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Joel Ackerknecht manages about 3,500 acres of land north and west of Bakersfield and south of Arvin for DM Camp and Sons, a more than 80-year-old Kern County farming operation that grows a variety of specialty crops, including wine grapes, nuts and sweet potatoes.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has touched each of us in a variety of ways. We are reminded daily of its impact upon businesses, both large and small. No one could have predicted how a single virus could cause such disruption in our economy. Like their for-profit contemporaries, nonprofit organizatio…

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The potential threat to one’s health caused by wildfires and general pollution trapped on the valley floor are key reasons that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, along with other public health experts, developed a tool that would provide access to hour-by-hour local air …

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There’s no denying it: We’re living through a period of extraordinary uncertainty. This state of affairs has many business owners thinking about how their businesses will be affected. In an earlier article that can be found here (https://tinyurl.com/y8q393b4), I outlined factors behind today…

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It’s hard to believe we are halfway through 2020. With three months in lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, I was curious to see what impact there would be on public relations disasters.

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When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act was signed into law this past March, it was evident that Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration would be called upon to provide a substantial amount of guidance for one of the act’s primary features: the Pay…

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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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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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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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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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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.