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OCTOBER 2011
The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of
Commerce is dedicated to:

• Building a Strong Economy
• Providing Business Education &
Networking Opportunities
• Promoting Our Community
• Representing the Interests of
Business with Government
Building a Strong Economy
Bakersfield: The Next Five Years .......... 3
Energy Forum Recap ............................. 4
Bakersfield Business Expo ..................... 5
Representing the Interests of
Business with Government
October Legislative Update ................... 1
Promoting Our Community
Chairman’s Circle Profile ....................... 2
Chamber Directory Advertisements ....... 3
Chamber Board Slate ............................. 6
Committee Reports ................................ 6
Ribbon Cuttings ..................................... 8
New Members ........................................ 9
Renewing Members ............................... 10
Member News ........................................ 11
Providing Business Education &
Networking Opportunities
Facebook Marketing Seminar ................ 1
KCWA Vision 2061 ................................ 6
On October 11 the Chamber will present its second social media marketing seminar,
Intermediate Facebook Marketing. This event is graciously hosted by ARRC Technol-
ogy in their new state of the art Academy Training Room.
The instructors for this seminar are Spencer Schluter, Marketing & Communications
Manager for Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Gabe Ulloa, Interactive
Media & Marketing Coordinator for ARRC Technology.
An optional one-hour introductory session that will cover the basics of setting up a
Facebook account, navigating Facebook and setting up a page for your business or orga-
nization begins at 8:00 a.m.
At 9:00 the intermediate session will begin. This two-hour session will cover topics
including managing your Facebook page, best practices for Facebook posts, building
your page fan base, creating a Facebook ad campaign and more.
Attendees are required to have access to their email via a web client (e.g. Gmail,
Yahoo Mail or VPN Client)
We also suggest attendees also bring a USB thumb drive with:
• Company or organization logo (JPEG approximately 300x300 pixels)
• Appropriate personal photo or headshot (JPEG)
• Text document containing company background information, mission statement,
hours of operation, parking information, products, services, etc.
• A CSV database of your client/customer email addresses
Price is $35 for Chamber Mem-
bers, $70 for non-Members.
To RSVP, call (661) 327-4421 or
visit www.bakersfieldchamber.org.
Intermediate Facebook Marketing
The State Legislature wrapped up its session early in September, sending 600 bills
to the Governor to review. He has until October 9th to either sign or veto the purposed
legislation. The Governor repeated his message to an out of control legislature that they
will be singing the veto blues and that not every human problem needs a law.
The Chamber continues its actions on behalf of business through advocacy by sup-
porting legislation that would help contain cost of the workers’ compensation system,
make students more competitive after graduation, help train teachers, and reforms to the
regulatory process; while opposing legislation that would increase costs on businesses
through workers’ compensation changes.
State Legislators Take a Break...
The Chamber Doesn’t
Bakersfield Business Expo...5
Take Your Facebook Marketing Skills to the Next Level
See Chamber Legislative Update Page 2
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Castle and Cooke, founded
in 1851 in Hawaii, is a private-
ly held development company
owned by David Murdock
who serves as Chairman and
CEO. It develops master
planned communities, shopping centers, office parks, housing, and resorts on
the mainland U.S. and in Hawaii. The mainland development operations are
headquartered in Bakersfield, California. Castle and Cooke is best known for its
attention to master planning and design that integrates both residential and com-
mercial developments into “livable communities.”
METRO Business Journal is the
Official Publication of the
Greater Bakersfield
Chamber of Commerce
1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947
Bakersfield, CA 93303
661-327-4421 • FAX: 661-327-8751
http://www.bakersfieldchamber.org
The Chamber of Commerce President/CEO
has the sole right to refuse any advertisement
in any Chamber publication.
Businesses
Supporting
Business!
Aera Energy LLC
Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman
Bright House Networks
Jim Burke Ford
Carney’s Business Technology Center
Castle & Cooke California, Inc.
Chevron
Continental Labor & Staffing Resources
Daniells, Phillips, Vaughan & Bock
Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc.
