• By Brittany Flemming
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Despite the fact that countless articles have been released that essentially reduce the latest “simplified” tax reform to mere bullet points, the law contains some pretty complex topics. One such complexity is the new 20 percent deduction available on “qualified business income” that has cau…

  • By Cheryl Scott
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From the day we suit up our children with their first backpacks and deliver them to kindergarten or preschool, Kern County’s future workforce is entrusted largely to our local educators. For the next 13-plus years, our youth often spend more of their weekday waking hours in a school environm…

  • By Richard Gearhart
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Immigrants play a vital role in the economic well-being of Kern County. They provide innovation and work hours, altering the labor and products market in numerous ways. This article attempts to unmask the economic impacts of immigrants in Kern County, using a variety of research conducted ov…

  • By Robin Paggi
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I’m writing this article on Jan. 29 and Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, just became the latest person to be accused of sexual harassment. According to my count, at least 50 men in entertainment, business and politics faced similar accusations in the law few months and many of t…

  • By Alphonso Rivera
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He called himself the BTK serial killer. It stood for “bind, torture, kill.” And he taunted Wichita, Kansas, law enforcement for more than two decades until his ego and computer forensics brought him down.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protege program is helping a Bakersfield woman realize her dream of owning a successful small business.

  • By Kasey Meredith
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The Kern County Economic Summit is a clear depiction of what markets our county is capable of tapping into in 2018 and bringing the economic and scholastic movers and shakers of our community to brainstorm what economic trends will shine through this year.

  • By David Lyman
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Bakersfield’s hospitality sector continues to be a bright spot for local government. Revenue from the city of Bakersfield’s hotel tax, officially known as the Transient Occupancy Tax or TOT, reached its highest level ever in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017 — nearly $9.58 million (se…

  • By Steven Van Metre
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Richard H. Thaler is not your average college economics professor. He co-authored the bestselling 2008 book “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness;” appeared in the 2015 hit movie “The Big Short”; and last fall won the 2017 Nobel Prize in economics.

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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 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 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 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.