• 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…

  • By Alphonso Rivera
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A computer virus that infected systems throughout the world earlier this year caused millions of dollars in damages to companies in nearly every industry. It also demonstrated that hospitals may be particularly vulnerable to such attacks.

  • By Karen Bonanno
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Blaming unfavorable agricultural and commodity prices, as well as “tepid” crude oil prices, an iconic Kern County ranch this spring announced layoffs and a reorganization. Just a few days later, a local grower and food processor announced moves to streamline its operation and reorganize.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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In June, a 45-year-old fired employee of an Orlando RV accessory manufacturing plant returned to the business and opened fire on former co-workers. He killed five people before shooting and killing himself.

  • By Jose M Granados
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Mental health self-care is becoming part of everyone’s life in an effort to manage the number of psychological stressors faced every day. For those in the labor force, these stressors multiply quickly — from personal problems to work-related issues. If you are feeling a little stressed and o…

  • By Greg Gallion
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More than three decades ago, the Executive Association of Kern County was formed to help local businesses grow. The focus of the group is on business and on creating a support network that helps the more than 75 member entrepreneurs succeed.

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About the company: Aera Energy is a respected and responsible California oil company accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state’s oil production. Headquartered in Bakersfield, Aera is known for excellent safety and environmental performance, innovative business practices, application of c…

  • By David Lyman
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Art is everywhere in downtown Bakersfield. Because our city’s population is larger than that of Pittsburgh, St. Louis or Honolulu, it is easy to miss all the public art on display. Visit Bakersfield recently completed the first-ever comprehensive inventory of public art and art galleries in …

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About the company/organization: The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development for the Department of the Navy. China Lake is the principal land test range and weapons…

  • By Mayan Xitlaly Lara
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With all the oil, gas, wind and solar energy Kern County produces, it is an economic powerhouse that is huge on energy innovation and technical development. According to Kern Economic Development Corporation Marketing and Research Coordinator Tamara Baker, a major key to thriving and growing…