Golden Empire Transit District
Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc.
Hall Ambulance Service
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, et al.
Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield
Mid State Development Corporation
Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Rabobank, N.A.
San Joaquin Community Hospital
State Farm Insurance
Stinson’s Stationers, Inc.
Tejon Ranch Company
TelePacific Communications
Wells Fargo Bank
Law Offices of Young Wooldridge LLP
Chairman's Circle Focus
Chamber Legislative Update
Continued from Page 1
Actions taken this month included:
Oppose Caltrans MS4 NPDES Permit, which would drain an estimated $600 mil-
lion annually from state road construction projects each year. A State Water Resource
Control Board purposed new regulation for an updated Caltrans municipal separate
storm sewer system (MS4) permit. These standards far exceed the requirements under
the federal Clean Water Act.
Support SB 611 and SB 612, which together will help elevate the quality of education
in California, making sure graduates are adequately prepared to compete in and con-
tribute to the global economy by emphasizing education programs that provide students
with real-world experience and rigorous course work.
Support SB 617, which reforms the regulatory process by requiring an economic
analysis of all major regulations at the beginning of the regulatory process thus provid-
ing more transparency and better data on which to base selection of most cost-effective
regulatory alternative.
Oppose AB 947, which extends the time frame that injured workers may receive
temporary disability benefits from 104 weeks to 240 weeks and making it retroactive to
April 2004.
Oppose AB 1155, which undermines apportionment in the Workers’ Compensation
system by eroding provisions that protect an employer from paying for disability that
did not arise from work.
Support AB 1168, which caps fees on vocational experts that have been exploited in
the absence of a fee schedule.
Continued to Oppose 469, which seeks to add significant burdens to retailers wishing
to locate new stores or remodel existing stores selling groceries in California. This bill
is patterned after other legislation introduced and vetoed over the past decade targeting
specific large retailers. The Chamber hosted a press conference with business and com-
munity leaders urging Governor Brown to veto this bill.
While legislature is on a break the Chamber will continue its efforts so that business
interests are heard.
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Published by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and distributed at the
beginning of 2012, the Bakersfield Guide & Business Directory is a quick-reference
community guide and business resource. The Guide contains information on business
and industry, education, housing, transportation, arts and culture, as well as fast facts,
demographics and economic indicators.
The Chamber is now accepting advertising placements for the 2012 Bakersfield
Guide & Business Directory. Spaces fill quickly, place your reservation today! Prior-
ity ad placement is given on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve early! For more
information, contact Spencer Schluter at (661) 327-4421.
Update Your Member Listing Information Today!
With detailed listings of the Chamber’s nearly 1,400 members in Alphabetical and
Classified Directory sections, The Bakersfield Guide & Business Directory is the busi-
ness phone book you’ll need for choosing where to shop and do business in 2012.
Listings include:
 Key contacts at each company
 Mailing and location addresses
 Web site addresses
 Telephone numbers
 Business categories
All Chamber member primary representatives should check their listing in our online
Member Directory for accuracy as this database is used to create the print listings in the
directory. To report an update in a Chamber directory listing call, (661) 327-4421. Mem-
bers must be in good standing in order to be listed (dues current within 90 days).
Chamber’s 2012 Guide & Business Directory
Celebrates Entrepreneurs & the American Dream
Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Advertise in this Annual Publication
The annual Bakersfield: The Next
Five Years Forum is one of the Cham-
ber’s premier business information
luncheon forums each year and attend-
ees represent business leadership in our
community. Each December this forum
features future forecasts in three differ-
ent areas that are key to Bakersfield and
Kern County.
This year’s forum will be Tuesday,
December 13. AT&T is the Presenting
Sponsor and for the first time the Cham-
ber invites additional levels of spon-
sorship. Silver ($2,000) and Bronze
($1,000) sponsorships are available.
Please contact Chamber CEO Debbie
Moreno at (661) 327-4428, or email
dmoreno@bakersfieldchamber.org for
more information.
