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MAY 2011

In this issue....
The Essential Art of Networking
n Building Personal Business Connections
Please join the Chamber
on Tuesday, May 10 for
our latest training semi-
nar, The Essential Art of
Networking with speak-
ers Jim Pentico, Dale
Heartland Saloon Recap.......8-9
Carnegie Training in
Promoting Our Community Central California and
Chairman’s Circle Focus ................. 2 Sarah Ketchum, Edward
Beautiful Bakersfield Nominees ..... 5 Jones Investments. Learn
Committee Activities ...................... 8 some valuable tips and
Ambassador of the Quarter ............. 9 techniques through this
My Chamber App............................ 10 interactive workshop
Ribbon Cuttings .............................. 12
Jim Pentico Sarah Ketchum
while strengthening your
Member News ................................. 15 personal skills.
Representing the Interests of Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the seminar will begin at 12:00 p.m. and end at
Business with Government 1:00 p.m. People tend to do business with people they like. Reservations are required.
Chamber Protects Business ............. 2, 10 Cost is $25.00 per Member / $50.00 non Member, and includes boxed lunch.
Chamber Regulation Survey ........... 3

The Chamber Seeks Bakersfield’s Next


HSR Chief Visits Kern County ....... 13
Providing Business Education &
Networking Opportunities
The Essential Art of Networking .... 1 Community Leaders
Heartland Saloon Recap.................. 6, 7 Applications are now being accepted for the Greater Bakersfield
Online Business Training ................ 11 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bakersfield program.
Connect For Lunch ......................... 15 Dedicated to promoting and developing dynamic business and
Bakersfield RV Resort Mixer .......... 16 community leaders, this unique and versatile program offers an
Building a Strong Economy opportunity for participants to become actively involved in the
Leadership Bakersfield Enrollment. 1 community and gain knowledge about our area’s challenges and
World Trade Day ............................. 4 issues while exploring solutions and alternatives.
State of the City Sponsorships ........ 13 Once a month, from September through June, participants attend an all-day seminar
that includes a combination of lectures, panel discussions and hands-on visits to loca-
tions relevant to the day’s theme. Local decision-makers and experts on the topics ad-
dressed are invited to share their insights and views. Group discussions give participants
an opportunity to express their opinions and interact with the experts and each other.
The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Applications are available online at www.bakersfieldchamber.org. Submission dead-
Commerce is dedicated to: line is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 24. For more details, email
• Building a Strong Economy tsterling@bakersfieldchamber.org or call (661) 327-4421.
“Leadership Bakersfield is truly a gem in our community. I was born and raised in
• Providing Business Education &
Networking Opportunities Bakersfield and was amazed at the information and new relationships I made through
• Promoting Our Community Leadership. It’s an asset for anyone, whether a long-time resident or newcomer to our
community.”
• Representing the Interests of
Business with Government Jarrod McNaughton, Associate Vice President of Marketing
San Joaquin Community Hospital
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Chamber Works to Protect Business,
Businesses
Supporting
Economy, Quality of Life
Business! The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is continually working to
improve the business climate, eliminate or minimize California regulations that have
adverse economic impacts, and to speak out on legislation, supporting those bills
Aera Energy LLC that support a strong economy and opposing those that hurt our economy and thus,
Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman our quality of life. A recent win for our Chamber business members was the repeal
Bright House Networks
by Congress of the “1099” mandate that was imbedded in the Health Care law. The
Bakersfield Chamber supported the repeal which would have expanded 1099 reporting
Jim Burke Ford requirements for all businesses, large and small, whose purchases totaled $600 or more
Carney’s Business Technology Center in a calendar year. But the fight for business is ongoing. Some current issues include:
Castle & Cooke California, Inc. SB 142 (Rubio) Inter-regional parity in electricity rates - Support
Chevron The GBCC Board of Directors supports SB 142 in an attempt to address and fix the
Continental Labor & Staffing Resources current disparity in electric rates that has a significant adverse affect on those living in
extreme climates like Kern County, by charging them higher rates in comparison with
Daniells, Phillips, Vaughan & Bock
residents living in milder climates and coastal areas. The bill will require the California
Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc. Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reform the existing electric rate charged by
Golden Empire Transit District investor-owned utilities, by reforming the existing “tiered” rate structure that charges
Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. residential customers higher and higher prices that exceed the cost of serving those cus-
tomers. In the phasing out and restructure, the CPUC would be required to meet several
Hall Ambulance Service standards of fairness and equity, including fairly and equitably reflecting; the actual
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union cost of serving customers, differences in climate and other factors that are outside the
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, et al. control of customers and appropriate and effective incentives to customers to conserve
Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield
and manage their energy use.
While the bill is targeted at residential rate payers, it represents an economic devel-
Mid State Development Corporation opment issue for our area. Excessive energy costs can, and have, impacted company
Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. decisions to bring a business to an area. Skewing electricity costs against Kern County
Pacific Gas & Electric Company and the valley makes us less competitive. In addition the bill would allow rate reforms
that would help mitigate the high costs of surcharges on all customer bills (including
Rabobank, N.A.
commercial and industrial) that must be paid to cover the cost of certain subsidies. (Bill
San Joaquin Community Hospital currently set for Hearing in Energy Committee, May 3)
State Farm Insurance
Stinson’s Stationers, Inc. AB 10 (Alejo) Minimum wage: annual adjustment - Oppose
AB 10 would increase the cost of doing business for employers in California by
Tejon Ranch Company raising the state minimum wage to $8.50 per hour beginning in January 2012, and then
TelePacific Communications automatically indexing the wage rate, increasing every year thereafter in accordance
Wells Fargo Bank with the annual percentage of inflation. The Chamber opposes automatic increases in
Law Offices of Young Wooldridge LLP
minimum wage. In light of California’s economic condition, the Chamber strongly
believes saddling employers with this mandate would further stymie economic growth
and recovery. (Bill referred to Appropriations Committee, Suspense File)
See Chamber Fights for Business Interests on Page 10

