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t's been a crazy year so far. As I'm sure many of you have felt, the convergence of an election, a pandemic and the underlying economic turmoil have been difficult to navigate. While the waters have been rough, at the Chamber, we've been blessed by the continued support of amazing local businesses and a giving community. One program we look Nick Ortiz forward to every year is the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards. Although this year was a little different - broadcast only instead of a live event - on Oct. 24 our team was very excited to celebrate Bakersfield and the people who make our community great. Big thanks to our presenting sponsor Valley Strong Credit Union; our broadcast sponsor Castle & Cooke; our media sponsor KGET-TV 17, our awards sponsor Raymond's Trophy & Awards and all of our category sponsors. Thank you to our amazing volunteers led by Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Chair Christina Springstead with Kwik Signs and all the committee members and volunteer judges. Finally, a big thank you to my team, especially Hillary Haenes, Jean Scheiber and Frances Klingenberger who worked tirelessly to make Beautiful Bakersfield a reality, even in a pandemic.
As the end of the year approaches, we're not only excited to turn the page on 2020, but a little anxious about what 2021 looks like. We're starting the process of planning our overall program of work; and we're looking to hear from our member businesses. Through a series of polls and meetings, we want to hear from local business about how best to support you in the coming year. In partnership with the City of Bakersfield, we'll be hosting a series of roundtables with local businesses. Our goal is to learn from you and share relevant resources and information. We previously held a series of roundtables around reopening and they've helped us greatly in understanding the needs and pressures on our local businesses. In addition to these roundtables, we'll be holding a series of educational webinars - and we need to make sure that our education programs meet your needs. Please consider joining one of our roundtables or participating in our polls - we need to hear from you now more than ever. It's a privilege to serve you, and we thank you for all you are doing to keep our economy moving and our community thriving. - Nick Ortiz President & CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber
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Member Spotlight H
aving opened in January 2019, LVL Fitness (pronounced “Level” Fitness) has quickly been embraced by Bakersfield residents as a new workout that is accessible to all fitness levels but will still humble even the fittest of athletes. Owners Kristi Windtberg Kristi Windtberg & Nicole Lazzerini and Nicole Lazzerini, gave us some background on what makes their studio so unique and how they have adapted to the changing climate during the COVID pandemic. “The Lagree method focuses on every movement being very slow and controlled. The workout is low-impact, which makes it accessible to all ages and safe for people who have issues with bad knees, backs and other joint injuries,” said co-owner Windtberg. Don’t let the low-impact description fool you. This workout is high-intensity and clients can expect their muscles to start shaking, sometimes within the first minute of class. “The way we design our workouts and target the slow twitch muscle fibers allows our clients to get a full-body workout, which tests and improves their cardio endurance, strength training, core, balance and flexibility training all in one 45-minute session. However, we are not jumping or running, so the joints are not getting the impact that could cause further injury,” added co-owner Lazzerini. This studio has always offered only small group training sessions for a maximum of 10 clients per session. Each client has their own Megaformer to work on during the class, which is led by one of their certified Lagree instructors. “The set-up of our studio has actually put us in a great position to adapt to the new COVID precautionary guidelines. We have never shared equipment and the nature of the workout provides each client with their own space. At any given time, you would never have more than 11 people at the studio, which includes the instructor. Many people who are not comfortable with returning back to a big-box gym with hundreds of people or gyms where everyone is sharing equipment and space have been coming to us to work out safely,” said Windtberg. When the studio was forced to close in mid-March, they were able to quickly pivot their business to a virtual
platform the very next day. They offered 2-3 live virtual classes a day as well as free kids’ yoga, free community classes on Sunday with guest instructors, and even virtual social events. “We wanted to give our members a sense of normalcy and community during this crazy time, so we put all our efforts into making our online classes stellar. We know there is a lot of online content available, but there is something about seeing the familiar faces of instructors you know and being able to interact with them. The instructors could see the clients and give them personalized form corrections and motivation,” said Lazzerini. The studio offered live virtual classes for nearly six months; however, they now have a library of more than 300 workouts that they continue to offer to clients. “We created some great content that we can now offer our members when they are traveling or don’t come to the studio for a class that day. Even though this situation was not ideal, it did force us to think