Bakersfield: The Next
Five Years Forum
Sponsorships Provide
Valuable Marketing
Exposure
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mental in formulating 88 specific policy
recommendations that were presented
to President Obama and members of
the 111th Congress. Among the other
accomplishments on her impressive
resume, is her former position as the as-
sistant secretary for policy and interna-
tional affairs at the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE).
The Chamber would like to extend
its thanks to the sponsors of the 2011
Energy Luncheon Forum: Gold Sponsor
Valley Clean Air Now; Silver Sponsors
Aera Energy LLC and Chevron; and
Bronze Sponsor Tejon Ranch Com-
pany.
The Chamber would also like to thank
or event sponsors for helping to host
eighteen students from the Indepen-
dence High School Energy and Utilities
Academy as guests to the forum.
On September 20 the Chamber hosted
its 2011 Energy Luncheon Forum at the
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton.
Keynote speaker Karen Alderman
Harbert, addressing an audience of
over 130 local energy industry execu-
tives, community leaders and Chamber
members, beseeched local leaders to get
involved in the national debate about
energy security and independence. Har-
bert explained in detail how the demand
for energy will increase in the coming
decades and that the only way to tackle
the problem will be by utilizing all avail-
able resources, including oil, natural gas,
nuclear power, wind and solar power. She
also stressed the importance of regula-
tory reform to remove the roadblocks to
industry expansion.
Harbert serves as President and CEO of
the Institute for 21st Century Energy,
a division of the US Chamber of Com-
merce. Under her leadership, The Institute
for 21st Century Energy builds support
for meaningful energy action nationally
and internationally through policy de-
velopment, education and advocacy. The
Institute is focused on building support
for a comprehensive, long-term agenda to
secure America’s energy future.
At the Institute, Harbert was instru-
Energy Luncheon Forum Speaker Urges Businesses to Take Action
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rabobank Convention Center
Trade Show: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Mixer/Food Service Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $5
Networking:
The largest business-to-business showcase in
our area features an average of 140 booths and
over 1,600 attendees annually. This 21st
annual event is the place to be to help your
company grow.
Pr esent ed by:
Sponsored by:
• Ben & Jerry’s
• Bord A Petite Catering
• Cupcakes-N-Crema
• The Garden Spot Restaurant
• Hodel’s Country Dining
• Honey Baked Ham Company
• Jersey Mikes Subs
• Little Caesars Pizza! Pizza!
• Que Pasa Mexican Cafe
• Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse
• Too Fat Sandwiches
• Victor’s Mexican Grill
For more information on attending
or exhibiting, please contact the
Greater Bakersfield Chamber
of Commerce at 327-4421.
Giveaways Galore:
GBCC Door Prizes
Terrific Prizes From Our Exhibitors
Media Sponsors: Beverage Sponsor:
Food samples from local
caterers and restaurants:
GREATER BAKERSFIELD
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
THE 21st ANNUAL
2011
Ambassadors / Mixer
Steve Bohn, Principal Financial Group – Chair
 The committee enjoyed a presentation from
Mayor Harvey L. Hall, City of Bakersfield.
He’s getting geared up for the Mayor’s Highway
Cleanup dates and welcomes anyone of our
community to participate. The Mayor shared
many stories about our city and how we can all
take pride in the place we live. Thank you to our
recent mixer hosts, Camelot Park in August
and ARRC Technology in September. Don’t
forget to mark your calendar for the Business
Expo on Oct. 27!
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett
Beautiful Bakersfield Committee
Maggie Cushine, The Boys & Girls Club of Kern
County – Chair
 Planning for the 2012 Beautiful Bakersfield
Awards is about to begin. Join the fun that
accompanies preparations for this premiere
annual event that promotes our community! If
interested in joining this committee contact Jean
at the Chamber.
Staff Contact: Jean Scheiber
Business Development
Eric Merz, Institute for Business Excellence – Chair
 Please join us for the Oct. 11 seminar
Intermediate Facebook Marketing (see details
in this issue on the front page and make your
reservations now). Next month’s seminar will
cover Business Succession Planning, preparing
to continue your business in emergency
situations and for natural business progression.