METRO Business Journal is the Chairman's Circle Focus


Official Publication of the
San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH)
Greater Bakersfield
is a 255-bed acute care hospital located in
Chamber of Commerce
Bakersfield, CA. Having served the commu-
1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947
nity for over 100 years, SJCH continues to be a pioneer of health care innovation in
Bakersfield, CA 93303
the San Joaquin Valley. Recently, the hospital became the first between Los Angeles
661-327-4421 • FAX: 661-327-8751
and San Francisco to have both a Nationally Certified Stroke Center and Nationally
http://www.bakersfieldchamber.org
Accredited Chest Pain Center under one roof. In addition, SJCH is home to Kern
County’s only full-treatment burn center; an award-winning Maternity Care Center;
The Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Bariatric Solutions, a weight-loss center; and The Wellness Center for diabetes edu-
has the sole right to refuse any advertisement cation and cardiac rehab. Recently, the hospital merged with Quest Imaging to pro-
in any Chamber publication. vide the community with top-notch radiology and diagnostic imaging services. The
hospital’s mission is to share God’s love with the community by providing physical,
mental and spiritual healing. Visit them at www.sjch.us or call (661) 395-3000.

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Chamber Survey Gauges the Impact of State Regulations on
Bakersfield Businesses
In April the Chamber surveyed regulation that impact our local economy, Californian, for a series of articles she
its members on the impact of state and the effects of those regulations. The is writing regarding the impact of state
regulations on the Bakersfield business chart and table below show the results of regulation on business.
community. this segment of the survey. The results of this survey have
This survey gathered a massive With respondents permission, the already been put to work in the
amount of narrative information personal stories and data from this Chamber’s efforts to represent the
including: which agencies enforce survey will also be shared with Lois interests of business with government.
regulations on which industries; the Henry, columnist for the Bakersfield
amount of lost employee time due to
regulatory paperwork and reporting; With which regulations do you find it most difficult for your business
financial impact of regulation; and the to comply? (Respondents selected one or more answers)
impact of overlapping and contradictory
Employment Regulations 67.0%
regulatory mandates. These narratives
will be used by the Chamber as part of Health Insurance Mandates 53.6%
their continuing effort to reform state Licensing, Permitting & Inspections 51.2%
regulation and make California a more Tax Related Regulations 39.0%
business friendly environment. Environmental and Land Use Regulations 32.9%
In addition, the survey gathered
Health or Saftey Regulations 31.7%
quantitative data on the types of
Other 8.5%

Indicate the extent to which you feel government regulation has impacted your ability to:
Strong Negative Impact Negative Impact No Impact Positive Impact Strong Positive Impact
Hire new employees or create new positions in your company 31% 37% 32% 0% 0%
Retain existing employees 10% 42% 47% 1% 0%
Grow and expand your business 39% 40% 21% 0% 0%

“As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior


opportunity of being a good man.”
— Abraham Lincoln
Each year, the Kern County Bar Association bestows the
Bench and Bar Award to a local member of the legal
community who brings credit to the legal profession through
their outstanding service to the administration of justice and
contributions to their profession.

This year, the recipient of the Bench and Bar Award is Barry
Goldner, a partner at the law firm of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner.

