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5 BUILDING SOMETHING BETTER Learn more about the grant that Community Action Partenership of Kern (CAPK) received from Health Net.







Watch the State of the City program that featured Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Christian Clegg.

Save the date for the 31st Annual Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala!


COFFEE WITH THE CHAMBER Join us and hear about what the Chamber can do for you.





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Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.

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The Fun Starts Here.

he Kern County Fair is back! September 22 to October 3, 2021. This year’s theme “The Fun Starts Here” perfectly celebrates the start to getting back to our annual traditions and fun. The fair is looking forward to bringing back all your favorites, including the carnival, fair food, livestock competitions and, of course, free entertainment! We are actively working with the County of Kern, Kern County Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to make sure that we provide a safe and healthy environment for all those who attend. “The Board, fair staff and I are thrilled to once again be planning the 2021 Kern County Fair for our community,” said Michael Olcott, CEO of the Kern County Fair. “Like other fairs and venues that have safely reopened throughout California and around the country, we are developing best practices and safety guidelines that align with the CDC and CDPH.” To help with cleaning and sanitizing protocols, the Kern County Fair will be closed Monday, Sept. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 28. This will allow time for vendors and staff to do a thorough cleaning halfway through the event. Entertainment: We have another year of free nightly concerts in the Budweiser Pavilion


that we are so eager to announce. Back in the grandstand we will have two nights of Monster Trucks on Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25. Two nights of PRCA Rodeo on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2 and the Fiesta Rodeo on Sunday, Oct. 3. Lastly, you won’t want to miss out on all the local talent every day of the fair on our three community stages. Admission: Adults $12, Seniors (62+) $9, Children (6-12) $5, Children (5 and under) FREE. Active and Retired Military: FREE. Parking: $10. You can find discount tickets online at starting this month and in-store at all local Vallarta Supermarkets starting in September. Be sure to get your tickets early to beat the lines and save some money. Participate: Our Competitive Exhibits department is open and accepting entries in all categories from quilts to jams! We are currently hiring for all positions; you can apply online at If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2021 Kern County Fair, please reach out to our Vendor Coordinator, Lilia Kenneally at If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to Chelsey Roberts at – Chelsey Roberts, Facility Marketing + Media Kern County Fair & Event Center

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At the Greater Bakersfield Chamber, we take our tagline, “Building Something Better” to heart. We are dedicated to community collaboation and want to celebate when our members work together.


t the Greater Bakersfield Chamber, we take our tagline, “Building Something Better” to heart. We are dedicated to community collaboration and want to celebrate when our members work together. This month, we are proud to announce the receipt of a $130,000 grant from Health Net to fund the purchase of a new, refrigerated food distribution truck for the Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) Food Bank, Kern County’s central food bank. The CAPK Food Bank is the second largest food bank in Central California and serves all of Kern County – an area of more than 8,000 square miles. A network of community partners – smaller food banks, faith-based organizations, nonprofits and community centers – receive regular deliveries of shelf-stable and perishable food that they share with families and individuals in need. Health Net’s donation of this refrigerated truck will reinforce CAPK Food Bank’s current fleet, help us expand our network of distribution nodes and deliver food directly into the neighborhoods of Kern County residents who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity. “This truck will help CAPK Food Bank and more than 150 other community partners deliver fresh produce, dairy products and meat to the more than 250,000 people facing food insecurity in every corner of Kern County. We saw dramatic increases in the need for emergency food in 2020 and that need has continued well into 2021. Health Net’s grant to CAPK is a powerful gift to the entire county that will help the communities we serve rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CAPK CEO Jeremy Tobias.

“With decades of experience caring for California’s most vulnerable residents, our goal is to work hand-in-hand with our community partners like CAPK to ensure we’re serving those who depend on the health care safety net the most,” said Brian Ternan, President and CEO of Health Net Inc., and California Health and Wellness. “Together, we will continue to create and expand new models – including healthy nutrition campaigns, food pharmacy pilots and food RX programs – all designed to improve nutrition and health outcomes for those most at risk.” The Greater Bakersfield Chamber extends its appreciation to Health Net for this investment in the CAPK Food Bank and in the lives of the residents of Kern County. Our business is a better Bakersfield. For more information, please reach out to: James Burger CAPK Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator Michael Rossman Health Net Sr. Community Relations Rep

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he 2021 State of the City featured Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Christian Clegg.

