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Best things about Bakersfield

by Guest Author 7 November 2017 08:55

Bakerfield is the ninth largest city in California and is not known for one thing. If you visit this area you will learn that you probably will not see a common theme to what you are looking at and you will be perfectly fine with that. Here are a few things for you to consider doing if you want to visit and some fun facts as well.

A couple fun facts

Some people think that most of the oil in the United States is done so in Texas, however, it is really California. Bakersfield is the oil capital of California. While driving through the area you will see some oil rigs.

Buck Owens was a part of the Buckaroos and they developed their brand of country music in Bakersfield. That is why the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace is such a great place for people to visit because they get a little bit of history with their fun.

Lots of fun things to do

Many places have theaters, stores, and museums, but not every place has speedway or an antiques mall. These are two things you will find here and so much more.

  • Bakersfield Speedway
    This is just one of the few raceways they have. This dirt track is fun to watch no matter your age. People love the action and enjoy the food. To top it off, finding parking is not hard here because they have made enough space for people.

  • Central Park Antique Mall
    Instead of driving around different areas in search for the perfect antique mall to find that one piece you were looking for, consider shopping at this antiques mall. You will find many vendors under one roof and hopefully that special piece as well. Even if you want to just walk around a see what there is, you will leave happy.

Great choices for food

There are so many great places to eat in the area, so we picked a few places that are popular in the area and have excellent food.

  • Wool Growers Restaurant
    This restaurant has a long history starting in 1954 with a small family. They still serve food using the same recipes as the founders along with some newer things. One of the long time recipes is Mayie’s beans and you can eat it today. If you have never had Basque food before, you are missing out and should come in to Wool Growers Restaurant.

  • Uricchio’s Trattoria
    This is an elegant Italian restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. There isn’t one dish that people love to talk about here because there are so many amazing options to choose from. This place is not too expensive, but not cheap as well. It’s a great place for your next date night.

  • Mama Roomba
    They were featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. He loved their authentic Caribbean cuisine and we think you will as well. This is a fun place to eat because of the friendly atmosphere this family run restaurant has created. If you want some suggestions on what to try, we say the tri-tip.

If you decide to take a trip to Bakersfield, we hope you get the time to experience some of these places. is here to help you make sure you get the information you need.

3 Helpful Resources for California entrepreneurs

by Guest Author 24 October 2017 08:44

Fed up with crazy hours, unreasonable bosses, or abysmal salaries? Have a great idea for a new business but aren't sure how to get it off the ground? Starting a business in Northern California isn't as complicated as you might think. In fact, the core steps are very straightforward. It is vital, however, that you do it properly.

Unless they're professionals, getting advice for starting a business from your neighbor's best friend's gardener or your long lost auntie from New York is not the right way to go. You need solid information you can count on -- not just an encouraging pat on the back and a suggestion to to immediately quit your day job.

Federal Resources

The Small Business Administration is the best place to start when you're in need of solid, up-to-date business guidance. For nearly 65 years, the SBA has pursued a mission to deliver loans, contracts, and counseling to America's small business community. Established in 1953, the SBA describes its primary functions as:

  • Providing capital for established businesses and start ups
  • Education, training, and technical assistance to facilitate entrepreneurial development
  • Small business advocacy

State Resources

Your next stop for gathering reliable information on starting a business is California's Secretary of State's website. California's SOS's website is your one-stop shop for registering and licensing your business with the state, and includes forms to complete as well as a mechanism for paying associated fees.

State resources for financing your business are just a click away at California's Business Investment Services website. California's official business portal is another invaluable resource for entrepreneurs where you will find everything from financial and permit assistance to quick start guides for expanding an existing business.

Local Resources

In addition to federal and state resources, you may also want to take advantage of local business groups such as chambers of commerce or business improvement district organizations. You will find a handy list of contact information for local chambers of commerce here at the CalChamber website's official directory listing.

A Business Owner's Guide to Attracting Top Talent

by Guest Author 10 October 2017 09:15

One of the biggest challenges for any business owner is finding the right candidates to bring on board. If you have open positions you're trying to fill or you plan to do some hiring in the future, keep these suggestions in mind. They'll help you attract high-quality employees who can contribute to your bottom line.

Ask for referrals. Knowing more about a candidate increases your chances of making a smart decision, and finding someone who will fit in with your company culture. Offer incentives for current employees to make referrals. Send your job announcements to colleagues asking for leads, and be generous about doing the same for them.

Tweak your job description. Is your advertisement boring? Remember that you're selling the position, not just describing it. Know your audience, and stress what you have to offer.

Consider hiring a recruitment agency. Maybe you're not getting enough qualified candidates. A recruitment agency can be worth the fees they charge if they help you fill difficult positions.

Offer competitive compensation. Is your starting salary in line with comparable openings? Check your benefits too as many candidates will appreciate policies such as generous leave and training opportunities.

Remember soft skills. Whatever the position, you also need to focus on communication and interpersonal skills. Is this someone you'll enjoy working with, and will they be effective dealing with clients?

Always be looking. Don’t wait until you have a vacancy to think about recruitment. Keep your eyes open for promising talent at every networking event or speaking engagement you go to.

Hiring and retaining high-caliber employees is the key to business success. Using strategies that develop your reputation as a great employer puts you on the path to assembling an effective team.

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