Throughout his career, Barry has been a passionate supporter of the Bar
Association and its mission to promote excellence in the legal profession and
foster a better understanding of the roles that judges and lawyers have in
protecting the rights and interests of the citizens of our community.

KDG congratulates Barry for this well-deserved honor and are proud to
share his passion for excellence in the service we provide to our clients.

www.kleinlaw.com

4550 California Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93309 • 661.395.1000 • 5260 N. Palm Avenue, Suite 201, Fresno, CA 93704 • 559.438.4374

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Chamber Honors Efforts to Improve Local Quality of Life
Recognizing the Commercial Remodel Public/Private Partnership
many contribu- • Bakersfield Community House • Chevron - Kern High School District -
tions that have been • Kaiser Permanente Project Lead Way
made by businesses, • Murray Family Farms, Inc. • First 5 Kern - Ready to Start
organizations and • The Norman Levan Center for the • Kern County Water Agency – Treated
Humanities Water Expansion Project
individuals through-
• Sparking Image Car Wash • Rosewood Senior Living Community –
out the community, • Sun World International, LLC Kern County Senior Games
the 2011 Beautiful • Total Woman Fitness – National
Bakersfield Awards Education Multiple Sclerosis Society – Living
Banquet is slated • Bakersfield College-MESA Week Well with MS
for Saturday, June 4 at the DoubleTree Zero Project • Vision 2020 – Mid-Point Progress
• Dr. Julio Blanco
Hotel by Hilton. Report
• Foundation for SUCCESS
Presented by the Greater Bakersfield • Monica Guerrero Seniors
Chamber of Commerce, festivities for the • Hoopfest • Darlyn Baker
evening begin at 5 p.m. with a recep- • Lassens Natural Foods • Martha Griffith
tion featuring hosted hors d’oeuvres and • Sandy Lewy • Bill St. Claire
viewing of nominee presentation boards, • Nona Tolentino
followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The awards Youth (Individual)
• U-PLANit
• Alex Knight
telecast will air at 7 p.m. on KGET TV- • Valley Achievement Center
• James O’Rourke
17. Environmental • Cameron Werner
For contributions made in 2010, the • Bakersfield College Photovoltaic Field
Youth (Group)
2011 nominees are . . . • Great American Clean-up
• Independence High School/Falcon
All-America City Tradition - Civic/ • Green Shops
Autistic Solar Team
Nonprofit • Kern Council of Government Rideshare
• South High School
• Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Program
• Stockdale High School
Kern County • State Farm Insurance Companies
• Center for Kern Political Education Health Chamber members provide support
• Community Action Partnership of Kern • Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House through sponsorships of event catego-
Food Bank • Body Exchange Biggest Loser ries. For 2011 the category sponsors are:
• Covenant Community Services, Inc. Competition Fresno Pacific University - Bakers-
• Creative Connections Inc. • Robin Enos field Center (All-America City Tradi-
• Links for Life • Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy tion - Civic/Non-Profit); Law Offices of
• Meet Your Neighbors – Kern Regional • The Heart Center Young Wooldridge LLP (Architecture);
Center • Mercy and Memorial Hospitals DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton (Arts – In-
• Valley Adult Services Community Wellness Program
• West Bakersfield Optimist Club dividual); Valley Republic Bank (Arts –
• Donald R. Montano DDS, MSD
Group); Wells Fargo Bank (Commercial
• TERRIO Therapy-Fitness, Inc.
Architecture
• Debbie Wood Remodel); Aera Energy LLC (Educa-
• California Living Museum Cats of tion); Automobile Club of Southern
California Exhibit Humanitarian (Individual) California (Environmental); Interim
• Kern County Employees’ Retirement • David Collins HealthCare (Health); RJ’s Bar and
Association • Jim Darling Grill (Humanitarian Individual); ARRC
• PCL Industrial Services, Inc. • Vinod Kumar MD
Technology (Humanitarian – Group);
• Susan Lara
Arts (Individual)
• Bob Meadows Bakersfield Association of REAL-
• C. Lee Clark TORS® (Public-Private Partnership);
• Michael B. Eggert • Richard Sheffield
• Jennifer Shrader • Jacquie Sullivan Rosewood Retirement Community
• Fuchsia Ward (Seniors); Golden Empire McDonald’s
• Betty Younger
• Milt Younger Operators (Youth – Individual); and
Arts (Group) Chevron (Youth – Group).
• Bakersfield Art Association Humanitarian (Group)
• Assistance League of Bakersfield Reception sponsor is Bright House
• Bakersfield Jazz Festival Networks, and the Crystal Camel-
• The Empty Space Theatre • Bakersfield Condors
• Greater Bakersfield Green Expo • Carriage House Estates lia sponsor is Raymond’s Trophy &
Student Art Showcase • Community Service Cooperative Club Awards.
• San Joaquin Community Hospital • Hearts in Service
Foundation • Kern County Bar Association
Community Liaison Committee
• Klassen Corporation

