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Jeff Eittreim, Central California Division manager for Woodbridge Pacific Group, discusses his development company’s decision to build Belcourt at Seven Oaks, an exclusive residential development in southwest Bakersfield, and why Bakersfield-based Valley Republic Bank was selected to provide…

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  • By Kelly Bearden
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Sarah Haggard jokes about how she loved to play in the mud and water when she was a child growing up in Bakersfield. Little did she know at the time that her love would influence her choice of a college major and career and lead to her creation of a Bakersfield-based, woman-owned business.

  • By Greg Gallion
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When you think about Granite Construction Co., you think of all the projects the company has built in Bakersfield and elsewhere; you think of the imprint Granite has left on communities with its roads, buildings, parks, etc.

  • By Cassandra Melching
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The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s residential wood-burning rule (Rule 4901) has an important caveat that is essential for valley real estate agents to understand. Rule 4901 limits particulate matter emissions from wood-burning fireplaces, wood-burning heaters and outdoo…

  • By Kim Schaefer
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There’s a reason homeownership is still considered the “American Dream.” A home is the best means for building wealth and a pathway to strength and stability in the communities we all call home.

  • By Dianne Hardisty
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Business is good for Bakersfield contractors in the home remodeling business. They are seeing a steady flow of customers wanting improvements and upgrades in their kitchens and bathrooms.

  • By Dane Oleson
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Those in Kern County will continue to celebrate their new status as the 2016 U.S. leader in crop values, widely released last September. Kern County has long been a top national producer of agriculture — and the dollars that go with it — often reaching runner-up status. But in 2016, crop val…

  • By Joel A. Bock
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Since its inception as part of The Revenue Act of 1921, many real estate investors have reaped the benefits of the “like-kind exchange.” Over the years, the provisions of the current Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 have seen several changes both as a result of additional regulations issue…

  • By Robin Paggi
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While preparing to write this article, I Googled “rude behavior” and “25 Rudest Rude Behaviors — Are You an Offender?” was the first piece listed. According to the author, rude behavior includes things like inappropriate use of cell phones, interrupting others, cutting people off in traffic …

  • By Melissa Costelloe
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Coming up on its second anniversary of providing permanent medical care to the Tehachapi area members, Kaiser Permanente quickly outgrew its original 2,500 square feet facility, which opened in January 2016. Kaiser Permanente Tehachapi now boasts a 3,900-square-foot facility with six state-o…

  • By Karen Bonanno
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As the year draws to a close, the focus of business owners and managers often shifts to workforce changes. The new year may see an expansion or reduction in business activities. Critical management employees may be retiring.

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  • By Steven Van Metre
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Your home — and even maybe your vacation home — can be a large share of your worth. When it comes to calculating the size of your retirement nest egg, the value of your property may be no yolk. (OK, that was a bad pun.)

  • By Katherine Ross
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Solutions to your real estate-related perplexities could start with your local library. The Kern County Library has books and online periodical databases to assist with various types of real estate research — home buying and selling, landlord-tenant issues, real estate agent licensing and more.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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Meeting a personal need and a nationwide demand and having a passion for a product are three powerful incentives for any entrepreneur beginning a new business. But for Steven Tibbs, the founder of Tibbs Beef Jerky, these are the foundations of a business with a bright future.

  • By Laura Wiener
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Israel Vasquez said it all when he explained on a recent local radio show why he decided to open a second location for his iconic Bakersfield meat market in Bolthouse Properties’ Grand Island Village shopping center.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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Driving home from the beach after a tasting of dishes for my daughter’s upcoming wedding dinner, the radio reported a well-known bridal store had abruptly closed leaving brides-to-be in a lurch. After a quick call to my daughter, I was thankful we were not among the thousands left high and dry.

  • By Alphonso Rivera
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Hacking, data breaches and other types of cybercrimes are targeting more retailers, as both brick-and-mortar stores and online shopping websites increasingly rely on digital systems to conduct business.

  • By Greg Gallion
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Communicating is the passion of SC Communications, a Bakersfield-based company that specializes in the sale and maintenance of two-way Motorola radio systems, as well as Samsung business telephone systems. And SC Communications has used this passion to also support Houchin Community Blood Bank.

  • By John Pryor
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As of this writing, the wrath of Hurricane Harvey imposed on Houston and surrounding areas has not even begun to be tabulated and quantified. The question of how many businesses will survive remains to be determined.

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About the company/ organization: Bolthouse Properties holds agricultural land and invests in commercial retail and office properties that will have a positive impact on local communities. The company is the current master planner/developer of the land in the Seven Oaks corridor — one of the …

  • By Kayleena Speakman
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You go to the store, grab a few things and go to pay with your shiny, new chipped card when suddenly the clerk shouts something like, “Nope, you have to swipe; we don’t accept chips yet.” The merchant clearly has a slot for the chip reader, so why isn’t it working?

  • By Richard Gearhart
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By every appearance, retail and commercial trade in Bakersfield is thriving. Drive past areas in the southwest and northwest of the city on your daily commute and you see new retail shopping centers opening, new office spaces being advertised and a variety of economic development occurring. …

  • By Karen Bonanno
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Likely you have already started seeing Christmas decorations in local stores. That is because the holidays are fast approaching and that means retailers are gearing up for their peak selling season. But it also means that companies in almost every industry are wrapping up their year and plan…

  • By Richard Chapman
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A community’s retail offerings are becoming an increasingly key element of the site selection process for companies considering relocation or expansion. “Quality-of-place” factors are of significant value for millennials and baby boomers alike (and everyone in between). As cities ramp up the…

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About the organization: Bakersfield Heart Hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease as well as a wide range of other medical and surgical procedures. For 2017, Bakersfield Heart Hospital has been ranked by CareChex as being in the top 10 percent in the…

  • By Mark Nessia
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About the organization: Dedicated to meeting the needs of the community, Bakersfield-based Houchin Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit service organization that has been serving Kern County since 1951. Houchin is committed to being the provider of a safe and adequate blood supply for area ho…

  • By Katherine Ross
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Technology is great, but it can also be nice to curl up with a nice book. Why not peruse an informative book on health? The Kern County Library has many books, on many different aspects of health, for all ages, written by experts and celebrities. The following list gives some idea of our div…

  • By Joel Bock
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While the House of Representatives approved legislation to repeal and replace significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (e.g., “Obamacare”) in early May 2017, at the time of writing this article, the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been unable to garner sufficient votes to p…