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A cyberattack in April on a shared data network forced four U.S. natural-gas pipeline operators to temporarily shut down computer communications with customers. It was one of the latest displays of the vulnerability of America’s power grid and energy industry to criminal hackers and rogue states.

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June 14 — Labor Law and HR Forum; check-in/networking, 7:30 a.m.; program, 8-10 a.m.; $25 members; $50 nonmembers; Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, 1725 Eye St. Presenting sponsor: Young Wooldridge LLP; co-sponsor: LeBeau-Thelen LLP.

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The business process outsourcing service model refers to strategic relationships in which organizations rely on third-party vendors to execute certain nonprimary business functions. Common services delivered via a BPO model include, but are not limited to, records and information management,…

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When we read about “economy airlines” not focused on safety — experiencing repeated engine failures — we can only wonder what kind of safety culture each has within their organizations. Airline expert Jim Brauchle recently characterized one such airline as “an accident waiting to happen!”

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Creative associate Duncan Hanon joined Saba Agency in May, bringing over 27 years of experience in the print industry to the team. From graphic design to managing and overseeing all stages of job production workflow, Hanon has worked with clients, designing and managing projects for every ty…

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Over a three-week period this spring, two iconic American companies found themselves embroiled in significant public relations crises. These are the kind of crises that quickly grow legs, all while providing teachable moments for the rest of us.

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“Internet of things” devices have completely taken over every corner of life. Almost everything is controlled by an outside internet source, changing the way we do things forever.

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Since 1974, the California Energy Commission has led the world with its building-efficiency standards, also known as Title 24, Part 6. The requirements, mandates and executive orders laid out in Title 24 influence energy policy worldwide by driving manufacturers of HVAC and lighting equipmen…

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As a small-business owner in Kern County, I understand firsthand the battle for attracting and retaining local talent. The pool of potential (quality) employees seems to be dwindling with each passing year.

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With years of experience and a commitment to providing improved IT service to Bakersfield businesses, Josh and Stephanie Lowrey launched TRIS Technology Solutions (www.trisbak.com) as a home-based business in 2014.

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Since 2012, the Kern Business Journal has documented the happenings in the various industries throughout the county, spanning energy, agriculture, health care, real estate and more. But what makes the publication truly special is where the information comes from.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, was hailed by many as the most sweeping tax legislation in the United States since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. While the TCJA certainly did yield many changes to the U.S. tax system, it did not include several tax provisi…

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When the sprawling Indian Wells Valley Water District in eastern Kern County needed to control customer water rates and its energy costs, it looked to the sun and partnered with ENGIE Services U.S.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.