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Building Relationships Through Committee Connections
Ambassadors / Mixer Heartland Saloon Spring Social Yo u t h Le a d e r s h i p B a ke r s f i e l d
Steve Bohn, Principal Financial Group – Chair Maggie Cushine, Boys & Girls Club of Kern County Advisory Council
n Thank you to Christina Contreras, BI – Chair Shonna Shearson, Kern Schools Federal
Incorporated for her presentation along n Thank you to everyone that participated in Credit Union – Chair
with several clients to share their stories and the recent Chamber Fundraiser this year – “The
experiences with the Committee. We also want Heartland Saloon Spring Social” The event was a
to thank Patrick Frase, Bakersfield Jazz great success because so many of our business and
Workshop for sharing their music with the Chamber members either sponsored the event, the
committee along with a 5 minute commercial. blackjack tables, donated auction items, donated
It was a real treat! Please join the committee for or discounted goods and services and volunteered
our monthly mixers and Ribbon Cuttings that their time to add to this wonderful event. Many
feature new and expanding businesses. people commented on the fun evening and said
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett they really enjoyed the gaming aspect. We look
Business Development forward to doing it all again next year. Thanks
Eric Merz, Institute for Business Excellence – Chair again to all involved! See recap in this issue for
photos and a list of our event contributors! YLB Student tour the Black Gold exhibit at the
n Thank you to Joe Coughlin, Coconut Joe’s Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett Kern County Museum
for his recent inspirational seminar which n In March students of Youth Leadership
received some of the highest ratings and International Business and Trade
Bakersfield learned about Kern’s Energy
exceptional comments. Next we feature Jim Bob Meadows, Union Bank - Chair
Industry. Throughout the day various
Pentico, Dale Carnegie Training of Central n The Committee met in April to finalize the speakers shared their knowledge and
California and Sarah Ketchum, Edward Jones agenda for their World Trade Day event at the expertise about wind, solar and oil in Kern
Investments for our May 10th Seminar, The Chamber, Thursday, May 5 from 7:30 a.m. to County. Special thanks to Advisory Council
Essential Art of Networking: Building Personal 1:00 p.m., which will be FREE to Chamber Day Chairs Michele Newell, Aera Energy
Business Connections (see the front page article members (fee for non members) and include LLC, and Randy Adams, California
for event details). Sign up for the seminar today morning refreshments and lunch along with an Division of Oil & Gas for their expertise
as space is limited. Also look forward to our exciting line up of speakers/topics. See page four and planning of the day. The day was made
June 7th marketing seminar. of this metro for complete information and then possible by the generous support of program
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett call the Chamber to reserve your spot. Seating underwriter Aera Energy LLC and day
Energy will be limited! sponsor Chevron.
Tony Moreno, Valley Clean Air Now - Chair Leadership Bakersfield Staff Contact: Tonya Sterling
n The Committee recently had several stu- Bryan Burrow, IES Engineering – Chair
dents from Independence High tell us about n In April the Leadership Bakersfield class
the Energy & Utility Academy. We were so focused its attention on Agriculture in Kern
impressed with how this program has devel- County. Serving as Advisory Council Chair was
oped over the past few years and witnessed Steve Murray, Murray Family Farms. This
such an incredible transformation of the session was made possible by our generous
students. The program is always looking for day sponsors Murray Family Farms and
adults to assist as mentors and if you are inter- Paramount Farming Company.
ested, please contact Pauline at the Chamber. Staff Contact: Tonya Sterling
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett
Governmental Review Council
YLB Students view the new solar array at CSUB
Jeff Green, Grimmway Farms - Chair
n GRC thanks April speakers on several issues:
Michael Hulsizer from the Kern County
Superintendent of Schools, with an update
on the stalled State budget; State Senator
Michael Rubio, who provided an update from
his perspective on activity at the State legislature
and SB 142, the electricity rate bill he authored
(see more info on SB142 on page two of this
Metro); and Allan Krauter from the County
of Kern speaking on Redistricting of County
Supervisorial District Boundaries.

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Spring 2011 Labor Chamber Monthly Planner - May 2011
Law & Human Mark your calendar for these upcoming Chamber meetings & events.