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett
Energy
Tony Moreno, Valley Clean Air Now - Chair
 Last month, we welcomed several new
members to the committee as interest in the
energy industry continues to grow. This past
month the committee enjoyed an informative
presentation from Lisa Denke, Processes
Unlimited on oil processing equipment.
Additionally we hosted the Energy Forum
featuring Karen Alderman Harbert, Institute
for 21st Century Energy. We had over
130 attendees including students from the
Independence High Energy and Utility Academy.
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett
Governmental Review Council
Jeff Green, Grimmway Farms - Chair
 In September, GRC members heard from
Cristina Dayton with Protect California Jobs
& Innovation; Donna Carpenter, Guinn
Construction; Assemblyman Tim Donnelly,
(R) Twin Peaks; and Jesse Frederick, WZI,
Inc.
Staff Contact: Leigh Ann Cook
Building Relationships Through Committee
Connections
Small Business Networking Breakfast
Task Force
 A big thank-you goes out to our recent featured
speakers of the quarterly Networking Breakfast. It
was wonderful to have Sandy Formhals and Matt
Pontes, County of Kern and Rick Ruiz, Kern
High School District. We had a great event with
over 60 attendees. Please mark your calendars
for the next Networking Breakfast on Dec. 11.
Staff Contact: Pauline Bartlett
Leadership Bakersfield Advisory
Council
Julianna Gaines, Kern County Superintendent
of Schools - Chair
 The Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council
recognized members of the 2012 class during a
kickoff dinner on Sept. 15, followed by the first
session Focusing on Leadership the next day.
Special thanks to Advisory Council Day Chairs
Nancy Chaffin, The Bakersfield Californian;
Nance McKinley, Kern Federal Credit Union;
and to the day sponsors Kern Federal Credit
Union and Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc.
Staff Contact: Tonya Sterling
Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory
Council
Shonna Shearson, Kern Schools Federal Credit
Union – Chair
 The Youth Leadership Advisory Council is
busy planning the 11th year of the program.
The Advisory Council is working with local
high schools to recruit the class of 2012. If your
company is interested in sponsoring the efforts
of this program, please contact the Chamber at
327-4421.
Staff Contact: Tonya Sterling
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The Greater Bakersfield Chamber
of Commerce is proud to partner with
the Kern County Water Agency to
bring Vision 2061 to Bakersfield. The
program is set for Friday, October 21
at Bakersfield College from 8:00 a.m.
to 3:00 p.m. This statewide educational
event will help to shape the future of the
California State Water Project.
Vision 2061 will bring federal, state
and local leaders and stakeholder orga-
nizations together to encourage creative
thinking and big ideas so California can
meet its water needs during the next 50
years. Registration is free. Please RSVP
online at www.vision2061.kcwa.com or
call (661) 634-1400.
Meeting California’s
Water Needs
Nominations to fill openings of the
GBCC Board of Directors were an-
nounced at the September board meet-
ing. In selecting members to serve on
the Board, the nominating committee as
appointed per Chamber bylaws, consid-
ers many facts to ensure that the Board
accurately reflects the community and
the Chamber’s membership.
Nominations to fill new and remain-
ing terms included Tom Saba, Saba
Agency/Creative Concepts; Scott
Guseman, Paramount Farming
Company; and Duane Keathley, CB
Richard Ellis.
Nominations for directors also may
be made by Chamber members by
a petition signed by 25 members in
good standing, filed within 10 days of
notification of nominations. If no peti-
tions are filed, the nominated slate of
candidates shall be declared elected at
the October Board meeting. If a petition
is received and verified, a general mem-
bership ballot will elect directors.
Chamber Announces
New Board Slate
Thanks to Our
Recent Mixer Hosts
Camelot Park - Aug. 25
ARRC Technology - Sept. 22

Chamber Monthly Planner - October 2011
Mark your calendar for these upcoming Chamber meetings & events.
