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2022 Chairman’s Welcome

I’m excited to serve the local business community as the 2022 Chairman of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. The Chamber serves as our region’s unwavering champion, convener of leaders and catalyst for positive change. I’ve seen firsthand the collective power of the Chamber and our members to improve Bakersfield.

This role mirrors my family’s commitment to the community. My family, driven by our father’s entrepreneurial spirit, knows the unique challenges of being small business owners. Working together as a family, we’ve grown Countryside from one gas station in Oildale to a chain of stores, restaurants and real estate developments. Our success is a reflection of the supportive Kern County community.

As we continue to grow our family business, we’ve all found ways to give back to Kern County and Bakersfield. It’s in that spirit that I agreed to take on this role. I’ll be focused this year on how the Chamber can support our local small businesses and how we can improve our region.

I’m looking forward to a year where we can showcase this vital region, find ways to grow prosperity, and spotlight our local business community’s ingenuity and innovation.

Rick Jhaj
Owner/CDO
Countryside Corp.

Strength in Numbers, Working for You

Being a member of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber connects you with more than 1,100 members. You’re part of an organization that represents 50-60,000 jobs in the Bakersfield area – considerable clout when advocating for issues that affect the Central Valley. Your business reaps daily benefit from membership with exposure to other businesses of all sizes. You also realize value from interacting with similar and different types of businesses. Members find that they get out of the Chamber what they take from it. And there’s a lot to take. Explore our site to learn about member benefits, events, activities and opportunities for involvement.

Working for Bakersfield since 1920, we’re a recipient of the California Chamber President’s Circle award for six years in a row – ever since the award began. Our mission is to provide leadership for a healthy business community. The Board of Directors and Staff work together to offer resources and opportunities for members and member companies. A member-driven and professionally staffed nonprofit association, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber has been serving the business community since 1920. The more than 1,000 businesses and organizations that belong to the GBC are making a smart investment in their community and the success of their own business. The Chamber works year-round to represent the interests of business with government, promote our community, create and support a strong local economy and provide networking opportunities for business. Dedicated to community collaboration, what better organization than the Chamber to work with government, education, private industry and many others to make our community a place that we can truly say is “Bakersfield: building Something Better.” Outside of Bakersfield the Chamber is equally respected for its efforts in supporting business. Recognized as one of the top Chambers in the State of California, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber was recently acknowledged as one of the top five Chambers looked up to by other Chambers in 14 western states.

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