Resources Update DATE COMMITTEE TIME PLACE


Please join the Chamber on Tuesday, May 4 New Member Reception 4:30 p.m. Chamber
May 17, 2011 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. for our May 4 International Business & Trade Dark
May 5 World Trade Day at the Chamber 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
quarterly labor law and human resources May 5 Leadership Bakersfield Advisory 7:30 a.m. Chamber
update. May 5 Connect for Lunch 12:00 p.m.
Topics will include everything you May 6 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. Chamber
need to know to stay out of trouble on: May 6 YLB Class Day 7:30 a.m. Chamber
Wage and Hour Law; Meal and Rest May 6 YLB Graduation 6:30 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton, Bistro Ballroom
Periods; Overtime Issues; Independent May 9 YLB Advisory 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Contractor vs. Employee; Exempt vs. May 10 Seminar: The Essential Art 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Non Exempt Employees; and the Inside of Networking Chamber
Scoop from the Other Side on Class May 11 Beautiful Bakersfield Committee 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Actions. May 11 Connect for Lunch 12:00 p.m.
May 13 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m.
This forum will be presented by a May 17 Labor & Employment Law Forum 7:30 a.m. Chamber
panel of Experts including: David Blaine, May 18 Energy Committee 8:00 a.m. Chamber
Attorney, Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et May 18 Board of Directors 11:45 a.m. Chamber
al; Gina Hester, Senior Deputy Labor May 19 Connect for Lunch 12:00 p.m.
Commissioner; and Alex Wheeler, May 20 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. Chamber
May 23 Business Development Committee 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Attorney, Rex Parris Law May 24 Ambassador/Mixer Committee 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Attendance is FREE for Chamber May 26 Mixer – Bakersfield RV Resort 5:30 p.m.
members in good standing with dues May 27 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. Chamber
current; $40 per nonmember. Morning May 30 Chamber Closed – Memorial Day
refreshments will be served. Jun. 1 International Business & Trade 4:00 p.m. Chamber
Jun. 3 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. Chamber
Reservations are required, call (661) 327- Jun. 4 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards 7:30 a.m.
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661-321-9172
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Chamber Fights for Business Interests
Continued from Page 2

AB 400 (MA) Employment: paid sick (Prop. 87), and two attempts by legislature SB 104 (Steinberg) Labor represen-
days mandate - Oppose that were killed in 2010. The Chamber tatives: elections - Oppose
AB 400 mandates that all employers, continues to oppose the oil severance tax. The GBCC is opposed to
except those with collective bargaining From a statewide perspective this measure SB 104 which seeks to eliminate an
agreements, provide any employee who would make California’s oil production agricultural employee’s democratic
has worked in California for seven days the most heavily taxed in the nation… by right to cast an independent vote in a
with paid sick leave, the accrual rate at far. California needs more competitive secret ballot election regarding whether
one hour for every thirty hours worked. advantage, not less. Messages from sup- to unionize. The current provisions
After the 90th day of employment, em- porters of an oil severance tax always refer of the Agricultural Labor Relations
ployees would be allowed to utilize their to the fact that California doesn’t have Act (ALRA) adequately protect the
paid sick leave to care for themselves or an oil severance tax while other oil states rights and interests of employees and
a family member. The Chamber opposes do. What they don’t add is that California employers, as well as unions. Passing
legislation such as AB10 that does not oil is already taxed at one of the highest the “card check like” bill would upset
include a detailed cost-benefit analysis rates in the nation through multiple taxes any existing balance between employer
to determine economic impacts that this and fees that other states do not impose. and union rights and would erode an
would have on businesses, especially in From a more local perspective, since Kern employee’s right to express their true
our already struggling business climate. County produces the majority of jobs in, sentiments about unionization through
(Bill has moved to Assembly Judiciary and related to, the production of oil, most the employee’s free, un-coerced and
Committee) of the projected loss of 10,000 jobs with current choice. (Bill currently on Floor
passage of an oil severance tax would hit of Assembly)
Kern County. Decreased in-state produc-
AB 1326 (Furutani) Oil severance tax
tion would also severely impact Kern
- Oppose
County’s local tax base eroding local ser-
Once again the potential of an oil
vices, including education. (Bill currently
severance tax is raised in California, even
in Higher Education Committee)
after defeat of statewide voters in 2006

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Grand Opening & Dedication of Healing Garden

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Welcome Fifteen New Chamber State of the City
Members Forum Sponsorships
The businesses listed below have made a significant commitment to the community
and an important investment in their future by joining the Chamber. (Quotes provided Provide Valuable
Marketing Exposure
by new members.) New members joined during the period of March 15 through April 14.

