October 2019 Metro

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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber | October 2019

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You won't want to miss the fifth annual Downtown Street Party this Friday! Food Trucks. Live Music. Craft Beer. Cocktails. Games & more.


An interactive session for supervisors on the current State of California sexual harassment law.



OCTOBER MIXER Join us on Thursday, October 24th at the Bland Solar & Air’s Showroom.


LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD LB Class 2020 - Two-day class session "Leadership & Business."

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RIBBON CUTTINGS Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.


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s the last quarter of 2019 begins, this is an important time for any business or organization to take stock of where they are, what they’re doing and their plans for the future. October usually kicks off a wind down at the Chamber – fewer events, planning for the year ahead and budget decisions. This October is particularly important for us. First, we’ve been working on some major Nick Ortiz projects over the last two years that have moved beyond conception and planning and into implementation, and 2020 represents the Chamber’s 100th anniversary. The Regional Branding Initiative, “Boundless & Better” is not only a prime example of a major project that is now in the process of implementation, it has also compelled us to look at how we describe the Chamber and our mission. Not only who are we to our members, but who are we to our community. The new tagline of the Chamber, “Building Something Better” and new mission statement of “Our business is a better Bakersfield,” not only describe what we do, they also provide us with an aspirational platform for how we serve our stakeholders. Building Something Better not only speaks to our goals for the city and our community,


it describes what our members can do when they engage with us. They can build a stronger, more profitable business; they can hone their leadership skills; they can become more informed about their community to truly understand the issues shaping it; and they can hopefully join us in working toward a brighter future for Bakersfield and Kern County. But this relationship cannot be a one-way street, we need to hear from you about your needs and how we can serve you to assist you in building your own personal “something better.” In the next week, you will see a poll asking about the Chamber, our services and your expectations. We will try to keep it as painless as possible, but I really encourage you to help us in charting a course for the Chamber and our community. Your honest and specific feedback is so important to understanding the needs of our members, and positioning ourselves to meet them. As we approach our 100-year mark, we are more grateful than ever for the support of our local business community. We want to make sure that over the next century we can continue to be your resource, your champion, and a catalyst for building something better.

Nick Ortiz

President/CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber



hank you to our sponsors, exhibitors, caterers and attendees.

Business Expo

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DoubleTree by Hilton Fresco Mexican Grill Hacienda Guerrero Catering Nothing Bundt Cakes Little Caesars


American Business Machines Bakersfield College Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center Strata Credit Union TBC Media Ultrex Business Products, Inc. Auto Sponsor

Jim Burke Ford Lincoln




on't miss the fifth annual Downtown Street Party, benefiting the Bakersfield Young Professionals Program.This event is planned by our Bakersfield Young Professionals (BYP) Council, whose goal is to inspire professional development, encourage networking and social connectedness and provide philanthropic opportunities for YPs (ages 21-40) to give back to the community. We have partnered with the Kern Dance Alliance again this year to bring you Ten Tiny Dances®. Ten local dancers will showcase choreography in the tiniest of spaces, a 4x4 stage! Enjoy live music by local artists Tim Davis and Hate Drugs. There will be food from Tacos La Villa Mobile and LUVSPUN Floss Cotton Candy, beer, cocktails, games, dancing and more! Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite for only $30 till Oct. 10 at 11:30 p.m., or $35 at the door. Presenting Sponsor: Strata Credit Union Gold Sponsor: Jim Burke Lincoln Silver Sponsors: Carney's Business Technology Center, Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, Countryside Market & Restaurants, Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and The Mark Restaurant Bronze Sponsors: Advance Beverage Co., Moneywise Wealth Management and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling.




he Chamber is offering a timely sexual harassment training at our next Labor Law & HR Forum on Oct. 30. Current law in the State of California, requires two hours of sexual harassment training every two years for all supervisors who work for private companies that engage or employ 50 or more individuals (including temporary workers, independent contractors and employees outside of California) and all government employers. Beginning in 2020, all California businesses with 5 or more employees will be required to train their supervising employees. Join local employment and labor law attorney Jefferson X. Eberhardt, of Young Wooldridge LLP, for an interactive session that meets California’s specific training requirements as well as valuable tools to reduce your liability. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the program following from 8-10 a.m. Cost is $45 and includes breakfast and a completion certificate valid for two years. Secure your seat and call 661-327-4421 to RSVP. Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance to preclude billing.

