Chairman’s Welcome

As the general manager of a news station, you get a front row seat to your community’s happenings – the highs, the lows, the mundane and the exceptional. As a native of Bakersfield, I know this community’s spirit, but through our work at KGET, I get to see this community’s heart. I’ve never been more proud of Kern County than I’ve been over the last 12 months. We’ve rallied together to support first responders, our small businesses and our nonprofits. This region still faces challenges – the pandemic continues and like much of the country we’re grappling with our differences and division. I am however, an eternal optimist, and that’s why I’m excited to continue as the Chamber’s Chairman of the Board.

I’m looking forward to getting our economy reopened, I’m excited by the work the Chamber’s done to advocate for our businesses and serve them during these unprecedented times. The Chamber team (volunteers and staff) are fully committed to serving our members’ needs, to building a better, more inclusive economy, and to recognizing the people who make Bakersfield so special. Our community isn’t defined by challenges, but how we overcome them.

Derek Jeffery
Vice President & General Manager

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.