n American Tire Depot n The Karcher Law Firm


4860 Stine Rd. 2318 20th St. The annual State of the City Forum is
Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-837-0387 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-326-1959 one of the Chamber’s premier business
www.americantiredepot.com www.stevekarcher.com information luncheon forums each
“The Karcher Law Firm is focused on year and attendees represent business
n Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant continuous improvement in offering top leadership in our community. The July
4215 Rosedale Hwy. flight services—business, collections/ 12 forum features Bakersfield’s Mayor
Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-633-1948 bankruptcy, real estate, litigation, and and designated city department heads
injury—at competitive pricing.” reporting on the past year as well as
n Camelot Park current projects and projections for
1251 Oak St. n Mill Creek Florist & Balloons the future of Bakersfield. Raymond’s
Bakersfield, CA 93304 661-859-1861 608 18th St. Trophy and Awards is the Presenting
www.CamelotParkBakersfield.com Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-323-7300 Sponsor and for the first time the
“Bakersfield’s family fun center and www.bakersfieldcaflorist.com Chamber invites additional levels of
birthday/group event headquarters, with “A full service florist, balloons and gift sponsorship. Silver ($2,000) and Bronze
go-karts, bumper boats, mini golf, batting baskets.” ($1,000) sponsorships are available.
cages and full arcade.” Please contact Chamber CEO Debbie
n Jeanine Adams – New Life Realty Moreno at 327-4428, or email
n Canteen Vending 7850 White Ln. Ste. E-114 dmoreno@bakersfieldchamber.org for
2429 Fruitvale Ave, Bay 5 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-203-9501 more information or a sponsorship
Bakersfield, CA 93308 800-852-5726 contract.
www.canteen.com n Pacific Construction Services Inc.
“Full line vending, office coffee services PO Box 21012
& Avanti markets; offering quality service Bakersfield, CA 93390
www.pcsbakersfield.com
661-829-1002 High Speed Rail
and name brand products for all your
needs.” “We are a locally-owned, multi-service
General Construction Company with an
Chief to Visit Kern
n Dedicated Dental Systems Inc.
3400 Wible Rd.
emphasis on residential remodels, building
maintenance and project management.”
County
Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-835-8672 The Kern County Fast Track
www.dedicated-dental.com n PCL Industrial Services, Inc. stakeholder coalition chaired by
Dedicated Dental has dental offices 1500 S. Union Ave. Supervisor Ray Watson has announced
throughout Kern County. Dedicated Dental Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-832-3995 that Roelof van Ark, CEO of the
provides convenient, comprehensive, and www.pclindustrialservices.com California High Speed Rail Authority,
affordable dental care in both general and “A full service, heavy industrial contractor will visit Kern County on Monday,
specialty dentistry.” that responds to the unique construction May 16. Mr. van Ark and members of
needs of our clients in the petrochemical, his planning staff will be hosted by the
n Edifice Inks oil and gas, gas compression/transmission, coalition in activities including tours
Bakersfield, CA 661-444-3972 and power/cogeneration industries.” of proposed HSR facilities sites, small-
“In the interests of building unity and group meetings with key stakeholders,
promoting self-expression, Edifice Inks n People Helping People and much media interaction. A principal
provides screen printed clothing to 1701 Westwind Dr. Ste. 107 focus of the day’s events will be a
businesses large and small, schools, Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-205-2844 welcoming luncheon featuring van Ark
families and charities.” www.myphpdream.com as the keynote speaker, arranged by the
“We believe all great things come from Kern Transportation Foundation at the
n Higgins Auto Parts people helping people. We believe people downtown Bakersfield Marriott.
12825 S. Union Ave. need a hand up, not a hand out. We do it Kern County is in active competition
Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-831-2411 through education.” for recognition as the Central Valley
www.higginsauto.com maintenance and operations hub of
“Higgins Auto Parts is the leading provider n Stewards Inc. the projected 800-mile, $45B new rail
of the highest quality recycled auto parts in 2211 H St. system. The economic benefits to the
Southern California. Established in 1951, Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-631-1258 successful Valley competitor will be
our outstanding reputation for delivering www.stewardsinc.org enormous, as billions of dollars and many
excellent products backed by superior hundreds of jobs are involved.
service & warranties is unmatched.” n Too Fat Sandwiches Luncheon registration information may
721 18th St. be downloaded at www.ktfonline.org.
Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-631-8401 Space is expected to be at a premium —
www.toofatsandwiches.com so take action now.
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86 Renewing Members Support Chamber