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Here’s what your supervisors will learn: Ensure anti-bullying regulations are implemented. Prevent harassment and workplace violence. Respond to employee concerns. Communicate with employees about harassment policy.

How to attend: Wednesday, October 30 Check-in 7:30 a.m. Session 8-10 a.m. Chamber office, 1725 Eye St. RSVP: 661-327-4421 Jefferson X. Eberhardt



Make plans to attend the October 24 Mixer!

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oin the fun at Bland Solar & Air’s Showroom, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite C-2B on Thursday, October 24. Socialize with friends and potential clients from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy appetizers and learn the benefits of investing in solar for your home or business. The cost to attend this Chamber After Hours Mixer is $5 members; $10 nonmembers. For more information, call the Chamber at 661-327-4421.

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Board of Directors As we celebrate our ten-year anniversary, it’s fitting to express our most sincere gratitude to our clients, friends, and members of the community who have embraced Valley Republic Bank with such enthusiastic support. It’s a privilege to both serve you and to partner with you in

Eugene (Gene) Voiland Chairman of the Board

making this community a better place to live, work, and raise our families. Our solid commitment to improving the quality of life here remains as strong today as it was the day we opened in 2009. We are local. We are proud to call Kern County home. We will continue to reinvest here.

Local. Responsive. Reliable. 5000 California Avenue, Suite 110 | 4300 Coffee Road, Suite A6 11330 Ming Avenue, Suite 400 500 Woollomes Avenue, Suite 101, Delano

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LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD The two-day kickoff session


lass is now in session for the 32 individuals enrolled in Leadership Bakersfield. The two-day “Leadership and Business” class session began with a kickoff luncheon at The Padre Hotel on Sept. 12. Chief Lyle Martin, Bakersfield Police Department, served as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. Participants also completed DiSC assessments and learned to better understand themselves, improve communication and appreciate the styles of other people.


On Friday, class members had the opportunity to learn about the Branding Launch, hear from an Economic Development panel featuring: Richard Chapman, KernEDC; Jake Soberal, Bitwise Industries and Jimmy Yee, Yankee Communications discussing the growth in our city and county. Also, the class had an exclusive behind-thescenes tour at Caterpillar and learned about the developments that are happening at the Tejon Ranch Industrial Park. In addition, the class members met their Team Advisors and were assigned

to their teams. Each team will decide on a project that will solve a community problem, make positive changes in a facet of the community or investigate an identified community need. The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Kat Clowes, March Consulting; Amanda Frank, Dignity Health and James Yoro, Chain | Cohn | Stiles. A special thank you to Golden Empire Transit District for providing the day’s transportation.

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The Links at Riverlakes Ranch 5201 Riverlakes Dr. www.riverlakesgc.com

Rio Acai Bowls Downtown 1914 Chester Ave. www.rioacaibowls.com

UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Profile by Sanford Date: Thursday, October 10 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Frugatti's Plaza, 600 Coffee Rd., Ste. W

Aspire Behavioral Health 8307 Brimhall Rd., Ste. 1705 www.aspirebehavioralhealth.com

Interested in celebrating a grand opening, renovation or major milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony? Contact Hillary Haenes at hhaenes@bakochamber.com for an application.


GRAND OPENING Onyx Aesthetics & Wellness Date: Thursday, October 17 Time: 4 p.m. Location: 8327 Brimhall Rd., Ste. 702

GRAND OPENING Panini Kabob Grill Date: Thursday, October 21 Time: 4 p.m. Location: 3111 Ming Ave., Ste. 470

