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Frugatti’s

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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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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

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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