Bakersfield.” Sculpt 365 Fitness – Brimhall 9500 Brimhall Rd., Ste. 202 Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-679-7116 www.sculpt365.com “Sculpt 365 Fitness is a true 24-hour fitness club! Our mission is to inspire, motivate and partner with you to reach your fitness goals.” Sculpt 365 Fitness – Chester 4128 Chester Ave., Ste. H Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-323-5940 www.sculpt365.com “Sculpt 365 Fitness is a true 24-hour fitness club! Our mission is to inspire, motivate and partner with you to reach your fitness goals.”


“If you want to get to know the people and businesses in your community, being an Ambassador is a great start. Learning about new businesses, meeting the people who run them and seeing a positive impact in the community is great! Plus you never know when you’ll need the services of someone that may be sitting right next to you,” said Mathews. “The Chamber provides an inexpensive way to bridge the gap giving me chance to get to know more of the community,” said Martin. “There may not be better organizations at providing relevant speakers and guest trainers in a timely manner than chambers of commerce.” If you’re interested in joining the Ambassador Committee, email Hillary Haenes at hhaenes@bakersfieldchamber.org.

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Advanced Micro Resource, Digital Forensics – 2016 Bakersfield Community Concert Association – 2007 Bakersfield Heart Hospital – 1998 Bakersfield Truck Center – 1992 Bank of America – 1920 Barbich Consulting – 2005 Baymarr Constructors, Inc. – 1997 BSK & Associates – 1972 California Independent Petroleum Association – 1992 S.A. Camp Companies, Investments – 2003 Canteen Vending – 2011 Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment – 2006 Chevron – 1920 Citizens Business Bank – 17th Street Branch – 1983 Commercial Trade Inc. – 1988 Donnie Craig – 1999 Dewar’s Soda Fountain & Fine Candies – 2012 Dowling Aaron Incorporated – 2004 Empire Eye and Laser Center – 2017 Esparza Enterprises, Inc. – 2001 GEO Reentry Services – 2011 Hall Letter Shop Inc. – 1990 The Hampton Inn Bakersfield – Central – 2006 Hilton Garden Inn Hotel – 2003 Itani Design Concepts – 2015 Kaiser Permanente Kern County – 1987 Kern County Builders Exchange – 1957 LeBeau-Thelen LLP – 1989 McDonald’s Restaurant – F Street – 2002

Meridian Pacific, Inc. – 2012 Metropolitan Recycling LLC – 2011 Ming Around the Corner – 2000 MLH Solutions, Inc. – 2009 North of the River Recreation & Park District – 2013 Owens Valley Career Development Center – 2012 Pacifica Senior Living – 2009 PCL Industrial Services, Inc. – 2011 Point Loma Nazarene University – 2008 PostNet CA 135 – 2014 Print Dirt Cheap – 2016 Lynn E. Rickard, ARA – 1998 The Links at Riverlakes Ranch – 2005 Santa Barbara Business College – 1983 Santiago Sales – 2011 Snelling Staffing Services – 2008 Southern California Orthopedic Institute – 1999 Steward Title of California, Inc. – 1975 Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino – 2007 Thomas M. Morlan, Attorney at Law – 2015 Today Cleaners – 2003 Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC – 2000 U-Haul Moving and Storage on Panama Lane – 2015 Valley Achievement Center – 2003 Valley Bible Fellowship – 2017 Valley Decal – 1965 Victoria’s – 2015 Western Nutrients Corp. – 2012 Western States Petroleum Association – 1990 Yankee Communications, Inc. – 2013

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Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks Youth Leadership Bakersfield Graduation 6:30 p.m. | Four Points Sheraton

The Chamber’s 2018 Business Directory and Street Map are now available. See what the Chamber is doing in our community and be sure to check out the extensive listings of our 1,100+ members.


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Chairwoman of the Board Carla Musser Chevron Chairwoman Elect of the Board Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Don Bynum Temblor Brewing LLC Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. Vice Chair Economic Vitality Susan M. Benham Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Vice Chair Member Engagement Tasha Clayton Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development Paul Anderson BetterPlan, LLC Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Pritesh Patel Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center Immediate Past Chair Derek Abbott Tejon Ranch Company General Counsel Mark Bateman LeBeau-Thelen LLP Dan Klingenberger LeBeau-Thelen LLP

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Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Kern Community Foundation Dr. Sonya Christian Bakersfield College Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company Leslie Golich Kaiser Permanente Kern County Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Ronald Johns RA Johnsfam dba McDonald’s Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company G Riar Deprigo Tom Saba Saba Agency Ricardo Villarreal Wells Fargo


CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Director of Administration & Operations Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Hillary Haenes | Member Programs & Engagement Manager Andrea Johnston | Business Development Manager Melissa Rossiter | Manager of Marketing & Communications Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services


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