Date Committee Time Place
Oct. 4 Green Business Workshop 7:30 a.m. Chamber
Oct. 5 Executive Committee Dark
Oct. 5 International Business & Trade 3:00 p.m. Chamber
Oct. 6 Leadership Bakersfield Advisory 7:30 a.m. Chamber
Oct. 7 Governmental Review Council Dark
Oct. 10 Youth Leadership Advisory Dark
Oct. 11 Intermediate Facebook Marketing 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
ARRC Technology – 1600 Mill Rock Way
Oct. 12 Beautiful Bakersfield Committee 12:00 p.m. Chamber
Oct. 14 Governmental Review Council Dark
Oct. 19 Energy Committee 8:00 a.m. Offsite
Oct. 19 Board of Directors 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Oct. 21 LB Class Day 7:30 a.m. Various
Oct. 21 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. Chamber
Oct. 24 Business Development Committee 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Oct. 25 Ambassador/Mixer Committee 11:45 a.m. Chamber
Oct. 27 2011 Business Expo 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rabobank Convention Center
Oct. 28 Governmental Review Council Dark
Nov. 2 Executive Committee 12:00 p.m. Chamber
Nov. 2 International Business & Trade 3:00 p.m. Chamber
Nov. 3 Leadership Bakersfield Advisory 7:30 a.m. Chamber
Nov. 4 Governmental Review Council 7:30 a.m. Chamber
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PO Box 2426 • 93303
661-861-9249
www.scorebakersfield.com
Counselors to America's Small Business
SCORE is a national non-profit organization made
up of retired and working business professionals
who volunteer their time to help the
small business community.
Providing FREE Business Consultations
Marketing & Business Planning Assistance
Financing and Loan Review
Government Procurement Opportunities
2011 SHRM Symposium
Finding Balance in the Workplace
Wednesday, November 2
at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center
Register online at www.kcshrm.org or call 661.330.2336
Keynote Speaker Scott Christopher
Co-Author of the best-selling book:
The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up
Co-Sponsored in part by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
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ARRC Technology
1600 Mill Rock Way
(661) 281-4000
New Expansion - Managed IT Services, Computer Service & Repair
The Jasmine Nyree Education Center
6800 District Boulevard
(661) 396-1800
Grand Opening - Special Needs Facility for Children & Adults
Greenlawn Mortuaries & Cemeteries
2739 Panama Lane
(661) 834-8820
Ground-Breaking - New Complex
Bakersfield ARC (BARC)
2240 South Union Avenue
(661) 834-2272
Grand Opening - Dedication of Material Recovery Facility
Yogurtland
10930 Stockdale Highway, Suite 103
(661) 381-7565
Grand Opening - Self Serve Frozen Yogurt
Approximately 50 businesses have pledged to "Green Up" their operations through the Kern Green
program. Chamber Member ΖKEA was the ȴrst to complete this process.
To ȴnd out more, visit KernCreen.org and see our FREE on-line assessment that gives you the steps to
green up your operations.
Congratulations to our first Kern County Green Certified Business!
For more information contact: This Chamber partnership program
is your opportunity to...
(661) 412-3780
Are you ready to green your business?
Step 1 - Creen assessment
Step 2 - Educate and empower your employees and management
Chamber Member savings!
ȏ 10% o΍ on any Creenshops consulting services provided
ȏ 10% o΍ on any corporate gifts provided by Creenshops
GREATER BAKERSFIELD
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Baldwin-Georgenton Insurance
Agency
4200 Truxtun Ave. #102
Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-327-8010
www.baldwingeorgenton.com
“Serving the community for over 70 years,
Baldwin-Georgenton Insurance Agency
is an Employee Benefits Broker that helps
businesses and individuals obtain and
manage their medical insurance.”
Buena Vista Museum of Natural
History
2018 Chester Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-324-6350
www.sharktoothhill.org
“Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
- the only Central California Museum
with Anatomy, Astronomy, Archeology,
Anthropology, Biology, Geology,
Paleontology and science discovery center
all at one location.”