outside the box and expand our offerings to our members,” said Windtberg. The obvious challenge for the studio, like many other businesses, was the income level, which was drastically reduced as they had to cease studio operations. “Our goal for our online classes was just to break even to pay our instructors. We wanted to give them the ability to keep working and getting paid since they are such valuable assets to our business. We were grateful to receive the PPP funds to help us with payroll expenses during this time. We also appreciated several of the roundtable sessions that the Chamber facilitated where we were able to talk to other business owners and community leaders about our concerns and reopening plans,” said Lazzerini. Changes that you will see are increased cleaning and sanitation procedures between classes as well as changes in the class schedule to adapt to changes in the clients’ schedules. The studio is now open and they couldn’t be happier to see their member community back together. “We want to offer a safe place for our clients to improve their health and wellness, and we feel that we have taken all the precautionary steps that we can to make that happen,” said Windtberg. Located in Southwest Bakersfield at 8800 Stockdale Hwy., LVL Fitness offers 5-6 classes per day, 7 days per week from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. They offer drop-in classes, class packages and monthly memberships. For more information, visit www.lvl-fitness.com or call 661-412-3091. METRO | PAGE 5
We look forward to this annual event and while we may not have been together in person this year, we were still united for the televised awards program that aired on KGET-TV 17 to celebrate the greater good in our community! The 30th Annual Beautiful Bakersfield Awards honors the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that Build a Better Bakersfield. The program is developed and produced by a volunteer committee made up of representatives from Chamber members. Chamber member businesses show their support for the quality of life in our community by participating as sponsors of the program. Nominations are submitted from the Bakersfield community-at-large. The Beautiful Bakersfield Committee verifies nominations and follows up to ensure nominees are prepared for the judging process. Judges for the 11 main categories are members of our community, who are not Chamber staff or committee members. The five business recognition categories are judged by the Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Board of Directors. The Greater Bakersfield Chamber would like to thank the sponsors, judges and members of our Beautiful Bakersfield Committee, who spent the last several months preparing for this program. If you missed the televised awards program, click HERE to watch it! To learn more about the winners, read about them in The Bakersfield Californian's article HERE.
Congratulations to the 2020 Beautiful Bakersfield Winners! A Better Bakersfield Give Big Kern
Humanitarian Group Bakersfield North Rotary
Business Person of the Year John Paul Lake
Architecture & Design Regency Club at Highgate at Seven Oaks
Humanitarian Individual Ruben Rosales
Corporation of the Year KGET-TV 17
Renovation & Tenant Improvement The 18hundred
Nonprofit of the Year Links for Life
Arts & Culture Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County Education Kern Urban Teacher Residency Program Health Adventist Health Bakersfield AIS Cancer Center METRO | PAGE 6
Young Adult - Individual/ Group JoVi Mongold Youth - Individual/Group Autumn Moreno Young Professional Allyson Baptiste
Small Business of the Year Deprigo, Inc. Harvey L. Hall Lifetime Achievement William M. Thomas Chairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award CityServe
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Congratulations to the 2020 Chairman's Award Winner!
inning the Beautiful Bakersfield Chairman's Award means so much to CityServe. Though we are a new nonprofit, CityServe is and has been since day one, 100 percent for the community. It means a lot to us how the work of the faith community is being recognized for its impact on people's lives. When people feel loved and cared Robin Robinson for, and their needs are seen and met, it makes a lasting change. We at CityServe don’t have all the answers, nor does the local church. We’re surrounded by other incredible nonprofits, businesses and agencies that are serving each day with the same heart as ours. Nothing is done alone. We are grateful to play a part in Bakersfield and Kern County. CityServe Kern County is a collaborative network of churches and community leaders connected to help those in need to live better lives. CityServe empowers the local church to fulfill its purpose to overcome despair and transform lives by resourcing them with tangible goods and capacity building. CityServe brings the church to the table to address community challenges by offering long-lasting relationships that lead to transformation. In the past year, the faith community has been able to serve an extraordinary number of families, who are food insecure or lack basic household items. Families who live in remote, isolated and rural areas, many times do not have transportation or the ability to get to where food is distributed. Within almost every neighborhood, there is a local church. CityServe resources our churches, across different denominations, to do one thing: Love their neighbor. CityServe is underneath the local church engaging, resourcing and encouraging them to be a place of not only help, but of hope and support. The church should be an ongoing connection and support to the neighborhood