Sponsored by Dignity Health - Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and hosted by KGET-TV 17, the 2021 State of the City provided businesses with an update on top issues facing Bakersfield, progress that has been made over the past year and where the city is heading in the future. If you were unable to watch the program, click HERE to view.


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Advance Beverage Company AT&T California Bakersfield Heart Hospital Bank of America Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman Bynum, Inc. Carney's Business Technology Group Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock Dignity Health Management Services METRO | PAGE 6

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Kaiser Permanente Kern County Kern Dance Alliance Mid State Development Corporation Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc. Valley Children's Healthcare Valley Republic Bank Valley Strong Credit Union Varner Bros. Inc. The Wonderful Company



ave the date for the 31st Annual Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala presented by Valley Strong Credit Union on Saturday, November 13. Known as the “Oscars of Bakersfield,” the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala celebrates the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that build a better Bakersfield. The event will be held in-person at Mechanics Bank Theater & Convention Center! More details will be announced closer to the event!


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What’s in it for You? You are part of an organization that represents 50-60,000 jobs in the Bakersfield area – considerable clout when advocating for issues that affect the Central Valley. Your business benefits from its membership by having exposure to other businesses of all sizes and interacting with different industries. Our connections, networks, educational tools and resources are designed to help you succeed. Tap into this expansive source of expertise and assistance.

Get Involved Find a committee that fits your goals and needs. Through any of these, you will be a part of a group that leads and helps sustain the economic vitality of Bakersfield’s business community. • Government Review Council • Ambassador Committee • Bakersfield Young Professionals • Beautiful Bakersfield Committee How can we help your business grow? What are your challenges? What makes your business unique? We want to hear from you. Email us at or call us at 661.327.4421.

Coffee with the Chamber Coffee with the Chamber is excited to announce that attendance will be in-person for members only. We will focus on member engagement & discuss what the Greater Bakersfield Chamber can do for you. Tuesday, August 31st at 9 a.m.


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SAVING ENERGY JUST GOT TWICE AS EASY Whether you’re trying to make a difference at home or at your small business, saving energy is simple. When you make smarter energy choices, you are helping California to reach its energy goals and helping to fight against climate change. Check out the tips and energy-saving actions you can take below to help strengthen your community through energy efficiency!

Replace Incandescent Bulbs with LEDs Don’t let incandescent bulbs fool you. They typically last about 1,000 hours (about 1 and a half months) whereas a 12-watt LED bulb can last up to 25,000 hours (about 3 years). Making the switch can add up to huge energy savings!

Install Motion Sensor Lights Reduce the amount of electricity you use by never forgetting to turn off a light again! Motion sensor lights do the work for you and help you take the guesswork out of saving energy.

Use a Smart Thermostat Automatically manage the temperature of your building or home and save an extra 10% on annual heating and cooling. It’s a smart choice for your home and your business!

Change Air Filters Regularly Swapping out dirty air filters with new ones increases airflow throughout your HVAC system, helping it run more efficiently.

Small businesses can also go the extra mile to become more energy efficient by getting an energy audit and becoming a certified green business. Requesting an energy assessment from your local provider can help identify any opportunities to save energy and money. Your local energy provider can also help you become certified as a green business and reduce your carbon footprint.

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fter more than a year of offering virtual ceremonies, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber is happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for in-person ribbon cuttings! A ribbon cutting is the ceremonial opening of a new/ newly renovated, relocated or expanded business. It can inaugurate a first day of business, take place weeks after a soft opening or commemorate a milestone anniversary. Because the ribbon cutting marks a very significant moment in history for each business, this is a chance for the owner or manager to publicly thank their family and friends, employees, customers and/or business partners. For more information or to schedule a ribbon cutting, please contact Hillary Haenes at


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2021 Nonprofit Line-Up


he Bakersfield Young Professionals and Kern Community Foundation have announced the 2021 Philanthropy on Tap schedule. This event series connects young professionals to the nonprofit sector by allowing organizations to discuss their services and volunteer opportunities.

