The Kern County Economic Summit is a clear depiction of what markets our county is capable of tapping into, bringing economic and scholastic movers and shakers near and far to brainstorm what economic trends will shine through this year.
The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently honored Cornelio “Corny” Rodriguez, Bakersfield College’s dean of instruction, as this year’s Businessman of the Year for his work within the community as a champion of small businesses and higher education. KCHCC President and CEO Jay Ta…
Last week, The National Council for Home Safety and Security named the city of Tehachapi as the safest city in Kern County and the 44th-safest city in California in its 2019 “Safest Cities in California” report.
The largest annual agricultural expo will hold its 52nd show, putting cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment front and center for a three-day event, Feb. 12-14, at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, 4500 S. Laspina St. Boasting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 2.6 million squ…
One year ago, while writing a Kern Business Journal article about education and business working together, I chatted with Stuart Packard, superintendent of the Buttonwillow School District. Packard was anxious to invite business people into his classrooms and I knew from surveys and conversa…
In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court reversed the prior decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which held that a state could not require a retailer from another state with no physical presence in the state to collect and remit sales tax on goods the sell…
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Adventist Health Bakersfield was named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time, making Adventist Health Bakersfield the only Top Hospital in Kern County.
Seven years ago, I wrote an article that was published in The Bakersfield Californian warning employers that they should not use videos as their primary tool for harassment prevention training because of several lawsuits that were lost by employers who did just that.
Retirement planning clients often come into my Bakersfield office panicked and frustrated that their nest eggs are cracking under the weight of their children’s mounting college loan debts and helping them cope with financial problems.
The California Legislature passed and the governor signed into law an avalanche of labor laws in 2018. Many of them were controversial. But one — Senate Bill 1343 — received overwhelming support.
When Colleen Bauer started her Bakersfield event and wedding planning business, she had no idea that her fairy godmother would make her dreams come true.
Every year we can count on a new crop of public relations failures. And 2018 did not disappoint. There were several jaw-dropping teachable moments. Some even produced a few snickers.
Steady growth in hotel industry: Bakersfield’s hotel sector continued to show steady growth in 2018.
Most buildings destroyed in the Camp and Woolsey wildfires were residential, not commercial, yet included important lessons for business owners.
Al Bensusen’s license plate reads CPAPMAN. Bensusen doesn’t suffer from sleep apnea. He doesn’t need a continuous positive airway pressure machine to keep him breathing while asleep.
Starting a new business can be difficult and stressful for anyone. Knowing how, when or where to start can mean long time of researching, asking, coming and going in the search to have a successful experience.
Numbers don’t lie — unless they are left out of an equation to begin with. When numbers are missing from a calculation, a deceptive void appears like a black hole that swallows otherwise important realities.
What began two decades ago as a mere concept proposed by a group of innovative cattlemen has grown into the largest land trust in California.
In recent months, I’ve become a regular at the Haggin Oaks farmers market organized by the Hens Roost, a company dedicated to providing local food to the community year-round.
Cybercrime risks are adversely affecting all business large and small, especially smaller organizations that have taken only minimal, if any, steps to mitigate this risk.
Ask many aging farmers when they plan to retire and their response likely will be a blank stare, or a mumbled, vague “maybe in five years.” The truth is that many farmers have no intention of — or plans for — retiring.
When MagdaElena and Miguel (Mike) Martin looked across the field they own next to their agricultural services company in Wasco, they didn’t see just barren dirt. They saw a retirement nest egg.
Pulling up to the headquarters of Crop Management Company Inc., a Delano-area diversified farming operation, feels like coming home. The focus of the complex is a tidy farmhouse, surrounded by citrus trees as far as the eye can see.
Christina Santillan may be just beginning her career in education, but she is already excited about helping her sixth-grade students learn about local career opportunities, the value of a job and even the importance of managing personal finances.
If there’s one valuable takeaway from the roller coaster in Central Valley ag land values these last several years, it’s that market conditions can look repulsive or inviting depending on your position.
Kern County farmers and agricultural businesses have a unique tax incentive opportunity under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The 2017 tax reform law includes the Qualified Opportunity Zone program, which offers capital gain tax deferrals for qualifying investments in designated low-income commun…
Kern County’s nutrient-rich soils make it a prime region for producing the many crops that contribute to the valley’s role in supplying food for the nation. Technology advancements in the agriculture business are rapidly rising and making farmer’s more efficient in their daily duties and ope…
The people who stare at their laptops or phones during my workshops or presentations undoubtedly think they can effectively listen to me and use technology at the same time. After all, they’ve probably been told that multitasking is not only possible — it’s necessary.
What does investing in community health mean? Investment can mean so many things, but at Kaiser Permanente it means utilizing a Kaiser Permanente asset, whether that be intellectual property in the form of evidence-based best practices or a financial investment such as grants.
A number of people have been wondering what I’m up to in my new job as advocacy director for BizFed Central Valley.
Employers must learn their ABCs and practice them if they want to avoid legal problems in the wake of a recent California Supreme Court ruling. The test for when a worker can be considered an independent contractor has become a lot stricter.
Immediately after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, requests from industry advocacy groups for guidance, clarification and/or correction directed to either the Internal Revenue Service or Congress began to pour in.
Founded in 2014 by co-CEOs Tom Avinelis and Rob Hurlbut, Agriculture Capital’s focus on is on responsible, regenerative farming and food production at scale.
Bakersfield’s hotel tax revenues are on track to reach their highest level ever, according to the city’s finance department. That is just one of several recent positive indicators about the local travel and tourism sector.
Safe 1 Credit Union received an A-plus designation for the fourth consecutive year from DepositAccounts.com as one of the top 200 healthiest credit unions in the U.S.
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.
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.