around them. Building a relationship with families in need with return visits is the catalyst that leads people to make sound choices as they navigate through life’s hardships. Throughout 2020, we have been able to reach deep into the community and connect with households that are often unseen, left behind or forgotten. They are the unsheltered, families with young children, seniors, single parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and people working multiple jobs to make ends meet. CityServe has partnered with Kern County Public Health for two years in Waste Hunger, Not Food, a school food rescue program. Though the pandemic has slowed down the program, we have moved forward with a plan for a greater impact in the days ahead. A walk-in cooler has recently been completed in our downtown warehouse for the program as we prepare to rescue more unopened, METRO | PAGE 8
fresh, nutritious foods to feed households experiencing food insecurity. In May, CityServe Kern County was named a “Community of Opportunity and Faith” by the United States Department of Agriculture. This opened the door for us to receive food boxes from the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Since June, we have received 41 trucks, 63,765 boxes and have been able to help 23,991 families. These boxes contain fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs and milk. What a blessing it is to distribute the food boxes through our local neighborhood churches and other community organizations, such as the MLK Initiative and The Mission at Kern County. We are beginning round four of the food box program, which will take us through December. Beyond food, we have been able to provide basic household items from our in-kind supply chain to meet other needs in the community. With a referral system in place, we receive names of people in need from county and city agencies, health care providers, local responders, schools, and other local organizations. Another incredible opportunity to serve the community is in the new M Street Navigation Center, where we train volunteers to work in different capacities. We have seen lives changed in front of our eyes. In our partnership with Bakersfield College and Project HireUp, other opportunities for impact have been created. Through the CityServe Educational Collaborative Center, we can offer educational classes, along with life skills wrap-around classes, mentors, support and encouragement to many who have never had an opportunity to go to school. This program is entirely driven by community collaboration as we work alongside the County of Kern, Employers’ Training Resource, and Bakersfield Adult School. Volunteers from local churches and the community are the power underneath this lifechanging endeavor. We are currently planning six cohorts in 2021 and are looking at other opportunities to bring educational and vocational job skills programming to our community. The City Center downtown is the heart and soul of CityServe. This is where our main warehouse is located, and in just a few short weeks, we will be opening our office headquarters. A strong, dedicated volunteer base is the heartbeat of CityServe as people cheerfully love their neighbor, one person at a time. Many opportunities are available for people to serve at cityservekerncounty.com. It’s hard to put into words our love for Bakersfield. It is an honor to carry the Chairman’s Award this year. We will hold it with humility and pride, knowing that not one person or organization can make a lasting, positive impact alone. - Robin Robinson, CityServe Community Development/Church Engagement
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CATEGORIES A Better Bakersfield An annual event or project that enhances the quality of life in the community. Architecture & Renovation The completion of a brand new interior and/or exterior building design. Or the completion of a renovated design that upgrades an existing structure. Arts & Culture Efforts by a group or individual to improve and/or enhance the arts and culture within our community. Education Efforts by an educator, project or school/college that promotes or benefits education in our city at all levels. Health An individual, group or organization impacting healthy living - above and beyond their normal scope or activities - through education, prevention or medical services.
Humanitarian Group A group whose personal volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in the community. Humanitarian Individual An individual whose personal volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in the community. Youth An individual or group under the age of 17 years old that, through personal involvement and endeavors, has answered the challenge of good citizenship. Young Professional An individual from 21 to 40 years old whose efforts truly impact and enhance the quality of life in the community.
Business Categories Business Person of the Year A local business owner/manager whose efforts truly impact and enhance the quality of life in the community. Corporation of the Year The recognition of a corporation whose volunteer hours and/or financial donations have made a meaningful difference. Nonprofit Organization of the Year Efforts of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that impacts the community.
Small Business of the Year A small business (25 employees or less) whose contributions and/ or products and services instill community pride. Harvey L. Hall Lifetime Achievement (55+) A local long-time community leader, who has made a lasting impact to Bakersfield and its residents.
Nominations must be for work completed in 2020 to be eligible for consideration.
Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021
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Luigi Rienzo Owner
Mama Tosca’s Italian Restaurant
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Virtual Leadership Bakersfield Energy Class Day Session
ue to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Leadership Bakersfield Energy Day was held virtually. Students were given an overview of the energy industry in Bakersfield and Kern County by top energy leaders. First, a panel was held called “Energy Today – Current Challenges and Opportunities,” which was facilitated by Kern EDC’s Richard Chapman, and featured panelists Willie Rivera of Aera, Rob Duchow of SoCalGas, and Suzanne Noble of Western States Petroleum Association. Students were able to hear from Bakersfield and Kern’s top energy industry leaders on the economic importance of energy in our region, as well as the potential future of energy in California. Students learned about the different types of energies and how they often partner together to create something dependent and sustainable for the future. California Resource Corporation’s Joe Ashley spoke to the class separately about the environmental and regulatory issues that the energy industry is currently facing. At the
end of the presentations, the students participated in an online quiz about the basics of energy in our region and its impacts, not only locally, but also statewide and nationally. - Tamara Baker, Arthur & Hansen The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Tamara Baker, Arthur & Hansen; and Gloria Williams, Aera Energy LLC. A special thank you to California Resources Corporation, Chevron, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Western States Petroleum Association for sponsoring the class session.
It Takes Two to Network Webinar
s a dynamic duo with decades of networking success, Norma Dunn and Bob Meadows share how they build relationships and keep business thriving in spite of the challenges of 2020. Space is limited, so please RSVP to learn their tips and tricks when it comes to interacting with other people in the business community. You will be sent a Zoom link the day before the webinar. Bob Meadows has been the Business Development Director for the City of Shafter since October 2018, after nearly 40 years in the banking industry. As a banker, he had extensive experience at multiple financial institutions with achievements in branch management, commercial real estate and business lending, leadership training, business development and state advisory councils. Norma Dunn is the Deputy Director at Mission Community Services Corporation’s (MCSC) Women’s Business Center in Bakersfield. Norma's passion for education and business, combined with her engaging personality, has earned her a reputation as a high-impact networker. This community leader has accomplished planning and executing strategies that are both effective and efficient. In addition, she has assisted private, public, and nonprofit organizations with forging successful partnerships.
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Date: Tuesday, November 17 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Zoom Cost: Free RSVP HERE
oin our continuing business roundtable series to help us understand the needs of local businesses, share best practices and advocate for reopening our economy in a way that meets your needs. We have four groups you can join: Retail, Restaurants, Personal Services (Gyms/Fitness, Beauty/Salons, Wellness) and Professional Services (Professional Consultants, Insurance and Financial Services, Legal, Marketing and Public Relations). Whether its marketing, educational webinars, grant/loan applications, networking, customer service best practices, etc., we want to hear your feedback of how we can help you and your business succeed. You do not need to be a member to attend. Each session is below - please register for the session you wish to attend.
• Professional Services - Friday, November 6 at 11 a.m.: Register HERE
• Retail - Tuesday, November 10 at 8:30 a.m.: Register HERE
• Personal Services - Thursday, November 12 at 2 p.m.: Register HERE
• Restaurants - Thursday, November 12 at 3 p.m.: Register HERE
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• Hacienda Guerrero Catering is catering a Friday Night Dinner on November 20. Don’t delay, place your order for delicious tri-tip, sweet corn, chile beans & salsa! The cost is $15 for one or dinner for two is $25. Pre-order your meal by November 17 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Curbside pickup only at 4132 Abbott Drive. • Dress for Success – On Wednesday’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., come shop the Secret Sale. There are unbelievable prices for designer and brand name clothing, shoes and accessories. Empower women in Kern County just by shopping. All proceeds support the Suiting Program, Career Center and Empower Programs for women in Kern County. Dress for Success is located at 1416 17th St. For more information, call 661-748-1809. • The BPD-Community Collaborative is seeking community input on local police reform efforts through a series
of Listening Sessions. These are open forums for you to share your experiences, insights and ideas. Listening Sessions will be facilitated by and for community members (not by BPD staff). Use the following links to register: For November 7 at 12 p.m.: https://bakersfieldcity.zoom. us/webinar/register/WN_ MdE5um9HTVi9pT6wYjMkcQ For November 10 at 7 p.m.: https://bakersfieldcity.zoom. us/webinar/register/WN_ pV1Wgyz8S2KG_nW_ljXrHA • Spectrum Reach – Your friendly neighborhood advertising partner is here or you. They can help you build an advertising strategy to keep your business moving forward. At Spectrum Reach, harness the power of TV advertising for your business and offer one-stop-shop marketing solutions, so you have access to every tool your business needs to grow.
