• Mountain Communities Women in Business

    This committee is open to women business owners, employees or prospective women in business. Chamber and non-chamber members are welcomed. The committee is intended to acquaint mountain communities women in business with one another, facilitate camaraderie, inform each other about various businesses and agendas; promotions, sales, events, etc. , offer education, training, and support for women entrepreneurs and prospective women in business, and to work together to support commerce and economic growth in the mountain communities.
    BJ Saidi
    Venita's Gourmet Sweets

    BJ Saidi is the co-owner of Venita’s Gourmet Sweets, a business venture he started with his wife Venita, whose talent for creating innovative sweets is out of this world. 

    BJ also works as a free-lance video editor and lends his skills to the Chamber, offering video commercials to businesses at a fraction of the cost through the Member Video Program. 

    “I believe in the phrase ‘strength in numbers’ which is why I joined the Chamber in 2017. If we forget our differences and truly come together on a larger scale, we can achieve a great many things, but only together.” BJ also belongs to Mountain Neighbors, a group dedicated to bringing people together by embracing diversity. 

    BJ takes the personal approach. “My interest and enthusiasm for the Chamber can be quite contagious. I also believe that people want to be heard, so I take the time to listen.”
    Carolyn Gilbert
    CarolynsCreation
    Owner
    Deborah Turner
    Code 4 Acupuncture & Herbs
    Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

    Debbie Turner is a private-practice acupuncturist and retired 25-year law enforcement veteran.  She has invested her law enforcement experience right back into our local youth as the founder and instructor of the Frazier Mountain High School Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA).  The LELA students learn the value of teamwork, leadership, and respect as they are taken through field scenarios, inter-agency training, field trips, and activities with agencies such as the US Coast Guard, CHP, and the Kern County Sheriff Academy.

    In addition to her service as a Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce board member, she also serves on the board of the Family Resource Center, and was Past President of the Frazier Mountain Communities Rotary Club.  Debbie was honored in September 2018 as the Kern County Second District's Constituent of the Month in recognition of her contributions to the community.
    Joann Pecoraro
    Photography By Joann
    Owner
    Rachel Unell
    Accounting For Success, Inc. - Grant Gopher
    CEO

    Rachel Unell founded Accounting for Success, Inc. in 2005 and has grown the flagship product - Grant Gopher - into a nationwide grant information service.

    She also has 30 years of experience in accounting and management including forensic accounting, business planning, marketing, resolving tax issues, and restructuring.  She devotes a significant number of pro-bono consulting hours to area businesses and nonprofit organizations.

    Rachel served on the board of the Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2019 as Treasurer and as President from 2010 - 2013 and 2015-2018.  She supports building the economic development of the area through ecotourism and cultural tourism, as well as forming solid relationships with the corporations involved in the area's development as a distribution hub.  She believes the MCCOC can help preserve everything that makes this region unique while encouraging economic growth.
    Executive Director
    Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce
    Stacey Havener
    BaseCamp Cafe and Info Lounge
    Dena Barskin
    Dena's Bazaar
    Donna Mitchell
    Black Coffee Draft House
    Phillis Stacy-Brooks
    Main Street Graphics
    Creative Director
    Kathleen Weinstein
    Artworks Community Gallery

    Kathleen Weinstein has called the Mountain Communities home since 2004. Having retired as an RN from the UCLA Healthcare System, she devotes her time to volunteering.

    She is especially proud of her work with Peak to Peak Mountain Charter School, her participation in the Pine Mountain Scrappers Quilt Guild and the Artworks Community Gallery. Serving on the Chamber of Commerce board is another opportunity for Kathleen to give back to her community.
    Lindsay Larson Call
    Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
    Executive Director

    Lindsay Larson Call moved to Frazier Park in 2013 and began working with the Mountain Communities Family Resource Center as a Family/Community Advocate a few months later. She loved serving the community and meeting so many wonderful residents during that time! 

    After serving as the AmeriCorps Program Manager, Bookkeeper, and Board Chair with the MCFRC for the past 7 years, she became the Executive Director in February 2021. She has a graduate degree in Family Studies and also teaches online university courses in family relations.