CPB India Inc. aka Biomix USA
www.careprobio.com
“Biomix I & Biomix V – consortium of
microbial products (all natural) will be
unique to revolutionize future of agriculture
& sustainability in it.”
eMedia
PO Box 20161
Bakersfield, CA 93390 661-589-5900
www.emedia
“eMedia is a full service advertising
agency specializing in creative advertising
and media placement.”
Golden Corral Corporation
5001 Ming Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93309
www.goldencorral.com
“Offers six “stations” featuring a menu of
ethnic dishes from around the world; enjoy
grilled-to-order steak daily at dinner, along
with a Salad Bar and Dessert Café.”
Havok Airsoft & CQB
4210 Resnik Ct. Ste. 200
Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-496-6644
www.havok-airsoft.com
“Providing a fun, safe venue to play indoor
airsoft and provide a shop with a wide
selection of airsoft guns, accessories and
gear. We host events (corporate, private or
groups), parties, tournaments and much
more.”
Helio Power, Inc.
900 Truxtun Ave. Ste. 330
Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-377-1085
www.heliopower.com
“Helio Power is a leading solar and clean
energy engineering and installation firm.”
Inspire Salon & Spa
3615 Coffee Rd. Ste. 500
Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-587-4777
www.inspire661@att.net
“Elegant spa setting that is customer
focused, offering the finest in hair care, nails
and skin treatments, along with carrying
professional beauty products and unique
gifts.”
Welcome Thirteen New Chamber Members
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 by new members.) New members joined during the period of August 15 through September 14.
Medifast
2900 Calloway Dr. Ste. 500
Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-588-3300
www.medifastbakersfield.com
“Medifast is a doctor-approved meal
replacement program, with 75 foods
including brownies, soups, and oatmeal.
You can lose up to 20 lbs. per month.”
Ocean Travel Services, LLC
5016 California Ave. #120
Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-326-1023
www.oceantravel-service.com
“Members only Travel Service open since
1997 providing excellence in member
service and our members traveling at the
lowest rates to the greatest destinations.”
SLM Staffing & Associates, LLC
1400 Easton Dr. #132
Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-327-3020
www.slmstaffing.com
“SLM Staffing provides highly skilled
personnel to meet all your staffing
needs, from executive assistants and
bookkeepers to experienced tradesperson
and welders. We can staff it all.”
Sno Shack of Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA 661-587-4778
“We have over 90 different combinations
of flavors and several locations
throughout Bakersfield.”
Yogurtland
10930 Stockdale Hwy. Ste. 103
Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-381-7565
www.yogurt-land.com
“The land of endless possibilities; a
customer-created frozen yogurt where
you rule the portions, with 16 flavors and
endless toppings. A classic treat without
the guilt.”
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Advanced Endoscopy Center ..................2008
American Heart Association ...................1998
AppleOne Employment Services ............2010
Bakersfield Adult School ........................2007
Bakersfield Family Medical Center
Northwest .......................................2005
Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House ....2009
Battlefield LIVE Bakersfield ...................2010
Bolthouse Properties, LLC ......................2006
Michael Burger & Associates .................1997
Capital Dental Group ..............................2010
Casa Aurora – Mental Health Systems ...2010
Castle Print & Publication ......................1991
Champs BBQ & Catering .......................2000
Community Action Partnership of Kern .1995
Costco Wholesale ....................................1985
D.R. Horton .............................................2010
Jack Davenport Sweeping Services, Inc. 1992
Garcia Roofing, Inc. ................................1991
The Garden Spot .....................................2006
Global Family Care Network ..................2010
Golden Empire Fleet Service ..................2008
Goodwill Industries of South Central
California .......................................1991
Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer &
Jensen .............................................1993
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites .....................2008
Housing Authority of the
County of Kern ...............................2010
Icon Printing Solutions/
PrintDirtCheap.com .......................2009
Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant ............2009
Janet Hopkins Insurance Agency, Inc. ....1998
Kern Carpets, Inc. ...................................2009
Kern County Superintendent of Schools .1989
Kern Federal Credit Union ......................1997
60 Renewing Members Support Chamber
The following members renewed their commitment to the Chamber during the period of August 15
through September 14. We thank them for their support and commitment to the Chamber!