MEMBER • Register or sponsor the second

annual Strides for CJD, a 2-Mile Leisure Walk & 5K Run in memory of Mayor Harvey L. Hall on Oct. 13 at Lake Ming. Last year, Strides4CJD Bakersfield was recognized as Top Fundraising Site and Team Big H was the top fundraising team in the United States! CJD Foundation raises funds to provide family support, medical educations and funding for research programs related to CreutzfeldtJakob Disease. To register or donate, visit www.strides4cjd.com. For more information, contact Mark Corum of Hall Ambulance at corumm@hallamb. com. • The Autism Society-Kern Autism Network is hosting its Inaugural Autism Gala on Nov. 16 at the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield with special guest speaker, Curt Warner of the NFL Seattle Seahawks and author of “The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism & Hope.” Celebrate the night in old Hollywood fashion – arrive to walk down the red carpet and enjoy an evening of inspiration, dinner and a silent auction. For sponsorships or more information on tickets, contact Ramona Puget at kernautism@gmail. com or call 661-489-3335. • Six Flags Magic Mountain is having its annual Dining with the Dead event from Sept. 14-Nov. 3! Join in on a Spooktacular night during the biggest Fright Fest ever! Experience thrills by day and fright by night, plus try to survive Dining with the Dead. Tickets and information visit: www.sixflags. com/magicmountain & use Promo Code Fright1. • Lifestyle Home Care now offers Lifestyle Lift for a flat rate of $248 for four hours of driving. This is a locally owned, affordable and convenient

service for anyone who may need a lift. Baggage and wheelchair assistance is available. Call 661-479-7270 for more information. • Dementia resources are offered every fourth Wednesday of the month between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association office, 1401 Commercial Way, Ste. 210. Join us to learn more about the resources, education and support available in your community through the Alzheimer’s Association. Contact 661912-3053 for additional information. • Employers’ Training Resource, a proud partner of America’s Job Center, Kern Community College District, Kern High School District and Kern Alliance for Business would like to invite you to their upcoming 2019 Kern County Education to Workforce Summit to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton on Oct. 24 from 7 a.m. to noon. This event will offer businesses, education and workforce staff, community partners, human resource professionals, and students an opportunity to learn what the workforce trends of the future are and how to capitalize on that opportunity. The keynote speaker will be global speaker, Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Priceline.com Jeff Hoffman. Attend and learn how you can prosper in the coming workforce trends or find out how you can assist your customers or students in their career pathways. • Join Adventist Health to learn the latest in breast health, wellness and fitness on Oct. 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the AIS Cancer Center, 2620 Chester Ave. The event will feature special pricing on 3D mammogram screenings by appointment only, beauty and

cosmetology vendors, boutique shopping, hors d'oeurves, music, mocktails and a fashion show. To RSVP, call 661-637-8321 or visit online at AdventistHealth.org/VIPink. • Covenant Community Services is hosting "Hope in a Cup" Golf Classic on Nov. 18 at Rio Bravo Country Club. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shot gun starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 661-829-6999.

• Bakersfield Museum of Art’s annual

Via Arté Italian Street Painting Festival is on October 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Admission is FREE. This event has become a Bakersfield tradition, bringing together the community and the visual arts since 1998. Using the asphalt as canvas, spectators watch each year as professional and student artists unlock their imaginations and turn the parking lot of The Marketplace into a gallery of amazing chalk masterpieces.

Attention Chamber Members Have an announcement, event or news you would like us to share? If so, please email the information to marketing@bakochamber.com *Member news is a benefit to Chamber members only. METRO | PAGE 13

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 Cathy Albyn at calbyn@bakochamber.com. Affirma 3380 146th Pl., Ste. 200 Bellevue, WA 98007 818-459-9168 www.affirmaconsulting.com "Affirma is an award-winning technology services company specialized in Websites, Cloud, Custom Development, Application Modernization, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, CRM, SharePoint, Infrastructure and Visual Design." Kern Oil & Refining Co. 7724 E. Panama Ln. Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-845-0761 www.kernoil.com "Kern Oil & Refining Co., a family-owned refinery, produces Central California transportation fuels. Kern demonstrates commitment to California’s climate goals by incorporating renewables into fuels." Lockhead Martin Energy Division 5001 E. Commercenter Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-205-7328 www.lockheadmartin.com “Lockheed Martin Energy helps PG&E commercial, industrial and agricultural customers, throughout their service territory, achieve cost effective energy savings through one-on-one customer engagement.” Onyx Aesthetics and Wellness 8327 Brimhall Rd., Ste. 702 Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-535-4536 www.onyxaw.com “We provide the best aesthetic services for men and women. We provide the best skin care products, skin care treatments, four top-of-line lasers for various treatments, facial fillers/relaxers, IV therapy, weight loss, and hormone optimization.”