For customer service, call 661 323-4892. • To help protect the most vulnerable in our communities, Kaiser Permanente has awarded $100,000 grant to Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative, aimed at supporting the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 for people experiencing homelessness in Kern County. • Autism Society-Kern Autism Network, Inc. invites our Kern County families with autism and related disabilities, to register with us to pickup disposable face masks and other safety items for a second time. This event was first held in August and has returned for a second opportunity before the anticipated holidays on November 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Canyon Hills Assembly of God ChurchGymnasium Driveway. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facemask-distribution-for-autism-specialneeds-tickets-123522096917
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. Bakersfield Hyundai – 2013 Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyds Aviation – 1991 Bakersfield Rack & Shelving – 2008 Best Western Liberty Inn – 2002 Bureau of Land Management – 1993 Chain Cohn Stiles – 2014 Colliers International – 2011 Conservation Committee of CA Oil & Gas Producers – 1995 Covenant Community Services, Inc. – 2017 DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers LLC – 1995 Dress For Success - Bakersfield – 2013 Grapevine MSP, LLC – 2013 Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et al – 1987
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Law Offices of Robert H. Brumfield, PC – 2010 McDonald's – 2018 MP Environmental Services, Inc. – 1993 Panama-Buena Vista Union School District – 2018 Personal Express Insurance – 2014 Prime Medical Disposal LLC – 2019 Rainbow Int. Restoration of Bakersfield – 2018 Reveal Medical Aesthetics, Inc. – 2019 Rio Tinto Borates U.S. Borax – 2008 Service Master at Bakersfield – 2008 Strata Credit Union – 1997 United States Cold Storage of California – 1993 Universal Urgent Care – 2016
NEW MEMBERS Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 2020 Tax Services 4949 Buckley Way, Ste. 101 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-564-9606 "We are a small business tax preparation office. We offer some financial services, and our office is a Certified Acceptance Agency to do ITIN applications." Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative 1900 E. Brundage Ln. Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-526-0111 www.bkrhc.org "We believe that through collaborative action and planning, we can reduce the impacts of homelessness, expand access to permanent affordable housing and supportive services." Bakersfield Sign and Graphics 3232 Rio Mirada Dr., Ste. C2 Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-342-2604 www.bakersfieldsignsandgraphics.com "We help clients improve sales, profits and brand image through innovative marketing and powerful visual communications. Experts with sign-industry tools to accomplish these goals." High Desert Medical College, dba Legacy Foundation 2000 24th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-579-2901 www.HDMC.edu "HDMC is an award-winning, nationally accredited and dedicated to providing flexible real world health care career training. We have been serving students for more than 10 years in Bakersfield." Ilum Energy Solutions 4630 Easton Dr., Ste. 3 Bakersfield, CA 93309 1-888-696-4586 www.ilumsolar.com "Ilum Solar is a full-service company that offers solar energy for homes and businesses. Our goal is to raise the bar when it comes to engineering, construction and customer service. Our team is comprised of solar energy experts." Macy's 2601 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304 661-832-5550 www.macys.com "A retail department store specializing in beauty, apparel, accessories and home for the entire family." Sundale Country Club 6218 Sundale Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-831-4200 www.sundalecc.net "We are a semi-private, family-oriented country club. Our restaurant and club house make us an exceptional event site for family and friends. Sundale is more than golf. It is a jewel in the center of Bakersfield. It is friends and it is family. We invite you to join us!"
NOVEMBER 2020 11.6.20
GRC Meeting 10 a.m. | Zoom
Business Roundtable Professional Services 11 a.m. | Zoom
Business Roundtable Retail 8:30 a.m. | Zoom
Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Zoom
BYP Council Meeting 3 p.m. | Zoom
Veterans Day - Chamber Closed
Business Roundtable Personal Services 2 p.m. | Zoom
Business Roundtable Restaurants 3 p.m. | Zoom
Ambassador Committee Meeting Noon | Zoom
Networking Webinar 2 p.m. | Zoom
11.26.20 - 11.27.20 Thansgiving Holiday Chamber Closed
For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit bakochamber.com. METRO | PAGE 15
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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