Member Since Member Since
Promoting Our Community
Kern Valley Printing................................1995
Key Energy Services CA, Inc. ................2000
Klassen Corporation ................................2010
Knights Pumping & Portable
Services Inc. ...................................2006
Magellan Litigation Support Services ....2010
Moneywise/BrokersXpress .....................2004
MP Environmental Services, Inc. ...........1993
Napa Auto & Truck Parts ........................2008
Optimal Hospice Care .............................1998
Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc. ..................1996
Pensinger Properties/Gayle Dobbs .........2010
Plastics Food Service Packaging
Group (PFPG) ................................2007
Processes Unlimited International, Inc. ..1995
Quyen M. Pham, DDS &
Michelle Martinez, DDS ................2004
Rabobank Arena Theater &
Convention Center .........................1998
Neil Agness E-Waste Recycling .............2010
Residence Inn By Marriott ......................1990
Small Business Development Center –
CSUB .............................................2010
State Farm Insurance – Roger Hess ........1991
Stria ........................................................2005
Super 8 Motel ..........................................2001
3D Imaging Systems ...............................2001
Union Bank – East Hills Branch .............1992
United Security Bank ..............................2004
Vallitix .....................................................1995
Vintage Limousine ..................................1999
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage ..................1996
West Coast Cash......................................1999
Zayn Consulting ......................................2010
Promoting Our Community
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 Golf to make a difference! Golfers and
sponsors needed for New Advances for
People with Disabilities (NAPD) 17th
Annual Gayle W. Carlson Memorial Golf
Tournament on Friday, Oct. 21 at the
Buena Vista Golf Course. Help NAPD
continue to make a difference in the lives
of children and adults with developmental
disabilities in Kern County. For more
information, call (661) 395-1361 or visit
www.napd-bak.org.

 On Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 KernTax
is having its 1st Annual KernTax Golf
Classic at the Bakersfield Country Club.
Proceeds from the event will be used to
cover the expanding costs of representing
the interests of Kern County taxpayers. To
register, visit www.kcta.onefireplace.org/.

 The Brain Injury Association of
California (BIACAL) will host its 1st
Annual Golf For Thought on Monday,
Oct. 10, 2011 at Bakersfield Country Club.
Help raise awareness of brain injury and
much needed funds for BIACAL and local
prevention programs. The cost per player
is $125 and Tee Sign Sponsorships are
$125. Other sponsorship opportunities are
available. For more information call, (661)
873-6524 or visit www.biacal.org.
 The California Veterans Assistance
Foundation will be hosting the annual
Kern County Veterans Stand Down on Oct.
13, 2011. They are currently asking for
clothing and food donations to be passed
out to needy veterans at this event. For
more information, call (661) 695-3626.
 Come celebrate with California State
University, Bakersfield at the 33rd
Annual CSUB Fall BBQ on Thursday,
Oct. 13 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the
CSUB Icardo Center. The event will
feature live entertainment, great food and
more! Tickets are $27 pre-sale, $30 at
the gate. All proceeds benefit the CSUB
student-athlete scholarship fund. For more
information, call (661) 654-3473 or visit
www.gorunners.com.
Promoting Our Members
News from and about your fellow Chamber members
 A power-packed and entertaining line-
up has been announced for Kern County
Tourism Summit: The Sequel - presented
by the Kern County Board of Trade.
The second-annual day-long workshop
will be held Nov. 16 at Bakersfield’s
world-famous Buck Owens’ Crystal
Palace. Guest instructors will present a
series of informational sessions designed
to teach attendees how to identify and
promote their regions and businesses.
Through the summit, the Board of Trade
seeks to provide practical assistance to the
businesses and organizations that make
up the region’s $1.12 billion-a-year visitor
industry. For tickets or information, contact
the Board of Trade at (800) 500-KERN.
