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About the company: Kern EDC, a coalition of public- and private-sector leaders, was founded in 1988 to enhance the county’s quality of life and offer new employment opportunities to residents. Kern EDC’s mission is to stimulate a diversified and strong economic climate in Kern County through…

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About the organization: California State University, Bakersfield, is a regional, comprehensive public four-year university committed to offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. The University was founded in…

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About the company: Bolthouse Properties holds agricultural and commercial real estate. The company is the master developer of the land in the Seven Oaks corridor of southwest Bakersfield.

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About the company: Headquartered in Bakersfield, Mission Bancorp is the parent holding company of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Mission Bank and Mission Bank 1031 Exchange LLC, and a 50 percent owner of Double W LLC, an entity that owns commercial property, including the bank’s Shafter Busi…

  • By Beatris Espericueta Sanders
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As we enter our sixth year of drought, the most extreme and acute drought since the late 1970s, there are a couple of things to consider when you look around Kern County’s abundant agricultural landscape.

  • By David A. Milazzo
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I don’t know about you, but I am quite afraid of my inbox. Email being one of the first “killer apps” the internet delivered to the masses, few of us are without an email account or three. And it’s a simple enough concept: Anybody with your email address can send you anything they like whene…

  • By Holly Culhane
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Just days before controversial federal overtime rules were set to go into effect, they were blocked by a temporary injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas. While the injunction was celebrated by many in the business community, it may be causing confusion in workplaces that were pushing…

  • By Chris Thornburgh
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None of us want to believe a trusted employee is stealing, but the reality is employee theft is a serious threat to small businesses. A typical small business loses around 5 percent of its annual revenue to employee fraud.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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Successful entrepreneurs must be creative, competent and hard working to succeed. They also must be quick and nimble — able to recognize new opportunities and adjust their business plans and systems to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • By Jessica Krausgrill and Dan Kremers
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On Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m., the Institute of Real Estate Managers will hold the fifth annual Forecast Breakfast at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. This event provides a glimpse at what is happening in single-family, multi-family, office, industrial and retai…

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Property risks confronting real estate investors are numerous. Each of the following property risks should be reviewed with your insurance broker. You’ll then have a good understanding of the risk management steps you need to take to reduce your total cost of risk.

  • By Joel A. Bock
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A technique commonly utilized by owners of real property to postpone the payment of tax related to a disposition of the real property is the “like kind exchange.”

  • By Richard Gearhart
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The acquisition of what economists call “human capital” is fundamental for an area to thrive, in the long-run, in terms of economic growth, in the long-run. In general, human capital is any investment an individual makes in him/herself to increase incomes, employment opportunities and job mo…

  • By Todd Cunningham
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Woodbridge Pacific Group has introduced the first three neighborhoods at Belcourt, WPG’s master-planned village in Seven Oaks. The first residential phase is Belcourt Gallery, a gated enclave that includes the detached homes of Mahogany, Patina and Sterling, a custom lot neighborhood.

  • By Steven Van Metre
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Every day, until 2030, an estimated 10,000 baby boomers will reach the retirement age of 65. But it is doubtful that many will have enough money to support themselves in their 20- or 30-year retirements.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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It’s been a busy year in our household. My husband and I decided to renovate the entire house, mostly as a do-it-yourself project after a pipe sprung a leak in the living room ceiling. Not long afterward, our youngest daughter became engaged.

  • By Katherine Ross
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Today, you can have thousands of magazines at your fingertips — they all fit inside your computer and the library pays for the subscriptions. It’s a reality with Ebsco Academic Search Complete, one of the many online databases available through the Kern County Library.