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See how the Chamber is working on behalf of you - our members.


Read how Victoria's in The Marketplace is conducting business during the pandemic.



Do you find that you sometimes get in a slump in the afternoon? Join us for an afternoon pick-me-up.

6 COFFEE WITH THE CHAMBER Join us for Coffee with the Chamber. This is a members-only event.


Tune into KGET-TV 17 and watch the 2020 State of the CIty!



Don't miss this virtual beer tasting event hosted by Don Bynum, owner of Temblor Brewing Co.


BYP SUMMIT SERIES Join other young professionals for the 2020 BYP Virtual Summit Series.

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12 VIRTUAL RIBBON CUTTING Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.


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hat can the Chamber do for you? First, we want to say THANK YOU! Through the support of our members, we are able to foster a sustainable business community, stimulate growth and create positive change. Although 2020 has been a hectic year and we have had to revamp some of our programs and events, it is our goal to continue to make Bakersfield and Kern County a region for economic prosperity by collaborating with businesses, organizations and government. As a result, we are busy at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. • We have launched the BYP (Bakersfield Young Professionals) Virtual Summit Series covering topics such as: Enneagram Types, Leading During a Crisis and Achieving Financial Success, among others. • Labor Law webinars educate and inform our members. These quarterly virtual events are hosted by experts and cover-up-to date information on topics that are pertinent and useful to the current business climate. • Valuable finance tips from the Moneywise Wealth Management are available weekly for you to view and can be accessed through our Trending weekly email. • Members can participate in our Industry Specific Round Tables. These meetings are by invite and discuss topics germane to each industry. • Advocacy is one of the biggest ways we are constantly working for you. We endeavor to create a business-friendly environment in Bakersfield and Kern County through advocating at the local, state and federal levels on policy that affects your bottom line. • Coffee with the Chamber will resume virtually this month and is for members only. This month we will be discussing how businesses have adapted to Covid-19; their successes and failures. • State of the City will air Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on KGET-TV 17. Tune in to hear from our featured speakers, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Christian Clegg. They will share highlights from the past year as well as outline

priorities for the coming year. • Our 30th Virtual Annual Beautiful Bakersfield Awards has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 and will be televised on KGET-TV 17. • Ambassador Meetings are a great way to connect with other businesses and to highlight your company. These meetings are virtual and are generally held the fourth Tuesday of each month. • Our virtual GRC (Government Review Council) Meetings are perfect for our politically active and interested members, who want the opportunity to hear about policy and politics that affect your business. • Throwback Thursdays are an opportunity to celebrate your company anniversary or Chamber anniversary on the Chamber Instagram platform. • Ribbon Cuttings are a great way for new businesses to be showcased virtually. We love to celebrate this achievement with our members. • Our political action committee (BAKPAC) works to elect business-friendly candidates to office and support issues important to the local business community. We endorse candidates, provide direct contributions to candidates and causes and engage in independent efforts to contact voters. • Marketing: We also offer options to showcase your business through our social media platforms, Member to Member e-blasts, Metro publication ads, sponsorship opportunities, as well as FREE space in our Member News. Are you currently following us in our Facebook Group Greater Bakersfield Chamber Community? Our business is a better Bakersfield. We are here to serve you and to be a catalyst for your success. Building Something Better together. What can the Greater Bakersfield Chamber do for you?

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Staff Contact Information: PRESIDENT/CEO - Nick Ortiz For Membership, please contact Cathy Albyn For Accounting, please contact Jean Scheiber

For Government Affairs, please contact Kaelyn Peterson

For Member Engagement, please contact Hillary Haenes

For Social Media, please contact Frances Klingenberger


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eing a local Bakersfield girl and the owner of a ladies boutique during a pandemic, has definitely had its challenges! When Gov. Newsom announced the shut down in mid-March, my store was at full capacity with beautiful clothes and gorgeous Brighton accessories. We had just mailed out our invitations Victoria Diffee to celebrate our big 25-year anniversary since I opened Victoria’s in The Marketplace. Never in a million years could any of us have imagined such a threat to our livelihood and well-being. The effect of having to close our doors at the beginning of our busiest spring season with Easter and Mother’s Day has been financially devastating! On a positive note, when times get tough, it can sometimes force one to look within and get creative! I chose to try to be positive and not give in. We’ve always talked about having our own website and now seemed to be the perfect time. Lucky for me, I have a sharp, young employee, who was eager to jump right in! We also ventured into social

media and did Facebook lives, which allowed us to be able to show some of our customers what merchandise was available. This has been a fun way to communicate with our customers. For the two months we were shut down, this helped us have some cash flow. We also offered curbside pick-up and now we’re selling on our new website: I’m so grateful to be open now and am grateful to my loyal customers for their support! We are taking special precautions to ensure everyone's safety. We have sanitizing stations and our staff, along with our customers, wear masks. We also offer a great selection of masks for sale. At Victoria’s, we’re not at all like the big box stores! Our atmosphere is quiet and feels safe – we sanitize the dressing rooms and the clothes! Every day my employees and I take each other’s temperature. Health and safety is our No. 1 priority. We are now getting in our pretty new fall clothing! We also just started our Semi-Annual Sale with lots of clothes to choose from up to 70 perfect off and some Brighton is also on sale! We look forward to styling you!

