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Join the Chamber for a virtual at home happy hour and learn how to make a Hawaiian Martini!
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BYP VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR Catch up with and meet new YPs from the comfort (and safety!) of your couch.
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Join other young professionals for the 2020 BYP Virtual Summit Series.
10 VIRTUAL RIBBON CUTTING
Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.
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Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.
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At Home Happy Hour Date: Thursday, August 20 Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: Zoom Cost: Free RSVP HERE
Hosted by Cepi Willingham, Ambassador Chair
oin us on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. for our At Home Happy Hour that will be hosted by Ambassador Chair Cepi Willingham, KGET-TV 17. This is an opportunity to catch up on our personal and professional lives. Cepi will be sharing a Hawaiian Martini recipe for you to make while we have a laid-back, light-hearted conversation between friends and colleagues! Feel free to invite a friend or coworker who may be interested in networking. Don't forget your favorite beverage of choice! If you want to create the Hawaiian Martini, you will need vodka (or gin), coconut rum, triple sec, pineapple juice and fruit to garnish. To RSVP, please register HERE.
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BYP Happy Hour Hosted by Endee Grijalva, BYP Council Past Chair
re you struggling to find a work-life balance in the midst of COVID? You are not alone!
Grab your quarantini and plan to join us Thursday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. for a virtual happy hour with Bakersfield Young Professionals! This virtual hang will be hosted by BYP Council past chair Endee Grijalva of Bakersfield College. We’ll have real-life conversations about work hacks for working remotely and tricks for making it look like you have it together during the multitude of virtual meetings. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch up with and meet new YPs from the comfort (and safety!) of your couch. Anyone can join in on this conversation – we look forward to seeing you virtually. To RSVP, please register HERE.
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BYP Summit Series
hile today’s business environment may look different than a few months ago, one thing has remained constant – the young professionals in our community are a driving force for innovation and have quickly adapted to the new normal.
Due to the challenges that 2020 has presented, instead of a half-day summit, we have decided to turn this inspiring day into a series of virtual events that will span over the course of three months. At the fourth annual SUMMIT BYP Virtual Summit Series, we invite you to activate your curiosity, discover 2020 Rachel Glauser, new ways to grow personally and professionally, foster connections and Providence Strategic Consulting dig your roots deep into the thriving community of Bakersfield, all from the comfort of your home. Join other young professionals for the 2020 BYP Virtual Summit Series, fueled by inspiring speakers, insightful panels, messages that motivate and opportunities to connect with the leaders of today and tomorrow. This year’s summit will feature a free weekly webinar on various topics including: Cultivating your LinkedIn Presence; Prioritizing Your Well-Being; Enneagrams: Understanding Your Leadership Style; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practices; Creating a Culture of Accountability; Achieving Financial Success + More! BYP is excited to help you engage your peers, empower yourself and expand your career! Stay tuned for the remaining lineup of webinars!
Madison Carter-Enriquez, Providence Strategic Consulting
To register for these events, please click HERE.
TOPIC: Personal Linkedin Session Date: Wednesday, August 19 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. In this interactive webinar, Providence Strategic Consulting will teach you how to optimize your personal LinkedIn page. You'll learn: • Strategies to make your profile stand out in any industry • Tips to find your next job on LinkedIn • How to build your network and effectively interact with others on the platform • What and when to post to boost your personal brand • Other tricks to help you make the most of LinkedIn's powerful business network
TOPIC: Business Linkedin Session Date: Wednesday, August 26 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. In this interactive webinar, Providence Strategic Consulting will teach you how to optimize your business's LinkedIn page. You'll learn: • How to optimize your page to reach your target audience • Content strategies to make the most of your connections • How to engage with your audience for maximum exposure • Ways to reach your ideal clients using LinkedIn advertising
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VIRTUAL RIBBON CUTTING
ongratulations to Stria on the grand opening of their new headquarters located at 2160 Mars Ct. in Northwest Bakersfield. This business process outsourcing company uses a continuous improvement model to deliver automation and outsourcing that saves their clients time and money. Although this ceremony was originally scheduled in April, we are happy that Stria Founder/CEO Jim Damian and VP of Sales & Marketing Scott Garrison agreed to have the Chamber perform our first virtual ribbon cutting with Mayor Karen Goh that you can view HERE.
At this time, the Chamber is not performing in-person ceremonies, instead we have pivoted to virtual ceremonies to keep everyone safe. If your company is interested in a virtual ribbon cutting, the ceremony must take place within 6 months of the opening, move, major renovation or expansion of your business. A ribbon cutting ceremony can also recognize a significant milestone anniversary (i.e. 5-year increments) or new ownership. To inquire about scheduling a virtual ribbon cutting, please email Hillary Haenes at email@example.com.
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t the Greater Bakersfield Chamber, it is our hope to provide you with the best tools to stay connected to the Kern County business community as well as to help you to collaborate with our members. To help facilitate this, we have created a members-only Facebook group: Greater Bakersfield Chamber Community. We encourage our members to join and use it to get/give referrals, post job opportunities, highlight new products, services or specials and to promote your business. We anticipate that this resource will be a good way for our members to engage with each other.
