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Urner’s

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

David E. Urner and Errol P. Janes entered the business community in a big way back in 1919. They opened Home Appliance Company, later known as Urner & Janes, and known today as Urner’s, in the midst of the financial recovery of World War I.

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Golden Empire Transit

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Golden Empire Transit Bus

Golden Empire Transit Bus

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Bakersfield residents have always needed transportation. As early as 1874, the first public transit was carrying passengers to the train station two miles east of the city on Baker Street. Public transit was initially provided by private companies. However, in the mid-1950s when the popularity of the automobile caused a significant drop in ridership and revenues, the city took over operations of the system and in 1965 created a transit authority. In 1972, voters within the proposed transit district boundaries approved the formation of a transit district by a 2-to-1 margin. A board of directors was appointed in September, 1972. In 1973, the District started operation and was named the Golden Empire Transit District (GET).

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Haddad Dodge

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Haddad Dodge

Haddad Dodge

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Often it takes someone else to point out our greatest strengths to set us on the right path.

Elias “Chuck” Haddad was in the U.S. for school—Los Angeles, to be specific— and a fortuitous trip to a car dealership with a friend wound up changing his life. He was so good at negotiating with the salesman and manager that the owner of the dealership offered him a job, and Haddad accepted.

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California Keyboards Music Center

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Ed Tomlinson

Ed Tomlinson

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

Don and Beverly Wade made a big decision in 1976. The local couple jumped into business in a big way when they opened a store dedicated to the sale of pianos and organs, as well as a music lesson center.

At the time, the company, known today as California Keyboards Music Center, was small but efficient. The Wades’ store was also the first store to be an official Yamaha dealer in the Kern County area. They were always looking for ways to set the business apart from other stores in town and, to this day, that attitude holds true.

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Achilles Prosthetics & Orthotics

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Kim Davis; Daniel Newton, CP; Nathan Whiting; Sheri Newton, MF;  Logan Newton, CP, BOCO; David Wegner, CPO

Kim Davis; Daniel Newton, CP; Nathan Whiting; Sheri Newton, MF; Logan Newton, CP, BOCO; David Wegner, CPO

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

While Achilles Prosthetics and Orthotics is recognized today as one of the most successful producers of orthopedic equipment and prostheses in the Central Valley and Central Coast, this family-run business has grown from humble beginnings.

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Banks Pest Control

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Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

“Hello Banks… Bye, Bye Bugs!”

If you have lived in Kern County at any time since the 1980s, chances are you know that tune. The song belongs to Banks Pest Control, a local company started by Orland Banks in 1969.

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Pyrenees French Bakery, Inc.

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The Laxague Family. Jean-Charles, Anna, Marianne, Zachary, Cheri, Rick

The Laxague Family. Jean-Charles, Anna, Marianne, Zachary, Cheri, Rick

For 70 years, Pyrenees French Bakery has been the endeavor of the Laxague family. The Laxagues are members of the ancient and colorful Basque culture, which extends throughout the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.

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Bakersfield Rubber Stamp

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Bakersfield Rubber Stamp at 825 19th Street

Bakersfield Rubber Stamp at 825 19th Street

Bakersfield Rubber Stamp first opened its doors in 1941 and, believe it or not, the business still has the phone number it was issued that year. While it was Edna Garrett who first started the business, her daughter, Ruth Garrett Brown, took over Bakersfield Rubber Stamp in 1950. During those first years, stamps were made using linotype machines and by hand-setting individual letters into a chase. The chase was then heated and a form was made by pressing the chase and the matrix board together. A piece of natural rubber was put on top of the matrix board, pressed and heated, and then the rubber was ready to be made into stamps.

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Kern Schools Federal Credit Union

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New Administrative Offices, 11500 Bolthouse Drive

New Administrative Offices, 11500 Bolthouse Drive

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

For more than seventy-five years, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union has served the needs of its Members and the entire Kern County community. From its humble beginnings in 1938, when a small group of dedicated and concerned teachers met for the purpose of forming a financial cooperative for school employees and their families, through today, Kern Schools has embodied the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”

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Sequoia Paint Company

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Sequoia Paint Company

Profile appeared in our 32-1 Issue – April 2015

A 16 year old boy from Arkansas, a fifth grade education, and dreams about making it rich may not sound like the most promising start for a great endeavor to some. One could only imagine the sort of trials such a young soul—one whose parents had both passed before he had turned 13—would have to endure, and most would probably expect a bleak outcome. However, when Jim Elder came out to California in 1944, there was nothing that would get in between him and his dreams. These dreams included opening Sequoia Paint Company, a family owned and operated business that has been providing countless locals with quality customer service and products since 1962.

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