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Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Do you find that you sometimes get in a slump in the afternoon?

Wednesday, September 16 2 p.m. on Zoom


Join us on September 16 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon pick-me-up. Let’s give ourselves a boost by connecting and motivating each other. Whether that is brainstorming business ideas or sharing your method on how you re-energize. Is it coffee, a power nap, a quick walk, browsing your social media? An afternoon laugh & connection with friends might be just what you need!

Coffee with the CHAMBER Coffee with the Chamber will resume virtually for members only. This month, we will be discussing how businesses have adapted to Covid-19; their successes and failures.

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he 2020 State of the City will be televised on KGET-TV 17 on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. The event will feature Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Christian Clegg.

Sponsored by Dignity Health - Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and hosted by KGET-TV 17, the 2020 State of the City will provide businesses with an update on the City's response to COVID-19, the City's budget and efforts to improve the economy, community development and public safety. Watch the commercial HERE!



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o you miss brewery tastings and tours as much as we do? Lucky for you, BYP is collaborating with the team at Temblor Brewing Co. to bring you a virtual tasting with four tasty brews at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Join Owner Don Bynum, Head Brewer Justin Hill and Operations Manager Francesca Colombo as they share Temblor's history and take us through each tasting. We will start with Temblorfest, Temblor's German style Marzen (malty lager). This is the beer German breweries brew for Oktoberfest! Second will be the brewery'sflagship West Coast IPA, Streets of Bakersfield. Blackberry Creamsickle will be the third beer. This newer brand and beer style is loaded with blackberry puree and vanilla. Lastly, we will taste Mango Hazy IPA, which is a North East Style IPA with lower bitterness and some mango extract. The Temblor team will physically taste, give notes along with ingredient descriptions and take questions. To wrap-up the tasting, they will give a quick tour through the facility.

Be on the lookout next week for the link on BYP's social media page to make your purchase. Four beers + tour + socializing for $20? We can't wait! Purchase your tasting ticket by Sept. 16 and pickup your purchase at Temblor between Sept. 15-17. Don't delay, only 50 tickets will be sold! To RSVP for this virtual event, click HERE.



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oin 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.

BYP is excited to help you engage your peers, empower yourself and expand your career!


To register for these FREE events, please click HERE.

Topic: The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself & Others, Part 1

Grace Cabalka


Date: Wednesday, September 9 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Are you curious to learn more about your Enneagram Type? The Enneagram is a powerful tool to help us on our journey of understanding ourselves and others. Join Grace Cabalka, Certified Enneagram Coach, as we explore the world of the Enneagram. In the first webinar of a two-part series, we’ll learn about the background of the Enneagram and the importance and benefits of knowing the different Types.

Topic: The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself & Others, Part 2


Date: Tuesday, September 15 Time: 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Join Grace Cabalka, Certified Enneagram Coach, as we explore the world of the Enneagram. In the second webinar of our Enneagram series, we’ll take a deeper look at your Enneagram Type and discuss ways of growth and inner health for you personally and in your relationship(s).

Topic: 10 Tips for Getting the Best Sleep of Your Life

Jennifer Woodward


Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23 Time: 11-11:45 a.m. If you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, or if you find yourself staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m. on a regular basis, you’re in need of some sleep help. Luckily, Jennifer Woodward is back! Join us for an engaging discussion on how to hack your sleep so that you can get back to feeling like yourself again. You’ll learn nutritional tricks, lifestyle tips, and Jennifer’s tried-and-true supplement recommendations in this informative session. Get back to being productive with a great night’s sleep!

Topic: Leading During a Crisis


Date: Monday, Sept. 28 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Are you who you say you are? Do your values, morals and ethics align with your everyday life? Join Lyle Martin, Chief Investigator for the Kern County District Attorney’s Office as he discusses the need for Future Leaders to understand and commit to the 5 P’s of Ethical Leadership and Power and Leadership and the Pygmalion effect. Lyle Martin

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ongratulations to Adventist Health on the grand opening of the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Therapy Center, located at 2603 H St. The advanced wound care program specializes in treating non-healing wounds that can leave patients with limb and life-threatening conditions. Along with advanced wound care modalities, this new center offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy that helps speed up the healing time. To view our virtual ribbon cutting with Adventist Health staff and doctors and Mayor Goh, click HERE.

