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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise and many cities under stay-at-home orders, it can be easy for people to feel discouraged about what the future holds. Moments of kindness around Bakersfield have been spreading since the virus outbreak. In the face of crisis, residents have come …

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The passage last year of Assembly Bill 5, which became law on Jan. 1, has sent shock waves and confusion through California’s labor market. More than 30 bills have been introduced in the Legislature to change, delay or overturn the “gig economy” bill.

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I write this during the first week of April. With what has changed in just the past few weeks, it is anyone’s guess what the situation will be by the time this article is published.

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On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (or “CARES Act”) was signed into law. In addition to providing much-needed funding to small, medium and large businesses though the Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Credit and delay of payment of employer payro…

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It didn’t take long after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-in-place order for the shelter-in-place memes and videos to start hitting the internet. I’m grateful for that because I, like most people, need a laugh right now.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin estimates that the small-business relief included in the massive Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act could keep 50% of Americans at work. A key piece of the $2 trillion stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed into law in March by President …

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We live in a world of social, political and economic uncertainty. And that was before COVID-19 entered all of our lives, creating havoc and chaos. Business leaders everywhere are unclear about what to do about staffing, cash flow and the future of their organizations. During this pandemic, m…

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COVID-19 is challenging all business owners on multiple levels. We see evidence every day of creative 11th hour innovation for businesses to “stay afloat,” such as restaurants quickly shifting to takeout dinners, service businesses transferring their workplace to computers and telephones in …

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Empathy understands other people’s feelings and perspectives from their viewpoint instead of your own. Empathy allows you to build rapport and enhance your business relationships, increasing your chance of success. There are five core components to constructive empathy that’s useful in busin…

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The holiday season has passed us again, and after family visits and turkey dinners, it’s time to reflect on last year’s performance and how to maintain or improve profitability.

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The National, Amtrak’s on-board magazine, October/ November

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By the start of 2020, it will have been slightly over two years since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the TCJA). As is common with the passage of new federal tax legislation, California did not immediately conform its system of taxation to any of the provisions in the TCJA. However…

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In October, we celebrated National Women’s Small Business Month, which commemorates the October 1988 passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act, throwing out the legal mandates that women were required to have a male relative as their co-signer on business loans. Nov. 20, 2019, marked the…

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After being rebuffed by former Gov. Jerry Brown, arbitration opponents in the state Legislature found a more sympathetic ear with California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, who in October signed into law Assembly Bill 51.

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Awareness is a simple concept. I’m talking awareness of everything from considering how people will react to marketing messages, to timing, to public disasters and everything in between.

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Hotel boom continues: Building activity continues in Bakersfield’s bustling hotel market with two new hotels slated to open soon. Home 2 Suites by Hilton, 8227 Brimhall Road, will offer 113 rooms adjacent to the Westside Parkway. Hyatt Place, 310 Coffee Road, will have 120 rooms in a locatio…

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A friend told me recently about her experience working years ago in a rough-and-tumble office environment. My response was a mixture of amazement and shock.

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Industry leaders will once again gather in Bakersfield to highlight the latest advances and innovation in energy and its effect on Kern County’s position as one of the country’s energy leaders during the 13th annual Kern County Energy Summit Nov. 13, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bakersfiel…

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American Airlines has announced that it plans to add a second nonstop flight between Bakersfield and Dallas in January. It is a good sign for Kern County airport officials who have been working to expand local airline service. But it continues to be a struggle to attract airlines and passeng…

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Because I spend a lot of my workweek conducting harassment prevention workshops, it’s ironic that I was accused of harassment. Although it was a meritless complaint, I reacted the way people are supposed to react in the workplace when they are accused of wrongdoing — I continued to do my job…

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Public agencies and private entities in the valley air basin portion of Kern County may receive up to $25,000 annually through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Clean Green Yard Machines: Commercial Voucher Program.

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Hotel boom continues: Building activity continues in Bakersfield’s bustling hotel market with two new hotels slated to open soon. Home 2 Suites by Hilton, 8227 Brimhall Road, will offer 113 rooms adjacent to the Westside Parkway. Hyatt Place, 310 Coffee Road, will have 120 rooms in a locatio…

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Recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest emphasize a frequently overlooked property risk. Thanks to the Small Business Administration, they identified this pronounced need for funding of a clearly identifiable and measurable risk — the first step in the risk management process for any organization.

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Awareness is a simple concept. I’m talking awareness of everything from considering how people will react to marketing messages, to timing, to public disasters and everything in between.

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Did you know that 70 percent of all businesses do not sell? Only about 30 percent of family businesses get handed down and less than 50 percent of businesses with revenues between $10 million and $50 million in revenues sell. These extraordinary numbers should be a wakeup call to business owners.