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• Superior Grocers is now open at 1115 Union Ave. Our philosophy is to offer the highest quality of products at the lowest prices with exceptional customer service. To view our weekly specials, visit https://superiorgrocers. com/specials/. • Are you done with being stuck at home? At Cuyama Buckhorn a vast valley of enchantment is just waiting to be explored. #ExploreCuyama Our menu features some of our treasured favorites including Santa Maria tri-tip, smoked pulled pork, the classic Buckhorn Burger as well as delicious dishes made from farm fresh local produce. Open daily from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Preordering is available online or by phone. Call 661-766-2825 or visit www.cuyamabuckhorn.com. • The Wonderful Company announced a $1 million relief fund to prompt nonprofits to propose various initiatives to help local farmworkers, health-care providers and others who continue to labor through the COVID-19 crisis. Grants will range in size from $1,000 to $100,000. Applications must be received by Aug. 31 to be considered for priority funding. For more information, visit https://www. wonderfulcommunitygrants.com. Awards will be announced by Sept. 14. • Dan Hay President of Jim Burke Ford Lincoln since 1994, is transitioning into a new role. Effective August 1st, he will step back from day-to-day operations and become Chairman of the company's Board of Directors. Joe Hay will succeed him as President, John Hay will become VP of Fixed Operations, and George Hay will become VP & Automall General Manager. • Books in Motion® is a FREE literacy program that encourages reading through dancing! Kern Dance Alliance, METRO | PAGE 12
Kern County Library, and Kern Literacy Council have launched a digital version of our annual summer reading program Books in Motion: DANCE + LITERACY. As COVID-19 limits opportunities for in-person experiences, we have pivoted to continue to bring dance and literacy to life through digital dance performances. For more information, visit https://kerndance.org/BIM/. • Congratulations to San Rucci Winery for your recognition at two celebrated wine competitions! The winery was honored at The 2020 San Joaquin Wine competition with the 2019 Benvenuta winning silver, the 2018 Cabernet Franc winning bronze, and the NV Methode Champenoise Sparkling Wine winning bronze. Score of 86 for the 2019 Benvenuta was awarded a score of 86 and the 2018 Cabernet Franc was awarded a score of 89 in The Wine Enthusiast Magazine. • League of Dreams is happy to announce the addition of a 10-week virtual karate program in collaboration with One World Karate. The cost is at a reduced rate to League of Dreams athletes of $40, which includes live Zoom classes, a Gi and Belt. Registration is open now. This class is suitable for League of Dreams athletes of all ages and abilities, including those with assistive mobile devices. For more information or questions, call 661-616-9122 or email info@ ourleagueofdreams.com. Registration closes August 28. • Freestyle Event Services now offers shade structures for outdoor seating. Customizable shapes and sizes are available along with the capability to hang signage, misters, fans, etc. For more information, visit www. freestyleevents.com or contact info@ freestyleevents.com.
• Looking for a job or want to make a switch? USA Staffing has positions open and new openings are updated weekly. www.UnitedWeStaff.com. • California MENTOR is seeking loving families with an available bedroom in their home to share with an adult with special needs. You will receive ongoing support and a generous monthly payment. Information sessions are held weekly. Call Yromiki Wiley at 661-203-9884 or Jose Tafoya at 661-472-5940. • CSU Bakersfield’s University Counselor Training Clinic is offering free telehealth counseling this summer. Call 661-654-3402 to schedule an appointment. • SoCalGas launched the “Fueling Our Communities” summer program in conjunction with five regional charity organizations to provide 40,000 meals to seniors, students, families and migrant farm workers across rural parts of Central and Southern California. SoCalGas’ $500,000 donation – including $100,000 to benefit Kern County – will provide meals to individuals in underserved communities across Kern, Tulare, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties. This program will span over approximately 13 weeks to provide additional support for impacted communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to supporting the “Fueling Our Communities” events, SoCalGas has donated more than $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations to support the region's workforce, feed the hungry, provide bill assistance to customers, and more as part of their COVID-19 recovery efforts.
NEW MEMBER 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. Superior Grocers 1115 Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304 661-567-0011 www.superiorgrocers.com "Superior Grocers is one of the largest independent owned chain of grocery stores in Southern California. We offer excellent value, variety and quality and takes great pride in the abundant variety of freshly prepared products found in the Bakery, Hot Foods, Meat and Seafood."
RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued investment helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community. AAA Quality Services – 2018 Advanced Data Storage – 2009 Agape Mortgage – 2004 Applied Technology Group, Inc. – 2019 Aspire Counseling Services – 2016 ASU Commercial – 1987 Bakersfield SPCA – 2012 Belden Blaine Raytis, LLP – 2015 Best Western Plus Hill House – 1999 Bland Company dba Bland Roofing – 2018 Bland Company dba Bland Solar – 2018 City of Bakersfield – 2001 CityServe Network – 2019 Darlene Denison State Farm Insurance – 2008 Jack Davenport Sweeping Services, Inc – 1992 Empowered2Lead Consulting Services – 2017 Freestyle Event Services – 2012 Jack Gotcher – 2013 Gottstein Corporation – 2013 The Hampton Inn Bakersfield – 2006 Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center – 2016 Mission Bank - Riverwalk/Business Banking Center – 2014 Mody Pumps Inc. – 2011 NAPD - New Advances for People with Disabilities – 2010 Neira's Collision Centers Inc. – 1995 Pacific Western Bank – 2017 Dr. Stephen Ratty, Optometrist – 1994 Safe 1 Credit Union – 1994 Sierra Printers, Inc. – 1993 Southern California Reproductive Center – 2016 Staples Energy Services – 2019 Taft College Foundation – 2008 Today Cleaners – 2003 Townsend Design – 1995 Union Bank - Stockdale Village Branch – 1993 Valley Republic Bank – 2009 Victory Family Services – 2018 Wiki's Wine Dive & Grill – 2013 The Wildlands Conservancy Wind Wolves Preserve – 2016 Woodbridge Pacific Group – 2017
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CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE FOCUS
2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17
Chairwoman Elect of the Board Kristen Beall Watson Kern Community Foundation
Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company
Vice Chair Economic Vitality Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC
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 Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/ Countryside Markets
General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP
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