At this time, the Chamber is not performing in-person ceremonies, instead we have adapted 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



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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• Kern Dance Alliance is seeking girls to participate in the 7th annual SHINE for Girls: MATH + DANCE = SUCCESS program this fall. SHINE is a FREE innovative, curriculum-based afterschool program that utilizes dance to teach math for middle school girls. Now, more than ever, we believe young girls need mentorship during distance learning and we welcome the opportunity to get Kern County girls up and dancing while they learn math! To apply, visit • Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (KernBHRS) will be celebrating both National Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month throughout September with several events and activities. With social distancing standards in place, all events will have a digital component. A person does not have to suffer from mental illness or addiction to have suicidal thoughts. To bring awareness to this sensitive topic, National Suicide Prevention Month is using the #BeThe1 to campaign to change the script on how people act and respond to suicide to promote healing and help give hope. Although the stigma surrounding substance use is changing, more awareness is needed. Recovery Month strives to put faces to addiction and the amazing journey these individuals make toward recovery, and showcase the professionals working daily to show that treatment and prevention are working in our community. For more information, visit https://www. • Friday Night Dinner catered by Hacienda Guerrero Catering on Friday, Sept. 11. Choose from chicken or steak fajitas with spanish rice and elote. One order is $14 or two for $25. Pre-orders must be submitted by Sept. 9


by emailing guerrerocatering@gmail. com. Curbside pickup only 4132 Abbott Dr. • Although the fair is closed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still get your fair food frenzy fix with Teen Challenge Curbside. To view the menu and place an order, visit kern-county-teen-challenge-fairfood-frenzy-curbside-fundraisertickets-115900315965. • Looking for a safe & relaxing summer evening in a change of scenery? Cuyama Buckhorn is hosting their second socially-distanced sunset picnic dinner experience with music by Victoria Bailey and Eric Roebuck for a limited number of guests, to keep everyone safe. You have the option to sit on your own distanced picnic blanket or your semi-private guest room patio to enjoy the supper and show. Cost per person is $314 or $359 for two. For more information, visit events/sunset-songs-and-supper-2 • Are you hiring? Let Bakersfield College help with your recruiting efforts. BC is offering employers a virtual platform to share your open positions. Join their Virtual Job Fair on Sept. 15 via Zoom. For more information, contact Freddie. • Join thousands of dedicated men and women this September as they fight addiction one step at a time. Funds raised through the Walks for Recovery 5K events support the mission of Teen Challenge of Southern California to bring hope and healing to men and women caught in addiction. Whether you are walking to honor a loved one, to celebrate your own victory or to create awareness, we need you!

To register, visit campaign/KTCwalk. • Rio Tinto Boron has partnered with its local workforce to donate $40,000 to Antelope Valley Blue Star Mothers, the Antelope Valley Partners for Health, the Beacon Light Mission, the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor, Bridge for Hope California City and Community Action Partnership of Kern. The company also contributed $12,000 to the U.S. Borax Visitors Center Foundation. The donation helped fund 12 scholarships to students from Boron Junior Senior High School. For the full article, visit https://www.bakersfield. com/news/rio-tinto-boron-partnerswith-employees-to-provide-40-000in-donations-to-six-community/ article_da9bf62a-d69b-11ea-86424b6c151e25f7.html. • The California Special Districts Association’s “Districts Make the Difference” student video scholarship contest is now open to California high school and college students! Top prize is a $2,000 scholarship with second place receiving $1,000, and third place receiving $500. For the first time this year, the winning student’s teacher will receive $500 as well. The deadline to enter is September 30. Full contest details are here: https:// V0Jiw9pgCE6EAw7IJTj_aA?u=https:// video-contest. The 2019 scholarship winner was an Independence High School Student. Check out his winning entry here: s/1d93825a/HvV1teeXo0qkaLlbRsKs vA?u= For more information, contact Cole Karr at or (417) 861-7418.

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. SureStay Hotel by Best Western Buttonwillow 20688 Tracy Ave. Buttonwillow, CA 93206 661-532-4100 Click HERE for reservations "SuperStay Hotel by Best Western Buttonwillow provides lodging accommodations for all businesses, travelers & guests who are looking for great affordable hotel."

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. Agape In Home Care, Inc. – 2000 Alianza Recycling and Recovery LLC – 2010 American Red Cross - Kern Chapter – 2010 Autism Society - Kern Autism Network – 2015 Bolthouse Properties, LLC – 2006 Cotterman Co. - CA Division – 2005 Grimmway Enterprises Inc. dba Grimmway Farms – 2008 Holiday Inn Express – 2017 Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant – 2009 Janet Hopkins Insurance Agency, Inc. – 1998 JSS Almonds – 2015 Kern County Superintendent of Schools – 1989 Kern Dance Alliance – 2017 Kern Oil & Refining Co. – 2019 Law Office of Kyle W. Jones – 2013 Ordiz-Melby Architects, A Professional Corporation – 1996 Pacific West Sound – 2018 Paul Pilger – 2019 Saba Agency – 1990 Secure Systems – 1992 Seneca Resources Corp. – 2016



State of the City 8 p.m. | KGET-TV 17


BYP Summit Series Part 1 10:30 a.m. | Zoom Webinar


BYP Summit Series Part 2 10:30 a.m. | Zoom Webinar


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Zoom


Afternoon Pick-Me Up 2 p.m. | Zoom


BYP Beer Tasting 5:30 p.m. | Zoom


BYP Summit Series 11 a.m. | Zoom Webinar


BYP Summit Series 10:30 a.m. | Zoom Webinar


Ambassador Committee Noon | Zoom


Coffee with the Chamber 9 a.m. | Zoom

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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

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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CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Cathy Albyn | Membership & Business Development Manager Frances Klingenberger | Manager, Strategic Programs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement


Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer


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