Sept. 14 Double-Header Featuring Helping Animals Live Tomorrow (H.A.L.T.) Rescue & Strength of Shadow (S.O.S.) Dog Rescue Temblor Brewing Co.

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Bakersfield Pregnancy Center Imbibe Wine


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PathPoint Temblor Brewing Co.

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Be Finally Free Temblor Brewing Co.

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• Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative committed to uniting Californians to strive toward reaching our state’s energy goals. Small businesses can play a big part in increasing energy efficiency across the state — to help Keep it Golden® for future generations and ensure we remain leaders in energy conservation. Whether you are at work or at home, saving energy can be simple! There are many small changes you can make in your day-to-day that could make a huge difference for our state and your fellow Californians. For energy savings tips or to learn more about energy efficiency, visit www. Want to see just how energy efficient you are? Sign up for an energy assessment to learn how you can increase your energy efficiency and help California reach its energy goals today! • To keep our service running, Golden Empire Transit (GET) is looking to hire eager and enthusiastic people who want to work with some of the best in public transit. Every day thousands of Bakersfield residents depend on GET buses to take them to work, school, medical appointments and many other destinations throughout the city. GET offers a stable career, great benefits, competitive wages and an excellent training program for their employees. For more information, visit https:// • Friday’s August Cruise Thru – Drive your car into the fully lit neon courtyard at the Kern County Museum every Friday in August from 7-9 p.m. Cruise thru and use your camera to take photos. Five minutes per car with a maximum of six people per car for only $20. To register, send an email to

• Stepping Stones Outpatient Services, in collaboration with Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, is excited to announce that they will be hosting a Medical Mixer and Business Networking Event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 5201 White Lane. This mixer and networking event is for our medical, school and business communities in Bakersfield with a goal of bringing people back together, making some great business connections and having fun. Join us for networking, mocktails, amazing raffle prizes and delicious appetizers. Make sure to RSVP to • The Kern County Farm Bureau’s “Save Water, Drink Wine” event is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 at TLO Wines Tasting Room, 1212 18th St. RSVP no later than Friday, Aug. 20 to or 661-397-9635. Complimentary entry (max. 2 entries) with purchase of Associate, Agricultural or Business Support Membership. Members are $20; nonmembers are $25. Light appetizers and one drink ticket is included. • COVID-19 has dominated our lives for more than a year. Though we have seen many new mutations of the original virus, the Delta Variant has been making top news and leaving us with a number of pressing questions. As the new strain spreads, experts are taking it seriously. The coronavirus tends to have a high mutation rate and that is why we keep seeing a changing genomic signal of the virus in the population. CDC and multiple medical facilities across the country are finding the Delta Variant are causing different dangerous symptoms than other variants. Protect your business with GoldenWalk

Professional Disinfecting Services with our Biostatic & Non-Toxic Antimicrobial Protectant, which is an all-surface durable protection barrier that provides a final bacteriostatic finish on surfaces to impart long-lasting antimicrobial protection reducing corporate liability, making future cleanings easier, while extending the life of your surfaces. For more information, email support@ or call 661377-2146. You can also visit https:// • Save the date for Kern EDC’s 33rd Annual Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. hosted at JEH Ranch, 10421 Round Mountain Rd. Members and partners only. Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased starting Monday, Aug. 2. Please limit reservations to parties of no more than eight. For more information, contact Sophia Gligorevic at or call 661-862-5156. • Reserve your spot at the Best of Bakersfield 2021 event on Saturday, Oct. 9 for a spectacular evening at the Wonderful Aviation Hangar in support of the Global Family & the Daughter Project to help young survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. For more information or to purchase tickets, email or call 661-213-3380.

