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Make 2017 your best year yet

Here we are at the beginning of the New Year. I was just reflecting on the past year, thinking of all of the good things that were accomplished, and now, as I prepare for 2017, I’m thinking of all t...

 

What you measure is what you get done

It’s late December and now is the perfect time to reflect back on the past year. Ask yourself, how did you do? What could you have done better and what turned out better than you had planned? Was...

 

Tehachapi City Council Update

Updated permit fees approved by City Council In April of 2015 the City Council approved a Services (user) Fee Study from Capital Accounting Partners of Sacramento and the development of a Full Cost...

 

New name, new business, same great service!

Darin Lewis of Tehachapi Floor Covering may be new to Tehachapi, but he certainly is not new to flooring. He has moved his entire Bakersfield business here, and is changing the name from AD&D...

 

Keep more of what you have earned

It is now the fourth quarter of the year, how are you doing? This is the time of year that it makes sense to look back and review your company's performance. Why now? Well, you still have time to...

 

Bar Double J Supplies tack shop 'hands over the reins'

Vikki Montegna and her family took over the tack business as of Nov. 1. Former owners Jill Nelson, her husband, John, and friend Al Anders, said it has been a fun six years. "We started selling new...

 

Main Street grant program

At the Nov. 7 City Council meeting, Main Street Tehachapi President Scott Hammer presented Main Street's new Facade Grant Program. He informed the council that the primary focus of Main Street is the...

 

Kiwanis learns about old cars

Antique cars are at least 75 years old, but classic cars are special because fewer of them were made. This is one of the things Kiwanis members learned from Harold Cox when he spoke at their recent...

 

Sustainable water supply?

I was really excited to see most of the Tehachapi City Council candidates list water issues and aging infrastructure among their top concerns. TCCWD just turned 50, and you can bet 50-year-old pipes pumping water up the mountain under pressure is...

 

Business success

You need to have the right mindset to be successful, and it all starts with focus. Many small business owners get off to a great start and then quickly reach a plateau where they quit growing. The...

 

Deeds and other Title Documents in California

Third in a series on Deeds (From CALDA, California Association of Legal Document Assistants) Deed of Trust A Deed of Trust is utilized by a borrower (trustor) to convey “bare legal” title to the subject property to a neutral party (trustee), in...

 

What About Taxes

Whether you are starting a business or have been in business for some time, what do you do about taxes? There are strict tax laws in the United States that make this is an important question, but...

 

Are You Ready to Open Your Business?

If you’re like one of the thousands of employees in the oil industry who have been laid off, the big decision you face is what you want to do next. Sometimes, losing a full-time job is the perfect...

 

Types of risk – Part 2

Social risk Social risk refers to the possibility that a segment of society will institute boycotts, litigation, publicity campaigns, or lobbying efforts against a company due to its social policy or...

 

Helping Clients With Their Future Success

The Loop Newspaper: Jay, what motivates you in your role as a business advisor? It all starts with my fundamental belief that the average, hardworking American business owner doesn’t get a fair...

 

Big Dreams

Do you have dreams bigger than your obstacles? There are a lot of people who hope their dreams will come true, but they don’t have an opportunity big enough to achieve their dreams. Owning your own...

 
 By Pat Doody    Local News    June 25, 2016

Welcome Nannette Keller

For those of you who have not visited the new boutique, Nannette Keller, at 116 South Robinson across from City Hall, be prepared for a feast of color and style for all women. The Nannette Keller Bout...

 

What a Month!

Well, it may be over, but it won’t soon be forgotten. I’m talking about the month of May. Every year during the month of May small businesses around the nation are honored and recognized for the...

 

Building a Great Business

Building an insignificantly small business doesn’t take much in leadership, but if you’re going to build a great business, it’s going to take great leadership. To make success happen it’s...

 

Sell More Without Selling

There is no real magic to making your sales barriers go away. If you are looking for that special close, or that magic button, there isn’t one. It is more about strategy than anything else but,...

 
 By Gil Dowling    Local News    May 14, 2016

Are you ready for the shift?

Keeping your business protected against credit card fraud has never been more paramount, but for whom? Does your business have this kind of exposure? There are some exceptions. What business types are included in the liability shift and, most...

 

It Is Time to Celebrate

May is my favorite month of the year. No, it’s not because it’s my birthday month and I try to do something different and exciting every year to celebrate my birthday. No, it’s not because I...

 

Setting goals

Last time we talked about how the number one tool used by millionaires is goal setting and that many small business owners never achieve their true potential due to a lack of focus. There are many...

 

Which is the better deal?

Shopping for a home loan isn’t fun. You hear a bunch of numbers and aren’t really sure how to make sense of it all. Have another look at my website article “Comparing Loan Offers” if it intere...

 

As we approach the end of 2015

As we approach the end of 2015, our team at the CSU Bakersfield Small Business Development Center is working on our business plan, and we hope you are as well. When you have a moment, take some time...

 

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