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    Articles of interest about business, networking, travel, and local livin'!
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    Business Tips During Challenging Times

    As the shutdown drags on, take advantage of this time to work ON your business rather than IN your business. We hope these tips will help boost your business and get you ready for a roaring re-opening!

    Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce

    Sunday, March 1, 2020
    Why Join the Chamber: Camaraderie

    Joining the chamber isn’t all about business. There are many incredible friendships that are created in the coming together for the economic betterment of the community. Don’t overlook the potential of deep, meaningful connections with your tribe at the chamber.

    Christina R. Green

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    Letter from the President - 2019 Recap of Government Advocacy Work

    I’d like to take a moment to update the community on some of the work your Chamber of Commerce has been doing. We receive a lot of questions such as “what does the Chamber of Commerce do?” and “what’s the point?”, so hopefully this review will address those questions.

    BJ Saidi

    Monday, February 3, 2020
    Rural Communities Pose Special Challenges for 2020 Census

    Pine Mountain Club, in the Los Padres National Forest in unincorporated Kern County, is beautiful. The air is clear, the stars are bright and you know your neighbors. More people are relocating to Kern County in the center of California for its lower rents and mortgages and to escape city life. If financially sound, rural living is paradise. But if declining finances push you into rural living, life can be tough. Demographics are shifting. The rural poor can’t be undercounted this time. Census takers have

    Kathleen Weinstein

    Monday, December 9, 2019
    Wildlife Proofing Your Property for Winter

    As winter comes, our resident wild critters are preparing for the cold. Make sure YOU prepare too, otherwise you may find some unwanted house guests!

    Rachel Unell

    Monday, December 9, 2019
    The Top 6 Items Every Traveler Should Pack

    Whether you're traveling within the state for a short weekend jaunt or going overseas, you want to be sure to have the most important items right at hand. But first, I want to stress some important and often overlooked 'to-do' items before you go on that trip...

    Julie Hutchens

    Friday, March 8, 2019
    Julie Loy Hutchens of Ahoy Travel Co. | Nine in Nine Interview

    Julie Hutchens of Ahoy Travel Co. is the 2018 Ambassador of the Year for our Mountain Communities Women in Business Group. We wanted to learn more about Julie and the interesting world of travel and the travel agencies that make it happen!

    Rachel Unell

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    Tammy Rowan of the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center | Nine in Nine Interview

    We are pleased to welcome Tammy Rowan as the new Coordinator of the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center (MCFRC). Tammy is replacing founder Anne Weber-Burnaugh, who retired after 20 years of selfless service to the mountain communities. We took the opportunity to interview Tammy to learn more a bit about her and all the great work that the MCFRC does.

    Rachel Unell

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    Judith Cassis | Nine in Nine Interview

    In this interview, we take a few moments with author and coach Judith Cassis. She is a dynamic go-getter who's always got something in the works! She is currently the editor of The Mountain Breeze, founder and facilitator of the Mountain Communities Women in Business group, ghostwriter, and workshop leader.

    Rachel Unell

    Sunday, March 4, 2018
    Income Tax Changes for 2018

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 will impact everybody. While busy gathering your papers for your 2017 tax filing, you are probably also asking yourself if you will have to do this again for 2018.

    Marie Mastrocinque, EA