Prochorus, LLC 5001 California Ave., Ste. 214 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-374-8064 “Prochorus is a management consulting company focused on transformative projects that help move Kern County forward.” Purpose Driven Home Health 3204 21st St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-412-9730 www.purposedrivenhh.com “Purpose Driven Home Health provides professional and paraprofessional services to clients in their homes assisting them to achieve the highest level of potential in their day-today self-care activities.” Sprague Pest Solutions 3003 Petrol Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-397-7000 www.spraguepest.com “Our team is committed to brand safety for our clients. We strive to set the standard for quality in pest control for the food processing and produce packaging industry in California.”


A Strong Brand

Members-Only Benefits

We fight job-killing legislation and work hard to maintain a favorable business climate in Bakersfield and Kern County.

Near universal name recognition and the highest positive rating among similar business organizations.

Includes notary public services, marketing opportunities, certificates of origin, ribbon cuttings and more.


Lasting Connections

Invaluable Promotion

We provide the tools, resources and access to keep members in the know about California’s always-changing laws and latest HR topics.


Bridge the gap between nonprofits, small businesses and large corporations with mixers, procurement events and our Ambassador Committee.

We receive hundreds of inquires and we only refer our members. Your listing in our online and annual printed directories is also seen by thousands.

RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued support helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community.

OCTOBER 2019 10.11.19

Governmental Review Council DARK


Downtown Street Party 7:00 p.m. | Wall Street Alley


Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council DARK


Governmental Review Council Noon | Chamber


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Bland Solar Showroom


Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


Labor Law - Sexual Harassment Training 7:30 a.m. | Chamber

Advance HR Services – 2015 AEG AP LA FAcilities, Rabobank Arena, Theater & Convention Center – 1998 Altria Client Services, Inc. – 2003 AppleOne Employment Services – 1992 Ascend Real Estate and Property Management – 2016 Autism Society - Kern Autism Network – 2015 Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital – 2016 Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House – 2009 Black's Construction – 1991 Bland Company dba Bland Roofing – 2018 Bland Company dba Bland Solar – 2018 BMW of Bakersfield – 2018 Bolthouse Properties, LLC – 2006 California Veterans Assistance Foundation Inc. – 2009 Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach – 2013 Donnie Craig – 1999 Dress For Success - Bakersfield – 2013 eMedia – 2011 Environmental Sound Solutions, Inc. – 2010 Gentle Dental – 2011 Global Family Care Network – 2010 Golden Empire Fleet Service – 2008 Greenlawn Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremations – 2007 Hacienda Guerrero Catering – 2012 Holiday Inn Express – 2017 Janet Hopkins Insurance Agency, Inc. – 1998

Kern County Raceway Park – 2013 Kern County Superintendent of Schools – 1989 Kern High School District – 1984 Mossman's Catering – 2016 NAPD New Advances for People with Disabilities – 2016 Optimal Hospice Care – 1998 Outlets at Tejon – 2014 Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy Panama – 2016 Panama-Buena Vista Union School District – 2018 Pest X Bakersfield Termite & Pest Control – 2018 RA Johnsfam dba McDonald's-Ming Ave. – 2010 Rand Employment Solutions – 1982 Rio Tinto Borates U.S. Borax – 2008 Safe 1 Credit Union – 1994 Sam's Club – 2005 Signature Home Lending – 2014 State Farm Insurance - Roger Hess – 1991 T & T Liberty Safes, Inc. – 2018 Temblor Brewing LLC – 2015 The Price Company – 1998 Tommy Hilfiger – 2014 UEI College – 2017 Unitek College – 2018 Uricchio's Trattoria – 1995 Wells Fargo Bank - Kern County District – 1981 Willis and Williams Design Studios – 2012 Wm. K. Lyons Agency, Inc. – 1991 Young Living - Diane Jenkins – 2018

For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit bakochamber.com.



Chairwoman of the Board Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Chairman Elect of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company 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 Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Pritesh Patel Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP

Bakersfield Heart Hospital, Kern County’s heart and vascular leader, is focused on providing the latest and most effective technologies and treatments for its patients.



BOARD MEMBERS Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Watson Kern Community Foundation Sharlet Briggs Adventist Health Bakersfield Don Bynum Temblor Brewing LLC Bynum Inc. Dr. Sonya Christian Bakersfield College Leslie Golich Kaiser Permanente Kern County Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/Countryside Markets Ken Keller Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Jacob Panero Varner Bros. Inc. G Riar Deprigo


CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Cathy Albyn | Membership & Business Development Manager Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations


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