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

Welcome New Chamber Members We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the companies that have joined the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Thank you for investing in our mission to Build a Better Bakersfield. A Right Place For Seniors, Inc. 5300 California Ave., Ste. 220 Bakersfield, CA 93309 800-804-3840 “We help find the right location, situation and care services for seniors and their loved ones in their time of need without cost, stress and worry, to provide our support with the dignity, respect, care, compassion and attention to detail they deserve.” Bassett's Cricket Ranch, Inc. 365 S. Mariposa Ave. Visalia, CA 93292 559-747-2738 “Bassett’s Cricket Ranch started by growing a few crickets for fish bait and the occasional pet store in 1969. Keeping reptiles as pets experienced a surge in popularity and Bassett’s Cricket Ranch took off, riding the tide, growing feeder crickets for reptiles. Today, the Bassett’s operation sells more than three million crickets each week. We’ve come a long way from our small family operation of the 1960s.” Crumbl of Bakersfield 10530 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. Q-100 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-241-0903 “Crumbl Cookies is an open bakery where all the cookies are made from scratch right in front of the customer. We are a national franchise locallyowned and operated. Our mission is to bring families and friends together over the best cookies in the world. Bringing joy is our business!”

Milan Institute 2822 F St. Ste. H Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-335-5900 “Our mission is to meet the needs of students and employers by offering quality short-term educational programs in career fields with solid growth potential.” Social Butterfly Online Marketing LLC Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-557-1315 “Our vision is to grow businesses organically by utilizing free online platforms. Our mission is to educate businesses on social media marketing. Ultimately leading them to Social Butterfly platform to manage social media.” Solace Healthcare, Inc. DBA Solace Hospice Care, DBA Solace Home Health Care 1701 Westwind Dr., Ste. 121 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-843-7787 “Solace Hospice and Home Health Care are proud to serve our culturally diverse community with the highest quality of compassionate care to patients and families in their time of need. We strive to increase the community’s awareness of hospice as part of the continuum of care and recognize that individuals and families are the true experts in their own care. Our patients are the reason and inspiration for everything we do.”

Sparkle Uniform & Linen Service 121 Monterey St. Bakersfield, CA 93305 661-634-1130 “As a family business that has been in this since 1949, we care about our image and contribution to the community. We foster a culture to be supportive, approachable leaders and colleagues with deep, market-relevant skills and expertise. We give back to this community and feel a high-level of dedication to the markets we live-in and serve.” Superior Smiles Dentistry 4605 Buena Vista Rd., Ste. 660 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-454-7600 “Smile with confidence. At Superior Smiles, we are devoted to delivering the finest and most excellent customer service in dentistry in Bakersfield. We offer cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dental care, orthodontic dental care and routine care with the latest technology and advancements in a clean state-ofthe-art facility.”

For more information about joining the Chamber or renewing your membership dues, please contact Cathy Albyn at METRO | PAGE 14

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 Build a Better Bakersfield. AAA Quality Services – 2018 Advanced Data Storage – 2009 Affordable Dental Care – 2016 Agape Mortgage – 2004 Amtrak San Joaquins – 2020 Applied Technology Group, Inc. – 2019 Aspire Counseling Services – 2016 ASU Commercial – 1987 Bakersfield Condors Hockey – 1995 Bakersfield High School – 1998 Bank of America – 1920 Belden Blaine Raytis, LLP – 2015 BHE Renewables, LLC – 2014 Blue Sky Sales, Inc. dba Famoso Nut Company Sales – 1996 BMW of Bakersfield – 2018 CALPLY Inc. – 1993 City of Bakersfield – 2001 Conservation Committee of CA Oil & Gas Producers – 1995 Dignity Health - Memorial Hospital – 1983 Dignity Health - Mercy Hospital Downtown – 1948 Dignity Health - Mercy Hospital Southwest – 2000

His Rosedale Auto Sales – 2004 Hoffmann Hospice – 1996 House of Flowers – 2017 Kern Health Systems – 2012 Kern High School District – 1984 Mendiburu Magic Foundation – 2019 Milan Institute – 2007 Mission Bank - Riverwalk/Business Banking Center – 2014 Mody Pumps Inc. – 2011 NAPD - New Advances for People with Disabilities – 2010 Pacific Healthcare Services, Inc. – 1992 Pacific Western Bank – 2017 Russell D. Martin CPA – 1996 Saba Agency – 1990 Safe 1 Credit Union – 1994 Staples Energy Services – 2019 Taft College Foundation – 2008 Temblor Brewing LLC – 2015 University of LaVerne – 1996 Victory Family Services – 2018 Woodbridge Pacific Group – 2017 Wounded Heroes Fund – 2018

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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

Member-at-Large Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/ Countryside Markets

General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP

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