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Business cluster looks to expand Kern's outsourcing industry

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Jim Damian is CEO of Bakersfield business process outsourcing company Stria LLC.

Efforts are afoot locally to boost Kern's profile as a provider of business process and "second office" outsourcing services to major markets outside the county.

A cluster of Bakersfield companies that already sells such services around the country came together in 2020 and 2021 as part of the B3K Prosperity economic development collaboration. Competitors in other respects, they forged a list of priorities, including marketing and workforce development initiatives, before running up against a lack of money.