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American Kids Sports Center

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Profile appeared in our 33-1 Issue – April 2016

When Sheri Williams graduated from CSU Fullerton with her degree in Physical Education, she had dreams of owning her own gymnastics club. Still, when she was hired by a newly opened club called American Academy of Gymnastics, it wasn’t a given that she would one day own it. However, after working there for just a few short months and after marrying her sweetheart, Mike, that is exactly what transpired. Read the rest of this entry »

Olive Knolls Christian School

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Profile appeared in our 33-1 Issue – April 2016

In 1979, Rev. Bert Rhodes, the pastor the Olive Knolls Church of the Nazarene, had a great idea. He wanted to establish a preschool and infant care program at the church in order to meet the needs of our community.

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Mashburn Transportation Services, Inc.

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Dwight, Denise, William, Mike, & Cody Mashburn

Dwight, Denise, William, Mike, & Cody Mashburn

Profile appeared in our 33-1 Issue – April 2016

To hear Mike Mashburn tell it, “This company exists all because of my dad, William. He always utilized nothing but hard work, dedication, and determination to accomplish work. With that as a basis, our business has evolved from one generation to the next.”

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Frugatti’s

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Theresa, Kyle, Katina, Anne, Ralph, Ashley, Ashley, & Anthony

Theresa, Kyle, Katina, Anne, Ralph, Ashley, Ashley, & Anthony

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

If you’ve eaten Italian food in Bakersfield at any point during the past 25 years, chances are you have eaten at a spectacular restaurant called Frugatti’s. A true staple in local dining, the influence of family can be seen all over the walls and menus of the establishment, as well as in their accurate slogan, “Real Italian by Real Italians.”

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Golden Empire Fleet Service

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Josh, Tim, Linda, and Timothy Delcid

Josh, Tim, Linda, and Timothy Delcid

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

When Tim Delcid founded Golden Empire Fleet Service, Inc., in 1983, he had high hopes for the future of the company.

“The whole reason I chose that name was because I was thinking of the future and the growth I hoped we’d see,” Delcid said. “I wanted us to service the entire valley—the Golden Empire—and beyond.”

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M. H. Wolfe & Associates

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

There are times in our lives when something that seems disastrous catapults us toward countless opportunities. When Marcia Wolfe was laid off from her job, things could have seemed very bleak. However, due to her reputation for excellence in what she does and some small environmental consulting jobs she had previously performed, people were almost instantly knocking on her door for her assistance in their projects. “My business wasn’t something I had planned—it just happened,” she confessed. Her popularity only grew, and thus, M.H. Wolfe & Associates Environmental Consulting, Inc. was born and has been holding strong since 1989.

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Alspaw Tree Service

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Darrel & Randy Alspaw

Darrel & Randy Alspaw

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Many great things have been built upon the hard work and focus of a single person—things that can withstand the test of time. Anyone who knows the story behind Alspaw Tree Service, LLC can certainly say that this company is the embodiment of that philosophy.

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Kern River Power Equipment

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Sometimes when a business has been around for decades, too much emphasis gets put on the past; the way things used to be. For some companies, that can work. For others, it’s necessary to evolve with the times—to update technology and grow as the world changes—in order to keep the doors open.
That opinion is expressed by Anne Stephens and her husband Keith, owners of Kern River Power Equipment.

“The business has been around since 1947,” Stephens explained, “and has been through a few ownerships.” Initially the small store on North Chester was known simply as Kern River Saw Works because that was the primary service provided; sharpening saw blades.

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Galbraith Van & Storage Company

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

How many businesses do you know of that started with teams of horses, wagons, and two “auto trucks” that are still thriving to this day? Unbeknownst to some, such a business exists right here in Bakersfield, and the commitment to quality and care is still evident in their daily operations. Because back in 1912, George H. Galbraith started his moving company with those very components, and in 2015, his legacy remains strong amongst his family, which currently operates Galbraith Van & Storage Company.

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Dewar’s Candy Shop

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Heather and Mike Dewar

Heather and Mike Dewar

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

If there’s one thing people know about Bakersfield it’s that we’re loyal; we love supporting a local legacy. And when that legacy also includes delicious candy chews and ice cream? Well, count us in tenfold.

Dewar’s is a Bakersfield institution, one that often takes first prize in “Best of Bakersfield” lists year after year. Why? Because after over 100 years in business—106 to be exact—the family-run company is still churning out the same great tasting chews with a smile.

But exactly how this company came to be such a Bakersfield icon might not be known by all.

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