 David Coffey, President of the Board for
the Arts Council of Kern, has announced
that the Board has hired Michael Millar
for the position of Executive Director. Dr.
Millar’s professional experience in arts
management, community engagement,
consulting and education will support and
grow the Council’s mission of arts access,
advocacy and education.
 As part of Kaiser Permanente Kern
County’s commitment to helping build a
healthier community, each year it distributes
grants to local non-profits through its
community benefit grant making program.
This year Kaiser Permanente funded 13
organizations for a total of $219,000.
 Employers’ Training Resource is
pleased to announce that it has received
a grant from the Department of Labor to
provide job training and other services
through the Career Services Centers.
Twenty-one Workforce Investment Areas
in California were collectively awarded
more than $18 million to serve workers
dislocated from businesses which laid off
50 or more of their employees between
October 2010 and April 2011. In Kern
County, these businesses included grocery
and agricultural businesses.
 October is National Disability
Employment Awareness Month and
Goodwill Industries of South Central
California is urging employers to
consider the unique talents, perspectives
and contributions that people with
disabilities bring to the workplace.
Communities throughout the United
States need workers who are ready to
help rebuild the economy. People with
disabilities are a talented source of labor
who are ready and able to work. It makes
good business sense to hire people with
disabilities.
 The Bureau of Land Management
recently released the Draft Bakersfield
Resource Management Plan for public
review and comment. Copies of the
Draft RMP/EIS and more information is
available via the at http://www.ca.blm.
gov/bakersfield . The public is invited to
submit comments on the Draft RMP/EIS
prior to December 9, 2011.
The Chamber prints Member News when space is available in METRO Business Journal. The Chamber also publishes Member News in our monthly
METRO E-News email. Member News items that are considered for publication are good news announcements (such as staff promotions, new
board members, awards, etc.) or community service type activities (such as charity functions, volunteer efforts or fundraisers). Member News does
not include any commercial advertising. If you wish to submit an item for consideration in Member News, please contact Spencer Schluter at
sschluter@bakersfieldchamber.org or call (661) 327-4421. Submitting an item for consideration does not guarantee placement.
The Central Valley has some of the
highest unemployment rates in the
United States. In Kern County there are
areas with reported unemployment near-
ing 40%. According to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, roughly 25% to 33% of
the cost of infrastructure projects is la-
bor. On a $6.3 billion project this means
that the projected payroll for the project
will be somewhere between $1.6 billion
and $2.1 billion. At an average annual
cost of $50,00 per construction job this
is equal to 32,000 to 42,000 jobs. The
savings and tax revenue generated to
the State of California from reduced
unemployment - priceless.
High Speed Rail
Fast Facts
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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
Vice Chair Business Advocacy
Susie Geiger
Occidental Petroleum
Vice Chair Member Education
Christine Frazier
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Vice Chair Networking
Bill Murray
DoubleTree Hotel
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
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
Chamber Staff
President/CEO Debra L. Moreno
Director of Operations Tonya Sterling
Controller Jennifer Abercrombie
Project Manager Pauline Bartlett
Government Affairs Leigh Ann Cook
Director of Membership Tonya M. Dretzka
Marketing & Communications Spencer Schluter
Operations Assistant Jean Scheiber
Information Specialist Janet Ursery
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661-327-4421 • FAX: 661-327-8751
http://www.bakersfieldchamber.org
Discover & Explore Tuscany


· Round trip scheduled airIare into Tuscany
· Round trip transIers between airports
and hotel
· Hotel luggage handling
· 7 nights Iirst class Hotel
· Superb cuisine, daily breakIast, and
Iour dinners
· City tour Florence, see the Cathedral,
Baptistery, and the Iamous Gates oI
Paradise
· The Leaning Tower oI Pisa
· Full day tour oI San Gimignano
· Chianti Wine Tasting
· Chamber Exchange in Tuscany
· Tuscan Feast Dinner
· Discovery Program guide
Departing
March 20, 2012
For more inIormation and
complete itinerary visit
www.bakersIieldchamber.org
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