The following members renewed their commitment to the Chamber during the period of March 15 ISSUE: 28-2 (JUNE/JULY)
through April 14. We thank them for their support and commitment to the Chamber!
Advertising Close:
Member Since Member Since May 16, 2011
Apex Management Group .......................2010 CSUB Politics Research Center ..............2001
The Arts Council of Kern ........................1998 Precision Pharmacy.................................2006
Bakersfield Audi......................................2007 Prepaid Legal Services ............................2009
Bakersfield Blaze ....................................2004 ProCare Hospice/FCMS..........................2010
Bakersfield High School .........................1998 RE/MAX Magic ......................................2009
Bakersfield RV Resort .............................2007 Royal Palms ............................................1996
Bakersfield Truck Center ........................1992
Bank of America .....................................1920
Sam’s Club ..............................................2005
Santa Barbara Business College .............1983 The Man Issue
Ben & Jerry’s ..........................................2008 SCORE....................................................1989 The Man Issue provides the
Best Western Hill House .........................1999 Shinault Baker & Company ....................1996
Brain Injury Association of California....2010 Skarphol Associates ................................1995
perfect tie-in opportunity to
Jim Burke Ford Lincoln Jaguar – Smurfit Recycling Company ...................1970 sell your products and services
Gasoline Alley ................................1922 Snelling Staffing Services .......................2008 geared toward MEN.
California Fruit Depot .............................2005 Southern Sierra General
Children’s Advocates Resource Engineering, Inc. ............................2009 Man Profiles: There’s a lot to
Endowment ....................................2006 Storage Mobility .....................................2005 be said about your business.
Central Valley Occupational Medical Law Offices of John F. Stovall ................2005 Things that can’t be said within
Group .............................................2004 Jack Arian – Other Properties .................2001 traditional ad space.
Chester Avenue Brake LLC ....................1925 TIC – The Industrial Company ...............2000
City of Bakersfield ..................................2001 Today Cleaners........................................2003
Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Travelodge ..............................................2009 Medical
Center .............................................1997 Tree Foundation of Kern .........................2009 Specialties
Cotterman Co. .........................................2005 Valley Direct Inc. ....................................2008
Floyd’s Office Solutions .........................1997 Weir & Associates ...................................1988 Increasingly,
Froehlich Signature Homes, Inc. ............1991 Xerox-Intelligent Document Solutions ...2005 healthcare
Gaslight Melodrama Theatre ..................2009 providers are
Golden Living Center .............................2009 finding it essential to market their
Golden Youth Rejuvenation Centre & practice to patients and referral
Spa..................................................2007
Greer’s Banner Air ..................................1999 physicians alike.
Guild House ............................................1993 Medical Profiles: Tell your story
Guinn Construction .................................2010
Claudia Holderness CPA .........................2010
in a professional manner to our
H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection ........................2007 audience of over 60,000 educated,
Home Instead Senior Care ......................2008 affluent and influential readers.
Income Property Association of Kern .....2009 Are you ready to green
Jersey Mikes Subs ...................................2009
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation .1999
your business?
Kentucky Fried Chicken/A.D. Bakes......1992 Step 1 - Green Assessment
Kern County Department of Human Step 2 - Educate and Empower
Services ..........................................1996 Your Employees and
Kwik Signs Inc........................................2001 The June/July issue of Bakersfield
Management
LeBeau-Thelen LLP................................1989 Magazine explores the kinds of
Logan’s Roadhouse .................................2009 educational choices available to
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel ...................1997 Chamber members only today’s families, plus our new
Russell D. Martin CPA............................1996 can save: Education Directory.
T.L. Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar ...........2004 • 10% off on any consulting
McCright Agency ....................................1990 services provided by Greenshops
McDonald’s .............................................1999 Only
McDonald’s Restaurant – Coffee Rd. .....1999
• 10% off on any Corporate Bakersfield
McDonald’s Restaurants .........................1997 Gifts provided by Greenshops Magazine
Mercedes Benz of Bakersfield ................1987 gives you
Motor City Auto Center ..........................1972 2-months
National Cement .....................................2009 of exposure
Neira’s Collision Centers Inc. .................1995 for one
Office Depot ............................................2009 For more information: low price!
Paradigm Shift Enterprises, LLC ............2010
Paramount Farming Company ................1994
Personal Express Insurance.....................2009 Reserve your space today!

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Promoting Our Members


News from and about your n Fresno Pacific University is hosting n Alzheimer’s Disease Association
fellow Chamber members The Global Economy and its Effect on of Kern County, Alternative Care,
Central Valley Business, part of the FPU GEMCare, Golden Living, Kern
n The Mexican American Opportunity Business Luncheon Roundtable series, on School Federal Credit Union, Pacifica
Foundation cordially invites you to attend May 12 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at FPU, Senior Living, Pro Care Hospice &
the 22nd Annual Aztec Awards Banquet 11000 River Run Blvd., Suite 200. Cost is Optimal Hospice Present: 2011 Caring
on Friday, May 6 at the Petroleum Club $25 per person, or $125 for a table of six for the Caregiver – Your Importance
of Bakersfield from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. and includes lunch. To RSVP call (661) as the Caregiver on Saturday, June 11
Tickets are $60 per person and tables of 617-3217. from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Olive
eight are available for $450. For more n San Joaquin Community Hospital Drive Church Great Room (5500 Olive
information or to RSVP call, (661) 336- invites you to an evening of the Best Drive Building 9). Topics will include
6943. of Bakersfield. All proceeds from this care giving concerns, legal issues,
n Guild House is excited to be event will benefit Global Family, an outreach services and many more. A light
participating in First Friday on May 6th organization based in Bakersfield that continental breakfast and lunch will be
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy light rescues and cares for abused, oppressed served. To make your reservations call,
appetizers, desserts and a glass of wine for and abandoned children overseas and right (661) 393-8871 (extension 14). Reserve
just $7 per person. Featuring live music by here in Bakersfield. The event will be by Wednesday, June 1.
Larry Peahl, keyboard & Ken Fahsbender, held on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Congratulations to: State Farm
saxophone. See the 100-year old Barlow the Second Floor Ballroom of Stockdale Insurance for receiving the 2011 WRAP
Home that is Guild House, a Bakersfield Towers. For more information and tickets Award for the efforts of the State Farm
treasure! call, (661) 616-0326. California Green Team Committee, the
award was presented by Mayor Harvey
Hall; Susan C. Hersberger of Aera
Energy LLC for receiving the prestigious
John Brock Community Service Award.

Since You’re Going to Have


Lunch Anyway...
...why not spread the word about you and your business
at the same time? We’ll set it all up for you.

Each week, you’ll have the opportunity to go to lunch


Connecting, Not Collecting with two or three different Chamber members. You’ll be
the only one in your profession at the table.
You’ve joined the Chamber to meet other Chamber members.
You want them to become your customers and to send referrals We’ll make the reservation for you and provide a map to
to you - the kind of referrals that bring repeat business for you, the restaurant. We’ll even provide you with information
year after year. about your lunch partners beforehand, so that you can be
ready with some brilliant questions for them over lunch.
To get those referrals, Chamber members will need time to get
to know you, to have confidence in you.

And what better way for them to get to know you than by
spending an hour or more in a small group setting over a
relaxing business lunch?

Start your one-month trial today:


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Bakersfield,

Permit #61
2011 Board of Directors

PRSRT STD

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CA
Chairman of the Board
Sheryl Chalupa
Goodwill Industries of South
Central California
Chairman of the Board Elect
Tim Terrio
Terrio Therapy Fitness, Inc.
Vice Chair Administration
Garrett Ming
Jim Burke Ford Lincoln Jaguar

businesses are invited to Chamber functions.


Please post this newsletter on your company
Vice Chair Business Advocacy

bulletin board. All employees of member


Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Susie Geiger
Occidental Petroleum
Vice Chair Member Education
Christine Frazier

1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947


Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Vice Chair Networking
Bill Murray
DoubleTree Hotel Bakersfield, CA 93303
Vice Chair Community Outreach
Linda Heald
Automobile Club of Southern California
Treasurer
Scott Begin
Citizens Business Bank
Immediate Past Chair
Rick Riley
Townsend Design
Director-at-Large
Matthew Park
Kern County Farm Bureau
Board Members
Mike Allen AGM California
Greg Chamberlain Bakersfield College
Dana Fabbri Rabobank, N.A.
Bruce Freeman Castle & Cooke Calif., Inc.
Shaun Kelly TWIW Insurance Services
Karen King Golden Empire Transit
Dan Klingenberger Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc.
Jarrod McNaughton San Joaquin Community Hospital
Dayna Nichols Castle Print & Publication
Danny Ordiz Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc.
Tom Randour KGET-TV 17
Monique Rogers ARRC Technology
Rick Stevens Stevens Transportation, Inc.
John F. Stovall Law Offices of John F. Stovall
Danielle Wade Bright House Networks
Leslie Walters Walters & Associates
Derek Yurosek Bolthouse Farms, Inc.

Chamber Staff
President/CEO Debra L. Moreno
Director of Operations Tonya Sterling
Controller Jennifer Abercrombie
Project Manager Pauline Bartlett
Director of Membership Tonya M. Dretzka
Marketing & Communications Spencer Schluter
Operations Assistant Jean Scheiber
Information Specialist Janet Ursery

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce


661-327-4421 • FAX: 661-327-8751
http://www.bakersfieldchamber.org

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